Run Fast Eat Slow Post #7: Giddy-Up Energy Bites

Happy Friday all!

Last weekend I was finally home and able to dive back into some recipe testing of Run Fast Eat Slow. I felt like it had been ages since I had whipped up one of Shalane and Elyse’s recipes (yeah, we’re on a first name basis at this point). Saturday was a gross day where it sleeted and snowed all day – perfect for staying indoors and cooking. 🙂

My parents had very generously gotten me a Cuisinart food processor for my birthday and I wanted to pick a recipe that would allow me to finally use it. The Giddy-Up Energy Bites (pg. 57) were a perfect fit, plus I had most of the ingredients already on hand.

I’m no stranger to the “energy ball” snack genre. I’ve always enjoyed messing around with dates, oats and various other mix-ins to create an easy tasty snack. I never would have thought to combine all the flavors contained in this recipe though! Toasted coconut, chocolate, coffee – it’s kind of a lot going on. Somehow it works though because these are AMAZING.

The preparation was super simple. I toasted my coconut, and while that was in the oven, I combined the dates, cacao powder, dried cranberries (the recipe technically calls for cherries but I made this substitution), chopped walnuts, almond butter, and coffee in my food processor.

giddy up energy bites

Then you just process it until it starts to come together! My “dough” seemed a little dry at first, so I added a tiny little bit of water and then it came together perfectly.

Giddy-Up Energy BitesI may have had a few sample bites. 😉

And the finished product-

Giddy-Up Energy BitesI was going to skip toasting the coconut at first out of laziness, but it’s definitely worth the added step. So yummy! I have been eating these all week as a pre-workout boost and boy are they good.

As a sidenote, I saw that Shalane is going to be in Boston for the marathon (though she isn’t running it anymore after coming down with an injury). I’m hoping to get my copy of Run Fast Eat Slow signed while she is in town! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend! Hope the weather is Spring-y and warm wherever you are!

Run Fast, Eat Slow Post #3: Teff Pancakes

Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s post is another Run Fast Eat Slow recipe recap from my mom! Enjoy 🙂

Despite the fact that I haven’t been able to exercise lately (injuries are the worst) I really had a craving for the Teff Pumpkin Pancakes (pg 44). However, I forgot to read through the recipe ahead of time so I didn’t have the canned pumpkin the recipe calls for. [Nora here – This wasn’t the only snafu we ran into with this recipe. I had been on the lookout for Teff at the grocery store so that I could try this recipe as well, but I mistakenly purchased the grain Teff, not the flour so my efforts were foiled right from the get-go].

Still, I was so eager to try this recipe that when I discovered a jar of pumpkin butter in my fridge, I decided to go for it. I  made this small modification in order to indulge my craving and my curiosity about this new kind of flour. (The only other change I made was to leave out the honey since the  pumpkin butter contained some sugar already.)

Otherwise I followed the recipe, including making the batter the night before and letting it rest overnight in the fridge. The batter was thick and a lovely light brown, a bit like the color of whole wheat dough. When I took it out of the fridge the next morning it seemed a bit thicker and had a nice,  almost chocolate mousse airiness to it.

Teff Pancakes | Run Fast, Eat SlowI heated and greased my non-stick pan and ladled out the batter using a small measuring cup. The little blobs you see in the batter are raisins. I found these pancakes cook up just like regular pancakes, except for looking a bit browner. ( I may also have over cooked a couple of mine in an effort to make sure they were done all the way through.)

Teff Pancakes | Run Fast, Eat SlowAnd the verdict? They were delicious! They have a great texture, not grainy but more satisfying than regular pancakes and my son thought they had a chocolaty taste. ( Even with the raisins, he pronounced them “really good”. We ate them with butter and a good Vermont maple syrup and they really hit the spot after coming in from shoveling after the latest snowstorm.

Teff Pancakes | Run Fast Eat SlowWhen I can get back to running, I know I will be making these often!

Pancakes or Waffles? I will pick pancakes every time personally.