I LOVE the chocolate/peanut butter combo! Who doesn’t? (we maybe can’t be friends…unless you have an allergy or a good excuse)
Plus, I’ve been trying to wean myself off snack foods in favor of healthier options, like fruit and now….chocolate peanut butter protein bars! I’ve made granola bars before and have played around with the recipe, but it has always had a base of oats and fruit. I decided to take a drastically different direction with the chocolate and peanut butter, and it was the Best Idea Ever (if I do say so myself )
So here’s what you need:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
2 cups oats
1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup protein powder (I used a mixture of vanilla-flavored whey & hemp)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup dark chocolate peanut butter
1/4 cup agave
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 Tbs. chia seeds
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
Toast oats, sprinkled with brown sugar, under broiler until just browned. Let cool.
In a small bowl mix together apple sauce, peanut butters (regular and dark chocolate), agave, and vanilla.
In a large bowl mix together cooled oats, protein powder, slivered almonds, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined. Put into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are browned. Let cool and enjoy!
I didn’t take as many pictures of the process as I should, but here it is being all mixed together
And here’s what it looks like when everything is done (Caution: Do not cut up before fully cooled, or else it may crumble)
I individually bagged them for mid-day or pre-workout snacks
This morning began with a
green grey monster.
I picked up some fresh blueberries for CHEAP so I’ve been eating them in everything: smoothies, salads, yogurt mix-ins, etc. This smoothie had 1/2 banana, handfull of blueberries, some mandarin oranges, hemp protein powder, and a ton of spinach (probably 2 cups?) plus some vanilla-flavored almond milk to help it all blend.
It also had turkey bacon, spinach, feta cheese, and pecans.
Since Chris has been gone Rocky has been super needy. He just wants to cuddle and be right up in my lap as much as possible!
Can’t say no to that face!
showing off his hoodie
Today we have a visiting scholar that I get to meet with. It’s going to be a day jam-packed FULL of meetings. Don’t get me wrong, the meetings are necessary and I don’t take them for granted…..but it’s really frustrating when I’m stuck in meetings ALL DAY because then NOTHING ELSE gets done. So what’s that mean? I can’t just NOT DO the things I need to get done……..so instead it means I just “get” to do it in the evening, after hours. Joy. If I had to bet, I’d say I’ll probably be having more of THIS later this afternoon
And just FYI, the scrapbooking has been going wonderfully. I’ll show you some pics soon, but I’m now done through February 2010 – woo hoo! Less than a year behind now! That’s a pretty major milestone! I won’t be working on it any more until the weekend, but then I plan to bust out 4 months, which will get me to the summer of 2010. Exciting stuff, ladies and gents. I lead quite the fascinating life. Be jealous.
If you don’t finish your “To-Do’s”, do you work on them late, or just roll them over to the next day?
For me it depends what it is – if I have something that HAS to be done (deadlines, etc.), it gets done in the evening. If it can wait until the next day, I usually just roll it over!