Recently, I was running and trekking across the mountains of Mallorca. One evening at our hotel, we were served oranges straight from the tree, sliced and dipped in dark chocolate. Juicy, sweet, hydrating and packed with vitamin C, fibre and minerals such as potassium, we know that oranges are good for us. And, as research claims that quality dark chocolate can boost sports performance, it seems its pairing with oranges is a match made in heaven.


■ 2-3 large oranges

■ 100g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)

■ A few drops of coconut oil

■ Sea salt (optional)


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Peel the oranges, remove all the pith and break into segments. (If you prefer, you can cut the oranges into slices, with the peel left on, or use clementines or strawberries.)

Melt the chocolate using a double boiler placed over boiling water on a low heat.

If the chocolate is too thick, add a little coconut oil.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Dip each orange segment halfway into the melted chocolate and place on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle each chocolate covered orange segment with sea salt or crushed nuts (optional)

Leave to set for about 15 minutes and enjoy.


Kate Percy Athlete and cook, Kate is passionate about the link between good eating and performance. Her best-selling books, Go Faster Food (£12.99), Go Faster Food for Kids, (£16.99), and FuelSmart for Race Day (£3.99) bring sports nutrition to life with recipes to help athletes fulfil their potential. They’re available on Amazon, in bookstores, or from her website at