I use carbs to fuel my exercise and not to fix lows. It kind of goes hand in hand. I maintain my blood sugars by allowing myself to need the fuel. I don't run my BG's high so I have to starve myself nor do I run them low so I have to take in copious amounts of carbs. Yes sometimes one or the other happens beyond my control.
I was getting really tired of the blocks and gels and the who-knows-what ingredients were in them. My friend Steph had shown me these date things she had one day at a race. It was a combination of dates, coconut oil and dark chocolate chips. I wasn't overly thrilled with that combo so I set out to make something more palatable to me.
I didn't measure much at all. I just kept throwing stuff in, tasting it and adjusting.
-a dozen pitted dates (or whatever...... )
-chocolate chips. I used about twice as much as pictured. Not dark but MILK because it's what I like the best. I never said I was a hard core vegan, just 99% vegan.
-2 heaping tablespoons of ground chia seed (it's gotta be ground). I guess you could use ground flax too. Or omit it... there's no rhyme or reason to my balls.
-salt. I maybe used a whole teaspoon. I'm not sure. I want them to be salty because I suffer huge with low blood pressure after exercise. (like MASSIVELY).
-a scoop (or two?) of chocolate flavoured vegan proteins+ powder.
-shredded coconut either sweetened or unsweetened. Whatever I have. Lots of it. Like half a cup or more worth.
-Teaspoon or two of vanilla extract
-as much almond butter as necessary to get the mix moist enough to roll into balls. half a cup or more probably.
Throw everything except the chocolate chips into a food processor. Mix in chocolate chips after and roll into balls. Whatever size suits your fancy. I like mine not too big, they're like 2-bites big. Just enough to throw down my gullet while barely skipping a beat on the bike.
Don't ask me about nutritional content or carb counts. I dunno. My answer is, ENOUGH (?!). I know they have some protein, carbs, fat and sodium. Those are the important factors for me. The highest and most prominent carbs are the dates.
BALLS! and a really crappy quality picture.
I wrapped these in tin foil because last time I used plastic wrap and they were hard to get at without stopping the bike. They would also leave my hands oily.
I have a hard time not eating them because they're SO FUCKING DELICIOUS! To me, personally, they are the perfect mix of salty and sweet. I don't like overly sweet things. I can eat a ball every 45-60mins and be perfectly content. I adore the chocolate. After riding for a few hours they get all warm and soft.
More than anything, I love that they are not laden with chemicals and things that cause GI distress which is something I am extremely sensitive to. Even Ryan likes them! We keep them in the fridge and grab 'n go as needed.