No-Bake Runner’s Energy Balls Recipe

Here’s our awesome recipe for no-bake runner’s energy balls!

Looking for a quick, no-fuss, homemade running snack?

Finding a cheap and easy source of slow-burn energy can often be a challenge for runners.

Our Runner’s Energy Balls recipe takes 5 minutes to throw together, and provides an all-natural source of slow burning energy.

They’re a great source of fast carbs and fat, the two fuel sources we need when we’re running.

The peanut butter and cacao nibs leave them tasting like a cookie, while the oats and seeds help fuel your workout.

The best part?

They’re made entirely of things you already have in your kitchen cupboard!

Our Runner’s Energy Balls are the perfect pre-run snack to give you the energy boost you need prior to your training run; whether you’re preparing for your first 10k or a marathon.


Here’s how to make them!

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No-Bake Runner’s Energy Balls – Ingredients (makes 4-6 balls):

  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
  •   ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (change for honey for a non-vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • Pinch of sea salt

No-Bake Runner’s Energy Balls – How To Make Them:

The best part of this recipe is how simple it is to make these energy balls!

1. Combine all ingredients into a sturdy bowl

2. Mix them together with a spoon or fork

3. Using your hands, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls

4. Store them in the fridge, in a paper-lined tupperware, until ready to eat!


I find these balls to be the perfect boost I need before heading out the door for a 1-2hr run around the trails!

Have you tried this recipe?  Let me know what you thought below!

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Thomas Watson is an ultra-runner, UESCA-certified running coach, and the founder of MarathonHandbook.com. His work has been featured in Runner's World, Livestrong.com, MapMyRun, and many other running publications. He likes running interesting races and playing with his two tiny kids. More at his bio.

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