While pre-packaged run nutrition offers convenience, creating your own fuel can be just as easy. As an added bonus, you can control the ingredients and flavors by altering recipes to meet dietary needs and taste preference. Check out five of our favorite homemade protein bites recipes here. . .
Easy Cherry Almond Energy Bites
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup slivered raw almonds
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until everything is chopped into tiny pieces. Scoop heaping tablespoon of mixed ingredients in your hand and roll to form ball shape. Repeat until all of the mixture is used. Store bites in a container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 89 calories, 3.1 g fat, 15.1 g carbohydrates, 1.6 g protein, 5 mg sodium, 2 g dietary fiber.
Women’s Running Cranberry Pumpkin Bites
1 cup rolled oats, divided
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup light agave nectar (can substitute honey)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
dash of salt
Place 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of pecans and 1/2 cup of cranberries in food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped. Add all remaining ingredients (not including 1/2 cup of oats) into the mixture and pulse processor until combined. Add 1/2 cup of oats to bowl and mix together. Using a teaspoonful at a time, roll mixture in the palm of your hands to create round bites. Repeat until all of the ingredients are used. Chill for 2 hours before placing in airtight container to store in refrigerator.
Recipe yields approximately 24 bites.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 bite = 1 serving): 59 calories, 3.6 g fat, 6.3 g carbohydrates, 1.0 g protein, 12 mg sodium, 1.2 g fiber.
Peanut Butter Protein Bites
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup light agave syrup
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/8 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Add 1 cup oats, agave, peanut butter, and coconut to a large mixing bowl and set aside. Next, place dates, 1 cup rolled oats, and chia seeds in food processor. Pulse ingredients until dates and oats are finely chopped. Add processed mixture to ingredients in the large mixing bowl and blend until combined. Finally, add chocolate chips and stir until well mixed.
Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes before scooping heaping teaspoonfuls into your hands to roll into small bites. Recipe yields approximately 18 bites. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 bite = 1 serving): 142 calories, 6.7 g of fat, 18.4 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g protein, 44 mg sodium, 1.9 g dietary fiber.
Cherry Lemonade Protein Bites
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup pecan halves
1 scoop unflavored protein powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
3 tablespoons light agave
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest (or zest from 1 large lemon)
2/3 cup dried cherries
Add all ingredients to food processor. Mix until all ingredients are combined and finely chopped. Take heaping tablespoon of mixture into hand and press together, while rolling in your palm to create a round bite. Refrigerate for 2-3 weeks.
Nutritional information per serving: 83 calories, 6.2 g carbohydrates, 5.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 1.1 g fiber, 31 mg sodium, 3.0 g protein.
Peppermint Patty Protein Bites
Yields 25 bites
1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/3 cup Special Dark cocoa powder
1/2 + 1/3 cups agave nectar, light
1 scoop (or 2 tablespoons) protein powder, unflavored
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Combine peanut butter, almonds, oats and coconut in food processor and pulse until all ingredients finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients (starting with only 1/2 cup of agave nectar to begin) to the food processor and mix until well combined. Mixture should have a sticky consistency. If it is not sticky enough to form balls, add another 1/3 cup of agave nectar and pulse to combine.
Once all ingredients are combined for a sticky consistency, take a tablespoon of the dough and roll it in the palm of your hands to form a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture in used.
Store bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 bite = 1 serving): 108 calories, 5.2 g fat, 13.8 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g protein, 48 mg sodium, 1.9 g dietary fiber.