This one is for the cyclists. I look at you the way most look at me.
“Oh, you run marathons? You’re just crazy.”
You ride a bike for hours? That is just crazy.
I have trust issues with my feet being permanently connected to a two-wheeled teetering object.
But, I pretended to be a cyclist once. I latched up to a trainer, pulled up my padded shorts and rode for 90 minutes every day for a whole winter. My goal for that coming triathlon season was to pass ONE competitor on the bike portion. Guess how many people I passed? ONE. The fact that they were walking with a flat tire is irrelevant.
So cycling is my weakest segment by far, but you know what part of cycling I am good at?
Fueling for the bike is much more exhilarating than running because a higher GI tolerance (no stomach bouncing up and down) creates more variety for food choices. Particularly since I find biking so monotonous, (sorry cycling friends) the variety of food is what keeps those long rides bearable.
Of course, the basic needs are still the same: calories, carbs, electrolytes. For this recipe, the potassium in both the dates and bananas combined with the sprinkle of sea salt helps prevent mid-ride muscle cramping. These stuffed dates cover all the bases and are a delicious mid-ride treat!
Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed Dates
Yield: 6 dates, 2 servings
- 6 Medjool Dates, pitted
- ½ Banana
- 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
- Sea Salt
- Cinnamon, optional
- In a blender or food processor, combine banana and peanut butter and blend until smooth.
- Find the opened side of the date (or split open one side of the date to remove the pit). Scoop in 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter banana mix inside the date.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and cinnamon if desired. For best results, place dates in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to help them set.*
Nutrition Information (1 serving=3 dates)
- 183 calories
- 27 g carbohydrate
- 4.5 g protein
*This recipe was developed with the intent of being consumed while on a bike trainer indoors, but if packing them for a road ride, allow dates to be frozen completely for best storage.