Raw homemade shot bloks – chocolate flavored with some zip

Posted on February 22nd, 2010

Raw Shot Bloks before going through the dehydrator. The battery went dead on my camera before I could snap the finished shot.

Over the past month or so, I have heard numerous runners talk about or tweet about Cliff Shot Bloks. After finding out what the were, I decided I could make my own raw homemade version of them. What I developed was based on the energy gels and drinks I have seen in Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet, but I went the extra mile with mine and added chocolate flavoring!

What I developed was a calorie rich droplets that provide carbs, protein and electrolytes. Each droplet contains: dates, agave nectar, cacao powder (for a yummy chocolate flavor), chia seeds (for a longer release of energy and protein), lemon and lime juice, and ground sunflower seeds for their anti-inflammatory effects. The dates are a good source of carbohydrates and are also high in calories. The chia seeds help slow down the break-down of glucose, thus giving you longer lasting energy, the lemon and lime juice assist in replenishing electrolytes. The sunflower seeds were sort of added on accident because I didn’t have pumpkin seeds, but I’m thinking the sunflower seeds were the better option because they are high in protein and have anti-inflammatory properties.

I used the shot bloks the next morning on my 10 mile run. I didn’t cary any energy gels, just the bloks and a raw energy drink I made. I felt pretty charged the entire run, I think things really started kicking in around mile five; at this point I had consumed around five of the ten bloks I carried with me. I brought 10 bloks with me, but probably only consumed eight of those ten because I dropped the bag I was carrying them in at some point.

The only draw back I found was that the bloks mash together fairly easily. I had placed them in the back pocket of my bike jersey that I wore for the run and ended up sitting back on them on the drive to the trail, what I ended up with was shot mush instead of bloks,  but they were still fairly easy to consume. I would suggest dehydrating the blocks for longer so they harden up a bit more than they did for me, but also proper storage will help keep your blocks in tact.

These tasty little treats would be great for taking on long runs and even climbing trips. I plan on making another batch on my next trip to the crag coming up here in March. The cost to make these is pretty low too. Eight dates will run about about $1.67, the other items are bulk items (aside from the lemon and lime) so the cost there is very minimal. My guess would be that 24 bloks will cost you around $2.75.

The Recipe

  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1/8 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 TBSP of cacao powder
  • 1/2 TBSP of chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup of sunflower seeds ground into powder (using coffee grinder)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until thoroughly mixed, scrapping the sides of the walls periodically. When finished you should have a fairly thick consistency, if not, add a couple of more dates. Once you have a thick consistency, using a spoon, dish out small dollops of the mixture onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet, you should be able to get about 24 shot blok size drops. Once you have the dollops on the sheet, wet your fingers and shape into squares as best you can.

After you have shaped your bloks, place in the dehydrator at around 110 degrees for 12-20 hours. I pulled mine out at around 12 for my morning run, they probably could have been left in a lot longer. These should keep well for several days, but I recommend using them as soon as possible, so if you are not going to use all of them in a few days I would cut the recipe in half.

11 Responses to “Raw homemade shot bloks – chocolate flavored with some zip”

  1. [...] the heart more than the nervous system as with caffeine. This could be part of why my raw shot bloks were successful, but I’m not scientist. I may find myself consuming even more cacao now in [...]

  2. Nick says:

    Can I make these without a dehydrator?

  3. OrganicClimber says:

    Yes, you can try using the oven at 100 degrees or so. You may also just try freezing them, but you would have to keep them cool until consumption. A cooler would work though.

  4. [...] drink sat. Mate is a common ingredient in a lot of recipes by Brendan Brazier, as well as my own Shot Blok recipe. Mate is an excellent source of natural [...]

  5. [...] to fuel your endurance sport, hiking or climbing trip – Raw Shot Bloks – Raw Energy Bars – Raw Energy Gel (this recipe is coming soon, I thought I had posted it [...]

  6. Because the cost of energy blocks and what is in them, I was drawn to your site and the ingredients you use. I am going to follow the recipe and try them on my ride tomorrow. I believe I have someone who will allow me to use their dehydrator for the 12-20 hours. What are your thoughts of them solidifying in the cold instead? Since winter is approaching and I will be on the road 24/7, if I make them up the evening before and put them outside my tent in the 40 degrees or below that it already is outside, will they set up enough to eat? Also keeping them in my hydration pack away from my body heat will probably keep them less mashed than in my jersey. I’ll let you know how they go.

  7. OrganicClimber says:

    Solidifying in the cold definitely works too. I have not done this with the energy bites, but have done it with the energy bars and it works just as well. It just won’t stay very solid when heated up, but in the cold you should be alright. Maybe a small ice pack would even help. But even if they do turn to mush, you can still eat them :) It just won’t be easy to do while riding.

    I think you will love the bites. I know another raw foodie endurance runner who uses my recipe and loves them. I use them on all my half marathons.
    Also, be looking for my energy drink recipe soon too.

  8. Sounds good, I’ll make them and pack some ice if it gets warmer during the day. I’m stoked to see how the energy maintains when I use the bites.

  9. [...] the above recipe to help provide energy during half marathons and long bike rides. Combined with my shot blok recipe, the pack quite the punch. Not only is it 100% all-natural, it’s highly nutritious and good [...]

  10. Ron says:

    Very excited to have come across this. Anyone tried using just an oven yet? I don’t have a dehydrator either.

    I make my own gel, would love to make my own blocks.

    Thanks for this recipe, going to try it soon…gotta find the chia seeds and cacao powder first.

  11. OrganicClimber says:

    Ron, the oven will probably actually work, but also the freezer too. Just make sure you pull them out just before your run and keep them somewhere they won’t get mushed up, but even if they do, no big deal because they are easy to consume.

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