Date and Oat Energy Balls

I had some extra time this afternoon since it was a running rest day, so I made some homemade running fuel/snacks.  I’ve had a bag of pitted dates here and have been looking for a new way to use them other than in my oatmeal, so I thought I’d try to make some homemade protein snacks!  When I make things like this I usually don’t measure exactly and they still turn out good, so here is how I made them…

Ingredients:

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Natural peanut butter (I love Crazy Richards), coconut flakes, honey, pitted dates, semi-sweet chocolate chips, milled flax seed.

Approximate Measures:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup oats

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup milled flax

8 pitted dates chopped

2-4 TBS honey

 

Mix all ingredients except for honey.

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Get in there with your hands and add the honey 1 TBS at a time until it sticks together.  Form into balls and place in fridge.  It is a very messy process, but worth it!  Refrigerate so that they stick together even more.  I sometimes even put things like this in the freezer.

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I was able to make 18 from this batch.

 

I think these will be good for before, during, or even after a run. Let me know if you try them!  I am trying to add dates to my diet.  I love that they are a good source of potassium as that is something I always try to get a lot of in my diet, and sweet potatoes and bananas get boring after awhile!  Read this article for more benefits of eating dates.

 

Happy Running and Happy Fueling!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Date and Oat Energy Balls

  1. Amanda W January 23, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Check out http://www.ilovedatelady.com. Tons of date products and recipes. Date syrup, date syrup sweetened chocolate sauce and caramel sauce, etc. It’s good stuff! I keep a bottle of date syrup on hand all the time.

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    • miles2go4u January 23, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I bet the syrup would be good on pancakes too. The balsamic one even sounds good. I may have to try something from there 🙂

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