I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I love a good pie.  For Thanksgiving, I usually make three or four of them.  My dad loves cherry pie and chocolate pie so I make both of those and it’s just not Thanksgiving without a good pecan or pumpkin pie (or both).  For Mother’s Day this year, I made an incredible Lemon Meringue Pie.  And, yes, it was vegan!  It takes quite a bit of vegan magic to make a lemon meringue without eggs, but as you can see in the photo above, mine turned out so beautifully.  It was decadent and delicious and completely over the top.

So when I went to mix up a batch of new gels, I remembered that pie and thought it would make a great gel flavor.  It’s sweet without being too sweet, with a hint of vanilla and salt.  I took it on my 20-miler yesterday and it was smooth and easy on my tummy.

This recipe covers all bases:  maltodextrin for quick carb absorption, and a little glucose and fructose to make sure all the carbohydrate pathways are being utiltized.  You can choose to add caffeine or not.

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For more on the science of the ingredients, check out my original post on endurance gels.

As with all my recipes, I recommend weighing your ingredients for accuracy, but I have included traditional measurements as well.

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Lemon Cream Pie Endurance Gel

Claire Bartholic
Each gel contains 118 calories, 28.6 carbs, 0 fat, 0 protein, 115 grams of sodium, 48.3 grams of potassium
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine Endurance Gel

Ingredients
  

  • 40 grams maltodextrin 1/4 cup
  • 15 grams agave 2 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon pure corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon Morton's Lite salt or sub regular salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 tablet of a 200mg caffeine pill crushed (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients except caffeine if using, in a liquid measuring cup with a spout.
  • Add one tablespoon of water at first and stir. I prefer my gels on the runny side so they are smoother to swallow so I add a second tablespoon of water.
  • Pour into a gel flask and add caffeine powder, if using.
  • If you have a FoodSaver, make 2 small gel-sized bags, stand bags upright in a glass, fill, add 1/4 tablet of caffeine to each gel if using, and seal without vacuuming. Mark a small tear line with a Sharpie near the top of the bag and make a tiny cut, being careful not to cut through the seal.

About Claire


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  • Ok I perfected this recipe after following your gu copycat recipe this season. This recipe strays from yours in that it uses brown rice syrup instead of agave. Fructose does not agree with me. Also I’ve been using base electrolyte Salt but will likely switch to salt + salt substitute when I run out of that. Camden tables are a home brewers friend used to stop/prevent/halt fermentation. If you put that much sugar together and try to store it for more than a few days, wild yeast will kick it off (don’t ask me how I know =)). This recipe incorporates ginger into the flavor profile which also helps settle the stomach.

    Thai peanut energy gel

    2 campden tablets
    200 gram maltodextrin
    75 gram brown rice syrup
    150 gram water
    4 gram salt
    40 gram pb powder
    5 gram powdered ginger
    5 gram sesame oil
    Dash of fish sauce (Optional but legit Thai flavor)
    6 100 gram caffeine pills

    Fills 3 5oz gel flasks

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