If you think of your body as the engine that makes your bike move, thinking of your food as fuel makes sense. Knowing how your body reacts to different foods is key when you want your bike rides to go as smoothly as possible. I've never been big on eliminating food groups entirely from my diet, but rather concentrating on whole foods and what works for me. Knowing that I need to eat every hour, what I eat becomes key, especially if I don't want to carry the extra "luggage" up the hills. I have always loved the cookie. Most cookies are full of fat and sugar and why not on a treat day? But for fueling my body on rides and most days I like to avoid white sugar and heavy fat. I have search for many cookie recipes. This is my go to favourite. You can add and change it up as per your mood at the time.
2 cups oatmeal, uncooked quick
2 ripe bananas
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
(optional add-ins: raisins, chocolate chips, cranberries, chai seeds, shredded coconut, you can see where I am going here. Try not to add more than 1/2 cup dry ingredients or the cookies won't hold together . For a sweeter cookie, you can also add 1 TBSP of honey or maple syrup. You can also change up the apple sauce for pureed pumpkin instead. Like I said I use this as a base and play depending on my mood or the season).
1. Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together, oatmeal, bananas, vanilla extract, applesauce and cinnamon.(I like to let it sit for 10 min)
3. Prepare a cookie sheets with coconut oil. Drop cookie dough in spoonfuls onto the the cookie sheet, and then flatten cookies into round shapes.
4. Bake approx. 25 – 30 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then move to cooling rack. Be careful, cookies will be very soft until they cool entirely.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
These are great cookies to take with you on a ride! Enjoy!
I Love cycling. Love to explore on my bike. Love to explore food that fuels my ride.