Apricot Flapjack Energy Balls

These tasty, oaty snacks are perfect to stash in your bag for a quick energy boost, either before or after a workout. You can also take them with you to the office to ensure you've got a healthy snack to hand for the 4pm crash.

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Serves
20
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Ingredients
200g of dried apricots, roughly chopped
100ml of boiling water
50g of dried apples
50g of raisins
100g of rolled oats
50g of desiccated coconut
150g of almonds, toasted
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of almond extract
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp of honey
Method
Step 1
Place the dried apricots in a heatproof bowl and pour on the boiling water. Cover and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
Step 2
Put the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Drain the apricots in a sieve over a bowl to save the water. Add the apricots to the food processor and pulse until well combined. If the mixture is too dry, add a little of the apricot water and pulse again.
Step 3
Divide the mixture into 20 balls, each a little larger than a golf ball, and roll each ball well so they’re evenly sized.
Step 4
Place on a tray and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Store any uneaten energy balls in the fridge and eat within 10 days.

To Freeze: Freeze the energy balls on a baking tray so they don’t stick together, then transfer to a rigid container. Defrost in the fridge.

Bonus: Made with all-natural ingredients, these are a much more nutritious option than most bought energy bars. They provide good carbs and lots of fibre, vitamins and minerals from the nuts and dried fruit.

 

Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge, published by Bloomsbury (£22.00 RRP, Hardback)

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