Biking and baking – they’re both Great British favourites and they complement each other perfectly. So the next time you’re planning a day out cycling, why not bake some energising snacks beforehand?
Here are 5 of the best homemade treats to take with you on the road. Ready, set, bake!
We like to think these cookies could even get Mary Berry on a bike
Oats are perfect for keeping you going when you’re exercising, because they release their energy slowly and include a handy helping of sugar! Even better, they’re easy to transport and munch on the go. Pop a few of these in your saddlebag and you can keep cycling for as long as you like.
A fruity way to enjoy the great outdoors
A long bike ride is the perfect excuse to whip up some tasty fruit muffins. You may be used to these cakes being a breakfast time indulgence, but when you’ve slogged your way up a steep hill you’ll really feel like you’ve earned one. You can add any fresh fruits you want to your muffins, including strawberries, blueberries and that old cyclists’ favourite, bananas.
You won’t have to go pedal to the metal to make these
The cereal bar may not have put in an appearance on the Great British Bake Off, but it’s a favourite for pedal-heads nonetheless. Not only do they replenish your energy fast, they’re also really easy to make and convenient to carry. Make them yourself and you can fill them with only your favourite ingredients, including fruit, nuts, seeds, cereals and even a sprinkling of chocolate.
Every day should be Shrove Tuesday
Pancakes are perfect as a snack before you set out on your ride, but you can also roll them up, pop them in a lunch box and take them with you. We recommend filling them with fruit, like strawberries or bananas, or simply spreading them with jam, peanut butter or chocolate spread. Just imagine tucking into one of these beauties while you admire the view.
An old favourite that is always better with homemade bread
Of course, no day out cycling would be complete without the humble sandwich. Whether you’re with the family or going it alone, the sandwich is the staple of any picnic, and carbohydrate-rich wholegrain bread is best for active folks. Bake a loaf and make yourself some thick, crusty sarnies. Fillings like chicken, turkey, tuna and hummus are fantastic fuel to keep you pedalling for hours.
So what are you waiting for? Pack up the basket on your classic Royal Imperial bike and have a delicious day out!