They’re the most popular recipes on deliciouslyella.com and they fly off the counter at her Marylebone deli… Now healthy eaters countrywide can sample Deliciously Ella’s famous energy balls as, this summer, they hit shelves in Waitrose, Whole Foods Market and Selfridges – and their presence is spreading to more stores as the months tick by.
Naturally, as the energy ball’s number one fans, we were keen to sample the goods. The verdict: delicious. But something on the back of the wrappers caught our eyes: the recipes for the snacks we had just devoured! Which got us wondering – would our versions, made following the ingredients to the gram, turn out the same as Ella’s. Or might they be even better? Into the kitchen we went…
The wrapper lists the recipe for one 40g ball, but we scaled it up to make 12 – because, frankly, one ball won’t feed a hungry HFG team. Happily, most of the ingredients are readily available from the supermarket, and the only tool required was a small food processor.
Deliciously Ella’s Cacao & Almond Energy Ball (£1.79/40g)
Makes 12 balls
200g pitted dates
2tbsp cacao powder
1tbsp almond butter
1tbsp coconut oil
1. Blend the almonds to a powder in the food processor. If you want a bit of bite, don’t make the powder too fine.
2. Add the dates, cacao, almond butter and coconut oil to the food processor, then blend for 1–2 min until everything is well combined. We found it blended more smoothly by snipping the dates in half first with scissors.
3. Line a medium baking tin with non-stick baking paper, and have a bowl of water to hand. Dampen your hands, then scoop up a tablespoon or so of the mixture and roll it into ball between your hands. Set it in the baking tin, then continue to make 12 balls in total.
4. Transfer the tin to the freezer to chill for 1 hr before eating. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
PER BALL 173kcal, 11.1g fat, 2.2g sat fats, 14.1G carbs, 12.7g sugars, 2.9g fibre, 5g protein, 0.1g salt
FREE FROM GLUTEN, DAIRY AND REFINED SUGAR. VEGAN FRIENDLY
Deliciously Ella Cashew & Ginger Energy Ball (£1.79/40g)
Makes 12 balls
200g pitted dates
2 heaped tsp ground ginger
1. Blend the cashews to a powder in a food processor, then add the dates, ginger and oats and blend again until combined.
2. Line a medium baking tin with non-stick baking paper, and have a bowl of water to hand. Dampen your hands, then scoop up a tablespoon or so of the mixture and roll it into ball between your hands. Set it in the baking tin, then continue to make 12 balls in total.
3. Transfer the tin to the freezer to chill for 1 hr before eating. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
PER BALL 152kcal, 6.8g fat, 1.4g sat fats, 20.2g carbs, 16.1g sugars, 1.5g fibre, 3.5g protein, 0.0g salt
FREE FROM GLUTEN DAIRY AND REFINED SUGAR. VEGAN FRIENDLY
The taste test
On second tasting, Ella’s ready-made energy balls were just as moreish. But for us, the homemade versions won the top spot. The ingredients and texture were more pronounced, perhaps because we’d allowed a little bit to remain when blending. And cost-wise, you get more ball for your buck by going DIY.
Why not conduct your own taste test, then let us know if you agree?