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

Guys…this is a Chef Gosselin exclusive recipe developed for the ride. I had not asked if Barry was a strict vegan… There might be some recipe reformulation and substitution forth-coming since I have used some NON-Vegan ingredients. Other than that…..this is as good as it gets for a fine cycling recipe.

2 Comments on “Cyclist Trail Mix

  1. Looks interesting, Chef. Barry does follow a strictly vegan diet. So, yah, he’ll need to modify. I don’t think that will be a problem. I look forward to trying the recipe.

    • Eggsellent….. The honey gets converted to a sweet substitute that Barry can enjoy…. I had a hard time swallowing the fact that honey is not VEGAN….hmmmmmm….. the M&Ms are not vegan either….they come out…. But as you can read…I am excited for both of you riding that very sweet loop. It is the land that Craig spanked his youth.

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