Energy Lessons

August 14th, 2010 | Posted by Alison Spath in Fitness

Potential Energy

Chocolate Chews

These my friends, are fuel. And a pretty yummy fuel at that.

Inspired by Brendan Brazier’s Direct Fuel Bites, I made my own version with coconut oil, medjool dates and cocoa powder. Coconut oil is where it’s at for potential energy, which is what makes these little suckers so powerful.

Chewy Chocolaty Chewy Chews (catchy, eh?)

10 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 – 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Throw all ingredients into the food processor and then stand back to observe it’s Kinetic Energy with awe and wonder.

Dates, Cocoa Powder, Coconut Oil OH MY!

Process until you have a smooth, brown, greasy blob.

Greasy Blob

You may have to stop the food processor and scrape down the sides down a couple of times before it looks like something out of everyone’s favorite scary movie.

The Blob

Creative Energy

You know, I’m gonna make my own scary movie! I’ll call it “The Blog”. In fact, I’m working on it right now!

The Energy to Stay on Topic

Lay a long piece of cellophane over a cutting board. With a little Physical Energy, take your scary brown greasy blob and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place ball on cellophane and then flatten said scary brown greasy blob it into a scary brown greasy pancake.


Wash your hands. Well. And then rap.

My name is ALISON! and I’m here to SAY! I made these CHEWS! just the other DAY!

I meant, WRAP.


Electrical Energy

Lay your wrapped pancake flat in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow it to firm up. I came back to mine a few hours (and apparently a different cutting board) later.


Once firm it is easy to cut these into bite sized pieces. I prefer to cut mine into a variety of sizes so that I have a little flexibility during a long run, depending on how I’m feeling or how long it will be before I refuel again.

Or, in the case when I’m using them as a quick out the door snack when I need all my energy to wrestle children in and out of the car? Yeah. That’s when I grab the biggest one I can find.

This recipe makes approximately 16 1 oz pieces. You can easily halve this recipe, especially when you consider the fact that I doubled Brendan’s Direct Fuel Bite recipe from Thrive.

I kept my layers of Chewy Chocolaty Chewy Chews separated with parchment paper. Store in an air tight container the fridge.

Cutting Chewie Chews

So these are a good, but a word of caution: they will melt if you take them with you on a warm day or carry them (wrapped!) in your pocket on a run. Coconut oil turns to liquid at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I used these on my 20 mile training run last week and they worked great for raw energy, but they were kept cold at home until I stopped in to refuel. Still working on how I’ll transport these and/or my fridge during the marathon in about 4 weeks here. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Now on to some other forms of energy!

Carrot Joke Energy

Pair of Carrot Legs

So a pair of carrot legs walks into a bar… awww, you heard that one already?

Who am I kidding. I got nothing.

Green Dark Red Energy

Red Energy

Damn beets! Way to ruin what was going to be to be a perfectly good Green Energy example!

Kale, romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger juice. And oh yeah, a couple of small beets. Worked great for Write This Post Energy though, I must say.

Positive Energy

Operation Beautiful the Book

Mollie is the winner of my Operation Beautiful Giveaway! Mollie, email me your mailing address and I’ll get this out in the mail to you on Monday!

OK, that’s a rap! I mean, that’s a wrap.

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7 Responses

  • Mollie says:

    Yay, Thanks Ali! Address sent :)

  • Libby says:

    Can’t wait to try out those chocolaty chews. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.


  • Cindy says:

    Congrats to Mollie!!!!
    Now I need a trip to Barnes & Noble…hahahahaaha

    Ali…love your chocotaly chewey…heck; I’ll spend an hour re-typing that title. THEY LOOK AMAZING.

    I happen to just have a huge tub of dates, cocoa powder and oil. oh boy!

    now I just need to get my shoes on and run 20 miles. To date I am up to 6.


    love your juice too. YUM

  • Amy says:

    Looks yummy. I’ve made Brendan’s original recipe and I keep them individually wrapped in the freezer. So I’ll take a couple with me when I run and just keep them in my pocket. I haven’t done it recently (in the super-hot heat of summer), but I would probably just baggy them up. They are really very delicious. Like a mounds bar.

    • Alison says:

      Thanks Amy, that’s actually what I’m thinking too… put them in a baggie and figure it probably won’t get any messier than a gel, right? Especially if I took them frozen! Great idea!

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