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Tasty energy ball recipe for long cycling trips

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Tasty energy ball recipe for long cycling trips

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February 19th, 2015

Lorna North

Being light of pocket is normally a good thing if you’re a cyclist but not if it’s because you’ve spent all your money on the expensive energy snacks at the bike shop. Staying fuelled on a long ride is a pricey business. I swear a packet of fancy, sciency endurance nibbles cost about the same as the bike itself (nearly).

As a self-employed, struggling writer, I need to save money where I can and spend it on the pure essentials (like awesome kit!). I’ve decided to share a recipe (stolen from Good Food) on how you can make some tasty energy balls to take out with you for a right-old ‘moveable feast’.

These ones are high in energy as well as not tasting utterly foul like some of the fuelling products out there on the market. I also love that they are small and bite-size so you can eat them on the move without too much difficulty.

Here’s the recipe – have a go yourself:


  • 100g pecans
  • 75g raisins
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (or a mix- we used milled flaxseed, almond, Brazil nut and walnut mix)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter


  1. Put pecans in a food processor and blitz to crumbs. Add raisins, peanut butter, flaxseeds, cocoa powder and agave syrup, then pulse to combine.
  2. Shape mixture into golf ball-sized balls and roll in desiccated coconut to coat. Put in the fridge to firm for 20 mins, then eat whenever you need a quick energy boost.

Pop them in your jersey pocket and off you go!


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One Response to “Tasty energy ball recipe for long cycling trips”

  1. Sandra Nundy Says:

    Hahaha wont they mess your pocket up?
    Guess this is secondary to actually fueling your body as you go!
    Going to make some of these Lorna. I am a novice, a pensioner, and taken up cycling to do fundraising for a cancer charity, and am riding from Leeds to Paris. So having to buy all the kit so it will be quite expensive. Still have to buy a road bike.
    Any money saving tips welcomed!

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