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Homemade Energy Gel + EnduraPouch Giveaway (Coaches Corner)

Make your own homemade energy gel and then carry it in the reusable EnduraPouch from Gear Well! Find out how easy it is to make your own delicious running nutrition and then carry it in the EnduraPouch. Plus, check out the other posts from Running Coaches Corner!

This post is sponsored by The Gear Well. I was sent product for review purposes. All opinions are my own!

How to Make and Carry Homemade Energy Gels

Make and Carry Your own Homemade Endurance Energy Gel with these natural recipes from@Suzlyfe and @TheGearWell Endurapouch! http://suzlyfe.com/homemade-energy-gel-running-endurapouch-coaches-corner-52

Finding the right fuel for your activity is one heck of a challenge. When I first started running, I didn’t trust any of the mainstream options, and I was terrified of gels and Gu because of the horror stories that I had heard. Over the years, I finally convinced myself to try a gel, but I was still so scared that I bonked horribly on the run because I waited too long! It ultimately ended up not being so bad, but I definitely learned my lesson of not waiting to fuel until it was too late (check out my other nutrition and hydration mistakes to avoid). 

I think if I had been able to make my own fuel and not be subject to the… substance that is an endurance gel, I would have been far more comfortable with the prospect and the product. I hate that you can’t see what it is that you are about to consume, plus the ingredient lists are less than pronounceable! Now, I like my chemicals, as you all know, but there is just something about not being able to see what is in there that weirds me out.

And I can’t try them until I’m out on the run, or I have to deal with all the mess of opening it up and then “resealing” the pouch. Yeah, like that is going to go well. You know I’m going to end up with that all over my shorts and looking like that infamous running meme of the guy who, um, couldn’t wait. Pleasant.

Running into the same problem? Never fear –>

Natural Homemade Energy Gel Recipes

The Easiest Applesauce Recipe Ever! As few as 3 ingredients and 25 minutes at most. Vegan and gluten free! Recipe at Suzlyfe.com with ideas of how to use it!

Easiest Ever Homemade Applesauce (Suzlyfe)

Tart Cherry Chia Seed Endurance Gel (I Run On Nutrition)

Homemade Energy Gel Recipe (SLO Cyclist) — Blackstrap Molasses and Honey

Homemade Energy Gel (Backcountry) — Brown Rice Syrup, Coconut Oil, Nut Butter

Thrive Lemon Lime Energy Gel (Thrive/No Meat Athlete) — Dates and Agave Nectar

I can't wait to try these homemade #running fuels in @TheGearWell EnduraPouch! #run #coachescorner Click To Tweet

But where do you go from here? You’ve made your own fuel, how do you package it for your run? We need a clean, convenient, resealable, and, for this recycler, reusable option.  

Gear Well EnduraPouch Fuel Pouch

The Gear Well EnduraPouch takes all of my concerns into account, and more! The Endurapouch is a 3 oz reusable BPA free fuel pouch that is reusable, dishwasher safe, and perfect for your long run or hike, your morning commute, or keeping your toddler (or whiny husband) happy. The 3 oz capacity means that it can hold about 3 of your standard energy gels in one pouch, and it is resealable with the nifty top, meaning that you don’t have to worry about half gels or downing the entire thing in one go.

Make and Carry Your own Homemade Endurance Energy Gel with these natural recipes from@Suzlyfe and @TheGearWell Endurapouch! http://suzlyfe.com/homemade-energy-gel-running-endurapouch-coaches-corner-52

I personally dug the size of the mouth port–you can put any number of fillers in there, from nut butters to chia gels or my easiest ever homemade applesauce (see recipes above!). I may or may not be using mine for frosting (ok, I’m not, but how awesome would that be?)

And yes, you can see how much product you have in there thanks to the handy window, which also takes away the mystery of the “what is in there?” game.

Cool! @TheGearWell EnduraPouch makes it easy to carry my #running fuel! #runchat #ad Click To Tweet

The folks at The Gear Well have offered to hook up a Suzlyfe reader with a starter pack of EnduraPouches for your training season! You know that figuring out a fueling strategy early on in training is imperative thanks to my other posts on the subject, so this is really perfect timing. Giveaway ends Midnight March 8. US only. Enter via Rafflecopter below!

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And now it is time for Running Coaches’ Corner!

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I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday. 

