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.