Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fuel on the move: homemade chocolate & peanut energy bites

Have you tries Larabars before? They're delicious energy bars that taste like a cookie but only have 3 or so ingredients. Most Larabars are dried fruits and nuts pureed together; the first ingredient is usually dates. I loved using them when I was training for my climate ride, but they're a bit expensive. My deal with myself is that I could only eat them after having ridden 40 miles...not for consumption in the house!

I found a few recipes online, including this one from Chocolate Covered Katie and made it my own. I liked using raisins for the base of these cookies because they're less expensive, there is no need to pit them and they're slightly higher in potassium than dates. 100 g of dates has 656mg of potassium vs. 749 in 100 g of raisins. Potassium and sodium are the electrolytes you're seeking during physical activity.

These "cookies" are actually quite healthy; they're basically trail mix masquerading as a cookie. Keep in mind, though, that trail mix is quite high in calories. These cookies are to be eaten on the move, not on the couch!

Homemade Chocolate & Peanut Energy Bites
Makes 4 servings
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons salted peanuts (or add a pinch of salt if using unsalted)
  • few drops of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  1. Add your ingredients to a food processor and blend until a soft dough forms
  2. Use your hands to form the dough into bars, balls or cookie shapes. Garnish with peanuts if you'd like the ambiance 


If you're also interested in trying to make your own sports drinks, here is a recipe to try. 

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