Friday, 2 October 2015

Fun Food Friday - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

I'm teaching a 2 hour Body Gratitude workshop tomorrow and have promised the participants a nutritious snack following the workout.  We won't be working out for a full two hours but it will probably be more than an hour worth of work.  To receive the most benefits from your workouts and to help your body recover quicker, it is ideal to have a balanced snack or meal within 30 - 60 minutes of a workout.  A combination of protein and carbohydrate will help with muscle repair and work to restore depleted glycogen stores from your muscles.

These little energy bites are a perfect blend of carbs and protein.  The dates are quickly digested and provide natural sweetness and the hemp hearts along with the peanut butter provide both protein and healthy fats.  Aside from those benefits they taste like a peanut butter cup without all of the nasty stuff.  These energy bites are easy to whip up and quite addictive.  They are easily transportable and a great idea not only for following a workout but also for helping keep your energy levels up during long hikes or bike rides.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

by Denise Boyd Dunlop
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 12)
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Place ingredients in a food processor, mixing until smooth. Roll into balls and place in fridge or freezer.
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