By FAR the most-requested recipe I have ever made. You need these for your ride this weekend!
Last night, I posted a picture of these bars on the Hungry Cyclists Instagram feed. I have since gotten multiple requests to share the recipe, which pretty much happens every time someone tries these. One friend even refers to them as “Diedre’s Magic Bars.” Obviously this warrants a blog post, so here you have it!
These bars are perfect for long rides – they have enough protein to keep you going, aren’t overly sweet, and have the perfect texture/consistency for on-the-bike food.
These are super customizable to include your favorite nuts/dried fruits/etc. My go-to combo is chocolate chips and walnuts, but Jameson likes dried cranberries in there as well. You could add coconut flakes, flax seeds, or play around with different nut butters: the possibilities are endless!
Added bonus: if you use certified gluten-free oats, they will not contain gluten (I know many riders watch their gluten intake or have gluten intolerance issues).
Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
-The Hungry Cyclists
Recipe: 5-hour Ride Bars
*adapted slightly from Sally
Makes one 9×13 pan of bars
Prep/2, Leftovers/5, Guilt Factor/5, Overall/5
5 c old-fashioned oats
1/2 c honey
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tsp cinnamon
1 c almond or dairy milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, whisked
4 large, ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 c peanut butter
2 c add-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well-incorporated. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth to an even later.
Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes, until bars are firm and springy to the touch (be sure to check the center).
Allow to cool completely and cut into 2″x2″ bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Enjoy on the bike, or any time you need a snack!