As Vic was making these energy balls for her Father’s Birthday, she thought it wise to share the recipe with you all too. Her Dad is a big fan of coffee and walnut cake, so these are inspired by that traditional cake recipe. The good news is there’s no added sugar, and no flour, which makes them a great alternative for gluten and wheat allergies.

The coffee and walnut onesHere’s how to make the Coffee and Walnut One:

150g walnuts
80g dried dates
1 teaspoon maca powder
1cm of hot water in a cup with 1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon maple syrup
20g ground almonds (or coconut flour)
10g chia seeds

Finishing touches
40-50g chopped walnuts on a plate

Time to mix those ingredients:

  1. Weigh out the walnuts and put into a food processor.
  2. Blitz until it forms a nice crumb and turn out into a mixing bowl.
  3. Do the same with the dried dates and add to the bowl.
  4. Add the maca powder to the mixture.
  5. Boil the kettle and make up the coffee, add 1cm of water to the cup, with 1 teaspoon of your favourite instant coffee and stir.
  6. Add the coffee to the mixture, along with the maple syrup, ground almonds and chia seeds.
  7. Take a heaped teaspoon of mixture each time, and squeeze to form a ball, and then roll to make it well rounded.
  8. Roll each newly formed ball in the chopped walnuts and put into an airtight container, then chill the energy balls in the fridge for 10 minutes.