These sticky bites are a great alternative to gels for endurance athletes; they deliver the glucose you need to keep performing your best, without the tummy trouble.
Many endurance athletes have grown used to eating energy gels, even if they provide a bit of GI distress during activity. But what if you were able to eat an energy food during exercise that provided the sweet kick you crave and didn't cause that digestive discomfort? The recipe for these Chocolate + Sea Salt Sticky Bites from the Feed Zone Portables Cookbook calls for everyday ingredients that provide a higher moisture content allows the body to more quickly (and easily!) absorb energy than a highly concentrated over-engineered sports nutrition product.
Chocolate + Sea Salt Sticky Bites
- 1 cup uncooked sticky rice
- 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 table spoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate (chips or shaved)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of salt to taste
Combine oats, rice and water with a dash of salt in a rice cooker and cook. Let cool to the touch
In a medium bowl, combine the cooked rice and oats with the remaining ingredients. Stir to incorporate the flavor throughout the sticky mixture
Press into an airtight storage container or shape as individual bites, Sprinkle with chocolate and salt (careful not to add too much salt here...a little goes a long way)
Press the sticky mixture into a shallow airtight container and top with plastic wrap. Simply cut and wrap the bites as you need. Sticky bites can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container or individually wrapped.
To wrap, place a heaping tablespoon of the sticky mixture on a small piece of plastic wrap. Press into a shape like an ice cube or spoon. Roll plastic wrap lengthwise and then twist the ends like a hard candy wrapper.
Republished with permission and photo credit courtesy of VeloPress from Feed Zone Portables Cookbook. For more recipes for athletic fuel from Skratch, check out our Feed Zone Cookbooks!