Cyclist Trail Mix
Geoffrey and Barry are soon heading North to pedal the Adirondack Loop which is roughly a 400 mile ride around upstate NY. It will require energy bars. Barry is a great kitchen magician and Geoffrey is a great critic….so I will create a formula to tease Barry into creating that which Geoffrey will rave about. Both will have something to think about after they read this blog and see I wrote this. Neither ever visit my blog site … both will soon review this post. Let’s make a cycling energy booster that can travel with the guys and let them know that they read my recipe well.
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp sunflower seed butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup pretzels, crushed
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried fruit ( If the dried fruit is in large chunks I will pulse it a bit in my food processor to chop it up)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup M&Ms
Line an 8×10 inch baking pan with a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal.
Generously spray the foil or paper with cooking spray and set aside.
Add honey, sunflower seed butter, and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until ingredients are fully melted and combined
Remove from microwave and allow to cool and thicken.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Mix dry ingredients until the mixture looks uniformly incorporated
Pour the gooey honey mix into dry ingredients
Gently toss the dry and wet ingredients until fully incorporated, using a rubber or silicone spatula
Transfer mixture to foil covered pan
Press down firmly
Cover pan with film or foil and place into the fridge
Allow a minimum of 2 hours for the trail bars to fully set
Cut bars into portioned servings with a chef’s knife
Store bars in the fridge or freezer until the ride