Walking Food || Chia Seed and Date Power Balls

Good afternoon humans!

Just a quick little blog for you today (after a few long-winded ones!). Now the days are getting longer, lighter and (kinda) warmer I’m starting to get out more again! One of my favourite bits about getting outside is all the prep I do the evening before – I wax my boots, check all my kit and pack my bag neatly (nerdy, right?!) – I also take this time to prep all of my food for the next day – I hate the last-minute rush to the petrol station; all I seem to come out with is a packet of wotsits, a sandwich and some orange juice.. not ideal.

I think that proper nutrition is vital in helping your body achieve optimal performance – I certainly feel much worse if I’m not eating right. This is even more important when I’m out in the mountains – I have to be on top of my game all the time! One of my favourite snacks to pack (I take them to work too to help with my relentless need to snack during the day) are these powerballs – they are super easy to make, require NO baking and the mess is all contained in the food processor. Perfect!

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In the food processor

  • Pitted dates (about 200g)
  • Handful pumpkin seeds
  • Handful dried cranberries
  • Handful cashews
  • Handful chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Once its been through the food processor (a nutribullet won’t work), roll into little balls and chill in the fridge. This recipe makes around 18-24 balls depending on how generous your portion sizes are!

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The best bit about this recipe is it’s totally flexible – if you don’t like cranberries then don’t add them! The only thing I would say is to avoid fresh fruit – it changes the consistency and they don’t hold together as well (for example, if you want to add banana, then go for dried banana pieces rather than fresh stuff.. I’m speaking from experience!). Fresh fruit will also make the powerballs perish faster. Not ideal on a long hike!

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Let me know how you get on with them and if you’d like me to post more of my ‘walking recipes’ over the next few months in preparation for the long summer days!

See you next week!

H

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