I seemingly always have a stash of energy balls in the fridge. They are easy to grab when in need of a pre-ride snack or something I can bring along to help keep my energy levels up when on the saddle for a number of hours.
This version includes the nutritional overachievers known as black beans. They lend the balls a slightly fudgy consistency and the inclusion of items like nut butter and cocoa powder assures they don’t taste, well, too beany.
Black Bean Energy Balls
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup cooked or canned black beans
1/3 cup protein powder of choice
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pulverize oats in a food processor. Place remaining ingredients in the container and blend until mixture sticks together.
With damp hands, roll mixture into golf ball sized balls. You should get 16 balls. Keep chilled for up to 1 week.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.