Delicious Energy Balls with the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrates for a great post-work-out snack.  Swap nuts for more seeds to make them a school-friendly lunchbox snack.

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked until soft (approx. 20 mins) or 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup raw mixed nuts* (ie almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1 cup whole rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup dried cranberries

2 tablespoons raisins (or diced dried figs)

2 tablespoons dried apple (or apricots), finely diced

2 tablespoons water

3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or golden syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Put the nuts, seeds and oats in the food processor and blend until coarse.

Place nut mix into a large bowl and add coconut and cinnamon and dried fruits and mix thoroughly.

Place chickpeas into the food processor with water, honey and vanilla extract and puree to a smooth paste.

Spoon chickpea mix into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Mixture should combine to form balls easily.

Roll mixture into balls approximately the size of a walnut and roll in extra coconut.

Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

For a healthy nut free lunchbox snack, swap nuts for an extra 1/2 cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds