Tarahumara Pinole and Chia Energy Bars

Tarahumara Pinole Energy Bars

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So where did these Tarahumara Pinole energy bars come from?

I recently was on holidays and before I went I was trying to decide which book to bring along.

I was scanning my bookshelf when I came across a book I had briefly started “Born to Run“.

I brought the book along and boy it was a good read!

It is about an ancient Mexican tribe called the Tarahumara famed for their ability to run up to 100 miles at time.

During the book the word pinole is mentioned, I did some research and found out it is roasted cornmeal.

Pinole is a very Energy dense food and has come up many times in ancient history and is famed for its high energy density and its ability for a relatively small amount of it to fill you up.

So in this recipe I also added chia seeds which are rising in popularity and dates which helps to bind the whole bar together and since there is no wheat in this recipe it is 100% gluten free.

Lets do this!

Tarahumara Pinole energy bars

add cornmeal and chia seeds to pan and toast until a light brown colour.

Tarahumara Pinole energy bars

Remove seeds or pits from dates (Ill never find out which one is right)

Tarahumara Pinole energy bars

Add all ingredients to a mixer or food processor and mix until mixture is blended in to a thick paste.

Tarahumara Pinole energy bars

Get a tray and grease it, divide mixture in to 8 balls and shape balls into bar shapes.

add to oven and wait 10-15mins or until a hard crust forms.



I use this Tarahumara Pinole Energy bar before races and workouts and after for recovery. The pinole in the energy bar makes it very filling so it can also be eaten for breakfast.

Tarahumara Pinole and Chia energy bars
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 140g of cornmeal
  2. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  3. 8 dates
  4. 40g of oats
  5. 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  6. 1 and a half cups of water
  7. 3 tablespoons of honey
  1. preheat your oven to 200°C
  2. add cornmeal and chia seeds to a pan and roast on medium heat for about 5-7 mins or until light brown. (this part is kind of difficult to get right if you go to hot the cornmeal will burn but if you roast it till it is a light brown it becomes pinole, keep moving the cornmeal around in the pan and it should turn out fine)
  3. Remove seeds from the dates
  4. add all ingredients to a mixer or food processor until you get a thick paste if your mixture is to thick and some water until its a thick mixture.
  5. divide the mixture into 8 equal balls and shape each ball into a bar shape
  6. cook bars in the oven for 10-15mins or until the outside forms a hard crust
  1. I haven't experimented to much with this recipe but you could try incorporating nuts or dried fruit in to this recipe which might give it a nice crunch!
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