REAL FUEL BITES {The on-th-go nutrition that saved Gwen's race}

Ok guys, these energy balls are the SH**, We are obsessed and Gwen swears that they are what saved his 100 mile race!

If you have not yet read Gwen's Race report from his fist 100 miler, you should!!! You can find it by clicking here!

real fuel bites energy balls
Gwens 100 mile race

Basically when you exercise for over 4 hours, it gets really hard to eat. Gels, and other "fake" foods make us sick, and gwen has a really hard time eating those foods when his stomach and body gets tiered. So after mile 30 Gwen really did not eat anything other than THESE REAL FUEL BITES and slice oranges at aid stations.

I am so grateful that I made them, it was really random and I just felt really inspired to try to create my own energy ball from real food, that would include a special kick!


ginger and turmeric

The idea here with the ginger, turmeric and salt is that they are necessary to perform at our best during running. Why? Ginger and turmeric have been shown to be more effective at reducing inflammation that ibuprofen (without the negative side affects), so they can really help keep muscle and joint pain and swelling down during a big effort. Salt, well with sweat comes salt loss, and salt is absolutely essential for our bodies to “run”.. literally.

Usually we do not add any salt to our food, in fact we avoid it. However during ultras and running events we do make sure to consume salt when it sounds good, and even a few days before.

gwen at night

Ok, Recipe time!!!


nuttzo power fuel
  • 2 cups pitted dates, soaked in water (keep this water and use it if needed to blend into a paste)
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds 
  • 1 - 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup Power Fuel Nuttzo ( or your favorite nut butter)
  • 1 cup oats (quick or regular, not steed cut)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 1 -2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder or 2-3 teaspoons fresh finely grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • (optional) zest of 1 orange or lemon 
  • (optional) 1/4 cup roasted peanuts


  1. Basically the idea here is to make a paste out of the dates + figs with as much liquid as you need to make the paste, so using a food processor or blender, process dates + figs into a paste, just liquid enough to make it pretty smooth but it doesn't need to be perfect.

    • Pour this into a large mixing bowl

  2. Next, roughly process the walnuts and oats so they are easier to chew and digest

    • (You do not want it to be too processed into a powder, small chunks of walnuts are really nice to eat actually).

  3. Finally,  mix everything together in a big bowl until well combined! The end result should be sweet, salty and a little tangy/spicy from the ginger

  4. NEXT it is essential to do something with this paste so that it is easy to consume and store during a run, There are 2 things you can do.

  • 2 OPTIONS:

  1. Lightly Bake little bites to seal them up. Roll small balls out of the paste (or any shape or size that you want). Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake them at 300F/150C for 20 - 30 minutes until the outside is just slightly dry/crunchy/firm but not burnt! 
  2. Keep them 100% raw by forming small balls with the paste and rolling them in either cocoa powder, shredded coconut or chopped oats. (however this may make them more “dry” on the outside and could be more difficult to eat during the race.

Store them dry in a tupperware or small baggies all ready to go for the race! I packed 3 in each small bag that I had ready for gwen at every aid station (8-12 miles apart).

real fuel bites CLIF bar and Dates

I also had a variety of other things for him to eat, like baggies of pitted dates, packets of Nuttzo, Clif Bars, Clif Gels, bananas, salted baked potatoes & sweet potatoes, hot salty “brothy” potato soup (for the cold night), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and more stuff… but he didn't really want any of it!!!

He only wanted these REAL-FUEL-BITES, sliced oranges from the aid stations, the occasional apple sauce and his Banana-Date water that we prepare for every race.

He said that he was so happy I made these fuel bites on a whim, because for some reason it was the only thing that he craved and could eat. 

Who knows why this is,

especially because he always trains with dates and cliff bars and loves them, and these balls are basically the same things… but they have the ginger and turmeric! I think that his body needed the inflammation fighting ingredients in the bits and so it craved them. We will really never know, but what we do know is that this rough recipe is going to be the basis of our ultra-running home made nutrition!

We try to train with gels, dates and fruit available at aid stations, because we think it is good to train our bodies to try to like the foods available at aid stations. But we also really like REAL FOOD. This is also why we will be trying out products in the future like My Spring Energy which uses real food blended into gels - racers like Sage Canaday speak really highly of them.. and so we gotta give those a try soon!

 You can see we baked them and left them in a few minutes too long, so they got slightly burnt on the bottom... oh well! :)

You can see we baked them and left them in a few minutes too long, so they got slightly burnt on the bottom... oh well! :)

We hope you guys try this recipe, but do not follow it too closely. The measurements are rough and are from memory (i did not measure anything at the time), and as long as you end up with a paste that is able to be rolled and shaped into small balls AND that tastes good, it will work just fine!



Please let us know if you have any other questions about race nutrition, the recipe or anything!!

Love you guys,

Katie and Gwen

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