Why Sarah Wilson’s dad created a sugar-free sports snack

By Marie-Antoinette Issa |

IQS: Sarah's Dads goobs sugar-free sports snacks

Sarah’s always seeking new solutions to processed foods, and has recently been playing with sports goobs. These energising snacks are designed to fuel endurance athletes, and she figured her dad (“a hopelessly inept cook”) was as good as any athlete to get involved…

Like father, like daughter.

Sarah and her father love outdoor activities. She hiking, he marathon running, both a passion for off-road biking.

They also share a common interest in finding the best sugar-free* options to energise their adventures. Frustrated with the sugary energy bars and power gels currently available, Sarah set out on a mission to create her own.

Sugar-free sports goobs. Is is possible?

After researching it for ages and speaking to other endurance athletes, Sarah came up with three endurance snacks, including her Gnarly Mocha Chia Goobs

“I’m constantly being asked to recommend energy bits and pieces to for endurance athletes to replace those nasty bars, gels and drinks they drink. So I created these,” she says.

“They’re made with glucose (from the rice malt syrup) rather than fructose which is the best energy source.

“Plus, they’re full of electrolytes (in the Himalayan rock salt) and other energy boosters like chia seeds and coffee, so my goobs should do the job.”

Mr Wilson gave his verdict.

Proving just how simple it is to whip them up, Mr Wilson was left with brief instructions (check out the super-easy recipe below) to create his own goobs.

“They were easy – even for an old wrinkle brain like me,” he says. “The four packages firmed up nicely in the fridge over night. The consistency was good and I was able to easily seal it off with one hand and cut the corner and squeeze it out.”

And did they help his energy levels? “They were good for a quick pick me up.  Although they certainly didn’t seem to need the ‘vegetarian Amazon tree top sweat salt’ to do the job.”

[Editor’s note: Sarah and her dad are still debating the benefits of Himalayan salt.]

Gnarly Mocha Chia Goobs

Makes 4 goobs

  •      4 tbls chia seeds
  •      1 cup pre-made coffee
  •      2 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  •      2 tsp cacao powder
  •      1/2 tsp celtic sea salt or Himalayan rock salt
  •      1/4 tsp baking soda
  1. Line 4 small cups or glasses with sandwich bags.
  2. Combine all ingredients and pour into the sandwich bags and let sit overnight in the fridge.
  3. Tie up your bag, bit a hole in the corner and squeeze to consume.

*Sugar-free here means fructose free, as this recipe contains rice malt syrup.

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