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.
Process until you have a smooth, brown, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
OK, that’s a rap! I mean, that’s a wrap.