A slight deviation from science and running today, but a lovely recipe for runners and the like to fuel their longer endurance efforts in light of the upcoming London Marathon this Sunday (good luck everyone!)

I’ve tried a lot of different energy bars and my favourite so far for on-the-go fuel are the Nakd cashew cookie bars. They are 100% natural with only 2 ingredients – dates and cashews – and for me aren’t too overly sweet. I do find they can be a bit dry and cloying at times though, and for that reason, I try and eat them just before a water station during races. It’s always good to try new things though, maybe not during the race you’ve been training for over 6 months for, but on a few upcoming training runs. So as an alternative to the shop-bought bars, here’s a quick and easy recipe for chia seed- and energy-packed flapjacks.
The recipe is straight from the guys who bring us Chia Charge flapjacks, you might have seen these in the shops, made with Chia Charge seeds and only natural ingredients. I made these last night and it took me less than 15 minutes to whip up, with another 10 minutes in the oven. I didn’t have a blender, as the recipe suggests, but a wooden spoon and some good ol’ elbow grease did the job.

Chia seed flapjacks (makes 12-15 slices)

  • Ingredients 

  • 240g porridge oats 
  • 100g honey
  • 160g nut butter (I used almond, but you can use your favourite)
  • 110g golden syrup
  • 60g chia seeds
  • 4g sea salt flakes
  • 110g raisins (or any dried fruit, chopped)

  • Method
  • Place the nut butter and golden syrup into a mixing bowl and stir together to a paste. 
  • Add honey and sea salt flakes, before the rest of the ingredients, mix thoroughly. 
  • Pour into a lined baking tray and press the mixture firmly down and out to the edges (I find a potato masher does a great job here!)
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Leave to cool before slicing.
  • Enjoy! (these keep in an air tight container for up to a week)

The sea salt flakes might seem a little bit OTT, but they add a nice flavour to the otherwise all-sweet base and provide electrolyte benefit to replace all the salts lost during sweating/exercise. You can wrap the flapjack pieces in cling film or foil and stash them easily in your pockets/bag for a burst of energy and tasty treat during your run.

Happy baking and running! Let me know if you give these a go and what other flavours you think it would be nice to add…ginger, banana, pineapple?!

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