Fruit and Nut Power Balls

by Heather Earl

I am so tired of packaged performance food. It is filled with questionable things and is very expensive. I came up with these Fruit and Nut Power Balls for my bicycle racing son to take on long training rides. They have a hit of protein but are easily digestible. They are good for training, snacks and recovery food. I often use them for a long yoga session when I need energy but don’t want to feel really full. You can use Almonds, Cashews or Peanuts and any combination of dried fruit. Make sure all your ingredients are Organic and have no preservatives or added sugar (check the dried fruit label). You can add a scoop of Protein powder and toss in some shredded Coconut and Chia seeds as options.

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Serves: 1 dozen


  • 2 handfuls Raw Nuts or Nut Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds (optional)
  • 10 large Dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes and drained
  • 4 or 5 Dried Apple Rings, Apricots or Figs
  • ½ teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dried unsweetened Coconut (optional)
  • Whirl the Nuts in the Vitamix until very fine, but not butter
  • Remove to a large bowl and toss in the Salt, Chia Seed, Protein Powder and Coconut
  • Add the Apple Rings or other fruit on the bottom (this helps prevent the machine from overworking)
  • Add the Dates and pulse, tamping down the fruit into the blade until it is all blended in
  • Use a rubber spatula and scrape into the bowl with the Nuts
  • Using your hands, mix everything into a large ball. You may need to add more ground nuts
  • Don’t make it too dry, it should stick together nicely
  • You can store it in plastic or like this in the fridge and form into balls as you need them or make them all into balls, wrap and store individually.


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