There is no doubt that the kind of energy required to participate in an event such as the Staffordshire Ironman Triathlon is immense. Which is why Ironman Staffordshire participant and famous TV chef Gordon Ramsay advises fruit and nut bars to offer a great source of carbohydrate in the grains and berries, and he shares his very own recipe.
Makes eight bars
1 cup pitted dates
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1½ cups oats, finely ground
⅓ cup dried cranberries, chopped
⅓ cup dried cherries, chopped
⅓ cup dried blueberries
2 tbsp oat bran
3 tbsp ground linseed
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped
½ cup pistachios, toasted, chopped
⅓ cup almonds, chopped
½ tsp coarse salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp of honey
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
In a small saucepan, cover the dates with water. Bring to a simmer. Cook until the dates are tender. Drain and purée in a food processor.
Spray a 9in baking dish with the vegetable spray.
Mix the oats, dried fruit, bran, linseed, nuts, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Fold in the date purée and honey.
Press the mixture in the pan and make it even on all sides.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the mixture feels firm and the edges are golden brown.
Cut into eight.
Information about how to join and support Gordon Ramsay’s Ironman Staffordshire Team here
General Information about Ironman Staffordshire here
Thank you to Gordon Ramsay, the Gordon Ramsay Foundation and to the Telegraph for recipes and images