Recipe: Tahini Banana Energy Cakes

Recipe: Tahini Banana Energy Cakes

Always wanted to know what our riders eat on the bike? Besides the normal NeverSecond sports nutrition, our chefs often prepare extra snacks. Over the next few months we'll be sharing some recipes, so you can prepare those snacks at home. Today's recipe: Tahini Banana Energy Cakes with NeverSecond energy caffeine gel.

We could talk about it all day: nutrition on the bike. Not because eating is always so much ‘fun’. Believe us, taking gels for five hours on the bike at one point isn’t that much ‘fun’ anymore. But because it is important. As a rider you need to replenish your energy (especially carbs) to keep up performance on the highest level.

How much a rider eats on the bike on average? That varies, but comes down to about ninety grams of carbohydrates per hour. When you translate this into products, you end up with three products per hour (this includes isotonic drinks), which means about fifteen (?!) products per stage in a grand tour for example. Although our riders enjoy using NeverSecond sports nutrition, variation is very welcome for most athletes to keep up this high intake of food while at the same time keeping it kind of enjoyable.

As you can imagine: a challenging task for our chefs and soigneurs! Every day, additional products are prepared, which disappear into our riders’ back pockets alongside the regular sports nutrition. You've probably heard of the rice cakes or pudding rolls that have been used successfully for a long time, of course with some variations or minor adjustments. Thanks to our creative chefs, every now and then a new snack emerges that contributes to our riders’ energy supply and fun!

Today we highlight one of these new snacks: Tahini Banana Energy Cakes (containing NeverSecond caffeine gel #winwin). Can you make this yourself at home? Absolutely! Our performance chef Karin has written down her recipe for you.

Ingredients for 6 cakes

40 grams of organic Tahini

1 NeverSecond C30+ energy gel espresso (60ml)

50 grams of organic cane sugar

Vanilla essence

80 grams of banana

20 grams of soft butter (plant-based)

Pinch of salt

Juice of 1 lemon

80 grams of flour of choice

10 grams of baking powder


6 banana slices

2 tablespoons grated coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix the tahini, NeverSecond C30+ espresso gel, cane sugar, vanilla essence, banana, (plant-based) soft butter, salt and lemon juice until smooth.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder on top of the tahini-banana mixture and blend together using a spatula.
  4. Divide the cake mixture over 6 small silicone cake moulds (or 1 medium cake tin).
  5. Decorate each cake with a banana slice and grated coconut.
  6. Bake for ±20 minutes until golden brown. When a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean - they are ready.
  7. Leave to cool, wrap & take along!

Fuel your ride, fuel your passion. Science first - NeverSecond!

Nutritional info One serving contains 185 kcal | 30 g CHO | 3,5 g protein | 5,5 g fat | 1,5g fiber (12,5 mg caffeine)

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