Super-seeded South African Raisin and Almond Energy Balls

Monthly Raisin Recipes
This energy-boosting snack is made with blitzed and whole South African raisins mixed with ground and chopped almonds, almond or peanut butter and maple syrup – then rolled in toasted mixed seeds. They’re perfect for an on-the-go pick-me-up - and great for vegans too!

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Makes 10


150g South African raisins
50g ground almonds
50g whole almonds
4tbsp crunchy or smooth almond or peanut butter
2tbsp maple syrup
30g mixed seeds (e.g. linseed, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, chia)


Put 100g of the raisins into a blender or mini processor and blitz until very finely chopped. Tip these into a bowl and add the remaining raisins and ground almonds.

Blitz the whole almonds in the blender or food processor until finely chopped. Add to the raisin mixture with the almond or peanut butter and maple syrup. Mix together thoroughly with a fork (or use your hands), then shape and roll the mixture into 10 balls.

Put the seeds into a frying pan and dry roast over a medium heat for about 1 minute, shaking the pan often. Tip into a bowl and leave until cooled. Roll the balls in this seed mixture. Keep in a sealed box or bag in the refrigerator and use within a week.

Cook’s tips:

*You could use honey or agave syrup instead of maple syrup.
*Just use one type of seed if you like – such as sesame or chia.


Nutritional Values Per 100g Per serving 1 Ball (37g)
Energy KJ 2159 799
Calories Kcal 516 191
Fat 27g 10g
(of which saturates) 2.7g 1g
Carbohydrate 48.6g 18g
(of which sugars) 40.5g 15g
Protein 16g 6g
Salt 0.13g 0.05g