I stumbled upon these books through the abyss of the internet while searching for portable recipes to use on our long runs. Sure I have my favorite GU flavors, but you can only swallow so much gel until your teeth start to crunch together from all the sugar. I was a little skeptical of the books at first, thinking they would just be hodge podge recipes lacking creativity but I gave it a second chance when I saw that Allen Lim was the co-author. Allen was the fuel master for countless years during the Tour de France, but most of my respect for him comes from his action of leaving the tour the second he became aware of the EPO uprise. He slipped away and continued to build his name outside of the Tour.
The Feed Zone cookbooks are definitely worth checking out if you are any kind of endurance athlete that needs food on the go. Their first book focuses on portable meals, while their second book is perfect for throwing together a post workout meal. I generally seek out elaborate recipes because I enjoy gourmet cooking, but its really nice to come home from a busy work day and slap together some almond pancakes. One thing I like about the 'portables' cookbook is that it shows you how to wrap food without having it spill all over your face while you're in motion. They also offer creative packaging ideas like forming rice balls in an ice-cube tray. Who knew there was an art to wrapping waffles?
Almond flour is really easy to find at the grocery store these days, but you can always make your own by spinning some almonds in the food processor. The best part about this recipe among others in The Feed Zone is that there are few ingredients and the prep time is short. Make these hot cakes on a weekday for dinner or for an afternoon snack after your Sunday long run.
Cinnamon Almond Pancakes
re-posted with permission from The Feed Zone
1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 Cup milk or water
2 tbs honey
dash of cinnamon and salt
1 tbs chia seeds (my own addition)
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Bring a lightly oiled pan to medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, pour batter to form pancakes. Unlike traditional pancakes, these will not bubble, so watch for the edges to brown, then gently flip over and brown the other side. Serve hot.
We ended up eating these as a side dish, but it was nice to have something more nutritious than white flour. These would be great as a snack during a long run as well.
One of my other favorite recipes is the Beet Juice Waffle Sandwiches. I know, they don't look like waffles, but you can form the batter however you like. Although the name is deceiving, these little cakes include the juice and the pulp of the beet so you don't miss out on any vitamins. I'm not allowed to post the recipe, but as you can see they turned out perfectly pocket-sized! I'll definitely be throwing these into my pack on my next long run.
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