This week and next week have some pretty crucial recovery days for the kiwi. Why? Well, race season is about here. I can’t believe it, but his first race of the season is just a week away. That means he needs to train smart and recover properly in order to stay SHARP and HEALTHY! And you better believe I’m doing the best I can as a Sherpa wife to keep him that way. Like I’ve mentioned before, this is truly our make it or break it year.
That being said, I’ve created three different types of gluten free recovery snacks that have recently become a staple in our house. And yes, they include coffee, because we love coffee and it’s actually good for recovery
The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO. All thoughts and opinions are my own, ALWAYS!
Earlier this month I received the new JAVAPRO protein powder from Nature’s Best Products. Let’s talk about it for a sec before I get to the recipes, deal?
The 411 on JAVAPRO:
- High Quality Protein made with real coffee
- Low Sugar
- 110 Calories per serving
- 80 mg of caffeine (which equivalent to a half cup of coffee)
- 20 grams Whey Protein
- And comes in 6 different flavors: latte, caramel, hazelnut, French vanilla, espresso, and mocha.
Yes, that’s the SCOOP! But the taste? I was impressed. Actually shocked. The coffee flavor is not overpowering and either is the chocolate in the Mocha flavor. It was the perfect balance, and did not leave any after taste. So yes, flavor approval right here! For more information, please visit their Facebook Page.
Now let’s get to those recovery snacks.
This first one is great for when the weather is warmer. Which has been hit or miss here lately. I use the coconut oil for good fat but it can melt at room temperature, that is why I keep these in the freezer. But they are perfect for post run/ride. Very refreshing!Print
Java Crunch Bark
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 cup melted coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions)
- ¼ cup toasted shredded coconut (optional)
- tsp of vanilla extract
- ½ cup nuts/seeds (I used cashews and pumpkin seeds)
- 3–4 dates- chopped
- 1–2 teaspoon sweetener of choice (optional)
- 25 grams MOCHA protein powder
- Mix together oil, coconut, dates, protein, and nuts. Line a pan with parchment paper. Pour the oil mixture onto the parchment paper. Freeze for at least 30 minutes then remove and break apart into pieces to create bark. Store in the freezer.
don’t have mocha protein powder? just mix in a scoop of instant coffee with vanilla protein or buy coffee extract.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
You can also make a Vanilla Latte or Hazelnut Coffee version of this CRUNCH BARK. Just sub the cashews for hazelnuts and use the Vanilla or Hazelnut protein powders.
The next favorite recovery snack is of course a healthy bites recipe.
I made these similar to my maple latte bites. Just added Enjoy Life Chocolate chips, bacon extract, and subbed the vanilla protein for the MOCHA JAVAPRO. Holy cow these were good. The bacon gives it smoky sweet flavor. I feel like I should be at a campfire. These come in around 50-55 calories per bites and 3 grams protein. If you don’t have bacon extract, try using a butter extract.
And last but not least, the BRUNCH smoothie.
1 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, waffle flavoring, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1-2 scoops Mocha Javapro Protein. Comes in around 300-400 calories and 20+ grams of protein. The Banana and Maple Syrup are the carb sources to restore glycogen.Very important for those muscles post workout!
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Okay, so tell me, do you have a go to recovery snack? Coffee lover?? I hope so!
Best of luck to my friends racing palmetto 200! I so wish I could be there. <3 Sherpa Cotter.
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
I’m a coffee lover! These snacks look fab, especially those healthy bites! I love me a good smoothie after working out. 🙂
you would love!!! let me know if you make some!
I swear everything I see Java Pro I want to try it! 😉
Thanks for reminding me and I will have to really get a bag of it.
you must!! let me know if you do!
Oops, I meant “everytime”. It’s Monday… and I need some Java Pro… 😉
LOVE COFFEE. Okay, this is weird, but my favorite coffee is Target brand flavored coffee haha. I need to get this JavaPro I’m seeing it EVERYWHERE and a healthy iced mocha smoothie in the summer? YUM!
ohhh i might need to try this coffee! love target brand!
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Ever since going GF I crave rice post long run and some type of protein. I do LOVE coffee though.
Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
im not much of a protein powder person but the very first bar looks soooooo good. good luck to Kiwi 🙂
you can totally skip the protein and add pb flour or just cocoa powder.
Morganne @ Nut Butter Runner
Maple syrup and waffle flavoring? WHOA.
Coffee lover? Yes! I definitely need to try JavaPro! This is going to be the MAKE IT season!
i knew you would approve! next coffee date?
Oh my. I NEED some JavaPro (I heart coffee. For real.) and I NEED some of those flavor drops! I want to make all the things! But definitely to start with those Bites. They’re little amaze-balls! 😉 xoxo
good luck to the kiwi!!
yes yes yes to coffee. always, no exceptions. I may need to try out that Javapro for our smoothies! Also, waffle flavoring? Can I just come grocery shopping at your house!?
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Damn JavaPro is pissing me off! Why can’t they be a PRO in the dairy-free protein department?! FO SHEEZ SON!?!
i think sun warrior needs a coffee one, yes?
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Oh hell, if we are talking new flavors – I think BIRTHDAY CAKE and MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP are in order… Uhhhhhh you + me should go in on creating a protein powder, YES????? I am officially going to start conjuring up protein powder names! LOL!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
One week away?! Oh goodness I’d be a ball of nerves. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you guys 😀 I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year for James with you fuelling him with deliciousness like this!
I’m trying not to think about it, just ease on into race week, yes?
Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
Firstly, I’ve never heard of bacon extract, but I think I totally need some! And secondly, bacon extract in those bites sounds absolutely amazing and so different. I love the sweet/savory idea!
you totally do!! it’s like heaven with chocolate
Lisa @ RunWiki
What?!!!! Who said coffee and protein? genius!
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
Good luck to your hubby – this week he will be well fueled for sure! Those bars with coconut oil look delicious in addition to being a good recovery snack!
thanks shashi! i will tell him!
GOOD LUCK to the Kiwi!! I hope it’s a make it year! What race is he doing, and are you able to Sherpa and cheer?
The bark recipe looks amazing! I don’t like coffee, but I love some coffee flavoured things, like ice cream! I have a feeling I’d like it in here!
Taylor @ LiftingRevolution
I wish you could be here too! But at least we have bites to fuel us on our way! Everything looks delicious. I was very sad when my JavaPro ran out! An order might have to be made!
mmmm can’t go wrong with coffee! These all look delicious! Thanks for sharing and good luck to the Kiwi on his recovery days!!
thank YOU! i will pass that luck along!
I was wondering which flavor was your very favorite and most versatile? I want to try one first and am having a hard time deciding. I love chocolate and coffee, so I was leaning towards mocha…
Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's
My favorite recovery snack is your healthy bites ha 😉
i love you EVEN MORE for saying that!
These recovery snacks look/sound amazing! You are SO creative! Also, you have got to the the cutest, Sherpa wife around!! I love the way you love and support your hubby, such an amazing example!!
you’re the cutest! and i am beyond thankful for your support!
OH I LOVE THIS!
I adore coffee.
thank you greatly for sharing!
These all look SO yummy, especially the bark. I am a sucker for bark haha. and YAY for race season, sending prayers and strength for the first race!! XOXO
Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In
Not only do I want to come visit for the warmer weather, but these all sound delicious so I’ll come visit for some treats as well! 😉
Oh, wow, only one week – best of luck from over here!!
Crunch Bark – these sounds seriously like heaven. I never heard of Java, I am currently thrilled that I can get Growing Naturals over here.
Must try this! And the recipes. Love a little mocha in my life.
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
Coffee is one of my favorite things EVER! Looks delicious!
i need those crunch bark in my mouth NOW! i am a coffee lover. and my favorite recovery meal (not snack) is like a thanksgiving meal/sandwich. turkey, stuffing, cranberry. yum. (now can you have the kiwi update TP for me?!) 🙂
Jody - Fit at 56
I so want to try that protein powder! I actually saw it at my store I buy stuff at long before the FF campaign but money is tight so I know you get it.. I have to spend where I can get more for the money… although when I have money, going to buy! 🙂
Those recipes – OMG – yum!!!!!!!
Heather (Where's the Beach)
I really need to get some of those capella drops. Waffle flavor??? My post workout snack kind of depends on the workout and intensity level so it varies. Definitely more protein heavy after weights and more carbs after longer runs.
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I have been LOVING my Javapro! I was really impressed with the flavor. And I want your bacon ballsssss!
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
I love the flavor of coffee but can’t handle caffeine well so I rarely have it unless it’s decaf. But in some portions like these snacks, I think I could do it. I can’t believe his first race is right around the corner- that came so quickly!
Coffee lover? More like coffee obsessed! haha These all look amazing. Always have a recovery snack!
Well I have to say, Breeze Bars Cocoa Espresso is my go-to coffee lover healthy recovery/fuel!
Oh my yum!! I will take one of each snack pleasssse 🙂 I need to get my hands on some of that javapro! MmM. Favorite recovery snack, frozen banana blended with coffee & chocolate protein power! OR strawberry banana core power! I had no idea you could keep coconut oil in the freezer! Thanks for the tip!
It allllll looks amazing! You’re Sherpa skills amaze me. Happy training to the Kiwi!!
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
These sound so tasty! I’m not a huge coffee person but I do love green smoothies of all sorts after workouts. One of my faves is a chocolate banana one with chocolate Vega Performance Protein, a frozen nanner, a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond milk, ginger, and cinnamon. SO good!
Cara's Healthy Cravings
I usually make a big batch of oatmeal protein bars on Sunday to last the week for my husband and myself. After my workout I always rely on them to help me “recover” and power me through till dinnertime.
p.s. My bosu ball lunges are going sooo much better now!
Krista @ Tiny n Fit
This protein sounds great! I also have the waffle drops- haven’t tried them yet but they smell good!
Linz @ Itz Linz
yum! i’m totally trying javapro once baby itz is here (no caffeine for me right now)
OOOOOH I AM ALL ALL ABOUT THE JAVA!!!
We are even more in tune than I thought! My racing season starts on April 6! Well….when I say racing season I mean like 2-3 races, but still, that is my racing season as a competitive athlete haha! I wish I had a sherpa wife like you to help me during this time, that would be amazing…..maybe I can convince my boyfriend once we are together 😛
You know I am not about coffee, but I love everything else about this post 🙂
you need a sherpa man!! yes, get him over here. and p.s you could totally use chai tea in these recipes. that would be awesome! Will be cheering for you April 6th!!
Emma @ be mom strong
Never tried this brand either but will have to show it to Justin! And hopping over to your healthy bites page now to show him! I HATE those GU’s he uses!
you’d love healthy bites for training!
I’ve never tried this brand of protein powder before, but I’m sure CLICK will work just fine. I really need to get myself some of these extracts. I mean bacon AND waffle? Both sound way too good to be true.
oh ya, click is very similar! and you gotta get capella drops!!! so good