Energy balls recipe

The Fell Foodie’s energy balls recipe

These energy balls are the perfect carbohydrate hit for long-distance and endurance swimming – and with no foil sachets left over. Recipe by the Fell Foodie, Harrison Ward

Not to be confused with birdfeed, as was the case with one internet onlooker! These are the perfect carbohydrate hit for any outdoor activity – and with no foil sachets left over. There are so many variations it was hard to pick one version to include here. If you like, you can make the mix slightly stickier and then roll it in desiccated coconut for an extra flavour hit.

How to make the energy balls

Makes 6-8 balls


100g oats
50g pecan nuts
50g dates
2–3 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons peanut butter


  • Lightly blitz the oats in a food processor so they are broken down but not completely crumbed.
  • Finely chop the pecan nuts.
  • Destone and finely chop the dates.
  • Add the oats, pecans, dates, syrup and peanut butter to a bowl and mix together – using your hands is the best method due to the sticky nature of the mix.
  • Once combined, break a small handful from the mixture and roll it in between your hands to form a ball. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
  • Pop into a reusable container ready for your adventures – leftover balls can be frozen for future trips.

Harrison Ward’s new book, Cook Out is out now. This ultimate outdoor adventure cookbook contains over 80 of easy-to-prepare gourmet recipes that will keep you fuelled all day long. Purchase here.

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