Wednesday, August 19, 2009

bike ride fuel

some of you want all natural snack food on the bike rides, and I stumbled onto this, looks decent, although on the Covered Bridge Ride I simply snacked on Twizzlers while biking, easy and goes well in hot summer rides, but the cookies below look good too

Best Bicycling Fuel

Appalachian Trail Cookies

(as seen in Bicycling Magazine Dec. ‘08)

Cyclist and chef Michael Pfab, owner of Ciao, Italian restaurant in Allentown Pennsylvania created these delicious cookies that are also very good for you! “So many of the energy foods you buy are loaded with artificial ingredients, I created these cookies while running the kitchens for summer camps in North Carolina. I saw what the hikers were eating and thought, ”Turn that into a cookie, and you’ve got all you need to keep going,’ I’ll make 60 of these at the restaurant and take them all home.” – Pfab.

¼ cup shortening
¼ cup unsalted butter
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ cup shredded coconut
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon pastry flour
pinch salt
pinch baking soda
pinch ground cinnamon
2 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup raisins
⅓ cup roasted unsalted peanuts
⅓ cup M&M candies

Blend shortening, butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add coconut, flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix only until blended. Fold in oats by hand, then mix in raisins, peanuts and M&Ms. Spoon out in equal portions on parchment lined baking pan. Bake at 360 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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