Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites
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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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
- Soak dates in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
- Pour out water and place dates in food processor.
- Add all other ingredients to food processor.
- Process until a ball begins to form. You may have to scrape down sides a few times.
- Place mixture in a bowl and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Once mixture has cooled, roll into 1" balls.
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