Vanilla Espresso Shot Blocks for Energy and Re-fueling

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Whether you’re reaching to meet those New Year’s Resolutions or just add a bit of polish to your existing fitness regimen, you’ll find a place for these Vanilla Espresso Shot Blocks.  These are sweet and chewy without all the lab-created ingredients you’ll find in those from your local vitamin shop.

Coconut milk (and coconut water) have more potassium than most sports drinks, as well as significant levels of magnesium, which will help replenish electrolytes as you sweat.

Instant espresso powder adds flavor and a gentle boost of caffeine for increased energy.

MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) is a concentrated form of coconut oil for energy and focus that is processed faster by the body than other forms of fat.

Honey is primarily made up of glucose and will provide a lasting energy source throughout your workout and will help prevent muscle loss.

And our Collagen Proteins are a binder for these chewy blocks and also provide a bit of pre-workout amino acids for increased muscle building.

Vanilla Espresso Shot Blocks

Yields: 12 blocks

1 14-oz can light coconut milk (can sub coconut water for less calories)

1 Tbsp. instant espresso powder

4 Tbsp. MCT oil or coconut oil

¼ c. honey

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 Tbsp. Vital Proteins Collagen Proteins

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and stir well.  Turn the heat on to medium and stir until the Collagen Proteins are dissolved.  Do not bring to a boil.

Pour the mixture into a 9×5″ pan (or a silicone ice cube tray/greased muffin tin for easy individual portions) and move it to the refrigerator.  Chill for 1 hour, or until set.  Then remove from the pan and slice into individual blocks.  Enjoy 2-3 blocks before or during your workout.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Note:  this recipe can be adapted in a few ways to meet your individual preference and workout goals.  Double the espresso for more caffeine.  Add more MCT for greater focus.  And add or take away from the amount of honey based on the intensity of your training.

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