Stacy advocates REAL nutrition, even though I kept telling her that I have done Kona and been successful on ONLY gels in the past. She says that you may feel OK on only gels but that you will perform better if you stay the hell away from them. So, tested in Vineman and put to the ultimate test in Kona these balls were prepped by uber sherpas, Robyn and Kebby.
The balls were the only thing I ate on the bike along with Active Hydration in Mango and one bottle of Coke.....mmmmm, coke!
Here's the recipe...let me know if you love it!
Makes 10 balls, ~140kcal/ball
1/2 cup nutbutter (peanut or almond, natural kind)
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup whey protein isolate ( I had Muscle Milk Chocolate powder on hand, OSMO Active recovery would be bomber too)
1/2 cup dry oatmeal or 2/3 cup Perky's Rice Crisps- I went with the crisps
1/4 cup shredded coconut (Stacy used raisins but knows I love coconut so tailored for me)
Pop the PB and rice syrup in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that they are melty and able to be combined well. Then combine all ingredients. If you need a bit more holding power (we did), add more protein powder.
Then add a sprinkle-ly of salt on top.