Energy brownie balls

Energy Brownie Balls

Energy brownie balls

Although big race events have sponsors who provide energy boost snacks and drinks at feed stations, most race organisers will allow you to place your own race nutrition products on the pontoon, so you can use natural foods and those that you’re used to.
Make yourself a variety of energy snacks, pop them into a waterproof airtight container and drop them at the pontoon pre-race or use for an energy boost before or during your training sessions.


  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch salt


  1. Grind the walnuts and almonds in a food processor until a dough starts to form. Add the dates, cocoa powder and salt and process until incorporated into a dough.
  2. If it fails to come together then squeeze in a bit of agave nectar or honey to help it bind.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls.
  4. Place in the fridge for at least an hour, then enjoy!

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