I should really get out of my sweat pants.
I haven’t washed them in about two weeks and I think I’m beginning to smell. I should go to the gym today, too… Really, I should. Problem is, I have neither the energy nor the desire to sweat profusely and smell like old, rusty dumbbells.
I’d rather sit on the couch and eat. At this point, I feel like I’m the energizer bunny all out of my long-lasting battery. My gas tank is empty and needs to be filled immediately. I’m in dire need of a pick-me-up. Preferably something sweet.
Larabars have fast become one of my favorite nutrition bars, and it takes only a quick look at the ingredient list to know why. Most contain only four or five ingredients and absolutely nothing hard to pronounce. B ut as much as I love those sweet, chewy, bites of heaven, I find it hard to justify shelling out $2.50 a bar when they seem so simple to make.
Cue the Homemade Larabar.
I’ve been holding off on this particular post because this recipe is my fourth attempt at trying to stir up my own batch to match this bar. I kept changing ingredients, measurements, and even incorporated zucchini and chickpeas at one point. I know… I just stopped.
But after many trials and errors, I’m quite satisfied… Now all I need is to get off of my couch and out of my sweats.
A base of dried fruit and prunes keeps these bars chewy and moist, rolled oats and rice crisps add texture, a scoop of soy powder offers some protein, while nuts and dark chocolate chips provide healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.
Perhaps now I will have enough battery power to go on a nice run or visit the gym. Fingers crossed this works. Will power. It’s time to get out of these sweats.
Chocolate Hazelnut Larabars
(yields 4 bars)
1/2 cup rolled oats (or 1/4 cup steal cut oats)
1/2 cup organic brown rice crisps
3 tablespoons hazelnuts
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/2 serving soy protein powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
5 prunes, pitted
2 tablespoons dried fruit
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in food processor or blender and process for 30 seconds. Add in maple syrup and vanilla and process for another 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture blends together (it may form into a ball).
Coat a small loaf pan with cooking spray and distribute the bar batter evenly. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, cool, and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Nutritional Information: 168 calories, 5.1g fat (>1 sat, 3 mono, 1.1 poly), 28.5g carbs, 4.7g protein