Wednesday 7 December 2016

Indy Power's mango and coconut energy balls

Indy Power

Published 02/10/2016 | 02:30

Mango coconut energy balls from Indy Power
Mango coconut energy balls from Indy Power
Urban Fruit's strawberry snack

Keep these tasty nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free balls in arm's reach for a lightweight snack

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Energy balls are hugely popular at the moment. These are a great nut-free alternative to the usual flavour and shop-bought versions. The tropical mango and coconut combo makes them gorgeously chewy and I toast the oats slightly at the beginning to bring out the flavour. They're perfect for a quick energy boost on the go or for bulking up lunch boxes, I store mine in a jar on the counter so a healthy snack is always in plain sight.

Mango coconut energy balls

Makes 10. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan

Ingredients

85g dried mango

75g gluten free oats

35g desiccated coconut

¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 vanilla pod

Method

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Roughly chop the mango and put it in a bowl. Pour boiling water over it and let it soak for 5-10 minutes.

Spread the oats out on a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted and golden. Drain the mango and add it to a food processor with the toasted oats, vanilla powder and desiccated coconut. Blend on high until you have a sticky, crumbly paste.

Roll the mixture into balls and then roll them in a little more desiccated coconut, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Indy loves…

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Dried fruit often has sugar and/or preservatives added, so I use Urban Fruit (urbanfruit.co.uk). The company's motto ‘just fruit, gently baked’ is pretty clear - they never add anything to it.

All of their different dried fruits are absolutely delicious. I love their cherries and pineapple as well as their mango, and their tropical mix is heavenly. This is great portable snacks for kids, and I love picking them up in the airport as a healthy plane treat. Find them in selected Tesco and Avoca stores.

A taste of tropical

Mangoes are one of the most delicious fruits, a perfectly ripe one is pretty hard to beat. They have loads of beneficial and health-boosting properties which give me a lovely excuse to eat so many. Firstly, they’re full of vitamins, notably vitamin C, which is great for your immune system, vitamin A for eye health, and vitamin E, which is what gives them their nickname the ‘love fruit’ due to its aphrodisiac qualities. They’re also packed with cancer-preventing antioxidants and their fibre and water content make them great for digestion. I love adding them to smoothies or just slicing one open and eating it with a squeeze of lime.

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