Friday, April 20, 2012

Chococonut Energy Balls

Last month, I posted a recipe for energy balls that I use on my triathlon training rides. And those Brownie Batter Energy Balls are tasty, unlike many energy aids used for long-distance training and racing (Lemon-Lime Gatorade, anybody?). 

But you can’t eat the same thing over and over, particularly when you are out on your bike for a good portion of the day. No, not even if it’s delicious and chocolate. And since I have a race this weekend that will involve being on my bike for 56 miles, I needed some variety. Different energy balls.

Still using dates for that crucial energy burst.

But this time, with coconut joining the chocolate!
Now presenting, Chococonut Energy Balls.

Chococonut Energy Balls
1 pound pitted dates
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Run dates through a food processor until a paste forms, add other ingredients and run food processor until all ingredients are uniformly mixed. Form into ½ inch diameter balls, chill on a flat plate or baking sheet until solidified, then pack in an airtight container for future consumption.

And don’t forget to put a bunch in your bento box on your bike. 56 miles is a long way.


  1. I could never digest really solid things at race pace - I think a gel was the closest I would come. You can bet I'd have a ton of these post ride though. Good luck!

  2. I bet it's really beautiful down in SC right now! Have a great race:)

  3. Mmmmmm, tasty! I thought these usually included nuts so I didn't make your previous ones. Maybe these are worth a shot.

  4. Mmm, I totally made these (but with walnuts also) for Valentine's day! No, not for a Valentine.

  5. yeah, i can only do gu's for so long ;) hope the race went well!