Energy / Recovery balls

These are a little different to the usual "protein or bliss ball". They are a little more like a raw muesli bar....with chickpeas! I must admit I tend to use what ever dried fruit, nuts and seeds I have in the pantry - so they are a little different every time I make them. Below is a nice blend though and was a big hit at a cooking class I did recently.

Makes 30 balls (approx.)


  • 1/2 cup raw chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked until soft (approx. 20 mins) or 2/3 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup raw mixed nuts* (ie almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts)

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  • 1 cup whole rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup dried crasins

  • 1/3 cup goji berries

  • 8 Medjool dates

  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Put the everything - except the honey/maple syrup - into thefood processor and blend until it reaches the a coarse breadcrumb consitancy.

  2. Taste the mixture and add honey/maple syrup as needed.

  3. Roll mixture into balls approximately the size of a walnut and roll in extra coconut or sesame seeds.

  4. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

 For a healthy nut free lunchbox snack, swap nuts for an extra 1/2 cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds