I felt totally over-the-moon when my lovely friend, superwoman and a badass CrossFit-er Georgina came up with this recipe for my blog.. You definitely need to check her out – head over to her blog (Fitcetera) where she talks about all things running, fitness, fun, beautiful leggings, healthy food and recipes and…etcetera. You won’t be disappointed 😉
I’m told that ultra-running isn’t about pace or position, but rather the faces, places, and of course the cake stops.
Food has a very important place in all runners’ hearts, but for the ultra-runner, it’s even more important.
So when Lenka, ultra-runner
extraordinaire (she won her very first ultra-race, don’t you know!) asked me to create a recipe for ultra-runners for her lovely website, the pressure was immense. I needed to create something easy-to-bake but full of nutritious energy and with a flavour worthy of an ultra-runners refined taste-buds. After all, what better cake-taste-testers are there than people who run for miles and miles and miles and miles?
I decided right away to go with a bar – easy to make and easy to consume, it was the obvious choice. I wanted something relatively healthy, so decided to use my sugar-free power bar recipe as the base, but I decided that the ultra-runner might want something a little more sweet. So I turned to a favourite snack of mine for inspiration… cranberry and macadamia nuts.
Coconut, Cranberry and Macadamia Bars
This recipe combines some of my favourite ingredients all in one bake for a cake-like bar that can be eaten on the go with minimal mess. I’m not one for crumbly food, it just annoys me, so this has a more dense texture that is easy to munch. Gluten (buy gluten-free oats to be sure if you do have an intolerance) and dairy-free, this recipe can also be made eggless with a chia pudding substitute.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup oat flour (or blitzed up oats)
- 3 medium bananas
- ½ cup smooth nut butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup cranberries (I used sweetened, but you can use unsweetened)
- ½ cup flaked coconut
- ¾ cup macadamia nuts
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees C. Line a 20 x 20 cm tin with baking paper.
- Mix the oats and oat flour.
- Mash the banana and mix into the oat mix with the nut butter, honey and eggs until well combined.
- Roughly chop the macadamia nuts into chunky pieces and stir through the oat mix with the cranberries and flaked coconut.
- Scrape your mixture into the lined tin and smooth off with the back of the spoon.
- Bake for 20-25 mins until the top springs back when you press it with your finger.
- Leave to cool, then transfer to a chopping board and cut into 12 bars.
- Nutrition Info
- Per bar: 278kcals, 8.9g fat, 47.2g carbohydrate, of which 23.9g sugar, 6.9g protein.
- Note: nutrition info from My Fitness Pal and for guideline only.
What about you? What bars do you use on your ultra runs and races?