Looking for a pocket sized treat to keep your energy levels up? Anna Brones, the author of 'The Culinary Cyclist', a cookbook all about combining a love of good food with a love of good riding, has brought us one of her favourites...
What’s better than a bite of salty peanut butter on a long, hard ride? Peanut butter is a popular ingredient in bicycle snacks for a reason. It’s a quick boost of energy, and a tasty one at that.
When it comes to ride-friendly treats, look no further than these peanut butter cookies. You don’t need a lot of ingredients, they don’t contain any flour, and once you’ve baked a batch, they’re easy to throw in a bag and stash in your jersey pocket.
The real benefit of this recipe is that it can be versatile. Add whatever suits your mood. Raisins instead of chocolate chips. A handful of sunflower seeds. Double up on the peanut flavor by adding chopped peanuts. Toss in a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon. Chop up dried apricots and mix them in. Just be ready to share them with all your riding partners.
Peanut Butter Cookies, from The Culinary Cyclist
1 cup (9 ounces, 255 grams) crunchy, salted peanut butter
⅓ cup (2 ounces, 70 grams) raw turbinado sugar or natural cane sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup (1.75 ounces, 50 grams) chocolate chips, or finely chopped dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a bowl, combine egg, sugar and vanilla extract. Add in peanut butter and chocolate chips and stir together.
Scoop out about a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten carefully with a fork.
Bake for 12 to 16 minutes.
Let cool on the baking sheet.
'The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life' is described as "Brones' love song to the dual pleasures of eating well and getting around by bicycle. More than a cookbook, it's a guide to good living." Check it out here. You can find more recipes from Anna on her site Foodie Underground.
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