Marathon Dreamcakes


Four hours prior to toe-the-marathon-line time I’m generally zonked out; yet capitalizing on the 3+hour pre-race digestion window to top off any glycogen depleted between a carb-rich but light dinner and gun-time can mean the difference between bonking or a PR.  To nurse in just the right mount of carbs, I’ve developed a Marathon Dreamcake recipe. It has proven to get me out of the gates feeling frisky and keep my little tail moving for 26.2.  Try them for yourself on a long training run and then race.



  • 1 c oat flour
  • ¼ c ground chia seeds
  • ¼ c whole chia seeds
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 ½ c cooked jasmine rice
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 T coconut milk
  • 2 T coconut oil


Mix all ingredients and cook in a skillet over medium-high heat until browned.  Allow to cool, package them up, and refrigerate until you’re ready to pack them in your race bag.


On the eve of your race set two alarms, one a fuel alarm 3:30 – 4 hours pre-race start and one to actually get you up.  Place your Dreamcakes in a container, some water and your alarm right beside your bed or beside your pillow if you’re not a thrasher.  Sleep well and dream of a well-fueled, fast cruising speed.  At the sound of the alarm, quickly unarm it.  If you need to use the loo, do, but if not just reach in, grab a cake or two and chew.  Keep dreaming…But don’t choke.  I eat about 3-5 ounces worth or two small cakes and chase them with some water.  I pretty easily fall back asleep until alarm no.2.  At the start, I feel perfectly fueled and have had no gut issues running three marathons with Dreamcakes as my pre-race fuel.

Sweet dreams!

P.S. They also make a pretty sweet breakfast anytime.  You don’t have to be a marathoner to enjoy these badboys.  They’re way healthy!

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