Sunday 17 December 2017

Indy Power's mango and coconut energy balls

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

Indy Power

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.

Indy loves…

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Urban Fruit's strawberry snack

Dried fruit often has sugar and/or preservatives added, so I use Urban Fruit ( 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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