Exactly around this time last year I decided I wanted to attempt a triathlon. I wish I knew what planted this seed because, to be honest, at the time I didn’t know anyone in my social circles stupid enough to be investing in this $port. (That I knew of anyway.) So, I did some research and put my money on the Boston Tri: a 1/2 mile swim, a 9 mile ride and a 4.4 mile run.
No one tells you this, but triathlons are much like tattoos; a lot of people have one or two, but you never see anyone with just three.
So here I am a veteran of two sprint triathlons and one Olympic Distance triathlon all completed roughly within the span of a month (with one more sprint next weekend to end the year).
I definitely did not see this coming.
Anyway… the day before my OD distance tri I decided I wanted to have my pre-race meal ready-to-go in the morning. There are many things one should and should not eat before a race… my solution might not be for everyone, but I think the concept of a Peanut Butter-banana-chocolate chip-blueberry-gluten-free pancake sandwich not only sounds amazing… I can tell you, it is amazing. Most importantly, it aptly fueled my near one mile swim, 40k ride and 10k run.
You will need
- gluten-free pancake mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill Flour)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe’s)
- fresh blueberries
- sliced banana
- 1 egg (omit to make a vegan version of this recipe)
- peanut butter
There really isn’t much to tell you that isn’t self-explanatory by my insanely dark photos thanks to the dark Victorian in which I reside.
Something about walnuts, blueberries and chocolate…
I finely chopped the walnuts and added to the gluten-free pancake batter.
I tried to keep the pancakes “sandwich sized” on the griddle.
And then of course added the blueberries and chocolate.
A little tip: if you leave a ramekin of peanut butter on the stove as you prepare the pancakes it will become nice and melty for making the sandwiches.
And then the fun part: making the pancake sandwiches.
Slather on the peanut butter and add some banana slices.
Because I wanted to take this on the road with me early in the morning, I wrapped up in parchment…
Good things come in small packages…