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Three High-Energy Recipes for Runners

If you are a runner, you know that what you put into your body plays a large part in the success of your workout. The following recipes are easy to make snacks that will provide you with clean, usable energy to sustain you before or after your run. (And they are delicious!)

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1. Paleo Banana Bread

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas

4 eggs

1/2 c. nut butter of your choice (I used creamy almond butter)

4 tbsp. coconut oil

1/2 c. Almond meal

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. pink salt

Directions:

1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.      Combine all wet ingredients.

3.      Combine all dry ingredients and add to the wet. Mix well. 

4.      Pour batter into a greased (preferably with coconut oil) loaf pan.

5.      Bake for one hour or until a toothpick stuck into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

6.      Let cool for 30-60 minutes, remove from pan, and slice to serve. 

(I love spreading a little almond butter on top and sprinkling with flax seeds!)

 

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2. Almond Coconut Granola

Ingredients:

1 c. gluten free oats

1/2 c. shredded coconut

½ c. slivered almonds

1/4 c. flax seeds

1/4 c raw sunflower seeds

½ c. chopped pitted dates

3/4 c. natural peanut butter

1/2 c. honey/agave

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

1.      Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a baking pan with coconut oil. 

2.      Combine all ingredients except peanut butter, vanilla, and honey into a bowl. 

3.      Heat peanut butter and honey until runny. Add the vanilla extract, and then pour into mixture. Mix. 

4.      Transfer the mixture onto the baking sheet. If you'd rather make granola bars, press down on mixture; otherwise let it remain in a granola-y texture. 

5.      Bake for 15 minutes, and then allow to cool completely. 

 

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3. Raw Carrot Cake Balls

Ingredients:

1 c. Gluten free oats, blend in food processor

3/4 c. Shredded carrots (I shredded baby carrots by hand)

1/2 c. Dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 min. 

1/4 c. Water

1 tsp. vanilla

Cinnamon and ground ginger to taste

Directions:

1.      Add all ingredients to food processor and blend into a doughy consistency. 

2.      Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut or chia seeds for extra energy. 

3.      Refrigerate until solid, and keep in fridge until served. 

Enjoy!

Namaste!