If you think I’m about to share a new age gel with super powers, think again. This homemade energy bar is super easy on the stomach!
We’re going old school.
Back to the basics.
Back to the fuel that took you through so many playground hours.
Not only is it perfect in these cookies, but you could make your own super cheap gels by buying a jar of unsweetened applesauce (find out why brand matters below!!) and putting it in to small snack size ziplocs (or a gel flask) or buying their new squeeze pack.
Voila homemade, all nature energy gel.
Homemade Energy Bar (Cookies)
One of the drawbacks to many store bought energy bars is the super sweet taste.
And maybe you’ve tried energy bites, but they just aren’t big enough!
I’m a sugar lover, but for some reason during a long hike I don’t want 200 calories of overpoweringly sweetness hitting my taste buds. These cookies strike the perfect balance of having the healthy sugars we need to keep our muscles firing without an overly sweet taste.
Plus in cookie size, you can decide just how much you need. Instead of feeling compelled to eat the prepackaged bar.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
- 1 cup almond flour (I used NuNaturals Green Banana Flour)
- 1/2 cup hemp seed
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt (if you aren’t using them during runs use 1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 cup mini carob chips (dairy free!)
- 1/2 cup creamy Once Again Nut Butter (whatever kind you like, almond, peanut, tahini)
- 6 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce (Musselman’s Cinnamon is good too!)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- Vanilla NuStevia to taste
- 1 large egg (or 1 flax egg to make vegan)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together all dry ingredients
- In a second bowl (or food processor) mix together all wet ingredients
- Pour your dry into the wet and use a spatula to fold in
- Use a cookie dough scoop to drop cookies on to a sprayed baking sheet
- These won’t spread or puff, so it’s ok to flatten them, unless you want more of a ball shape.
- Bake 9 minutes
- Best stored in the fridge
I love these because they freeze well. Pull one out and place in a tiny zip loc, let it thaw while you run!Easy homemade energy cookie, low in calories and high on sports nutrition benefits! #healthyeating Click To Tweet
As always, I like to share why these make such a great choice as a running fuel.
First applesauce is a great low calorie carbohydrate with some fiber as well! You don’t need to digest it on the run, it’s simply ready to use fuel.
Cinnamon applesauce in this recipe helps to keep blood sugar levels stable or stick to the unsweetened mentioned above for only natural sugar.
We know that coconut oil has tons of great benefits for us, but in this cookie it’s a nice little way to add some satiety to your carbs and help them last longer. We also know it’s going to serve your heart by lowering LDL and improving your cardiac output!
Dairy and Gluten Free
These are the two most common digestive disruptive for athletes, so why not keep them out of your running fuel to ensure all is well! Even if they don’t normally bother you, it’s possible to have issues during a run when there is less blood going to your digestion and your body is battling inflammation.Hemp Seeds
This is the only “perfect plant protein” containing all 20 amino acids. It’s also a great source of Omega 3’s and 6’s, again to help keep our hearts happy. The protein will help these light cookies to stick with you longer and the Omega’s will start your recovery before you even finish the workout.
Besides being a great dairy free chocolate source, carob has some serious benefits!! It’s used for treating eh hem bathroom issues, so it’s great to prevent runners trots and improve digestion. It’s high in vitamin E to help with getting over a gold and contains calcium to help strengthen those bones!
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