Race nutrition can be a tricky business, with a veritable smorgasbord of products on the market to choose from. So, after trying as many tablets, gels, blocks, bars and jelly beans as we could possibly stomach, Project Ultra decided to attempt something homemade. That’s right, we decided to get some balls.
Since that monumental decision, we’ve experimented with them, put them through their paces and given them a thoroughly good testing and we’re pleased to report that they work a treat. Here’s how you can get hold of your own.
The Recipe (makes around 8 medium sized balls or 10-12 small sized balls)
This is a simple no bake recipe that takes hardly any time to prepare (provided you have a food processor). The starting point is a Good Food magazine recipe that we have customised to our own taste. We particularly enjoyed experimenting with the coatings, trying coconut, chia seeds and ground peanuts. The peanuts were the big favourite but all of the coatings worked well and we also made some ‘naked’ ones without any coating.
We also experimented with size, ultimately opting for smaller balls, as we found these to be much easier to handle when running. You might prefer larger ones. (You can add your own jokes here).
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp agave nectar/syrup
2 tbsp peanut butter
Optional suggestions for rolling/coating (or choose what you fancy):
A small handful of Chia seeds;
A handful of salted peanuts: processed or bashed into a crumb; or
A few handfuls of dessicated coconut.
Put the pecans in a food processor and process until a crumb-like texture. Then add the remaining ingredients (the raisins, peanut butter, flax seeds, cocoa powder and agave nectar/syrup), processing to combine.
Shape mixture into balls and roll in your chosen coating. They need about 20 minutes in the fridge to firm up.
They will keep in the fridge for around one week and can also be frozen.