Making Energy Gel…
I combined a few ideas I found online, including the post I linked earlier from @head-heart-guts.
I followed the basic formula: complex carb + simple sugar + electrolytes.
For my complex carb, I used maltodextrin powder that I purchased from a online home brew company. Thanks to Amazon Prime, I was able to take advantage of free 2 day shipping. 1 lb was $8.29 and will make an estimated 3 batches of energy gel.
For my simple sugar, I went with dextrose powder, also purchased from a home brew company through Amazon. Dextrose is considerably cheaper. 4 lbs will run about $13.50 and will make more Gu than you would ever desire to eat.
Electrolytes = salt
The actual process of making the energy gel was fast and simple. Combine all your dry ingredients in a saucepan.
- 1-1/3 cups of Maltodextrin
- 5 TBSP of Dextrose
- 1 tsp salt
Then, turn your burner on low heat. Whisk continuously while you add water 1 TBSP at a time. (I think it took 5-6 TBS before I got the consistency I wanted.) Take off the heat. Continue to stir for a few second. Let it cool.
This makes a batch of unflavored energy gel that you can store in your fridge until needed.
To flavor, add your favorite fruit juice to your gel flask before consumption.
According to online sources for bulk maltodextrin powder, 1/2 cup contains 190 calories. So 1-1/3 cup = 508 calories
Dextrose has about 180 calories in 5 TBSP
Each unflavored batch yields 688 calories or roughly the same as 7 packs of Gu.
I can usually purchase Gu locally $1.25 per oz package (plus tax). So $8.75 for the store bought stuff.
Homemade energy gel costs roughly $3.55 per batch, including the juice to flavor it.
That’s more than a $17 savings per case!
Next up, testing it on the trail.