Chocolate Orange Energy Balls | High-Protein Pre-Workout Snack

As Christmas is getting closer, we’re gifting you a pre-workout snack that’s a little more indulgent. 

That festive feeling is definitely starting to creep in and (if you’re like us) excitement levels are high for all the food that comes with Christmas. Especially the chocolate, right?  

Niall’s serving up a recipe that’s perfect to put those Christmassy treats to good use and power your workout sessions while you do it. These energy balls are rich & moreish, packed 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. 

In fact, they’re so good that we actually recommend doubling up on this recipe, so they last longer. 

 Makes 12 energy balls 


  • 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 chocolate orange


  1.  Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F.  

  2. Transfer hazelnuts to a lined baking tray and bake them for 10 minutes, until toasted (this step is optional). 

  3. Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and blitz until nuts are crumbled. Don’t blend for too long or the mixture will turn into nut butter.  

  4. Once blended, add dates, cocoa powder, whey protein, salt, honey, orange zest, a of orange juice, and blitz again. Add splashes of water until you are left with a fully combined, sticky mixture. 

  5.  Divide mixture into 12 evenly sized balls (roughly 25g per ball). Cover and chill the energy balls for 15-20 minutes until firm. 

  6. Meanwhile, melt down your chocolate orange in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each interval. Take your energy balls out of the fridge once chilled and use a skewer or toothpick to then dip each one in melted chocolate orange until completely covered  

  7. Transfer to a plate and chill again until set (around half an hour). Enjoy immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.  

Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 181
Total Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Protein 4.6g

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Lauren Dawes

Lauren Dawes

Writer and expert

Lauren is an English Literature graduate originally from the South. She’s always loved swimming, has discovered the power of weight training over the past few years, and has lots of room for improvement in her weekly hot yoga class. On the weekends she’s usually cooking or eating some kind of brunch, and she enjoys trying out new recipes with her housemates – especially since shaking off student habits, like mainly surviving off pasta. Above all, she’s a firm believer in keeping a balance between the gym and gin. Find out more about Lauren’s experience here: