This summer, my husband starting experimenting with making his own energy balls for biking. Since I’m always on the lookout for delicious ski snacks, I’m sharing his favorite recipes (plus one from a friend), today.
Ski Snack Recipes to Try
Both of these recipes take about 15 minutes to make. Store energy balls in the freezer, in snack size ziplock bags. This makes it easy to grab and go.
Cherries, Dates and Almonds: Combine 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup of dried cherries, 1 cup of dried dates, and a dash of cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse until it forms a ball, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Use your hands to shape smaller balls, then set on wax paper and chill for an hour.
Mixed Nuts, Apricots, Dates and Coconut: Combine 1 cup of mixed nuts, 1 cup of dried apricots, 1 cup of dried dates, and 1 cup of unsweetened coconut chips in a food processor. Pulse until a large ball forms. Shape into small balls and chill overnight.
Note: Mixed nuts have more oil than almonds and I find this recipe a bit too oily. I think almonds are a better choice, but not everyone agrees. You can also substitute dried pineapple for the apricots.
Once you start down the path of making your own bars, it turns out your friends have suggestions, too.
Here’s a recipe suggested by my friend Deana, via country music singer Trisha Yearwood. Without a doubt these are more decadent, as they contain honey and chocolate. But they are also really satisfying. You won’t need more than one.
Because I can’t cook without adapting recipes, I substitute golden raisins for sweetened dried cranberries.
Trisha Yearwood’s Power Balls: Combine 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter, 1/2 cup raw honey, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup dried golden raisins, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 2 tablespoons flax seed in a food processor. Pulse until a large ball forms. Shape into small balls and chill overnight.
No-Prep Snacks You Can Buy
For times even making our own energy balls seems like too much work, we’re still all in on Munk Packs (Fruit and Oatmeal blends) and Noka packs (veggie and fruit purees). I like the no-mess convenience of these pouches and we think all of the offerings from both of these brands taste great.
I’m also totally in on dried fruit and nuts, cheese, chocolate and good old-fashioned apples.
As for commercial bars, my favorite is KIND Nut Delight. Mostly nuts (and big crunchy chunks of them), this bar has only 5 g of sugar (other KIND bars have up to 17 g of sugar).
My husband has a different opinion. We recently received samples of Thrive Ancient Seeds Super Food Nut Bars, a new product from GoMacro, an organic food company offering up creations made from natural, non GMO ingredients and ancient grains like quinoa, flax, rice and hemp.
His verdict after indulging in a bar during long mountain bike: they taste great and aren’t too sweet.
Indeed, the bars, which come in six flavors (Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt, Caramel Coconut, Almond Apricot, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Blueberry Lavender and Ginger Lemon) have only 6-8 g of sugar.
Available at Whole Foods, Amazon and GoMacro.com, they’re worth a try if you like a combination of crunchy and chewy. Plus, you can use this code (Thrive30) for 30% your first purchase at GoMacro.com.
More Ski Snacks and Ski Food:
- Ski Snacks, December 8, 2011.
- Don’t Go Hungry! Ski Vacation Tips for Feeding the Family, January 23, 2013.
- You Gotta Get It: The Ski House Cookbook, November 7, 2011.
- Ski Food, Elevated. Four Favorite Ski-Themed Cookbooks, December 14, 2015.
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