Most riders use readymade energy bars but only because they don’t think of making their own. Don’t be afraid to have a go.
Ready-made energy bars are perfect fuel for cycling, but if you want to make your own have a look at this handy video and follow the recipe below.
If you get used to making your own you can become more confident in time and add in your own flavours.
And once you master the art you can make a large batch all at once and freeze them for keeping to use training over a long period of time.
There’s nothing like making your own winter training fuel. And between training spins, sportives or racing, you’ll save a fortune by making your own.
Have a look at the recipe below and the ‘how to’ GCN video at the bottom of the piece
Recipe for homemade energy bars
- Sunflower Oil – 120ml/3/4 cup
- Soft Dark Brown Sugar – 200g/1 cup
- Golden Syrup – 2 tbsp
- Peanut Butter – 1 tbsp
- Vanilla Extract – 1/2 tsp
Melt these ingredients in a pan over a low heat until melted and mixed together and then add:
- Sesame Seeds – 25g / 2 tbsp
- Sunflower Seeds – 25g / 2 tbsp
- Flaked Almonds – 50g / 1/2 cup
- Sultanas – 50g / 1/2 cup
- Chopped Dates – 50g / 1/2 cup
- Gradually stir in thick cut porridge oats/oatmeal – 225g / 8 oz
- Transfer mixture to a baking tin lined with parchment – roughly 25 x 15cm or 10 x 6 inches.
- Press down firmly with a metal fork.
Place in an oven at 180degrees C, 350 degrees F or gas mark 4 for 10 to 15 minutes, keeping an eye on them so they don’t get over done.
Finally, leave to cool in the tin before you take them out and cut them.