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86 Comments

  • Reply Carla

    Annnnnd you know I have just been thinking about this exact thing. Don’t tell my running friends πŸ™‚ but I did about 17 1/2 without anything. Not planned – – well I didn’t plan on bringing anything πŸ™‚ and I hadn’t planned on 17 – – but I need to be better prepared next time.
    I felt great. But nine more? No way πŸ™‚
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    March 1, 2017 at 5:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, you definitely don’t want to invite a hard crash!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    This is so clever! I want them for working out. It’s hard to find portable food on the go!
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    March 1, 2017 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously! So difficult!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    These remind me of the reusable pouches we have for A, haha! Such a great idea to use for running though!
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    March 1, 2017 at 5:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, who says they are only for running!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    I’ve seen those pouches before . . . in addition to the fact you can have control over your own nutrition, I like the “greenness” of them.
    jennifer recently posted…Lemony Turmeric Cauliflower-Quinoa + Quickie Crossfit 17.1 RecapMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 6:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree! Green in all the ways

      March 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I’ve never made my own fuel what a great idea! I like the idea of apple sauce easy to eat on a run or long bike ride. Thanks for the link up
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…My Full Body Get It Done Strength Training + GiveawayMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like you need to try–you would come up with something amazing!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Linz @ Itz Linz

    i like gu or beans – never have made my own!
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    March 1, 2017 at 6:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love my Sports Beans too!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I have struggled with fuel the past 18 months or so. I think I finally got a grip on it last fall (NOT over-Gatorading LOL), but I’m still interested in finding the perfect fuel. I’ve heard of using applesauce (or baby food) but never had a means to transport them…these pouches look like a genius product!
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    March 1, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I remember. Hopefully these will get you one step closer!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I typically use Honey Stinger gels or chews, but this year I’m looking to try a few other brands (Huma, GenUCan, etc). I’ve never made my own gel so this is very intriguing for me!!
    Kimberly G recently posted…March 2017 GoalsMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 6:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you like Huma, then making your own is the next step!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Angela @ happy fit mama

    We love the Endurapouch in our house! I use it for my running fuel and my kids use it for their applesauce. I must confess, I had to email Laura to ask how to fill the thing. I had no idea the bottom opened up. Genius!
    Angela @ happy fit mama recently posted…Working on My Mental ToughnessMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahhaha Sometimes the answer is the simplest lol

      March 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a fun idea!!! I used to hate those gu too. I haven’t been running long enough these days to need mid-run fuel but this is such a fun idea.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…HIIT Full Body Workout & Refueling TipsMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why I love that these can be used for anything!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I was thinking how hard these would be to clean and then I see the bottom opens up! Genius!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Just Call Me Grace: The Not-So-Nimble RunnerMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Brian DePersis

    I always use Gatorade chews for my long runs. Admittedly, I do some long runs with no fuel, to break down my glycogen stores and force my body to burn fat as well. I’ve never made fuel.

    March 1, 2017 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I do the same–I train low, race high!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Lindsey @ livinglovingrunner

    I have made my own fuels for a while – especially when I was on my super-clean eating kick. I love the apple, banana, and sweet potato based fuels πŸ™‚
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    March 1, 2017 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This would be a perfect way for you to transport them!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I love this pouch for fueling! It made taking my fuel in small, frequent doses so much easier during the marathon. If I don’t finish my fuel on a long run, it doesn’t explode all over my pocket – which has happened before with gels!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Hip, Core, and Glute Resistance Band WorkoutMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that it is resealable–definitely makes it stand apart!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply kat

    Love this idea!! I actually can’t eat most energy gels or even Gatorade or other types of flavored “fitness” water because it jacks up my stomach. Seriously I get cramps and feel like I’m going to be sick every time! What I started doing was actually making my own “fitness” water and it has helped so much during those hot months where I’m sweating buckets and need to refuel right, especially during my soccer games!
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    March 1, 2017 at 8:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then you NEED these!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I’ve been experimenting with different gels lately and currently Hammer gels are my favorite. But if I win these I’ll definitely try making my own!!!

    March 1, 2017 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Jen @ pretty little grub

    I love the idea of making my own fuel! I will definitely be doing this next training cycle.
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    March 1, 2017 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These could be good during your many explorations as well!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I love this- such an awesome idea! I’ve never made my own, but I’ve often fueled with dried fruit instead of gels. There are so many good alternative fueling options.
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    March 1, 2017 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ive definitely used dried fruit. Dried mango was my go to for my first half marathon!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Deb E

    I usually don’t have super long runs where I need to refuel but if needed, I use energy bars. I’d love to try homemade gels and these pouches look very cool and easy to clean from the bottom.

