These Peanut Butter Honey Oat Protein Bites were a necessity over our weekend.
A long run (one you’re totally unprepared for) can open up your mind to many things. Over the past weekend I ran my first Ragnar Relay. Everyone on our team took 3 legs of the race, a 3.5 mile run, 4.5 and 8.2. My 8.2 mile run just happened to be in the middle of the night, 12:30am to be exact. I had prepared only slightly for this race and knew I would need some extra grace to get me through.
I couldn’t sleep at all as I awaited my run. The runner two ahead of me came to our tent to wake me up but I was already wide eyed, nervous yet ready with anticipation. Everett and Josh were fast asleep and I kissed them both goodnight with a little extra emotion than usual, seeing as I was about to enter the wilderness in the middle of the night for a long run, by myself.
With a dim headlamp as the only thing to guide me through the pitch black hills above Zion National Park, I began my run. Literally, one foot in front of another, as I could only see that far, I took on the challenge. For the first several miles, I prayed for friends and family, their lives, and the situations they share so confidently with me as I took on mile after mile.
During my prayers a gentle wind started up, then a few rain drops. I asked God for it all to stop but they continued ever so gently and mercifully. He was very present with me, giving me assurance I wasn’t alone. He was the gentle whisper of the wind and rain, just as He is said to be.
After a while, I started to just let my mind wander, thinking of the more grand metaphor happening. As life has been a crazy lately, writing a book, and marriage with its difficulties and joys, God reminded me that He gives me just enough light to get to the next step and that he continues to do that faithfully.
I faced a few long hills, during the run, one of which was so hard I just came to a complete halt, turning around to see if I could spot anyone behind me. I saw a few headlamps scattered through the hills. God then nudged me, reassuring me that I had come this far and to continue on the path. WOW… how better does the analogy get! Continue on.. we’ve come this far… we don’t want to go backwards or stop. At this time in my life this is just what I needed to hear. I have progressed, in life, in my marriage, and in other things, and I just need to keep trecking and remember that He has taken me this far and will continue to guide me… maybe with just enough light to get me around the next bend.
My run wasn’t pretty, my legs cramped and I huffed and puffed through the steeps and thin air, but my life isn’t always pretty either. I finished with a huge relief and returned to my tent and to the two I love the most. I returned more grateful and with just a little more insight on perseverance.
These little protein bites were ones we shared with our team. After
Josh ran his night run, he returned to the tent smelling of peanut butter which made me smile. Whether you’re a runner or just in need of a little peanut butter pick me up, these should do the trick.
These small protein-packed bites of peanut butter, honey and oats are perfect for snacking.
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if needed
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds, optional
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, optional
Mix everything together in a large bowl. Pack and roll into small bite sized balls. Store in a jar in the fridge.
Enjoy after a long run or as a mid-day pick me up.
More Protein Bite Ideas
Cookin’ Canuck’s Carrot Cake Bites (we also had a jar full of these for our trip!)
Simple Bites Hemp Cocoa Bites (I’ve made these several times and love them!)