I love using gels. I’ve read a lot about them and I believe they help me perform better. If you don’t have time to read dozens of
articles below is one of the easiest, cheapest, most effective option that I have found for making your own Home GOO. This is based on Darek Nolak’s recipe. Darek’s article provides details on nutritional value if you’re interested.
This recipe will approximately fill a 6 oz flask.
4oz Raw Honey (buy local for best results)
1 tablespoon Organic Blackstrap Molasses
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (fine grain)
1-2 Tablespoons Water
(Raw honey and Blackstrap Molasses have amazing natural properties I’ll write more about in the future)
Mix into a goopey consistency
Sometimes I’ll mix in 1-2 tablespoons of hemp protein for an added boost.
I choose to use local honey. Here in Santa Rosa, CA we have a hardcore allergy season, and I’ve noticed a significant reduction in my suffering since going local.
I think the above GOO recipe tastes great but you can always enhance flavor by adding vanilla extract, lime juice, lemon juice etc.
How does the cost compare to buying gel packs and making your own?
Sometimes you can find PowerBar PowerGel on sale for approximately $0.63 each at Performance Bicycles, and REI features a flavor of the month that is $0.79 cents each, but on average it’s about $1.00 per individual gel pack. Most packs contain 1.2oz of gel.
Honey is the biggest expense in making your own gel and as I mentioned I like to buy local raw honey which is more expensive than other options. I pay about $12.00 for a 24oz container at Whole Foods. A 15oz bottle of organic blackstrap molasses is about $3.00.
The sea salt is hardly an expense because you use such a small amount. So buying the best ingredients available I’m spending about $0.52 per shot. If I add the hemp protein that adds a little to cost. A 15oz container is about $12.00 at Whole Foods.
Even if you don’t want to make your own goo I think it’s important to get a refillable flask. One of the reasons I started researching making your own gels is that I hated tossing a one shot pack in the trash, plus almost every ride I see remnants of gel packs on the trails.
This is a test foldable flask I’ve been using for a while and I have been really happy with it. It holds 6oz of GOO and the best part is that you can squeeze or roll it to get all the goo out. A plastic squeeze bottle is good as well and cheaper but I always have trouble getting the last ounce out. These foldable flasks will be available on our website www.homegoo.org when it’s launched around August 1st.
If you have a favorite GOO recipe please share it!