    March 1, 2017 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO easy to clean! And so convenient!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I am doing my first long run this April. It’s 10 miles so not quite a half, but I will definitely look into making some of these!
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This would be perfect for that! Don’t bonk!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Ooh wow this is so cool; some day I would love to try something like this! πŸ™‚
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I bet you could make some awesome nut butters for skiing!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    I use chews because I couldn’t do the GUs. I tried to find ones that worked, but I never could deal with the consistency of the goop. I even tried the Honey Stinger, thinking a honey base would be better, but I still struggled to get it down.

    March 1, 2017 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like purees better–you get a bit more chew to them

      March 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Juanita

    I tried an energy gel for the first time this weekend and it was horrible.I will have to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe!
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      let me know what you make!!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Dietitian Jess

    This is a great idea- I’ve never made my own fuel but I would love to experiement with it!

    March 1, 2017 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I bet you could make some awesome fuels!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I’ll have to pass this along to my clients, we were just discussing natural fueling options the other day!
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Leah

    I just started using gels but have never made my own–that would definitely be something to try out!
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    March 1, 2017 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Especially if you have a sensitive tummy!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    OMG where was this pouch when my husband was Pro? GAH!!!! I would try to make gels and stick in tubes. LOL! it wasn’t pretty.
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    March 1, 2017 at 10:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg I bet this would have been amazing for Kiwi. Geez Gear Well. Get in your time machine.

      March 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm
      • Reply Gear Well

        Missed opportunity! Face meet palm* XD We had a joke about time travel, but you guys didn’t like it. (Sorry, we love dad jokes)

        March 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    I’ve never made my own fuel but I love eating purees for fuel!
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    March 1, 2017 at 10:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, this will take you one step closer!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I use the Huma Chia gels, because the Gu kills my poor stomach! This looks so cool!
    Michelle recently posted…Spicy broccoli puree’My Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I think I’m one of the few people who doesn’t hate Gu. I like the idea of making my own fuel, but I barely have time to shower lately πŸ˜‰
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    March 1, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Beth

    I used the stinger energy gels for my last marathon but would love to try experimenting and making my own.

    March 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I bet you could make something you like even more!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Oh, the window in the package is the best part. They really thought of everything!
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    March 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply HoHo Runs

    I’ve never tried making my own fuel, never really thought about it really. If I can easily open the pouch? I’m sold! I have the hardest time opening GUs, etc. especially in colder weather. My hands don’t work. Thanks for the linkup.

    March 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am totally with you there. My hands totally stop working!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    This is such a great idea! I’ve used gels forever without a problem but now I’m going to start worrying about what’s inside those non-see through packages!
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    March 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. I hate not being able to see in there!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I have never made any homemade gels. Luckily I do not have any issues with taking GU but I would love to try a homemade version. I’m sure it is much healthier.
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    March 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It has to be, right?

      March 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Brilliant! I do make my own fuel but so far it’s been energy balls, rice balls, and bars (all kinds). Never made an applesauce or anything pouch-able!
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    March 1, 2017 at 7:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like it is your next step!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Madhuri

    This is so neat!! I love my Gu (Salted Caramel). But, would love to try out my own recipe and whip up something.
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    March 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to see what you come up with!

      March 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I love this idea! These would be great to take on one of my longer lift session days. I boink sometimes after the first 45 mins if the weight it super heavy. Those bags are genius too. Why don’t I never think of stuff like that?!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Sustaining Myself… and Dressing Sustainably with prAnaMy Profile

    March 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aren’t they brilliant! You could totally use this

      March 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    This is so neat!
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    March 2, 2017 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aren’t they handy?

      March 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I’ve always used honey stinger chews – can’t deal with the texture of gels. But hey, if I could mix them with water so they were the “right” consistency….
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    March 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    This is such a clever idea – and it would save you SO much money! Genius!
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    March 3, 2017 at 3:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Plus, perfect for all the allergy and digestive kids!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Margaret

    Wow – this sounds really good and I am excited to try it!

    March 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Julie G

    huma gels… have never made my own

    March 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know so many people who swear by the Huma gels!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

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