Raw Energy Chia Chocs inspired by Thrive

I’m a fan of Brendan Brazier and his Thrive sports recipes. Well, I do, at least like the idea. I made his sports drink for last year’s Birmingham Half Marathon, which was great. I also tried his sports gel, which is packed with raw energy for en route use. I have no idea how you’re supposed to consume the stuff once you’ve made it, unless you somehow force it into an old toothpaste tube. I made it but didn’t bring it to the event. I think it even got discarded completely.

So, for the recent Sutton Fun Run I decided to adapt the gel into something I could bring along. SO the following raw energy chia chocolate version was created. Sadly, I left them in the fridge. So they didn’t actually get an outing on the day. Practically, these are a bit soft to take with you in the summer. It might be different in the winter, however.

Raw energy chia chocs
Raw energy chia chocolate – Thrive inspired by Brendan Brazier

These raw energy chocolate treats were so, so tasty. The molasses just added a strong gorgeousness. Definitely, need to be kept in the fridge though so keep that in mind. Don’t leave them out!

The emphasis was firmly on energy provision, so I used ALL coconut oil rather than half and half coconut oil and cacao butter. All the ingredients are organic and there’s a lot of superfood goodness in here.

Thrive inspired Raw Energy Chocs

  • 100g cacao powder
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 80g date syrup
  • 20g blackstrap molasses
  • 20g maca
  • 40g carob powder
  • 20-30g goji berries dried
  • 4-5 tbspns chia
  • 2 tblspoons coconut sugar
  • 3 or 4 heaped table spoons of quinoa flour

I always melt the fat first. Put it into a plastic container and leave it in boiled, simmering water til it melts. Then add it to the other ingredients, other than the quinoa flour. I don’t usually add any kind of flour to my raw chocolate. However, quinoa is great for energy and the mix was far to sloppy. Use as much as you need.

Just add the quinoa flour until the mix is like a bread dough, albeit a little greasier. I did forget to include the suggested seaweed flakes (nori) small pinch of salt. DOH! Can’t say I noticed, though. I tend to use a proper chocolate mould I was given by Trishul Smith and an ice cube tray, there’s a fair amount of mix here. Leave to chill for a couple of hours at least in the fridge.

These were still a bit soft and I had a little trouble snapping them out of the tray. You don’t remember that bit cos they are lush. ANd simply rammed with raw energy! Enjoy.

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For the Sutton Fun Run, I prepared the following sports drink the night before and chilled it in the fridge.

Raw energy THRIVE sports drink

  • coconut water
  • date syrup
  • yerba mate steeped
  • salt

SO easy. Leave the yerba mate (or green tea) to steep for a few hours, then mix up with the other ingredients. Shake well be fore consuming. Lovely, delicious raw energy natural sports drink. Ace!

This post is part of the ingredient of the month – Chia – on the Yogi Vegetarian blog, check out more about Chia over there…

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