Homemade Energy Gel
What is energy gel
Goos and gels are portable gelatinous substances created to fuel athletes on the go. Most energy gels are glucose with carbohydrates formulated to give a quick burst of energy from sugar, accompanied by long lasting boost from carbohydrates. And gels are easy to inhale and quick to digest. Many athletes participating in long distance activities rely on gels because they can be eaten on the go, unlike a snack or meal which you have to stop to consume. Gels are popular because they have a long shelf life, and they are lightweight and non-invasive when stored inside a pack or pocket.
The disadvantage to store bought energy gels is the price. A typical gel retails for around $1.50 per unit, and a box can cost around $37. Fortunately we have a money saving solution thanks to Spread Stoke’s founder Tori Soul: Tori’s Homemade Energy Goo. Using common household ingredients, Tori’s recipe comes out to a mere 19 cents per unit!!!
How to make homemade energy gel
Be forewarned: making energy gel at home can quickly become a sticky mess if you are not prepared! With this in mind, make sure you have the proper gel containers, otherwise you’re going to be dancing with danger. In our opinion, the best gel containers are reusable and leakproof baby food pouches. Pouches come in a variety of sizes, seal very tightly and are reusable. Tori recommends this method to mixing and storing gel:
- At home combine all ingredients (see recipe below) into a mixing bowl and stir until you have a smooth and consistent goo.
- Let the goo chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until it begins to slightly harden.
- Take the goo out of the fridge, and using a small ice-cream or melon scooper, scoop rounds of the goo and gently place inside the storage container.
- Tightly seal the container and return the pouches to the fridge or freezer until they are ready for use.
All natural energy gel nutrition
Gels alone are not considered a balanced diet, but instead a concentrated form of carbohydrates to rejuvenate depleted resources. Tori’s recipe for homemade goo is a blend of common household items that take an average gel to the next level!
- Quinoa is an ancient grain packed with fiber and amino acids.
- Black Molasses has Iron, Potassium, Manganese and Calcium
- Peanut Butter is for many a backcountry staple and a welcomed source of salt and protein
- Raw Honey is packed with essential nutrients and brings a welcomed sweet taste to goo
Here’s Tori’s money saving energy gel recipe:
- 3 tbsp Raw Honey
- 1 tsp Black Molasses
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Coffee
At home combine honey, molasses, peanut butter, flaxseed, salt and ground coffee into a mixing bowl and stir until you have a smooth and consistent goo.
Let the goo chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until it begins to slightly harden.
Take the goo out of the fridge, and using a small ice-cream or melon scooper, scoop rounds of the goo and gently place inside the storage container.
Tightly seal the container and return the pouches to the fridge or freezer until they are ready for use. (Cooked quinoa lasts 6-7 days refrigerated 8-12 months the the freezer - when stored properly)
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