Sunday, April 6, 2014

10K + Cinnamon Raisin Energy Balls

Today was the day of the Redbud 10k race I've been training for over the last couple months.  Unfortunately, the nice spring weather we've been having did not stick around.  It was quite cold - high only around 50 - and the rain started coming down strong right at race time.  

Even though the weather wasn't perfect, when it comes to running I would much rather be cold than hot.  I think I ran faster in order to stay warm and get out of the rain, and I ended up with one of my best ever 10k times.  I don't know how I finished officially, but I'm sure it was under an hour.  For someone who has to push it a little to run a 10 minute mile, I was happy!
My running buddy/husband was under the weather this weekend and couldn't run with me, but I enjoyed running the race alone more than I thought I would.  Jay and my mom both cheered me on, along with lots of other dedicated fans that got out and braved the elements.  I had a great playlist to keep me going, and the miles really flew by.  
(Sorry for looking like such a dork in that picture.)

So yesterday at the store, Jay and I scooped up a few too many raisins from the bulk bins.  Our little canister that we use to hold them was overflowing, so I decided to make a quick dessert with the extras.  I turned to my recipe for salty-sweet no-bake nut butter balls as inspiration to come up with these delicious cinnamon raisin energy bites.  

We ate them after dinner last night as a dessert, but they also made for the perfect pre-race energy fuel today.  These balls are packed full of such healthy ingredients, you could definitely eat them any time of day.  

Cinnamon Raisin Energy Balls
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (mine was heaping)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Roll dough into balls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before eating. 

Tip:  To help the balls stick together (and not to your hands), put a little water on your hands before rolling. 
 
We did get lucky enough to enjoy some nice weather on Saturday, and I am absolutely loving the start of spring and everything that goes with it!  I'll end this post with a few more miscellaneous weekend pics.
 
 
Have a great week everyone!

1 comment:

Mary Chris Mathews said...

Love your blog!! Can't wait to make the cinnamon raisin energy balls!