Mention the topic of energy bars and every cyclist has their favourite and a trip through the aisles of Sainsbury or Tesco will leave you confused by choice as well as a little lighter in the wallet so another option is to make your own.
The traditional approach for fuelling on a long ride apart from jam sandwiches and bananas also suggests flapjacks for which I must admit a weakness.
Over time I have come across and tried many recipes and recently stumbled across this gem. The list of ingredients will have the traffic light nutrition system flashing red but they certainly give you an energy boost on a long ride.
250g demerara sugar
250g golden syrup
a good pinch of salt
500g porridge oats
25cm square deep baking tin, greased.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the sugar, salt and syrup and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the raisins, stir and take off the heat.
Fold in the oats and when combined place in the baking tin, level and compact.
Place in fan oven at 160C for about 15 minutes, leave to cool before turning out on a board and cut into 5cm x 2cm sections before they have fully set.
I set aside a few for immediate use and individually wrap the rest in cling film and freeze.
The main problem with this recipe is stopping the rest of the family eating them !! Give it a try you will not be disappointed.