Listen up runners: Here's a healthy power running treat

Arvinda’s Orange-Almond Chai Running Balls first appeared in the March/April 2010 issue of Canadian Running Magazine and later in their cookbook! They're perfect as a long-run power treat or as a post-workout recovery snack.

Any workout exceeding one hour in length, requires fuel recovery — usually in the form of sugar or glucose. Many runners use gels or syrups as an easy digestible way to raise energy levels. This was something I never enjoyed as a long distance runner as it often gave me a case of nausea. Pure sugar, often with additives and preservatives, how healthy is that? I realized bringing my own homemade running treat was a tastier and healthier option.


ARVINDA'S ORANGE-ALMOND CHAI RUNNING BALLS

Method of Preparation: 
1) In a medium-sized bowl, add almond butter and mix well. If consistency is stiff, warm up slightly in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

2) Chill in refrigerator for 15–20 minutes. 

3) Roll into balls slightly smaller than walnuts. Place remaining coconut in a small bowl. Dust with coconut to garnish. Store in the refrigerator. Yield = 40 pieces.

Ingredients:
1 CUP organic almond butter
½ CUP raw honey
½ CUP almonds, finely chopped
½ CUP hemp seeds
¼ CUP chocolate protein powder
(whey or plant-based)
¼ CUP flax seeds
¼ CUP dried cranberries or raisins
¼ CUP dates or prunes, finely chopped
¼ CUP dry unsweetened coconut + extra
       ½ CUP for dusting
1 TBSP. cocoa powder
1½ TBSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
zest of an orange

These little power balls are perfect for a run, hike or post-workout treat. Now it’s time for a run. See you on the trails!