Christmas Food

Christmas Balls!

Energy Balls! That’s what I’m talking about. I make energy balls almost every week, mostly nut free so they can go in the lunch boxes for school.

These ones do contain nuts however but it’s Christmas & that means pecans, one of my favourite nuts.


These are a food processor job and the mixture makes loads. I didn’t count them but each ball weighs 12grams, a good size for an energy ball.


170g Dates (presoak in hot water if they feel a bit hard)
120g Porridge Oats
60g Dried Cranberries
60g Pecan Nuts
2 Tbs Cacao Powder
1tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
Grated Zest of an Orange
120ml Apple Juice

Coconut for coating


  • Add the dates and oats to the processor and blitz.
  • Then add the cranberries & pecans, just hit the pulse button to bring them together.
  • Sieve the cacao, ginger and cinnamon together before adding them along with the orange zest.
  • Blitz everything again before adding the apple juice and blitzing one more time.
  • Weigh and divide the mixture or just go by eye and roll walnut sized pieces in the palm of your hand and rolling in desiccated coconut to coat them.
  • Store in the fridge for up to a week.


If you don’t like coconut, leave them naked or perhaps roll in cacao powder, sesame seed or very finely chopped nuts.


These are so delicious with a cup of coffee. They’d make a lovely Christmas gift for the food lover in your life.


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