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Cycling Breakfast Ideas - A delicious date with banana, oats and cranberries!

We've all done it. Plan to rise at dawn, and be on far flung lanes while others hit snooze. The reality? A peep out the window into the cold, with a warning tummy rumble and very little breakfast in sight. However, it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of prep and this cycling breakfast idea in your armoury, you'll be fuelled, on the bike and merrily spinning through the countryside before you know it.

This go-to smoothie is simple, tastes great and can be prepared the night before; what's not to like about it? Stowed in the fridge overnight, it's ready to grab, go and enjoy the following morning. I've even used it as a pre-ride energizer, whatever time of day. Not only is it better for you than a standard bowl of cereal (which contain loads of sugars and processed carbs) but it also introduces a refreshing change to the normal breakfast routine.


80g dates
30g oats or if you want it gluten free, use buckwheat flakes
20g dried cranberries
10g Cocoa nibs
1/2 ripened banana 
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
300ml milk (full or skimmed - your choice)
50ml water (stops it becoming too thick - remember this is an on the go breakfast)

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How to make it happen

You'll need an upright or hand stick blender but that's it (although a glass doesn't go amiss). One of the best parts about it, is that it's a one utensil recipe. No need to get the entire contents of the kitchen draw involved - speeds up the washing up in the morning too!

Add all the ingredients into the blender and fire away. Blend for one minute or until all the ingredients have combined and puréed completely. Then simply pour into a glass and enjoy this new and totally fortifying breakfast in less than a minute! It's that simple and tastes great.

Why bother?

Without a proper breakfast each day you’re deprived of the fuel necessary to kick start your body. This banana and date smoothie is designed to have all the flavours and ingredients of a good quality breakfast in one. I find familiar flavours more palatable in the morning. The oats provide the slow releasing energy source that are required for the day ahead; they're also a great source of carbohydrates. The dates act as the sweetener, while the banana is full of potassium, helping to prevent cramp and discomfort. The Cacao nibs? They are part of chocolate family and are full of vitamins that are perfect for aiding recovery – this smoothie covers all aspects of the morning!

Let us know how you get on with it and whether it becomes a regular morning ritual for you.

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About the Rider: Riley
An Aussie abroad and a trained Chef, he's best know for wearing outrageous kit/sock combos while exploring the roads less ridden. When not cooking up and storm for tour company Le Domestique Tours, he can be found out on the bike dreaming up new ideas for his brand Pedal Bites, or tinkering with a latest recipe. Food for cycling and nutrition based questions - send them his way!
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