Indy Power's mango and coconut energy balls
Keep these tasty nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free balls in arm's reach for a lightweight snack
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
85g dried mango
75g gluten free oats
35g desiccated coconut
¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 vanilla pod
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.
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.