Pre-Workout Potato Energy Bites Recipe -- A healthy and portable snack made with simple ingredients, and no refined sugars!
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There's plenty of energy bars, bites, and the like out there, all claiming to be the best. With the amount of sugar and $$$ some of them pack in, they better take me straight from Planet Fitness to the Olympics I tell ya what.
Why not get some all natural pre-SWOLL fuel with foods you already have living in your pantry?!
The humble little potato provides the carbohydrate, potassium, and energy you need to perform at your best. This makes them perfect pre or post workout fuel.
One of my favorite nutrition myth buster is actually that potatoes have more potassium than bananas who get all the credit.
So I thought hey, why not put them into a portable form that's a little less awkward to eat on the go than digging into a baked potato on your way to the gym.
What makes this potato energy bites recipe delicious and healthy
- rolled oats
- chia seeds
- ground flax
- pumpkin seeds
- dried cherries
- cooked russet potato
- natural peanut butter
- maple syrup
How to make these potato energy balls
In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of ground flax, 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, ½ cup of dried cherries, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, mash together ¾ cup of cooked russet potato (about ½ large potato-worth), 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (the runny kind), 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and ¼ cup of maple syrup. Stir into the oat mixture until dough is formed.
Roll into 12 balls, and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
The recommendation for pre-workout fuel is actually 68 grams of carbs + 10 grams protein and <10% of calories from fat an hour before exercising.
Each of these bites has about 17 grams of carbs, 3 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fat, so pairing a couple of these with one of those infamous bananas or a piece of fruit will get you close to the recommendation for pre-workout fuel.
I added some dried cherries to the mix too, which are better for post-workout muscle recovery, but hey a little before can't hurt either right?!
- I love keeping stocked in my freezer, and adding to my lunch. That way by the time I'm ready for a snack, they're perfectly thawed!
- Swap out the seeds and dried cherries for you favorite seeds and dried fruit.
How long do these energy ball last?
They're best kept in the refrigerator or freezer. They keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator, and 1 month in the freezer if kept in an air-tight container.
Can I make these without peanut butter?
I would definitely use some kind of nut or seed butter to make these, but you can swap out for sunflower, almond, or your favorite nut butter instead.
Money-Saving Tips for this Potato Energy Bites Recipe
Buy in bulk. Purchase items you use often like oats, cinnamon, potatoes, or seeds in larger sizes for a more cost-effective option.
Utilize store brands. Use store brands for items like peanut butter, oats, and cinnamon for a more affordable option, that doesn't sacrifice flavor or quality.
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