Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

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I ran my first 20-miler this weekend. Don’t worry, it borders on as awful as it sounds. No, it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve ever put my body through and surprisingly, miles 14.5-18 were the worst. I was actually most nervous about miles 18-20 because people say that’s usually when you just mentally and physically lose it.

chocolate cherry hazelnut energy bites | almost getting it together

20 miler fuel.

I got lost heading to the Steel City Road Runners group run, so instead I parked my car and decided I would just run. I had 20 miles to cover and if worst came to worst, I had my phone, some cash and a credit card so I could call someone to pick me up or take an Uber to get my car.

chocolate cherry hazelnut energy bites | almost getting it together

How cool is my turtle dish?

I saw a lot of the city just running around. With things that are transpiring in my life, it was kind of special to me to see parts of the city I don’t usually see. No, don’t worry, I’m not falling in love with Pittsburgh or anything, but up in the Mexican War Streets it’s easy to forget you’re not in Boston or Brooklyn when you’re in Lawerenceville.

chocolate cherry hazelnut energy bites | almost getting it together

Savor the last little bit of summer with these chocolate cherry hazelnut bites.

Since I was heading to the WVU-Oklahoma game that evening, I wanted to make sure I was actually being responsible and drinking enough water and eating enough fuel. I took four of these energy bites with me and had one at mile 5, 10, 14 and 17. I still felt wrecked because I had ran 20 miles, but I think they helped me not want to just completely give up and that my muscles were fueled properly enough to still be able to wear heels that day.

I’ve decided I’m all about the plant-protein based protein powder these days. I had some Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder when I was making these and decided that it would be a way better addition then plain cacao or cocoa powder. I was right. I’m still up in the air about which protein powder I love best – this or Vega – but whenever you’re using it as much as me, there’s room for both, right?

chocolate cherry hazelnut energy bites | almost getting it together

Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ scoop Manitoba Pro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pour out water and place dates in food processor.
  3. Add all other ingredients to food processor.
  4. Process until a ball begins to form. You may have to scrape down sides a few times.
  5. Place mixture in a bowl and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Once mixture has cooled, roll into 1" balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 73 Fat: 1.8 g Carbohydrates: 14.7 g Sugar: 10.2 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Protein: 1.6 g

Chat with me:
Do you love your city? Do you ever find new places in it that surprise you? If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

39 comments on “Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on September 22, 2014 7:19 am

I love all of the cities that I have lived in and called home in different ways. So many places in all of them that people don’t know about. And I’m not telling, THEY ARE MY SECRET.
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 10:01 am

You’ll show me the Chicago ones when I visit, right?

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Erin @ The Almon Eater on September 22, 2014 7:53 am

Love the Mexican War Streets.. I’m glad you completed your run. You’re crazy though (and awesome, duh)

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Cassie on September 28, 2014 10:00 am

The middle was not pretty. I probably looked like a crazy to everyone on Butler.

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Lesley @ the Breakfast Runner on September 22, 2014 9:23 am

Yayyyyy for your first 20 mile long run! Proud of you lady!
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 10:00 am

Thank you!!! xoxo

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Marcia on September 22, 2014 9:59 am

Congrats on your 20! That first one is HUGE! And 20 will never seem quite as hard again so there’s that. WTG!
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:59 am

That’s what I keep hearing… thank God.

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on September 22, 2014 10:07 am

SALT! Rarely do I put salt in bites but it’s extra important in these energy bites :)
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 10:00 am

My life is putting salt in anything that stands still right now.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on September 22, 2014 10:43 am

I used to snark on my city big tie, but the more I travel, the more I realize that I live in a place that’s pretty darn good for me. That being said, I’m planning on leaving it soon to move up to a smaller town up in the mountains. No place I feel more at home…
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:59 am

I definitely think you have to be so, so happy where you live and it’s important to realize what you love might not be what everyone else loves!

