Energy on the (ultra)run

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

What tastes like a gritty cornmeal pancake with syrup on the inside? Tarahumara Pinole energy bars from the website One Ingredient Chef ( The One Ingredient Chef himself, Andrew Olson, focuses on creating vegan recipes without processed ingredients. His energy-bar recipe was inspired by a snack of the Tarahumara people of Northern Mexico—who are famous for being ultrarunners before ultrarunning was a trend. The ingredients are simple enough—masa harina, dates, brown rice syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, water—and instructions are uncomplicated. The website has dozens of other recipes, including desserts and cocktails—and sometimes a combination; Exhibit A: Boozy Frozen Margarita Cheesecake Cups. It also features entrees and snacks, such as baked cauliflower with spicy pesto and a tofu-and-vegetable potpie. Here’s to eating deliciously well (and vegan), one unprocessed ingredient at a time!