Plant-Based Protein Bars For Biking

Hiya, biker babes!

We have so many talented and amazing riders out there championing Dirty Jane. And we want to share their expertise, experience and knowledge with you!

It's why we invited one of our ambassadors to share how she uses food for fuel and offer one of her go-to recipes.

Meet mama biker, foodie, and all around awesome person, Krista.

Hi I’m Krista Cloud and I am a Dirty Jane ambassador.

Seven years ago, my husband and I started researching ways we could speed up our recovery and boost our performance with not only biking but climbing and running as well.

We have been thriving on a whole food plant-based diet ever since.

One of the biggest things I have noticed with food is that it can be one of the biggest triggers for people, so what I try to encourage, for those who inquire about my lifestyle, is not what they shouldn’t be eating but what they can add to their diet.

You Are An Athlete

As athletes (and yes if you get out and love riding your bike, girl YOU are an athlete) what we fuel our bodies and minds with is the most effective tool for our performance.

It’s important to recognize that what works for one person won’t always be as effective for another. This goes for mantras, self-talk and food...

... keep an open mind and try new things to see how your body responds.

I am a wife, busy mom of two beautiful toddlers, and business owner, so I know how valuable time on the bike can be. And making time to prepare food oftentimes gets overlooked.

Before a ride eat a light nourishing meal (I love smoothie bowls). Eat an hour or so before and make sure you are hydrated. Pack a few snacks and water. I like to ride with a few apples and a bar.

One of the biggest things I try to do for our family is to make sure we have a meal ready or mostly prepared after a bike ride.

Choose a meal high in calories but that also contains nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties. A lot of times after a ride we want to reach for whatever is easiest so why not pamper your future self and really nourish your body with a well thought out meal?! You are so totally worth it.

I want to include a couple of recipes that you can incorporate into your lifestyle. They are adaptable to your palate and unique needs. Remember this journey is never about “what foods can’t I have?” but rather “what foods does my body deserve?”.

Protein Bar Recipes For Energy Pre, During and Post Biking

Feeling Fruity Protein Bars


(great for short rides when you need a sugary pick-me-up)

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup (sweetener of choice)
  • 8-10 pitted dates
  • 10 dried figs
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 ½ cups of almonds (nut or seed of choice)

Baking Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a small pan or dish (7x7) with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread your oats, seeds, and nuts on the lined tray and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Put the dates, figs, water, and sweetener in a blender and blend until a paste consistency (add water if needed).
  4. In a mixing bowl add all ingredients and mix by hand. Transfer to lined sheet and pack down. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing into desired portions!

Peanut Butter Protein Bars


(my favorite and great for longer endurance rides)

  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup (sweetener of choice)
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 cup of almonds (nut of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (seed of your choice)

Baking Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a small pan or dish (7x7) with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread your oats, seeds (not the chia seeds), and nuts on the lined tray and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Blend water, sweetener, vanilla, peanut butter and dates until a smooth paste form (add water as necessary).
  4. In a mixing bowl add all ingredients and mix by hand. Transfer to lined sheet and pack down. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing into desired portions!

What's your go-to snack for pre, during and post ride? Share in the comments. And if you try this recipe, tell us what you thought... you can comment below or tag us on Instagram @dirtyjane.

And be sure to give our amazing ambassador, Krista a follow @plantpedalingmama

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