Fuel up for your run with these Long Run Beet Muffins! Made with beets to aid in endurance and almond flour and traditional oats to give you the energy you need to run the distance.
It is my birthday week!???
In honor of turning the big 23, I wanted to share these Long Run Beet Muffins with you. Think of it as my birthday present to you 🙂
No there is nothing real special about turning 23 (except that I cannot jam out to Taylor Swift’s 22 anymore), but there is a whole lot to consider special with these muffins.
When I was deciding what recipe to share before my birthday I immediately decided to share these Long Run Beet Muffins. You see, I first made these back in June and they have quickly come to the top of my list of favorite foods.
Going back to when I was creating this recipe, I wanted an easy to digest muffin that I could eat before my long runs during marathon training. I do not like to have a lot in my stomach before I run long distances, but I like to have a little something something. Runners, you know what I am talking about, right?
But I knew I needed something that would make these muffins different from your ordinary muffin recipe. Especially if they were going to be a muffin I would put in my belly and run 14 miles on. So I thought about some of my favorite foods that help me in running and settled on one: BEETS.
Call me crazy, but I loaded these muffins up with beets. Can’t you tell by that pretty color?!
Beets contain a whole lot of good nutrients and have been known to have a positive impact on endurance athletes. I personally take a pre-workout in the morning before my workouts that contains beets and I can tell during my run that I am more awake and able to go longer and faster than without it.
So, I thought, why not add some beets into muffins and see what happens?
… oh, and chocolate chips too!
The verdict? Say hello to my new pre-run snack!
I eat one about an hour to 45 minutes before I go out for a run and it is the perfect amount of fuel to get me through my workout. I eat one before either speed work, tempo runs, or a long run. I have a batch of these in the freezer and I pull one out, pop it in the microwave, then eat up. It has been working for me and even if you are not a runner or are not in need of a snack to fuel a long workout, these muffins are still absolutely delicious!
These Long Run Beet Muffins are:
- Made with whole, real foods
- A good source of complex carbohydrates
- Gluten free
- Freezer friendly
- 2 cups Almond Flour
- 1 cup Old Fashioned, Traditional Oats (ensure GF if necessary)
- 1 cup Carrots, grated, ring out water with a paper towel
- 1 cup Cooked Beets, washed and grated with ends removed
- ½ cup Maple Syrup
- ⅓ cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 3 Eggs, beaten
- 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
- In a large bowl, combine almond flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, sea salt, and chocolate chips. Mix together.
- In another large bowl, mix together eggs, melted butter, carrots, beets, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
- Combine dry ingredients into wet ingredient bowl and mix until batter is thick and well combined.
- Spoon batter into muffin cups and place in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Muffins will be nicely browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
On the note of fueling a run: these muffins work for me, but I know that they do not work for everyone. Through trial and error, I have found the foods that work best with my body before and during a run. I suggest trying these out before a run (definitely not before a race though!) and just see how your body reacts. Some runners cannot eats oats before a run because of the fiber, but I have never had an issue with oats before a run. Try it out and see what works for you! Again, what works for one person may not work for another. 🙂
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- Do you have a go-to pre-workout snack?
- When do you workout — morning, afternoon, or evening?