Fight Fuel: Nut butter energy bites
Do you find yourself reaching for some kind of energy or granola bar to fuel or recover from workouts? Or, do you often make mid-meal trips to the vending machine or cafe to grab a little pick-me-up?
Stop reaching for the processed *ish and make your own energy bites to consume on-the-go. It is true that there are plenty of natural, unprocessed energy bars to stock up on — like my favs, LARABAR and GoMacro — but why not save some money and make your own?
These nut-butter energy balls are a customizable, well-balanced fight fuel. Consume them before your workout to power you through, or after your workout to hold you over until meal time. They are a great mix of protein, carbohydrate and natural sweetness.
NUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES
1 cup of dry, (gluten-free) oats
1/2 cup of plan, unsweetened nut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed*
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/3 cup local honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup of raisins or other unsweetened dried fruit; cacao nibs or chocolate chips**
*or add ½ cup more oats
**optional: choose one add-in ingredient to spice things up
- Combine all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until well-incorporated. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to harden.
- Remove the bowl from the fridge and start rolling your nut butter energy balls into spheres slightly smaller than ping-pong balls. Be sure to press firmly as your roll.
- Store nutt butter energy bites in the fridge for the week ahead. Enjoy 2-4 bites as a pre- or post-workout treat.
Get creative by changing up the nut butter and add-in ingredients. Maybe it’s sunbutter and raisins one week, then peanut butter and vegan chocolate chips the next.
Nut Butter Energy Bites
Emily is the fitness instructor and recipe developer behind Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. She teaches a variety of classes including yoga, Zumba and boxing. You can also catch her for a how-to food demo from time to time. At the EBF, you’ll find her teaching BAGFIIT Beats with a dance-oriented flare and BODYFIIT 360, a challenging combination of yoga, suspension and weight-training.