Spoon Eats: Tour De France Energy Granola Bars

This weekend sees the final and crucial stages of what is arguably the world’s greatest cycling race. Running throughout France for 22 days with 21 stages of varying terrain, we are always interested in how these riders fuel their bodies. 

According to Cycling Weekly, "Riders have their breakfast around three hours before the race carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, muesli, cereal, fruit, coffee, smoothies, orange juice and even noodles help top up glycogen stores.”

We couldn’t help but feel inspired to rustle up some high energy granola bars, pop them in our ruck sacks and head out on our bikes this weekend. Who’s with us?

Ingredients:

  • 270g Spoon Cherry Bomb granola
  • 75g Puffed brown rice
  • 75g Dried cherries
  • 65g pumpkin seeds
  • 150g Doisy and Dam Dark Chocolate (with Maple, toasted rice and pink salt) broken up into small pieces.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 255g honey or maple syrup
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 58g peanut butter
  • 58g rapeseed oil 

Directions:

Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Fan ovens 160 degrees. 

Combine the granola, puffed rice, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate and salt in a mixing bowl.

Whisk the honey, egg whites, peanut butter and oil in a separate mixing bowl until combined. Pour this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well.

Line one large baking tray or two smaller bread tins with baking parchment and fill with the granola bar goodness! Press down firmly on the mixture.

Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until golden on top.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Cut into squares or bar shapes and enjoy with a strong coffee!


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