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These no-bake energy balls are perfect for winter walking. They can be made from almost anything you have in your cupboard, but dates are perfect for binding them together. You can also coat them in all sorts of stuff, for example desiccated coconut, ground almonds or cocoa powder. 

Sweet chilli energy balls

For those of you that like a bit of bite


5 dates – finely chopped

2 tbs of pistachio nuts – roughly chopped 

2 tbs mixed nuts – finely chopped (we used peanuts, almonds and walnuts)

1 tbs sweet chilli sauce – or to taste

A small handful of pretzels, crushed to a rough dust, to coat the balls


Put all the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl and squish them together, mixing thoroughly. 

Add the chilli sauce.

Put in the fridge for 30 mins to set.

Roll the mixture into about five small balls.

Drop the balls into the pretzel mix and roll them around to coat.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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