We at Aire Libre stand for real food. The less processed, the better. Why? Basically because it is healthier and because it will help us be better and more efficient endurance athletes.
Athletes seem to have bought into the notion that during exercise they need energy sources that pass through the stomach as quickly as possible. This notion is valid for short-duration high intensity exercise. But during prolonged exercise its advantageous to maintain a constant stream of energy.
Solid food is like a time-released energy capsule whereas high-calorie gels are like instant-release energy gut-bombs.
If you have a hard time seeing yourself using these solutions and products while you are unstressed sitting around watching Game of Thrones, but you don´t hesitate to use them when you are stressed in the midst of an ultra-endurance event, its time to rethink your approach.
Enough said, lets get down to the good stuff...
Time to cook: 20 minutes + time to cook rice.
- 2 cups uncooked sticky rice
- 3 cups water
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon walnuts
- 1 tablespoon honey butter
Put the 2 cups of rice in a deep pan, followed by 3 cups of water. Let the rice soak for about 45min to 1 hour.
To be efficient, while the rice is soaking, take a deep bowl and put in the banana, the tablespoon of walnuts and the tablespoon of honey butter, now mix and mash it all together. You can use from a food processor, to an egg beater to do this. Its will depend on how much mashed you prefer it.
After the time has passed of soaking the rice, turn on the stove to high heat so that you bring the rice and water to its boiling point. Once its boiling, turn the stove to low heat until the rest of the water evaporates.
Now, mix the sticky rice with the mashed mix of ingredients. Mix it all very well.
Once its all well mixed, cover with a plastic bag a round small bowl and fill it with the mix. Take it out and put that first rice ball in a baking sheet. Repeat this until there is no more mix left and you have 6 to 9 rice balls (it will depend on how small the round bowl is).
Heat an oven at 350 degrees, and put the baking sheet. Bake for 15 min to 20 min. I recommend that even before you put the first rice ball, you preheat the baking sheet to spread some coconut oil so that the balls wont stick.
Take the baking sheet out and wrap the balls in foil paper.
You are now ready to put them in your running bag, so that it can fuel your next trail run. And the rest in a tupperware to enjoy later.
Hope you enjoy this recipe, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, anything, please reach out to us.
Post and photos by: Mauricio Díaz Arellano
Sources: Feed Zone Portables