This past weekend, Selma and I decided it was smart to do the Midnight Ride (coming soon) all the way out to the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton and back. In theory, this is an awesome ride and a great way to experience the route with a bunch of bike enthusiasts. However, it just so happened that winter decided to show up again for no reason and grace us with ~35 degree weather that night. So in preparation for our double marathon bike ride, I made some rice cakes to fuel us along the way.
While scouring the interweb one day, I came across a review for this speculoos cookie and cocoa swirl spread. What is speculoos you ask? I have no idea. It’s apparently some kind of cookie but it’s also served in paste form. I had to have it.
The consensus? It’s ridiculous. If you thought nutella was the gold standard for spreads, think again. This stuff will change your life forever.
So obviously, I had to incorporate it into our midnight snack. I started off with the same recipe I used for my other sweet rice cakes. This is basically white rice with coconut milk, salt, sugar, and lemon juice.
After the rice has had a chance to cool, begin the layering process. I added some bananas for flavor and potassium for our guns (that’s cycling jargon for legs, not to be confused with the biceps).
After you have your filling down, simply cover everything with the other half of your rice. Place in the fridge or freezer for 5-10 min to let everything set.
Next comes the slicing and wrapping process. I like to use a metal spatula like the one pictured below.
Cut the sheet into little squares and wrap individually with pan lining paper. The parchment paper side helps keep things non-stick while the foil side helps deflect body heat when stored in your back pockets. Smart. Refer to this post on how to wrap properly.
Label each one individually so you know which rice cake is which and then place in the fridge until ready to use.
These were probably some of the best rice cakes I’ve ever had. Not only are they delicious, they provide plenty of nutrients for longer rides.
And with that, thanks for reading.