These portable Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites are a great on-the-go pre-run snack. With quick carbohydrates and a tiny bit of protein and fiber for staying power, these energy bites can power you through a short run, or hold you over post-run until you are able to eat a balanced meal.
I’m excited to share one of my favorite new recipes with you today with these Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites. These have been life saving snacks for me lately. You know, with the whole eating with one hand and needing quick energy for baby stuff. Breastfeeding is like a full time job (and workout), and easy, portable, hand-able snacks are necessary.
I tested and made these several times during pregnancy in anticipating baby so I’m happy to finally share the finished result with you! Plus, these guys are great for pre- and post-workout snacks. You can see more about the recipe here and why sweet potatoes are a runner’s best friend here. It’s no wonder they make my list of top recovery foods – they are essential when I’m in training mode.
We are obviously big sweet potato fans here in this house. I mean, we have a dog named “Tater,” to top things off. Who, by the way, eats cooked sweet potatoes with all of her meals. I would guess that Camryn will also be a big fan – I’ll look forward to introducing sweet potato puree to her once we can do solid foods. That will be a fun experience and post to write!
When I thought these up, I was experimenting with different flavors that I thought would pair well with the sweetness of sweet potatoes. Honey was an obvious choice – I mean, have you ever had sweet potatoes with honey and marshmallows? To die for. But, I wanted something to balance the sweetness a little bit. I had some coconut flakes on hand (always do) and figured that would be a great accompaniment. And why not add some ginger (I love this brand), a natural anti-inflammatory?
Did you know you can use cooked sweet potatoes in energy bites?
You totally can!
The flavor combination turned out to be perfect! We also have some oats for more complex carbohydrates (making these much more filling) and peanut butter for some stickiness, but also more staying power.
How To Make Them
- 1 cup cooked sweet potato
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger (can use up to 3/4 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined. Place bowl in fridge to firm up (about 20 minutes).
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough and portion into snack-sized bites. Gently roll bites into shredded coconut and place back in fridge for 15-20 more minutes (or the freezer for 10 minutes)
- Remove from fridge and enjoy for a pre run snack!
These will last up to a week in the fridge.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 60mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
And, when I’m cleared to start running and training again, you can bet these will be a popular choice. I love that all the ingredients are versatile and not seasonal, so you can always get them!
To me, these taste like a fun combination between a tropical snack and a fun, sweet dessert.
These would also be great snacks for kids, perfect for school lunches (or adult lunches), after dinner treats, or even a quick breakfast when paired when yogurt or a smoothie on the go.
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And now, since I’ve teamed up with the NC SweetPotato Commission, I’d love to offer a gift bag of sweet potato swag to you!
In it you will find a bunch of awesomely decorated sweet potato stuff you can use in your kitchen. Personally, I love the t-shirt and cutting board!
- A Sweet Potato shirt
- A Spencer SweetPotato doll (great for kids!)
- Cutting Board
- License plate
- “Dirt Candy” decal
- Cell phone wallet
- Cell phone screen cleaner
You can enter below!
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