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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn

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Last summer I learned about popping popcorn in a microwave with just a brown paper bag from Angela. It took me another year until I actually tried it myself. I love making homemade popcorn (and honestly, making it on the stove is best) but sometimes runger takes over and I just need something sweet, salty and that I can have in just a few minutes.

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Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn.

The microwave popcorn you buy in the store is absolutely awful for you. It’s full of gross preservatives and fake flavors. I’ll never touch it again. I mean, I love the idea of it, but I also don’t like the idea of just casually eating carcinogens. Plus, as you know, this is gluten free and if you’re vegan, sub out the honey for maple syrup (or agave, but honestly, agave is awful for you, don’t eat it).

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Drizzle a little extra honey on top!

I also have a large fond spot in my heart for kettle corn, but kettle corn is mostly sugar. Think of this coconut oil, honey and sea salt popcorn as a healthier version to kettle corn. (If you do want a decently healthy store kettle corn, Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn is relatively low in sugar and is popped with sunflower oil.)

My coconut oil, honey and sea salt is one of my favorite things to eat on Saturdays after long runs because then I can get in sugar (honey) and salt, as well as a surprisingly good amount of protein (and a ton of fiber but popcorn – duh). If you want, you can make this on the stove, too. Just use coconut oil to cook it!

Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Paleo
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ tsp honey
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalyan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and fold top over.
  2. Place bag in microwave and microwave for 3-5 minutes, listening closely and stopping the microwave once there is 1-2 second between popping.
  3. Remove bag from microwave and open to allow heat out.
  4. Place coconut oil, honey and sea salt in bag of popped popcorn kernels and shake well to combine.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: entire recipe Calories: 221 Fat: 5.3 g Saturated fat: 3.9 g Carbohydrates: 44.6 g Sugar: 8.6 g Sodium: 234 mg Fiber: 9.0 g Protein: 6.0 g

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Banana and Fig Chocolate Chip Muffins

It took me two tries to get this recipe right, which is unusual for me. It’s unusual because either I never try again once I screw up a recipe or I get it right the first time. The first batch of these Banana and Fig Chocolate Chip Muffins, which rather were Giant Banana and Fig Chocolate Chip Crumbs, were so good that I had to try again.

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Banana and Fig Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I stick spinach in everything that stands still. I don’t know why I have a fear of not getting enough greens, when in truth, if I’m not careful my skin tone is going to resemble Kermit the Frog. I am seriously just waiting on bananas to go ripe so I can make another batch of these. The avocados make them really creamy, just like when you add them to smoothies.

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Don’t let the green color scare you away.

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Banana & Fig Chocolate Chip Muffins
 
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A gluten-free, added sugar free snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • ½ cup unsweetened carob chips
  • ⅓ cup avocado (1/2 avocado)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp pink himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tins or silicon muffin liners with coconut oil.
  3. Put all ingredients except carob chips in a high powered blender (aka a Vitamix) or food processor.
  4. Process until completely combined and it looks like a smoothie.
  5. Fold in carob chips with a spatula.
  6. Pour mixture evenly into prepared tins.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until tops begin to brown and a fork inserted comes out clean.
  8. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 112 Fat: 3.6 g Saturated fat: 1.2 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 8.8 g Sodium: 45 mg Fiber: 3.3 g Protein: 3.3 g

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

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I’m actually snacking on one of these Vanilla Fig Energy Bites as I type out this post. I woke up way too early for a lazy Sunday due to complete panic over the lack of things I wanted to accomplish yesterday but didn’t because my long run completely wiped me and I ended up spending most of the afternoon laying in bed. Maybe we could also contribute my exhaustion to the fact that I flew across the country last week and basically only took an extended nap for sleep on Tuesday night.

Anyway, I woke up at 7 a.m. starved (the runger is real) and craving pancakes (same craving that I went to sleep with last night… and had lived with for the past week). I had some Purely Elizabeth Gluten Free Pancake Mix that I had yet to use (I don’t f-with pancake mixes, typically), so I whipped them up with some strawberries and figs. This isn’t about pancakes though, this is about these vanilla fig bites and running.

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

When I’m making energy bites (aka throwing a bunch of things in the food processor), I usually forget about protein powder. I’m doing this new thing where I’m trying to recover/fuel better from/for running and I know protein is an important part of that. Since I’ve started using the Vega Performance Protein in my smoothies, mixed in yogurt and in energy bites (like these ones!), I have noticed that I am definitely feeling better after workouts… today after a 14-miler yesterday I wasn’t sore at all (but stretching at yoga DID feel amazing… and I foam rolled… but still!).

I’ve been experimenting with a few protein powders because I’m trying to find one that a) keeps me full b) tastes good and c) is super clean (i.e. not full of junk, including fake sugars). The Vega Performance Protein definitely fills all three requirements. I needed a second opinion to be sure, so I gave some to Emily and she told me she liked it as well!

Also, I’m on a fig bender… so expect to see some more fig recipes. I hope you’re ready.

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Fig life.

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 24
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Instructions
  1. Put figs, cashews and protein powder in food processor and process until it becomes flour-like.
  2. Add peanut butter and honey and continue processing until a ball forms.
  3. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  4. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 52 Fat: 2.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.4 g Sugar: 5.1 g Sodium: 18 mg Fiber: 1.0 g Protein: 2.1 g

Other recipes to use Vega Performance Protein:

*I was compensated to write about Vega’s #fuelyourbetter campaign but all opinions are my own.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites

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Another energy bite recipe? I know you’re probably sick of them but guess what? I make a batch every two weeks or so, I can photograph them at any time, and people love energy bites. (Right? You love these, right?)

