Who We Are
Stoke was created by two Furman University XC/Track teammates, lifelong friends, and pro runners, Wilkerson and James, who were looking for a more nutritionally complete and effective pre-race fuel alternative to peanut butter during their post-collegiate running careers. Having been a part of the endurance sports community most of their lives and competed at the highest level, Wilkerson and James noticed that just about every athlete they knew ate some form of peanut butter before training and races. Connecting this with their knowledge that peanut butter inherently has inflammatory properties, is limited to only the nutrients in peanuts, and that many of the popular brands of peanut butter add extra sugar and/or low quality oils (which isn't ideal for optimal performance), Wilkerson and James set out to create a better alternative. They went to work expanding their previous research on performance nutrition and began creating recipes with specific key nutrients beneficial to physical and mental performance. As they were testing different foods high in the nutrients they were looking to include, one thing they always wanted to make sure they did was use ingredients that are whole food based, anti-inflammatory, vegan, and nutrient dense. Thus, after countless hours of research, formulation, and taste tests, Stoke was born.
Stoke surpasses the typical single nut butter by combining several nuts, seeds, and other nutrient dense ingredients to provide a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are key to optimal mental and physical performance. One of the best and most unique qualities of Stoke, however, is that Stoke is made with whole food ingredients - meaning that the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in Stoke are more bioavailable and better absorbed. Thus, Stoke is a great option not only for fueling the most rigorous training/races, but also for fueling everyday life as a healthy, low sugar snack.
Our Mission is simple: ‘Stoke’ the fire of our customers by providing them with nutrient dense, whole food based, anti-inflammatory, high quality, and great tasting products that enhance their physical and mental performance. We also feel very passionately about and are committed to giving back to and helping those in need. We support an organization named Feed The Hungry whenever possible and share their vision of “feeding the poor and hungry around the world, empowering the Church worldwide, and sharing the hope that comes through Jesus Christ.”