vegan snacks for runners

Recovery snacks for runners should be three things: simple, healthy, and delicious. These are the best recovery bites for runners because they nail all three!

So when RunnersConnect asked me to come up with an easy, plant-based, whole foods, recovery snack for runners to feature on their Instagram Reel, I knew just the recipe!

I enlisted the help of my 10 year-old daughter (and my 11 year-old son behind the camera!) and we popped these perfect little recovery bites out in just a few minutes.

I wrote an earlier post about all the things you should be looking for in recovery foods after a hard run or workout and you can check that out here for more info.

Not only are they great for runners, but kids love them too! Let me know in the comments what you think!

recovery bites for runners

The BEST Recovery Bites for Runners (and KIDS!)

The perfect 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein, these tasty, whole-food bites are simple and yummy!
Medjool dates are the star of this recipe adding an almost caramel flavor and if you use peanuts as your nut of choice, it's a classic chocolate-PB combo!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 181 kcal


  • food processor


  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 12 medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a food processor, blend nuts until crumbly, but do not process into nut butter.
    chopped nuts
  • Add 12 pitted medjool dates, cocoa, salt, vanilla, and a splash of water and process until you have a sticky dough.
    recovery bites for runners
  • Roll into 12 balls and enjoy!
  • Can last 7-10 days in a refrigerated in a sealed container.



Using peanuts, each truffle contains 22g carbohydrate, 9.5g fat, 5g protein, and a whopping 308mg of potassium!
Keyword plant based, recovery, vegan

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Coach Claire has helped hundreds of runners chase their dreams and conquer big goals. Her coaching philosophy combines science-based training, plant-based nutrition, and mindset techniques to unlock every runner's true potential. She's an ASFA certified running coach, sports nutrition specialist, a 2:58 marathoner, mom, and borderline obsessive plant lover.

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