Scott Jurek Xocolatl Energy Balls



Sometimes you just need a pick me up – and when you do, it pays to learn from the best. So try these Scott Jurek Xocolatl Energy Balls for a sweet treat.

Scott Jurek is one of my sporting heroes – the world’s best and most consistent ultramarathon runner, who knocked up three victories in a row at the 153-mile Spartathlon running race I’m undertaking in September.

He’s also a super-cool guy and super-supportive runner. His Spartathlon record is something like 22.5 hours. When he finishes a race (usually first), he wraps himself in a sleeping bag and stays at the finish line until everyone has come through.

With a 36-hour cut off for Spartathlon, that’s a 14-hour wait before going for a shower and to relax, just to show support to those not as gifted as he is.

Scott’s a vegan runner. Despite growing up on a meat-heavy diet in Minnesota, he turned to veganism when he realised it helped him recover quicker from running. You can read his story in the excellent book Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness.

In most chapters he offers another vegan recipe that’s helped him in his career – they range from spicy chilli to these energy balls that give a super energy kick and help sate sweet cravings – a great, healthy alternative to crappy processed chocolate.

It’s also a great use of that flat-bladed nut and seed grinder you got with your Nutribullet and might not have used!

Make sure you use cacao nibs too – unprocessed cocoa beans that are broken into tiny bits. They give a little caffeine kick to the sweets.

Try them, they take 15 minutes to make and you’ll soon be knocking up batch after batch – each ball is only 50 calories too!


0.50 cups almonds
0.5 tsp cinnamon
0.5 tsp sea salt
0.5 tsp vanilla extract
0.5 cup organic cacao nibs
0.25 tsp dried chilli flakes
8 dates, stone out

0.5 tbsp  organic coconut oil
1 tbsp organic cacao powder (unsweetened)


Place all ingredients bar the cacao powder and coconut oil into a Nutribullet or blender and blend into a fine powder.

Melt the coconut oil and add to the mix, stirring well so it goes through the whole powder.

Divide into 16 balls and roll in the cacao powder to look like truffles.

Stick in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.


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