Ride to eat, eat to ride. Have you noticed an awful lot of cyclists are awfully good at cooking? Maybe it’s because they know how important food is to fuel not just an effective workout but to enjoy a big, adventurous ride. Maybe it’s because they get sick of gels after a long day in the saddle. It could also simply be people who invest time enjoying what they do invest that kind of energy everywhere.
We’re lucky to have a real sports dietitian in the team, and we’re really lucky she likes sharing her recipes! Ahead of a big ride make a nice stack of flapjacks in a whole new way.
Sports dietitian & team member Lori Russell, MS RD CSSD CPT, frequently makes these to fuel adventure rides that require lasting energy. They are packed with protein to help prevent muscle damage mid-workout and fast & slow-burning carbohydrates to provide energy throughout the effort.
2 large ripe bananas
¾ c oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp collagen
¼ c chocolate chips or chopped nuts or coconut * optional but fun!
Mash the bananas using a fork. Use the fork to whisk in all other ingredients until well combined. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low and add a touch of coconut oil. Once the oil is warmed and melted, add a scoop of the batter and cook for a few minutes, flip and cook an additional minute or two; exact cooking times will depend on temperature & pan used. Repeat until all batter is used. Serve immediately with yogurt & maple syrup if desired.
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