We love baking ride goodies to fuel us for our cycling adventures, and we also love making recovery creations for the post-ride fill-up too. This spring, we’ve fallen in love with the highly underestimated fruit: cherries.
Having teamed up with the cherry experts, USA Montmorency Tart Cherries, we’ve learnt that not only do they taste good, there’s a wealth of nutritional and body benefits to be gained by introducing these little red orbs into your diet.
With the expert’s help, we’ve been busy whipping up a storm in the kitchen with a number of delicious cherry recipes to boost your pedal power, and soothe your aching muscles whilst remaining healthy, and easy to make. The video recipe series will cover:
- Cherry almond smoothie (you can watch that here)
- Tart cherry, dark chocolate and cashew granola bars
- Cherry cocoa nib snack bars
- Tart cherry pie snack balls
- Tart cherry and mint sorbet
- 1 cup chopped raw cashews
- 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
- 1/2 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries
- 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon whole golden flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F; line 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
In small bowl, stir together syrup and almond butter until combined and gently fold into nut mixture until complete incorporated.
Transfer bar mixture to prepared baking dish.
Using an extra sheet of parchment paper, press down on the mixture to form it to the pan and ensuring there are no spaces in the mix.
Bake for 15 minutes; allow bars to cool completely in pan on a wire drying rack. Place in fridge or freezer for faster cooling.
Remove parchment paper with cooled bars from the pan and using a serrated knife, slice into 10 even bars. Remove parchment paper from bottom of each bar.
Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap to store for snack time. Place wrapped bars in airtight container and store on counter for up to 5 days or in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
If that wasn't easy enough, check out the short video below of us making our own in the TWC kitchen.
For further information about the health benefits of cherries, and for inspiration on how you can introduce them into your diet, head over the the CMI website here.