These Lemon Coconut Cashew Energy Bites are easy to make, only use 4 ingredients, and they’re paleo, vegan and gluten-free! They’re great for a pre or post workout snack.
Time for a new energy bite you guys! I haven’t shared a new recipe for one since the peach pie version I made over the summer, so these Lemon Coconut Cashew Energy Bites were due to happen.
Today I thought I’d open up a little bit about my running. Pretty much the whole month of December my running felt like an epic failure. My pace was slower than it’s ever been, I had no energy and my motivation to get out in the cold every morning wasn’t happening.
Between the stress of the holidays and all the sugar and garbage I was giving myself a free pass to eat, it was a wonder I made it through the month without skipping a run or getting hurt. Finally in the last couple weeks I broke down and realized I needed to change some things about the way I run and eat if I’m ever going to get my speed back and have more energy as well.
My sister has always made great training plans for me and I decided it was time to get back on one. I needed a plan that would get my mileage under control (I’d been running 80-85 miles a week) and put more quality speed workouts into my routine. Quality over quantity is my motto for the new year, now it’s just a matter of sticking to it.
This past week I’ve already started to see some small improvements. My tempo workout on Tuesday brought my pace down to where it had been several weeks ago. I also didn’t feel like I was going to fall over with exhaustion when I finished.
Yesterday I was stuck inside running on the treadmill thanks to the snow and freezing cold temperatures, but I still managed to pull off another successful workout. In fact, having a planned workout for the treadmill actually helped the time go by faster.
I’m hopeful that decreasing my mileage and adding more structured workouts into my routine will give me back my confidence and get me back to the pace I feel good about. It’s going to be a long journey, but hey, I’ve got the whole year!
As far as these Lemon Coconut Cashew Energy Bites go, I’ll be stocking the freezer with them and eating a couple before I head out on my runs. They are super easy to make and only use four ingredients. If you’ve ever had the lemon Larabar they taste very similar and lemon lovers, you’ll really love that fresh zesty flavor! Along with being easy to make and delicious, they’re paleo, gluten-free and vegan. The perfect pre or post workout snack!
More Energy Bites
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- Zest of a lemon
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
- Add the cashews, coconut, lemon zest, salt and dates to a food processor and blend until finely ground. Add in the water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together in a ball.
- Use a 2 teaspoon cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Roll into balls, wetting your hands slightly if the mixture starts to stick to you. Roll in extra coconut if desired.
- Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g