Valentines desserts for runners

With the official day of love, also known as Valentines Day about to reach us on the 14th February we thought we’d get into the spirit and combine two of our great passions: food and running. With that in mind, we’ve got together some of the most delicious recipes that you can rustle up to satisfy any sweet tooth whilst enhancing your running performance. Win win. Here are some of the best sweet treats for runners everywhere.

Banana and chocolate crepes

Why: Bananas are a runner’s best friend. They contain potassium which helps restore electrolytes and they provide a healthy dose of energy. You could serve this as a dessert or enjoy as a post-run brunch. Using wholemeal flour adds some healthy fibre to the pancake mix.

  • 100g wholemeal plain flour
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 300 ml milk of choice
  • Coconut oil for cooking
  • 2 bananas
  • Dark chocolate
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Hazelnuts (optional)
  1. Sieve the flour into a bowl, then crack in eggs and whisk well with milk until it becomes a smooth batter.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over a moderate heat and then melt the coconut oil, allow to spread across pan and then ladle in your mix, allow it to cover based on pan evenly and thinly. Use a spatula to avoid any sticking and flip once cooked on one side. Cook on the other side and then pop onto a plate and continue process. You can keep pancakes warm in a low oven wrapped in foil.
  3. For the topping: melt the dark chocolate and slice bananas. Layer up the pancakes so you have sliced banana and then melted chocolate and optional toasted nuts. Serve with yoghurt on top.

Chocolate Strawberries

Why: Dark chocolate is good for you. Runner benefits include: anti-oxidant properties to boost your immune system plus it’s great for heart health as it can decrease cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

  • Punnet of large strawberries
  • 200g dark chocolate
  1. Wash and dry the strawberries, leaving stalks on.
  2. Then melt chocolate, dip strawberries and place on a plate of a lined baking tray. Allow to set in the fridge. Simple!

Berry crumble

Why: You can’t really beat a crumble for comfort love food. Oats contain slow-releasing carbohydrates so make the prefect night-before fuel for a long run. They also lower cholesterol and contain healthy fibre.

  • Punnet of mixed frozen berries
  • 2 cooking apples
  • 3 cups of oats
  • ½ cup of flaked almonds
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 150g butter
  • 60g honey
  1. Mix together the oats and butter using your hands until it is well combined. Then add 1tsp of cinnamon, almonds and honey and stir well.
  2. Peel and finely slice the apples and arrange in a crumble dish then mix with frozen berries, the other tsp of cinnamon and 1tbsp of honey.
  3. Add the crumble mix on top of this and bake in an oven heated to 180 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until apples are cooked through and crumble is lightly browned on top.
  4. Serve with yoghurt or ice cream!