Sometimes you want to change-up your snack by making your own grab-n-go fruit & nut bars or the very popular bite size balls. Since store brought fruit & nut bars (such as Larabars, Kind Bars, Rxbars) contain only whole ingredients that you can find in your local grocery store (or mostly likely in your kitchen) and contain approximately 3-10 ingredients, why not experiment making your own! Luckily, they won’t taste bad when the main ingredients are dried fruit and nuts! How bad could they be?
Some recipes call for a food processor. You don’t need a fancy expensive food processor. I still use the mini cuisnart for $34, which is all you need to make your energy bites.
Recently, I have been adding new ingredients to my basic energy bite recipes and no new ingredient has made a bad tasting snack. Since the east coast hasn’t seen much sunshine the past 2 weeks, I thought I would share a few recipes with pops of Spring flavors and colors!
I can’t wait to show you the version of these beetroot balls I made this week! Stay tuned for my post on “The Benefits of Beets”!
My Go-To Basic Energy Bite Recipes
My 2 favorite go-to basic recipes are the trail mix caffeine bites and the classic fudgie baby bites. I have made these too many times to count on my hands for a pre workout snacks, fuel on a long training run, and post run recovery snack. You can make the basic recipes below or have fun in the kitchen adding various ingredients such as the freeze-dried strawberries, lime juice/zest, beets, lemon juice/zest or carrots mentioned in the yummy examples above OR explore your pantry and add 1+ ingredients such as peppermint oil, matcha powder, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, protein powders, chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, salt, and dried fruit).
Nutrition Analysis Per Serving (without the optional ingredients): Calories: 91, Fat: 5g, Sat Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 0g, Carbohydrate: 11 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 2 mg.
Nutrition Analysis Per Serving (without the optional ingredients): Calories: 50 g, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0g, Carbohydrate: 10 g, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Protein 1g, Sodium: 0mg
Enjoy getting your hands dirty in the kitchen making your own energy bites & most importantly, enjoy being prepared with your workout FUEL!
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