5 delicious flapjack and breakfast bar recipes to boost your riding energy

Refuel on the go with our simple and easy recipes

If you prefer home-made flapjacks to shop-bought versions or sports nutrition products, then you'll love our ultimate flapjack and breakfast bar collection. Whether you want nutrition on the go or just like to control what you put in your body, these will provide the fuel and nutrients you need to power your cycling. 

We've partnered with Olive magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from home-made nutrition products to tasty and hearty post-ride meals. 

The ubiquitous flapjack may be humble and relatively simple to make, but the mixture of oats and syrup provides plenty of fuel to keep you riding on. There are also almost infinite variations you can make. We've listed a few below but why not go wild and experiment! Orange and cranberry is one of our favourites. We're also partial to a breakfast bar or breakfast loaf, which are great for stowing in your back pocket if you've got an early morning start and no time for breakfast

1. Original flapjacks

The original, the best - it's hard to go wrong with a classic flapjack:
The original, the best - it's hard to go wrong with a classic flapjack:

The original and the greatest. Flapjacks are actually very simple to make, as you need just six ingredients: oats, brown sugar, butter, golden syrup, plain flour and bicarbonate of soda. They only take 40 minutes to make from start to finish, and this recipe makes 12 so you'll have plenty to keep you fuelled over a number of rides.

Basic flapjack recipe at Olive

2. Raspberry and lemon flapjacks

Raspberry and lemon flapjacks; fresh, fruity and a nice change from the classic recipe:
Raspberry and lemon flapjacks; fresh, fruity and a nice change from the classic recipe:

Like your flapjacks with a fruity, citrus kick? These Raspberry and lemon flapjacks will do the trick. Based on the original flapjack recipe above, the addition of lemon and raspberries make these just a little bit more special, with flaked almonds adding a crunchy texture and nutty flavour. With a making and baking time of 45 minutes, you get 12 flapjacks, and the chance to impress your ride-mates with your culinary prowess. 

Raspberry and lemon flapjacks recipe at Olive

3. Muesli loaf

Tasty and fruity muesli loaf makes a great breakfast on the go:
Tasty and fruity muesli loaf makes a great breakfast on the go:

Chewy, fruity and satisfying, this muesli loaf is perfect for breakfast time. It's packed full of fruit, nuts, oats and coconut, providing plenty of fast and slow release energy for a day of hard riding or a hard day in the office. We suggest making up a loaf at the weekend, then you've got a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast that requires little preparation – just slice, toast and eat! It takes 1 hour 15 minutes to make, but you'll also need some time for raising and proving. 

Muesli loaf recipe at Olive

4. Coconut cake bar

This coconut loaf is moist and packed full of tropical-tasty coconut flavour:
This coconut loaf is moist and packed full of tropical-tasty coconut flavour:

These are perfect for post-work rides or long evening club sessions, as they're more of a treat than the other oat-based items in this list. These delicious little cake bars are small enough to pop in your pocket if you have mini loaf tins, or you can just make one big loaf and chop it up into pocket-sized pieces. Moist coconut keeps these tasting fresh and light, making these a tasty way of boosting your sugars mid ride.

Coconut cake recipe at Olive

5. Banana breakfast loaf

Moist and delicious banana breakfast loaf isn't just good for breakfast time, and it's also a great way to use up those brown bananas:
Moist and delicious banana breakfast loaf isn't just good for breakfast time, and it's also a great way to use up those brown bananas:

The energy releasing powers of bananas are well known, and they feature heavily in many a cyclists larder. They do also tend to go brown after a while, and that's when they're just right for making into a breakfast loaf, as the fruit sugars add natural sweetness. This loaf combines bananas with protein-rich pecan nuts, eggs, wholemeal flower and a little lemon zest to provide a fresh lift, and is just perfect for breakfast. Ideal to have to hand when you're in a rush in the morning. This recipe takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to knock up, and will serve 8 people, 

Banana breakfast loaf recipe at Olive

Aoife Glass

BikeRadar Women Contributor, UK
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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