This week marks the six-week countdown to my first marathon, the San Francisco Marathon, which I’ll be running with my sister at the end of July. I’m nervous but I know we can do it well!
Training for a marathon involves, as you might have guessed, lots of running. Sometimes these are long, slow runs and sometimes they’re shorter, faster, hillier runs.
Either way, I need to make sure I’m fueled up well every time I go out. For shorter runs, a burst of quick sugars can help. But for longer runs, it’s best to have a combination of fast sugars, protein, and fat.
These energy bites are the perfect solution for a long run! The nuts provide protein for muscle repair; the coconut oil provides fat for satiety and recovery; and the dates provide carbohydrates that are quickly digested and ready to burn for energy.
Plus, they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and pure deliciousness.
There’s no need to buy pre-made, processed, or packaged energy bars when you can make tasty treats like these. They’re easy, fast, and exactly what you need to get you through a long distance. Stick ‘em in your pack the next time you head out on a long run and enjoy their pure, natural goodness.
Chocolate-Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Raw)
Ingredients for 12 servings
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 2 large Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
- Optional first step: soak the cashews for 3-6 hours. Drain and rinse the cashews.
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor until well-mixed.
- Hand-roll into 1-inch balls.
- Freeze for 15 minutes. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Enjoy!
Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.
If you run long distances, do you have a favorite snack for long runs?