There is finally a chill in the air here in Southern California. I put on my long sleeve shirt and long pants for the first time since last winter and it feels great! I was wondering when I would get into the Thanksgiving spirit and now that the weather is a little cooler, I am feeling that spark rise up.
With all of the election hoopla, all I want to do is hibernate, unfriend, have a good laugh and sometimes down a bottle of wine, but I have actually resorted to running and baking instead.
Every now and then I get really busy and for convenience sake I buy store bought granola bars for the household. I am a label reader, so most of the time, they are ones with healthier ingredients, but those can get really expensive when you put one a day in the kids lunch boxes, and it adds up when you’re on a budget.
If I can motivate myself, I like to whip up a batch of these on Sunday night and freeze them for the week. They are so simple that making these with your kids is a great idea. Mine are even old enough to make them with very little supervision.
Plus, they make terrific pre or post run snack. They are loaded with omegas and healthy fats and a whole grain carb boost to give you lasting energy.
Sometimes I prepare these with all Oats and other times I use half oats and half Brown Rice Crispy Cereal. You could add in nuts and fruits and use any nut butter that is your favorite. I like this recipe because it’s so basic that you can customize it to your liking. This is a recipe that you could play around with a little, so have fun!
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- 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup of Nut Butter ( I used Peanut)
- 1/2 Cup of Truvia Brown Sugar Blend or Coconut Sugar
- 2 T. of Honey or Agave
- 2 Cups of Oats
- 1 Cup of Brown Rice Crispies
- 1/4 t of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of chia, hemp or flax seeds
- Pre-Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place oil, nut butter, salt, sugar and honey in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until all ingredients melted. Take off the heat and add Oats and Cereal, and seeds. Mix everything together very well. Lay parchment paper on a half sheet baking pan. Tip the mixture into the baking pan and press down firmly. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Option– drizzle with melted chocolate. Cut into squares.
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