Here's the link to his blog if you feel like reading about his crazy journey: http://www.alternativeathlete.com/2012/08/worth-hurt-524-mile-ultramarathon-race.html **Disclaimer, he mentions a few ingredients that we in fact did not use as I have no idea where I would purchase unicorn poop or a few of the other items he mentioned... Ah the many facets of human humor. Enjoy ;)
In these little round morsels I include raw organic cacao powder, raw organic cacao nibs and organic chia seeds, and I think it is worth a quick moment to talk about the greatness of these items. Here is a fascinating article on raw cacao: http://www.naturalnews.com/022610.html. "Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium." The FDA has actually recently approved labeling dark chocolate using cacao as beneficial to heart health. So you can see why this would be a great food for an athlete to be consuming.
Chia seeds are an amazing resource for athletes and have been mentioned in countless articles and books on exercise. Their health benefits are extolled by nutritionists everywhere! "They have an extremely high concentration of omega-3 acids—even more than salmon." Link: http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/wellbeing/healthy-eating/the-powerful-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds.php#.T0uszde1FBA.t. Note: While they are fabulous for your health, be sure you aren't going on an important date after eating chia seeds. It is absolutely mind boggling (or mind bottling for you Will Ferrell fans) how well these seeds wedge their way in between your teeth!!
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Cacao Energy Balls
makes 16-18 golf sized balls
1 and a 1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup almond butter (I opt for chunky)
1/2 cacao nibs
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon maple powder
1 and a 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Take your cup of coconut flakes and spread them evenly over a baking sheet. Place in oven to lightly toast for 5 to 7 minutes. Once finished set aside and let cool
While your coconut is toasting place all the above listed ingredients into a large bowl. Once the coconut is finished add it to your bowl of amazing goodness. Stir everything together! This takes a wee bit of man power as you really need to make sure the almond butter is evenly distributed throughout your tasty menagerie of ingredients. Once you feel like this is achieved place the bowl in your refrigerator for 15 minutes to let the flavors set.
Once the time has passed take the mixture out of the fridge, and lets get rolling (literally). I find the best plan is to get your hands wet with warm water first. Then grab a small handful and roll it together between your hands. You only want the ball to be about as big as a golf ball. So keep that in mind when rolling. I use the same baking sheet to place my beautiful little energy balls once they are rolled to perfection. You will probably need to keep rinsing your hands with warm water so the oats and other ingredients don't stick to you and stick to the ball instead.
With all your mixture rolled into cacao energy balls place the baking sheet into your freezer for 15 minutes to set the little buggers. Once that timer rings they are ready to eat. They are perfect as a pre-work-out snack or a post-work-out snack. Save them in a air tight container in the fridge. Happy running and snacking. :)