This week's blog post comes from the fantastic dietitian Nancy Wilson. On her blog, Running Dietitian, she provides recipes, tips, and resources for all types of runners. You can find Nancy on Facebook or follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. These mango energy bites are easy to make and the perfect grab-and-go post workout food for those weekday workouts.
No matter what distance you’re running, it’s important to follow up the workout with good nutrition. Your body needs carbohydrates to replenish it’s glycogen stores and protein to heal muscles. Since I’m usually crunched for time after early morning runs, I like having something healthy packed and ready to eat on my way home.
One of my favorite balanced options is energy bites. They contain protein, healthy fat, fruit, fiber, healthy carbs and salt. Paired with a water bottle, two or three of them will restore your nutrient levels and get you from your run to your next meal (a longer run of 8-10+ miles would require more food).
My original inspiration for making these little balls of goodness came from Strawberry and Cream Cashew Cookie Bites by Emma of Better With Cake. I’ve since experimented with several fruits and differing amounts of each ingredient in order to perfect my recipe. Hope you like it!
Mango Cashew Energy Bites
(Yields about 22 bites)
16 oz bag cashew pieces
10 Medjool dates, pitted (Make sure to use Medjool dates, as they are stickier than normal dates. This stickiness is needed to keep the bites from falling apart.)
1/2 of 1.7 ounce bag freeze-dried mangos (Make sure to remove and discard the little silica packet.)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
- Add cashews to food processor and pulse 4-5 times for 2 second intervals.
- Use a spoon to move cashew powder from the sides of the food processor to the bottom.
- Add remaining ingredients to food processor and pulse 4-5 times for 2 second intervals.
- Use a spoon to move all batter from the sides of the food processor to the bottom.
- Use clean hands to form batter into ping-pong sized balls.
- Store bites in an air-tight container for 5-7 days.
- Enjoy bites after a run or as a healthy snack.