Looking for something you can make yourself to provide a burst of power to conquer a tough climb or a never-ending road? Try Amy Burton’s recipe for Coffee and Pecan Power Truffles.
We all have moments in our training or during races where we need an emergency energy shot, and only the mighty stimulant caffeine will do the trick. It’s no secret that Athletes love their coffee; I have yet to meet one who doesn’t start their day with a strong cup of percolated goodness.
So what better way to get your jolt of java than in the form of a tasty and nutritious energy truffle, which can be snaffled pre/post/during exercise for an instant and long-lasting hit of energy. I package these truffles in little Ziploc bag when I cycle, and pop one down the gullet in times of need. They’re easy to make, and super versatile, all you need in terms of equipment is a food processor and you’re good to go!
125 grams pitted dates
100 grams pecans
100 grams almonds
1 heaped tablespoon good quality roasted and ground espresso beans
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Large pinch of salt (To taste, I like a lot of salt to balance the sweetness of dates)
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
3 heaped tablespoons coconut flour/ground coconut
Warm dates in the microwave for 30 seconds. Place them in your food processor with the pecans, almonds, coconut oil, vanilla essence and blitz until it forms a fine, crumbly texture. Add the coffee, salt, flaxseeds (I dry roast my flaxseeds in a pan to really reap their Omega benefits) and pulse gently until well combined. Lastly add your coconut flour and pulse again. Now have a squeeze of your mixture, if it holds its own in a ball, you’re good to go, but if it is too crumbly, add another teaspoon of coconut oil and pulse once more.
There is now the option to squeeze the mixture into a big ball, and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set a bit. Alternatively go right ahead and roll the mixture into Ping-Pong sized balls. Roll them in cacao nibs and coconut.
You can store them in the fridge to keep them nice and firm, or in a glass jar in the pantry.