Pre-Run Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites + A Giveaway

  May 7, 2018  |  #Recipes

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. 

Sweet Potato Energy Bites | Pre Workout Snacks

This post is sponsored by the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

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!

Sweet Potato Energy Bites | Pre Workout Snacks

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

Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites

These portable Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites are a great on-the-go pre-run snack. With quick carbohydrates and some 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. 

Servings: 12
Author: Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined. Place bowl in fridge to firm up (about 20 minutes).

  2. 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)

  3. Remove from fridge and enjoy for a pre run snack!

Recipe Notes

These will last up to a week in the fridge.

I wouldn’t be lying if I told you I down these like coffee in the middle of the night when I’m up with Cam – 2 or 3 at a time. It’s a great combination of all the macronutrients to fill me up before going back to bed.

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!

Sweet Potato Energy Bites | Pre Workout Snacks

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.

Pin it for later!

Sweet Potato Energy Bites | Pre Workout Snacks

Giveaway

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!)
  • Apron
  • Cutting Board
  • License plate
  • Hat
  • “Dirt Candy” decal
  • Cell phone wallet
  • Notepad
  • Cell phone screen cleaner

You can enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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23 responses to “Pre-Run Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites + A Giveaway

  1. Yum! My favorite way to cook with sweet potatoes is to roast them and then use them in salads or egg hashes!

  2. I absolutely love to roast sweet potatoes, or make Chocolate Covered Katie’s sweet potato brownies. So good. Thanks for the giveaway. <3

  3. I love using sweet potatoes in a breakfast hash with sausage, onion and peppers topped with an egg!

  4. Sweet potato fries are my favorite, but I also eat sweet potatoes at all times of the day.

    Definitely going to try this recipe out as hiking season starts and quick healthy treats are a must.

  5. It’s a tough choice just picking one favorite way to cook with sweet potatoes. I love them baked with butter and brown sugar but I also love to put them in veggie grilling packets with a bit of olive oil and seasoning. I swear I could eat sweet potatoes every meal.

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