Anna Young shares a favorite snack recipe for when you need an energy boost. Don't let deadlines get you down; whip up a batch of these chocolatey energy balls that are sweet and super quick and easy to make!
So, deadline season is upon us. This can be a stressful time for anyone, whether you're waking up at 7 am to find that sacred seat in the library, or simply trying to fit your studies around the busy life in 'the Bubble' and beyond. The bottom line: how do we power through these exhausting, seemingly endless days with our heads in the books? I’ve tried many different ways of boosting my energy levels, but with deadlines looming it’s difficult to find time to think of new, creative snacks (I normally just resort to endless cups of coffee and snacking on crispy M&Ms). After this latest discovery, however, I’ve never looked back.
Now, some of you may ask how energy balls are so different to other revision snacks? The answer is easy. These natural energy balls are full of powerful proteins to push you through those deadlines. The ingredients used (see below) are nutrient-dense; in other words, they provide a high amount of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, giving you that ‘fuller for longer’ feeling, whether it’s a breakfast grab-and-go bite or an afternoon appetiser.
It’s not just the high nutrient value and sustenance of these energy balls that make them amazing for ‘on-the-go snacking’. Most importantly (for us busy young adults), they are no-bake and have only a ten-minute prep time, which make them super quick to rustle up ahead of a full day cramming for deadlines.
Makes about 12 balls
- 90 g oats
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 8 dates (or dried apricots)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp water
- Simply place the oats, cocoa powder, dates (pitted), and vanilla extract (and any other optional ingredients) into a food processor; blend until the mixture forms a flour-like texture. (If you don’t have a food processor, a hand-held blender also works).
- Slowly add the water until the mixture moulds together, then roll out into balls and place in the fridge.
- Leave to set in the fridge for approximately 1 hour before consumption; after that, they can be stored in the fridge or in an air-tight container in a cupboard.
These energy balls are also diverse. The recipe can be varied to suit your deadline-day cravings and add an extra burst of goodness; dried coconut is a personal favourite of mine. Alternatively, you can go seasonal. Simply add lemon zest or raspberries for a taste of summer, cinnamon and apple for a Christmas kick, or pumpkin seeds for a spooky snack. Be creative!