Easy Energy: Maple-Nut Bites

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016

Running late for your long run with friends? You need good fuel, and you need it now! That’s when simple carbohydrates become your new best friends. By simple, I mean the kind of sugar that breaks down quickly to provide energy ASAP. A candy-bar sugar rush doesn’t count. Your body will perform best with natural sugars, like those found in dates or maple syrup.

These maple-nut bites are a pop-in-your-mouth, pre-workout dream, simply because they’re made with only three, whole-food ingredients that will fill your muscles with glucose – fast! Plus, there’s no baking, microwaving, toasting, roasting or backyard grilling involved. It’s just you and a food processor. Happy exercising!

Vegan Pre-Workout Snack

Maple-Nut Energy Bites

Gluten free * Paleo * Raw * Vegan * Refined sugar free * No bake

Makes 7 energy bites
Macros per bite: 114.6 calories | 20.3 g carbs | 18.3 g sugar | 2.1 g fiber | < 1 g protein | 2.8 g fat


6 Medjool pitted dates
¼ cup unsalted, organic walnuts
1 Tbsp. pure dark amber maple syrup


  1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients together until smooth and combined. Note: If you like chunks of walnuts, you can stop the processor once the dates have broken down. Otherwise, continue to blend until walnuts are finely chopped or completely ground – your call.
  2. Using a spoonful at a time, roll mixture into about 7 balls. It’s a sticky process, so keep wet rags or paper towels nearby for wiping down.
  3. Cut plastic wrap into 7 squares, place one ball on each square and diagonally roll up plastic wrap (corner to corner). Twist the ends and use them to tie a knot at the top. This will make them much more easily transportable, helping to contain their stickiness and keep them in perfectly portioned, bite-sized balls.