Today was one of those days where I needed a little pick-me-up. I don’t normally need an energy boost, but I’ve been away for the week at work and I didn’t sleep well. Yeah I know. Booohooo. We all have problems. You’re right, and I’m not complaining. I’m just setting the premise for the story here!
Anyway, given that I’ve been away, I wanted to hit the gym this morning. The WOD was a burner. I was going to need fuel. I don’t like to have any coffee before I work out as it usually comes back up on me, especially if running is involved. What else to do as I don’t like to eat a big meal either for the same reason. Vegan Protein and Almond Butter Energy Bites peeps. That’s the magic right there. Popped 3 of these bad boys in my mouth and I was off to the races, literally. Did I mention they are also full of protein?
Now I don’t know if it had anything to do with the energy balls or the fact that I haven’t worked out as hard for 6 days, but I was able to beat my expectations on this WOD. My strength was great and energy was good. I died on the run a little (2 x 1km runs), which is expected for me given I have been away from cardio for 6 days, but I pushed through. Not my best work, but I’ll take it. And guess what, no reflux, no feeling of hunger, and no stomach pains through the entire workout. I’m starting to think these magic little balls are going to be a pre-workout staple.
These energy bites are simple, they come together quickly and easily, and you can coat them anyway you like. I kept it simple and just rolled some in cacao, and some in coconut while the others I left plain. You can coat them any way you like. Use matcha, ground pistachios, ground pumpkin seed, ground sunflower seeds, the list is endless. You could even dip these in melted dark dairy free chocolate for a truffle like bite. See where I’m going here. These could be dessert too!
Bottom line is, get creative. Or don’t. The energy bites are good plain as they are. I threw in a handful of whole almonds into the food processor to get some big visible chunks in the mix as that’s what I wanted, but you don’t have to. As I like to say, this recipe is a template. I want you guys to build on it and share. Just don’t forget me when you get your first full page food spread in a big magazine.
So go nuts. Literally. And get to making these. You don’t have to do balls. You could press it in a square pan and cut into bars if you like. Don’t forget to try, like, comment, tag, and share. It’s only fair. I’m a poet. 🙂Print
Vegan Protein and Almond Butter Energy Bites
- 360g (2 cups) pitted dates
- 275g (1 cup) almond butter
- 60g (1/2 cup) oats
- 35g (1/4 cup) cacao powder
- 1 scoop Vega
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Make sure all pits are removed from the dates and cut in half or thirds.
- Add the dates to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
- Add the almond butter, oat, cacao powder, Vega protein, vanilla, and maple syrup.
- Process until the mixture starts to stick together (you’ll notice a change in how the mixture sounds and you’ll see it clumping and falling into the blades).
- Scoop out mixture in 1tbsp sized clumps and press and roll between your hands.
- When finished, you can roll them in any coating you like. I used cacao powder here as well as coconut flakes. Be creative and use your faves!
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight.
- Enjoy as a snack, before exercise, or when you need an energy boost!
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