Alex, AKA The Food Grinder, is a quick cooking, no fuss, minimal ingredients chef. This July he will be running the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones.

In preparation for running some seriously long miles, he’s rustled up three short recipes to power his ultramarathon ambitions.

Banana Protein Choc Chip Donuts


This is the perfect snack to take with you on race day and it’s one that I will be eating when I take part in this year’s Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones! Not only is it balanced in carbs & protein but it’s also compact and light as a feather. Wrap it up in some tin foil and pop them in the little side compartment of your backpack.

Whenever you feel low on energy the banana will give you a boost, whist also enjoying a little chocolate treat too!

Makes 6

1.     In a bowl mash 2 bananas

2.     Add two spoons (80g) greek yogurt, 2 eggs, one cup (100g) almond flour, one scoop of whey protein & half a tea spoon of baking powder

3.     Mix together thoroughly then stir in a handful (15g) of dark chocolate chips

4.     Pour into silicon donut moulds then bake in a 200c preheated oven for 15ish mins until risen

Macros (per donut)

Calories: 198

Carbs: 13g

Protein: 12g

Fat: 12g

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Ultimate Chocolate “Pr-oats”

If you have a flask, this is the perfect breakfast to prepare beforehand to help power you through the morning session. The slow releasing carbs from the oats will give you plenty of energy to ride out that tough morning stint, and then there is a big portion of protein to help those achy muscles.

1.     In a bowl add 40g oats, one desert spoon of cocoa, pour in 200ml water (could use milk) and stir

2.     Pop in the microwave for 2 minutes, add 1 scoop of chocolate protein, ½ handful chocolate dark chocolate chips (10g) and stir again

3.     Put back in the microwave for 30 seconds then top with 1/2 (10g) handful dark chocolate chips and serve, stir in some milk if needed & (optional blueberries or melted peanut butter)


Calories: 373

Carbs: 38g

Protein: 29g

Fat: 12g

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6 Ingredient Blueberry Banana Bread

If you’re not a chocolate lover but want something to snack on that will keep your energy levels up throughout the whole day, this easy to make 6 ingredient blueberry banana bread is perfect. Again, wrap it up and keep in your bag on race day. Each time you feel the energy levels dropping pull up, cut a quick slice and off you go again.

Packed full of bananas for energy, and eggs for protein, this offers another perfect balance.

Makes 12 slices

1.     In a bowl mash 4 bananas, add 3 eggs and a squeeze of honey

2.     Add 300g ground almonds, 1 tsp. baking powder and mix well

3.     Fold in a cup of blueberries

4.     Pour in to a lined bread tin, and place in the oven at 170 degrees for roughly 1 hour until golden on top and a knife comes out clean

5.     Leave to cool for 20 minutes and slice

Macros (per slice)

Calories: 219

Carbs: 11g

Protein: 7g

Fat: 15g

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