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Or, alternately, Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites.

I had been thinking abut making oatmeal raisin something for ages now. I needed energy bites as I had eaten my last Chocolate Antioxidant Energy Bite (recipe coming soon) before yoga the day I made these. I was playing around with ingredients and they needed a little more stick. Enter raisins. They have about the same nutritional value as dates, so they don’t really alter anything from my normal recipe.

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These got me out of bed for my run this morning.

The Recipe ReDux challenge for July was using alcohol and vanilla extract technically counts as alcohol. If you’re looking for a cocktail recipe though, you can add vodka to my Mint Arnold Palmer and make it a John Daly. Don’t worry, I won’t tell. Also, is it phoning it in to just use vanilla extract?

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Gluten Free and Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites
 
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites: gluten free, vegan and raw! Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabar recipe for a fraction of the price.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dates
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for 30 minutes.
  2. Add dates, almonds, oats, and peanut butter to food processor and process until a sticky ball forms.
  3. Add in vanilla and sea salt and pulse a few more times.
  4. Add in raisins and pulse until combined.
  5. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 50 Fat: 2.3 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.0 g Sugar: 4.6 g Sodium: 26 mg Fiber: 1.0 Protein: 1.3

More energy bite recipes (aka the reverse evolution of my food photograph):

Coconut Energy Bites (too ashamed of my photograph to put it on this post)

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Chocolate Coconut Pistachio Energy Bites

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I’m currently going through a pistachio obsession. I’m throwing them in everything: oatmeal, smoothie bowls, yogurt and my favorite – energy bites. I never really ate pistachios until recently and now I can’t get enough.

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Gettng seedy…

These Chocolate Coconut Pistachio Energy Bites are much like my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites – seedy thanks to the figs, hemp and pistachio. I really need chocolate in basically everything I eat, so of course I added in cacao powder. Oh, and did I mention they are less than 70 calories each? Totally guilt free.

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The perfect pre-workout bite or afternoon treat.

Chocolate Coconut Pistacho Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 tbsp chocolate coconut peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and process until well processed and sticking together
  2. Put mixture into a covered container and chill in refridgerator for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  3. Roll mixture into 1" balls.
  4. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 1" bite Calories: 67 Fat: 3.3 Carbohydrates: 8.9 Sugar: 6.1 Fiber: 1.6 Protein: 1.6

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What is your favorite nut combination right now? Mine’s chocolate and pistachio, obviously.

The Best Homemade Granola Bars

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In the afternoons, I typically want something sweet as a snack. Let’s be real, usually I want something sweet at all times except for lunch and dinner. I’m trying to eat more fat so making a granola bar full of healthy fats from seeds and nuts seemed like a great idea. Typically after work I go for a run or go to yoga, so it also made sense to eat something with carbs and natural sugar from bananas as well. And I’m clearly not about to eat something processed.

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“Crack bars”.

As soon as I ate the first one, I knew they were going to be dangerous.  I wasted to call them “crack bars” but that seemed bad for SEO and possibly bad for my image, so instead I’ll call them The Best Homemade Granola Bars, because that’s what they are. I don’t throw around “best” lightly, either.

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Right after this photo was taken, they fell off the table and I had to eat them. Five second rule, right?

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Skip the high-fructose corn syrup in favor of a naturally sweet bar.

These are great for using up random things you have in your pantry, too – the last little bit of the sliced almonds, random peanut butter chips from Trader Joe’s and bananas that are getting a little brown. These are also great for totally binging on and gaining weight, which is what I think I did with them. Also, they have a 4:1 carb to protein ration which means  – PERFECT RECOVERY FOOD.

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The Best Homemade Granola Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3 bananas, very ripe
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup pistachios, shelled
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chips
  • ¼ chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Blend bananas in food process, blender or mash by hand.
  3. Mix in oats, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Fold in pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pistachios, sliced almonds, raisins, peanut butter chips and chia seeds.
  5. Pour mixture into baking tray, distributing evenly, and flatten with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until granola bars begin turning brown and crispy.
  7. Let cook completely then cut and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 160 Fat: 7.2 Carbohydrates: 20.6 Sugar: 7.5 Sodium: 5 Fiber: 2.9 Protein: 4.7

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites lasted less than a week. Honestly, I’m surprised they made it from the food processor to bowl form because I was “taste testing” with a heavy hand.

I’m having trouble finding words for this post. I’m not really emotionally connect to these energy bites, they stemmed from me needing to have something to eat pre-run in the morning or pre-yoga after work but just turned out deliciously. Sometimes I feel like I create recipes out of need – need for vegetables, need to detox, need for a Cinco de Mayo recipe to use for the AEO blog.

Typically I have so many words. I spend my long runs composing blog posts in my head and thinking about my book outline. I think of really funny tweets and things I want to tell my friends. I’m constantly making notes in my phone, sending e-mails to myself and jotting down ideas on whatever paper is around. It feels strange to have writer’s block.

I’m not in the mood to create recipes, I don’t want to think about what to eat – and it’s not like I’m depressed. Quite the opposite: I’m happy, everything in life is going well, so maybe I’m mentally checking out and enjoying the feeling? Not so sure.

Anyway, there’s the standard super foods in these guys (chia seeds and hemp seeds) and you can easily make them vegan by subbing agave for the honey.

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A little seedy…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp carob chips
  • 1 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients except for carob chips in food processor and process until a ball begins to form.
  2. Put ball in fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  3. Roll mixture into 1" balls.
  4. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1" Bite Calories: 60 Fat: 2.8 Carbohydrates: 8.2 Sugar: 6.8 Sodium: 22 Fiber: 1.6 Protein: 1.9

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