Most of my days start with an early morning workout.
That means I’m out the door somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 am.
Though I’m wide awake and ready for my day to begin, I’m not usually ready for a big breakfast… The kind of breakfast I absolutely relish with eggs and tons of veggies, fresh seasonal fruit and a giant mug of steaming green tea.
That’s what I call “The Breakfast of Champions” and it’s what I generally enjoy after my workout.
For the most part I hit the gym without any food in my stomach.
There are plenty of studies that show that an early morning workout on an empty stomach increases your fat burn for the day. I believe this is an interesting concept worth exploring further but in my case I simply don’t enjoy working out on a full stomach. I also do not feel I am negatively impacted by lack of fuel in any ways and I appreciate my big breakfast all the more when I get home 🙂
On days when I hit the trails for an extended run, however, I like to fuel up before I leave and generally need a little pick me up when I’m done so I don’t crash on my way home.
On these days I love a simple, balanced treat to provide me with that much needed quick release energy as I get started followed by the slower release that will sustain me for the duration of my effort.
As you know I’m always playing in the kitchen, coming up with all sorts of scrumptious recipes for every occasion and these dark chocolate peanut butter balls are my latest creation 🙂
I recently received a tub of Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfood to review through my partnership with Sweatpink, and decided it makes the perfect base for this healthy treat.
Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfood has a balanced nutritional profile with 7 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of protein per serving. But even more exciting, each serving of this superfood contains seven alkalizing greens and two servings of fruits and vegetables. Nice no?
I added some dates and rolled oats for quick energy, dark chocolate because it’s rich in antioxidants and healthy fats for that sustained energy, and a generous amount of cinnamon to round out the flavors beautifully.
These have been quite a hit with my family… I’ve been caught sneaking one or two myself just because 😉
How to Make Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
(Scroll to the bottom of this post if you’re anxious to try these right away)
To make these scrumptious protein balls gather all your ingredients.
Place dates, oats, Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Superfood and cinnamon in the bowl of your food processor and pulse, adding water one tablespoon at a time until you obtain a coarse paste. Stop and scrape the edges frequently and be careful not to add too much water or you’ll have a mushy paste.
Using your hands roll paste into 1 inch balls.
Melt the remaining dark chocolate, adding a tablespoon or two of water to thin out your chocolate sauce just a little.
Dip as much of the balls into the melted chocolate as you’d like. I decided half was just fine.
Place the chocolate covered balls on a cookie sheet or plate lined with wax paper and place in the freezer to set.
Store these in the refrigerator or freezer if you don’t plan on using them right away.
- 1 cup pitted mejdoul dates (about 12)
- 2 scoops Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfood
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¾ dark chocolate chunks
- 3 to 4 tbsp filtered water
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 oz dark chocolate chunks
- 2-3 tbsp filtered water
- Place dates and Amazing Grass Superfood in the bowl of a food processor and pulse for 1 minute to form a paste.
- Add oats, dark chocolate chunks and cinnamon.
- Pulse for 1 minute to blend all ingredients.
- Slowly add water until you obtain a coarse but somewhat crumbly paste. Do not add too much water or your energy balls will be pasty.
- Using your hands, roll paste into 1 inch balls.
- Melt additional dark chocolate in a double boiler.
- Remove from heat and slowly add up to 2 tablespoons of water to obtain a thinner chocolate.
- Dip balls into chocolate and place on a cookie sheet or plate line with wax paper.
- Freeze for half an hour or until chocolate coating has solidified.
- Store in the refrigerator.
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