Here are some recipes for your winter training. I have been using these recipes so far this winter and thought they are to good not to share:
Snowballs: Cycling Energy Balls: When going out for them long winter rides, gels and energy bars sometimes are not that appealing. Why not try making your own Energy balls that can be specific to you. Making these are cheap quick and easy. These are my go to for them long 4h rides. I even add in protein recovery powder just to start that recovery quicker, also coconut for a good wintery look.
INGREDIENTS: This batch makes 12 balls and 1 serving is 3 balls, 1 cup of dates ¾ cup porridge oats, 2 heaped tbsp. of peanut butter, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 3 tbsp mixed seeds.
DIRECTIONS, Soak the date in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 min (or longer) and then drain, Blend all the ingredients to form a paste, Roll into balls – if it is too dry, add a splash of water, Coat in coconut or leave plain.
Cranberry and coconut energy bars: These energy bars are so delicious and packed with plenty of goodness. They’re perfect for having on the go, they’re a great snack before or after your ride or during a competition to keep your carbohydrate stores topped up.
INGREDIENTS: 100g hazelnuts, 100g almonds, 100 g dried cranberries, 180g pitted placed in dates (chopped up, then 200ml boiling water for 5 minutes), 200g oats, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 50g desiccated coconut, 25g mixed seeds, 1 ripe banana, The drained water from the dates.
DIRECTIONS: Place the dates into 200ml boiling water and set aside for 5 minutes (remember, do not throw the water away afterwards). Into a food processor, add the hazelnuts, almonds, oats, mixed seeds and dried cranberries, and blitz until a rough consistency is formed (you still want to be able to see roughly chopped chunks of nuts) Transfer the dates from the boiling water to the food processor, and add the coconut oil and the desiccated coconut. Blitz again until a consistent mixture has formed .On a hob, gently heat the remaining water from the dates with 1 banana, until a date and banana puree has formed. Add the date and banana puree into the food processor. Line a baking dish with grease proof paper, before transferring the content of the food processor. Let cool, before transferring to the fridge. Once cool, you can cut into 16 energy bars.
Finally a pudding for breakfast, making sure our fuelled correctly for them cold winter rides:
Carrot cake porridge: This carrot cake porridge is great for topping up the tank before a morning ride or perfect for helping replenish carbohydrate stores post-ride.
INGREDIENTS: 50 grams oats, 100 ml water, 100 ml semi-skimmed milk (or alternative milk), Pinch of salt, 1 carrot (grated), 1 tbsp sultanas, 1 medjool date, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 4 pecans, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp maple syrup.
DIRECTIONS: In a saucepan, add your oats, milk, water, salt, grated carrot, sultanas, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg as well as the maple syrup. Heat gently, stirring continuously. Once warm, serve and top with crushed pecan nuts and pumpkin seeds.
I would like to say a big thanks to Sean Buxton who introduced me to these recipes. Hope you enjoy them. And let us know how you get on!!