Energy bites are a great way to get through a workout or afternoon if you’re pressed for time. They fit in your bag, and you can eat them on the go. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could make them yourself without all the nasty ingredients?

Consuming the usual race nutrition of gels, sugary drinks, bars and gummies work for a time, but long training days or races require more satiating snacks. Some of the classic choices such as chips, pretzels and granola bars are all typically store bought. The downside to this is that they’re loaded with unnecessary preservatives, high levels of sodium and sugar and packed in environmentally unfriendly waste. Luckily, these tasty bites can be made at home with regular ingredients.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats, quick oats work too
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of your choice
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Remove from the fridge and roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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