Eat This: Hydrating Chocolate And Sea Salt Energy Bites

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Hydrating energy balls

Photo: Ben Fullerton

Many gels, blocks, and bars require up to 20 ounces of water for digestion; that’s why some of them hit your gut like a brick. That’s the genius behind real-food snacks (aka unprocessed, additive-free, and homemade from basic ingredients)—these rice-based Bitter Chocolate and Sea Salt Sticky Bites have a lot of water content already, so they require you to drink less. The increased water helps your body digest them easily and absorb the nutrients quickly. You’ll recover faster after a difficult climb, or stay powered up during a long route. But let’s get to the bottom line: The taste of sweet chocolate and savory salt is unbeatable when you’re tired, which can encourage you to eat more and stay fueled when you otherwise might not feel hungry (think: working hard on a sport route or chugging along at high elevation). The mix of simple and complex carbs from the sugar and oats, respectively, will provide both immediate and lasting energy, and the salt and chocolate will be so irresistibly tasty that you won’t run the risk of not eating enough and underfueling. Bonus: The plastic-wrap packaging makes them easy to stash in a pocket.

Ingredients• 1 cup uncooked sticky rice • 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats • 2 cups water • 1 tablespoon brown sugar • 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate (chips or shaved) • 1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract • Dash of sea salt

Top with:• 2 tablespoons shaved bittersweet chocolate • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions1. Combine oats, rice, and water with a dash of salt in a rice cooker and cook. If you don’t have a rice cooker, cook them separately according to package directions. Let this melange cool to the touch before continuing.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the cooked rice and oats with the remaining ingredients.

3. Stir to incorporate the flavor throughout the sticky mixture.

4. Press into an airtight storage container or shape as individual bites. Sprinkle with chocolate and salt. (Be careful not to add too much salt here.)

StorePress the sticky mixture into a shallow, airtight container and top with plastic wrap. (Tip: Wrap as tightly as possible to prolong life.) Simply cut and package bites as you need them.

WrapPlace a heaping tablespoon (one serving) of the sticky mixture on a small piece of plastic wrap. Press into a shape like an ice cube or small tube. Roll plastic wrap lengthwise, and then twist the ends like a hard-candy wrapper.

Nutrition Facts

Gluten alert: Oats do not contain gluten, but they are often processed in plants where other wheat products are made.

Republished with permission of VeloPress from the book Feed Zone Portables ($25). Try more recipes at feedzonecookbook.com.