Portable gluten free pre workout snacks are healthy quick snacks that are easy to digest, and you can eat them on the go. Great fuel for your next workout! These workout snack recipes are for both strength or cardio workouts!
For the past 8 years, we’ve been part of the 5am workout crew. Except I am the one getting up to make the coffee and meals (that counts as a workout, yes?) and my husband is off to swim masters or coach masters swim. Then, once he returns, I head off to run errands or to teach at the gym. Once I return home, he’s off again to go train or coach swim. It’s like a tag team train/coach/eat/repeat kind of day. And in between all these sessions, you have to fit in a meal or some sort of snack to fuel you for your next workout or activity. One can only live off so many energy bars, ya know?
Which is why I thought I’d post about our favorite gluten free pre workout snacks.
Yes, the best of both worlds if you ask me. But don’t worry, I won’t leave you with just a recipe link, I’ll tell you how we use them and why. Sound good?
All these workout snack recipes can be made ahead and then stored in fridge to keep fresh until you are ready to grab and go!
Okay, let’s start with cookies. Yes, I said cookies. These FUEL cookies and Rice Cakes are great before a ride or a run.
Dairy Free Mesquite Chocolate Cookies made with rice flour- It’s a killer combo. I know what you’re thinking. What’s mesquite? Well mesquite is a super food plant powder that is packed with mineral such as calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc, and potassium. Definitely a great energy booster too! And since these cookies are dairy free, they are easy to digest and won’t cause stomach distress during a run. They are great for post workout too! Love their versatility!
Next we have FUEL FIG Cookies or “Cakes.” Whatever you call them, they make a great portable snack for a long run or ride! My husband and I have both used them for a mid run refuel for a long run as well. What’s in them? Rice cereal, cinnamon, unsulphured figs, coconut, cinnamon, sea salt, and maca. Maca is great for stamina and is rich in vitamin B, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. You can see my full recipe here! They’re definitely one of my favorite gluten free pre workout snacks.
THE FACTS (per cookie): Calories 98.5 Total Fat 4.3 g Saturated Fat 1.9 g Sodium 21.5 mg Potassium123.9 mg Carbohydrate 14.6 g Fiber 2.2 g Sugars 9.2 g Protein 2.0 g
Here’s another type of fuel “cake” made with leftover rice. Again, great to take on a long ride to refuel half way. OR if you are like me, you will use these cakes before a hike or weight session. The rice is easy digest and all you need is just one cake to keep you fueled without weighing you down. We just wrap them in plastic wrap and go! You can use different flavor combos here as well, like i did with these vanilla almond cakes!
Cherry Vanilla Rice Cakes
Cherry Vanilla Rice Cakes
pre workout portables snacks!
- One 7oz bag of dried cherries (can also use cranberries)
- 4-5 cups of white rice (preferably sticky rice)
- 2 scoops (about 60 grams) protein Powder
- honey or maple syrup (this can be however much or little you want here)
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 1/3 cup almonds or almond meal
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- butter or coconut oil to mix into rice after cooking
- Optional – shredded coconut for topping or filling.
- First, rinse your rice and let it soak for 20 minutes. Then cook according to directions in a large pot or rice cooker.
- Once the rice is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and mix in a few tablespoons of coconut butter or butter and your protein powder. Then add in a fair amount of honey. I think I mixed in at least 1/4 cup. Once that’s done, set aside and let it get sticky.
- While your rice is sitting, mix up your filling, the dried fruit, almonds, and optional coconut. Mix all your ingredients together and then fill a dry measuring cup with the rice fruit mix. Pat it down then flip onto a greased baking tray. Feel free to roll into balls as well, just takes more skill! haha
- Bake at 375F for about 30-40 minutes. Just depends on your oven. Let it cool.
- Once cooled, you can wrap them up individually to take with you.
- Makes about 12-16 cakes depending on your the size of measuring cup you use.
Cook rice cakes longer for crispier texture but be careful not to over cook or burn.
Note: Cook rice in a rice cooker for better stickiness.
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Okay, so we’ve talked about portable snacks for before a run, ride, or any endurance sport for that matter, but what if you just need a little something to munch before a gym session or HIIT? For me, a little goes a long way. But you gotta make sure that little is DENSE and packed with good nutrients/macronutrients. That way you are properly fueled but without any heavy digestion going on before you RAMP UP your heart rate, ya know? I think we’ve all been there. The… “UH OH i shouldn’t have eaten that before I sprinted,” scenario. Haha, yes?
These are our go to pre gym session snacks. You can eat on the way to your workout and feel good during!
Grain Free Cinnamon and spice Plantain bites (two bites work great!)
One (or Two pieces) of Udis Gluten Free toast with 1/2 tbsp sunflower seed butter, dates, and a drizzle of molasses (great source of iron and potassium).
Phew, now who needs a snack?
Which one of these 5 portable gluten free pre workout snacks would you try first?
What portable snack do you carry with you these days?