( + First Duathlon Recap! )
If you’re here just for the energy bars (which I 100% understand, because, hello these are the most chocolaty and fudgy bars on the history of energy bars), feel free to scroll down and save yourself the pain of having me talking to you about my duathlon for what it’ll feel like hours to you.
Let’s get started.
Do you know how that joke which goes like “How can you tell if a person has run a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you”?
Oh well – I am that person.
Although you probably knew that if you’re:
a) Reading this post.
b) Following me on twitter. It’s basically all that I’ve twitted about for the last few days. That and cookies, but the cookie part is not new: I’m always talking about that.
However, I do know that I can get annoying so I’m going to keep things short and sweet here so we can get back to the bars as soon as possible.
Long story short:
a) I got to cross the finish line and won a prize. First in my age group holla! I got some wine and a trophy and the wine part is funny since I’m 17 and won’t get to drink it and stuff. Any ideas on how to use the wine instead?
b) I almost died. I think I’ve never been that dehydrated and thirsty in all my life – it was such a terrible feeling.
We didn’t get any water until the second transition and if you read often, you’ll know that I live in Spain and Spain’s weather is known to be super hot.
And it was the hottest day ever, seriously.
Plus the wind didn’t help at all. And neither did my broken bicycle.
It’s such a miracle that I got to cross the finish line because I was quite sure that my bicycle was going to die at any moment and I was going to die with it.
But things turned out fine in the end so I’m not complaining.
And that’s guys, my race recap for today. See? It wasn’t that bad.
Oh wait wait wait – I forgot to mention that there was cake at the finish line. C A K E – now, that’s worth telling you about, right?
So now it’s time to move onto these energy bars. You know? They’d make such a killer pre workout snack if I hadn’t happened to eat them all two days before my race. But don’t blame me, these are so good that you’d better make extra.
I think that about 988 batches should do.
Or 989, for good measure.
Anyway – these are awesome. Ultra chocolaty and fudgy, they kind of remind me of brownie batter so you bet these are good. They have some extra crunch from the chopped nuts (I went with hazelnuts this time because I like the Nutella like flavor, but you can use whatever floats your boat you know) and the *gigantic* chunks of dark chocolate. You guys know that when it comes with chocolate, the more, the merrier, right??
Best part is that even if they look like dessert (my brothers couldn’t tell that these weren’t candy bars!), they pack some serious nutrients and energy, so they are a totally acceptable pre-workout snack.
Now, let me tell you about the “fudge” factor. I call these fudge bars because they are real fudgy – it’s not a marketing strategy or something you know. Like calling these “Magic Superpower Fudge Bars”. Nope, these are really, really fudgy.
I love them that way (seriously, who doesn’t love fudge?), but they’re delicious when eaten frozen as well. As I said, you’d better make 989 batches and try to eat them both ways.
If you decide to bring these to the gym as a post-workout enough. there’s a high chance that the moment you open your bag, you find a ooey gooey chocolaty melty mess. It is awesome, of course. But you might not want to eat that in front of everybody. That being said, if you need highly portable energy bars, try my recipe for Coconut Mocha Energy Bars – those travel like wonders.
Eat this fudgy version at the comfort of your home. Hey, you won’t have to share that way!
- 200 grams unpitted dates
- 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 + 1/2 cup puffed brown rice
- 60 grams dark chocolate
- 1/8 cup hazelnuts
- Soak the dates in water for 10 minutes.
- Add dates (without the water) to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add in cocoa, milk, melted coconut oil, 1/4 c. hazelnuts and process until a paste forms.
- In a bowl, mix the paste with the puffed rice, the chopped chocolate and the hazelnuts.
- Press mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Cut into 8 bars and let it sit in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- 200 grams unpitted dates is about 150 grams pitted dates.
- Butter or vegan butter work well if you don't like/have coconut oil.
- Any kind of nut will work here.
If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen me around here lately, I tell you that I had like the most hectic week ever – full of exams, sleepless nights and race recovery. It didn’t help that I fell down the stairs and rolled to the very bottom two days ago.
Yeah, if there’s anything worse than a sport related injury, it is a fell-off-the-stairs injury. I don’t know what’s worse: the pain or the week I’ve had to take off running ahhh :–(
Hope your week’s being better than mine!
p.s: Sorry I haven’t been reading your lovely blogs and stuff. I’ll catch up with it on the weekend!