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Get ready to race – recipe 2

Energy Brownie Balls

Ensure you are in tip-top form on race day with the second of three recipes from nutritionist Kathy Findlay

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.


  • 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!

Kathy Findlay is an open water swimmer, nutritional therapist and advanced sports and exercise nutritional advisor providing personalised nutritional advice and plans to athletes.

See Kathy’s Instagram account for more recipe ideas: food4sport_

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