The health and fitness world serves up some bizarre ideas sometimes – a lot of them are absolutely bonkers, but from time to time we’re bowled over by a stroke of genius from the fitness fanatics.
Snack balls are one of the creations we’re most impressed by. Often no-bake and always easy prep, these are mixtures of all the good things we love, like oats and nuts, held together by more things we love, like honey and peanut butter.
Energy bites, or power balls, will all work wrapped and placed in a jersey pocket on a ride, and they’ll also help you to avoid reaching for the Dairy Milk come those 4 pm hunger pangs.
In fact, we were pleased to note that Olympic track and now road specialist Dani King is a fan – having recently said: “I use my NutriBullet to mix up treats to help me recover after training. I blend oats, honey, protein powders, peanut butter and almonds, to make snack balls, which I freeze. It’s important for me to eat well to get the best out of my body.”
So – without further ado – here are five of the best recipes we’ve found:
Coffee Choc Chip Energy Bites
These little snack balls from BlissfulBrit basically contain all our favourite things – and the caffeine kick will do wonders on your morning ride.
Suggested reading: How to Use Caffeine to Improve Performance
Oats provide a great slow release carbohydrate to get you on your way, whilst almond butter contains a little protein hit and healthy fat injection as well.
- 1 cup dry whole grain oatmeal
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1.5 tbsp fresh ground “unused” coffee beans
- 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (or dried fruit)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Stir oatmeal, flaxseed, and coffee granules together, then add your almond butter, honey, and vanilla. Once combined, add chocolate chips and cranberries (swap the chocolate for dried fruit for some extra angelic points) and stir.
Leave in the fridge for 20 minutes, roll into balls and you’re done! Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, and don’t keep them longer than a week (we’re sure you’ll manage!).