How to Eat Like The Best Runners Who Ever Lived

When I read Born to Run back in 2009 I wanted to pack up my stuff and move to the Mexican dessert to be just like the Tarahumara. I fell in love with the culture, food, running philosophy – all of it.

The book speculated that the Tarahumara are the best runners who ever lived and I believe it. The book was a huge reason for the barefoot running movement becoming mainstream.

It also talked about chia seeds since the Tarhuamara eat them in a special drink when they’re running super long distances.

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It’s no coincidence that my first ultramarathon was the Born to Run 50k!

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Well, I am no barefoot super runner – but I can throw back chia seeds with the best of them. And you can too – here is a super easy

Chia See Granola Bar Recipe

No Bake. Gluten Free. InsertDietTrend. Delicious.

chia seed granola bars


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup rice cereal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tb. chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup PB
  • 1/2 cup agave (or honey / maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: Mix first 4 ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine PB, agave and vanilla. Heat PB mix in microwave for 30 seconds or until smooth easy to mix. chia seed granola bar recipe

Tip: spray measuring cup with non-stick before adding PB and it slips right out!chia seed granola bar recipechia seed granola bar recipe

Combine wet & dry ingredients. Add cranberries and chocolate chips. Mix through.

chia seed granola bar recipe

Press into an 8×8 glass pan lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, but longer is better (TWSS).

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Cut into bars. Eat. Then, you too can run for days at a time through the deserts of Mexico!**

chia seed granola bar recipe

**Statements not approved by the FDA.

Store bars in the refrigerator.

Question: Have you tried chia seeds?

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  1. Denise says

    I use to put them in a ton of stuff. Then forgot I had them. Then realized I didn’t turn into a super fitness model or anything and forgot about the chia seed. Maybe I should try again.

  2. Cate says

    Those look good! That spray trick works with honey too! I have chia seeds in my fridge but haven’t actually made anything with them.

  3. ursula says

    Monica you have to try Health Warrior Bars if you haven’t already. They are bars with chia seeds in them and are so good (I like acai berry flavor). Their company is BASED on the book

  4. says

    I am reading Born to Run right now and it has me wanting to run (barefoot) to the grocery store to pick up chia seeds. This recipe has made me realize I need to to that asap. Looks delish!

  5. says

    I used to add them to my oatmeal every morning. I haven’t had them in a while. If I can make them delicious, I’ll eat them. (These bars look delicious) Chia pudding I tried… not delicious.
    I’ve made a new deal with myself that I don’t have to choke down something just because it’s healthy.

  6. Allie says

    Those bars look pretty good. Off topic but I have a running question. I am coming back from an injury and I am hoping to start increasing my mileage again soon. Do you think its better to add in an extra day of running or just tack on a couple extra miles to one of my runs? Thanks for any feedback.

    • says

      First make sure you are cleared to run again, you don’t want to take 10 steps backward and reinjure yourself. Then, adding mileage really depends on how much/often you are running now. I make sure to take 2 days of rest a week so I wouldn’t compromise that for added mileage. Good luck!

  7. says

    Even with the chia seeds, these look like they’ll be a lot cheaper than anything store-bought. I like having orange juice with chia seeds after a run.

  8. says

    Ooooh those look yummy yummy!
    I just started using chia seeds.
    So far I just put them in my water!
    Excited to try something new like this with them!

  9. Sarah G. says

    I haven’t tried chia seeds yet… I just feel like they would be a weird texture in some of the recipes I’ve seen. But since this is a bar, I think it would work out nicely!

  10. says

    I loved the book Born To Run. I thought about the Tarahumara fueling with chia seeds when I threw back a Mama Chia pouch before my last half-marathon.

  11. Jamie says

    I put chia seeds in my water with some lemon and/or lime. They create a cool texture! Also in yogurt, smoothies, etc. I have yet to read Born to Run, but I’ve only heard awesome things about it! Soon! Way to go on your 50k!!

  12. Lindsey @ OneMotherofaDay says

    I have never tried chia seeds, but have been hearing many good things about them. Those granola bars look yummy, may have to try them! :)

  13. Sonia says

    Wow- I just had the hardest time finding this recipe! I remembered thinking they looked so good when you originally blogged them- today I decided to make them. I seriously googled all combinations of all the ingredients I could think of that are in the bars with your blog name and came up with nothing! Finally scrolled through your instagram because I remembered you posting them there and found the name of the bars…phew! They look delish and I can’t wait to try them.

  14. Nancy says

    I put Chia seeds in everything my daughter and I air pop popcorn spray a bit of sunflower or sesame seed oil on the popcorn and sprinkle with the chia seeds….Great snack….

  15. Allison says

    My boyfriend is training for his first 50K and asked me to make him some granola bars. I found this recipe and must say… we LOVE it!!!
    I used chia seeds quite a bit (also after reading BTR). I plan to start using them again as I am also training for my first 50K.

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