Treat of the Week: In Honor of Global Running Day

Today is Global Running Day. Who comes up with these names for things? No idea--probably a shoe company--but who cares, running is an activity and a community to be celebrated. (Read my invitation to running here. Yes, you.) I celebrated Global Running Day this morning at the track with a bunch of other fierce mama runners (including a 38-week pregnant mama who walked!). I had a pyramid workout on the plan, which involves running progressively longer intervals, then backing down again, and repeating. On my final interval I decided to go all out. I felt a bit like the Millennium Falcon--a bucket of bolts that's a liiiiiiiiiittle too old for hyperdrive--but I actually hit a 5:45 pace... for a short time ;-)

I made everyone these no-bake "energy bites," which my friends dubbed "Schweddy Balls" in honor of the Alec Baldwin skit on SNL. (Full of innuendo--you've been warned.) Despite the unsavory name, they're really tasty, easy to make, and satisfy one's sweet tooth with wholesome ingredients.

Here's my proud improv moment: we were out of chocolate chips, which really make the cookie what it is. I found a bag of Hershey's Miniatures, which we put in the kids' lunch. Mr. Goodbar is the least favorite of the four flavors, so AHA!

I unwrapped a bunch and chopped away. They ended up going well with the crunchy peanut butter.

SCHWEDDY BALLS (aka energy bites)

There are many versions of these, some with chia seeds, flax seed, coconut (ew), etc. This version is simple and you might even have the ingredients on hand.

Makes a couple dozen, depending on how large you make them.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cup dry old-fashioned oatmeal 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract I also threw in a tablespoon or so of wheat germ

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.
  3. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.