Energy balls are a must have in your fridge, for those of you with a sweet tooth who want a sugar-free hit. Dates have a natural sweetness to them, but are also digested very easily, therefore supplying a quick burst of energy. You could use any type of nut in this recipe. Nuts are a source of protein and general research shows that walnuts help reduce cholesterol.
Ingredients (makes approx 10 balls)
150g dates (try to buy stoned dates, as it saves a lot of time)
50g dried figs
65g dried apricots
125g dessicated coconut
Soak the dates and the figs in water for an hour. Roughly chop the dates, figs and walnuts and blend everything together. A fairly smooth consistency is best, as it makes them easier to roll, but the odd bit of walnut here and there is fine. Once this is done chop the apricots into small pieces and add to the mixture. Stir in half of the coconut.