It has been awhile since I have posted about a food favorite. Riding my bike everyday and running multiple times per week has me thinking more and more about what I am fueling my body with. As much as possible, I like to eat foods I make myself, from simple ingredients. While writing a bio for the SKORA Running Ambassador page, I thought about how similar my approach to eating is to my attitude about running. Check out the SKORA Running website for more background about their philosophy on running. Here is what I wrote:
I believe running is about our relationship with our bodies and the environment around us. Running should be simple and natural; from the foods we use as fuel to the shoes that provide the connection between our feet and the ground. RUN REAL is a philosophy that applies to my life because my body performs best with technology adjusting neither my food nor my feet.
Remember when I promised (over a month ago) that I would share some recipes for on-the-go energy snacks? Sorry it’s taken so long, but here is one of my favorite new foods to make… best of all it’s easy, healthy, and delicious!
Coconut Chia Almond Bites
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Almond Butter
- 1/2 Cup Shredded (not flaked) Coconut*
- 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
- 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 tsp Stevia (optional for desired sweetness)
Melt the coconut oil in a pan over low heat. Once melted, mix the coconut oil and almond butter together in a bowl. Next, add 1/4 cup of shredded coconut (*half of the the total amount), along with the rest of the dry ingredients, stirring as you go. Once you have mixed the ingredients well, place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes (longer is okay too but you may have to let it sit out before forming into balls). After the mixture has hardened a good bit, remove from the refrigerator and form in to balls using a spoon. As you form the mixture into balls, one at a time, roll them in the remaining shredded coconut. Store your Coconut Almond Bites in a container in the refrigerator.
If you try this recipe and think of any good additions, comment below to let me know!