Runner's Fuel Protein & Chia Seed Balls

My husband is one of those insane people that enjoys running ultra marathons. Currently he is training for a 100-mile race at the end of March. As a part of his ultra training, he will go on long runs of 18+ miles or just run for 3-5 hours straight. To be able to run for such distances is only possible with proper fueling. You need to maintain a good balance of carbs, protein and sodium. 

So when my husband stumbled upon some granola bars that I made for my daughter, he was quite happy to take them for a run. These haven’t been scientifically tested, but my husband loves them and says they provide the perfect energy, the right amount of sugar, and protein. And to top it all off, according to the book, Born to Run, the native Tarahumara people of Mexico’s Copper Canyons, eat chia seeds to help them as they run. These little beauties are jam packed with goodness and come in an easy to eat form. Enjoy them as running fuel or as a delicious snack that even the kiddos will enjoy!

Ingredients
• ½ cup natural, creamy peanut butter
• ½ cup honey
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• 3 cups quick oats
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ cup raisins
•  3 tablespoons chia seeds

Start by melting the peanut butter and honey together. When they have melted, remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.

Next, scoop out a heaping teaspoon and roll into a tight ball. I found that after a while my hands had too much granola on them and they began to be difficult to form into balls. If this happens, simply wash your hands or grease with oil. You can also press into a pan and cut into bars.

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