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Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 22, 2014 11:58 am

Yum, looks way better than lara bars. :)
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Em Todd @ CFGF on September 22, 2014 12:27 pm

Wait until you do a 20 miler with friends. GAME CHANGER! I swear, they only get easier as you get used to them.

PS – Mexican War Streets are on the North Shore, not Lawrenceville. :)
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:54 am

So you’re going to do my next 20 with me, right? :)

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Jessica on September 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Love how smart you are about fueling your runs!

Currently I like living in the Pacific NW. But if I could live anywhere, I’d move back to Arizona, where I spent a few blissful years as a grad student. My family is from Philadelphia, which I think is an amazing city but too cold for me.
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:54 am

I can’t wait to live in the PNW some day… one of my favorite parts of America, if not my favorite.

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Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde on September 22, 2014 1:22 pm

I looooove Manitoba Harvest protein powder. I bet the chocolate rocks. I’ve always been a fan of the vanilla. And you GO girl for running 20 miles !!! That is unbelievably inspiring. Teach me your ways? :)
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:55 am

My ways are pure insanity, a good playlist, and thinking about what I am going to eat after my run haha

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Tina Muir on September 22, 2014 3:36 pm

Yum yum yum!!! Love the use of cherry AND Chocolate AND hazelnuts. I have never cooked with them, but might track some down! I adored living in Philly, and I really miss it, especially with the rock and roll half yesterday, but i do like where I am now, which is good. Congrats on your first 20 miler, soon you will be thinking “oh just another 20”. :)
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:55 am

I can’t believe that’s how I think about some distances now (i.e. 12, 13 miles)… only time until it’s that way with 20s for me haha.

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on September 22, 2014 6:53 pm

Go you on your 20-miler! One day I hope to be able to run that far! I’m from Toronto and I love it. If I could, I’d probably choose to live somewhere with warmer weather and sunshine, but I love the city and its diversity. On another note, these chocolate cherry hazelnut energy bites sound great for fuelling a long day or intense workout!
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:56 am

I love Toronto… minus the winter, I could totally live there!

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Katie @ 24 Carrot Life on September 22, 2014 7:00 pm

I love when I have all the ingredients on hand for a delicious recipe I see. Can’t wait to make these!

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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:56 am

Ooh, hope you enjoyed!

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Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on September 23, 2014 12:34 am

I can’t believe you did 20 miles on your OWN! I can’t even imagine. I could MAYBE do it if I did it with a running group, but by myself? You have serious discipline! I’m in awe
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:56 am

Discipline or craziness, not sure which one. Jury’s still out.

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on September 23, 2014 8:11 pm

Looks delicious!
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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on September 23, 2014 11:35 pm

I recently discovered Manitoba Harvest protein powder and I like it too… And I LOVE your turtle dish!
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Cassie on September 28, 2014 9:57 am

Haha, thanks! Anthro :)

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on September 24, 2014 11:05 am

I’m not sure if I love waterloo but I did have a lot of fun finding new places in the summer, so that’s something. If I could live anywhere it’ll be somewhere warm or at least without snow. After living in Ontario for the last 4 winters, I’m all snowed out haha
Also, YUM! Pinning :D
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Cassie on September 24, 2014 1:14 pm

I neeeed to live somewhere warm ASAP.

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Alessandra // the foodie teen on September 24, 2014 1:50 pm

Those look absolutely incredible! Yum! And congratulations :)

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on October 1, 2014 8:57 am

You know where I would want to live….in fact I think you’re on your way there now!!! I hate energy balls. I prefer to run with baby food.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:27 am

Haha, okay THLB. Yes, I went there.

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on October 3, 2014 2:56 pm

Yum to this flavor explosion of deliciousness and congrats to properly fueling an insane amount of miles! I need to get back on track with my running in the next few weeks as I signed up for a 5K with some friends. No need for energy bites on that run, but maybe still a fun excuse to try these out and make new friends at the finish line? :)
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Cassie on October 6, 2014 12:20 pm

Yes, I think these will make new friends at the finish line for sure!!!

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