half marathon recap // pb energy bites

Happy Friday! Today I am recapping the half marathon from last weekend and also sharing the perfect, healthy snack — whether you are running a race or not! Unfortunately, we don’t have many pictures from this year’s race. Actually, we only have 2! With the terrible rain, the opportunity for pictures was just not happening. But, overall, it was a great race and I really feel accomplished for running that distance in a torrential downpour! It was a fitting end to the weeks of training that consisted of only a few outdoor runs due to the snow and freezing temperatures and a 10 mile run on the treadmill. Yes, it was awful. 

A rainy start line!
Now that the training and race have come to a conclusion, I am looking forward to a little more free time and more energy during the week; those 5 miles on the weekdays were a killer! Whether I am training for a race or not, I am always starving in the middle of the day. And having a healthy and nutritious snack while away at work all day is difficult to achieve. The answer: pb (peanut butter) energy bites. I love ANYTHING with peanut butter so that’s typically the first ingredient I look for in a healthy snack. Although oats and peanut butter are the base to this recipe, the rest is up to you! I opted for pretty basic ingredients, but you could also add chia seeds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds or even flax seeds. Another option would be to substitute the chocolate chips for raisins or cranberries {I probably would have done that but didn’t feel like going to the store! Plus, the chocolate chips can help those of us with an uncontrollable sweet tooth 😉 } 

I’m very much looking forward to experimenting with different ingredients to enhance these energy bites — I will keep you posted on future ingredients 🙂 What are your favorite snacks that help to get you through the day? I would love to hear your ideas; I’m always looking for new foods to incorporate into my weekly snack schedule 😉 





PB Energy Bites

1 cup oats {I used old fashioned oats}
1/2 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips {I used mini}
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; chill for 20-30 minutes. Roll into balls {mine are about a tablespoon} and place in a storage container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and having a fabulous weekend!  

18 thoughts on “half marathon recap // pb energy bites

  1. congratulations on your accomplishment! What a big deal, so proud of you! I've only done 10K's and want to do a half, but don't have the time to train. I am loving your energy bites and can't wait to try them, I eat so much peanutbutter!

    xoxo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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