I made granola bars because I didn't want to go to the grocery store. Sophie's cross-country team had a home meet today, and the freshmen were assigned granola bars for the post-race goodies. I had enough to bring some to my new neighbor (did I mention that she is an improv stand-up comedienne, and her husband is a video-game designer?). Definitely a friendship I would like to cultivate.
We did push press in Crossfit today--I did 73#. Remember when I couldn't press 60#? I do. It feels good to get stronger at this age. Ian and I got fitbits--he lost his the first time he wore it. The company is sending him a new one gratis! I wish all customer service was this customer oriented. Anyway, I expect him to surpass me easily in the stair climbing department, but I got an email from fitbit today that said I had walked/run 50 miles since I started tracking. Pretty fun. It also tracks your sleep, and you can input food if you desire. I don't desire--pouring another glass of wine....
Here is a rough estimation of the granola bar recipe, feel free to substitute nuts/fats/dried fruit to your preference. I am thinking it would be delicious as an ice cream topping as well.
4 cups oats
2 cups chopped nuts (I used pepitas)
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups dried fruit (I used cranberries)
1.5 cups honey
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 TBS coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large roasting pan combine oats/nuts/coconut. Toast until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to 300F. Take the oat mixture and mix remaining ingredients into it in a large bowl. Line roasting pan with foil, spray with cooking spray. Press mixture in firmly, wetting hands occasionally so mixture won't stick. Bake for 20-30 min until golden. Allow to cool completely. Use foil to lift out of pan and slice into bars. I totally should have drizzled some melted chocolate on top.
I brought the bars to the meet, and Sophie said, "I don't run for a long time. You can come back." Thanks, honey. After the meet when the coach gave to go ahead to eat the snacks it was the fastest I've seen the team move.