The crew, chefs and cyclists over at Skratch Labs know a thing or two about nutrition. This sticky bite recipe is the perfect introduction to what brought Skratch Labs and the Feed Zone cookbooks to the forefront of active nutrition: teaching riders how to cook fresh and simple meals for themselves using real wholesome ingredients.
Chocolate + Sea Salt Sticky Bites
Republished with permission and photo credit courtesy of VeloPress from Feed Zone Portables Cookbook.
Many endurance athletes have grown used to eating energy gels, even if they provide a bit of GI distress during activity. But what if you were able to eat an energy food during exercise that provided the sweet kick you crave and didn't cause that digestive discomfort? The recipe for these Chocolate + Sea Salt Sticky Bites hails from the Feed Zone Portables Cookbook calls for everyday ingredients that provide a higher moisture content allows the body to more quickly (and easily!) absorb energy than a highly concentrated over-engineered sports nutrition product.
- 1 cup uncooked sticky rice
- 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate (chips or shaved)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of salt to taste
- Combine oats, rice and water with a dash of salt in a rice cooker and cook. Let cool to the touch.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cooked rice and oats with the remaining ingredients. Stir to incorporate the flavor throughout the sticky mixture.
- Press into an airtight storage container or shape as individual bites, Sprinkle with chocolate and salt (careful not to add too much salt here...a little goes a long way)
- Press the sticky mixture into a shallow airtight container and top with plastic wrap. Simply cut and wrap the bites as you need. Sticky bites can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container or individually wrapped.
- To wrap, place a heaping tablespoon of the sticky mixture on a small piece of plastic wrap. Press into a shape like an ice cube or spoon. Roll plastic wrap lengthwise and then twist the ends like a hard candy wrapper.