Check out this Homemade Date Chews Recipe:
I found a recipe in Thrive in 30 days for date chews. I am trying to eat more whole foods I prepare so I thought I would try my hand at some energy chews. It was a simple recipe and tasted great but was a mess while I was out running. I think next time I'll make the shape a little thicker and then wrap them individually in saran wrap.
- 10 dates (remove the pit). High glucose, immediately available to liver, doesn't have to be broken down, but burns quickly. Best suited for high-intensity exercise of short duration.
- 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil (I used Trader Joe's virgin coconut oil). Superfood! Medium-chain triglycerides go directly to your liver to deliver their energy, without having to be processed first.
- Lemon juice to taste
- Blend in a food processor until smooth. I then placed it on a sheet of waxed paper and smoothed it out and froze it.
- I needed to make it thicker so it would be easier to cut. I made mine more like a thin pancake.
- It doesn't freeze (probably because of the coconut oil) which makes it readily accessible to eat but didn't help with my flat pancake so it broke into pieces.
- Wrapping it in wax paper. Next time I'll use saran wrap.
They taste delicious and are easy to eat. I have had some before an 85 minute interval trainer ride and also tested at hour 2 of a 4 hour run just to see if they taste good and settle well while running. They worked for me!