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British Sailing Team sailor Anna Carpenter on how to make energy balls - a healthy snack to eat on and off the water.

This is part of Project #SailFromHome

Energy balls - Recipe


  • 90g (1 cup) oats
  • 30g (¼ cup) milled chia seed1
  • 30g (¼ cup) milled flaxseed1
  • 160g (2/3 cup) almond butter2
  • 100g (¼ cup + 1 tbsp) maple syrup (or honey)
  • 60g (½ cup) dried cranberries3


  1. Place a sheet of baking paper onto a baking tray or chopping board.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to fully combine.
  3. Lightly grease your hands with some vegetable or coconut oil and use your hands to mould the mixture into approximately 12-15 balls.
  4. Place these on the pre-prepare baking paper and they are ready to eat immediately or can be stored in an air-tight container for sailing snacks!

Recipe notes:

  1. You can use any ground seeds here at long as they equal ½ cup in total.
  2. Almond butter can be substituted for peanut or cashew butter. You can make your own if you are feeling very adventurous!
  3. The cranberries can be substituted for any dried fruit, chopped nuts or chocolate chips but I would recommend sticking to approximately ½-¾ cup or the balls may not bind together, and note that this will alter the nutritional information.
  4. If you are making them more a few days in advance, store them in the fridge for up to a week or you can freeze them for up to 3 months. They will become dry and crumbly as they get older so I would recommend making them as fresh as possible.
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