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Chocolate Orange Energy Balls | Protein Plates Recipe Book

Chocolate Orange Energy Balls | Protein Plates Recipe Book
Joni McMullen
Writer and expert5 months ago
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Add some zing to your pre-workout nutrition.


These energy balls are rich & moreish, paced with zesty flavour and coated with creamy chocolate. A tasty boost of carbs and protein, they're ideal to fuel your muscles through a cardio session or heavy leg day.

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Chocolate Orange Balls  

Add some zing to your pre-workout nutrition.  


  • 150 g hazelnuts
  • 100 g soft, pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop Impact Whey Protein (Chocolate)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ½ orange (zested)
  • 1 squeeze fresh orange juice
  • 1 bar of chocolate orange



 Preheat the oven to 180C. Pour the hazelnuts onto a lined baking tray and bake until toasted (this step is optional but deepens the flavour). 


Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and blitz until crumbled. Don’t blend too much otherwise the mixture will turn into nut butter. Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar to crush the hazelnuts. 


Then, add the dates, cocoa powder, whey protein, salt, honey, orange zest, and a squeeze of orange juice, and blitz again until the mixture is well combined and sticky. If it’s too thick, loosen with a little more orange juice. 


Divide the mixture into 12 evenly sized balls. Cover and chill for 15-20 minutes until firm. 


A few minutes before removing the energy balls from the fridge, melt the orange chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. 


Use a skewer or toothpick to dip each chilled energy ball in melted orange chocolate until completely covered. 


Transfer to a plate or container and chill again until set (this should take around half an hour). Enjoy before your workout for a sweet boost of energy and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutritional info per serving:

Total Fat12g
Total Carbohydrates17g

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Joni McMullen
Writer and expert
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Born in Cumbria, Joni completed her English Literature degree at the University of Liverpool before going on to graduate with a Creative Writing MA from the University of Leeds. During her time at university, Joni was a part of two cheer and dance teams, competing in national competitions across the UK. Developing her writing at a student magazine in Leeds, Joni is excited that she is able to combine her love of creativity with her passion for fitness and health. When she’s not writing or in the gym, Joni loves to read, try new activities and spend time with friends.