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 don’t mind and the dog’s don’t seem to care either, but I’m pretty sure that if my friends came over they wouldn’t to smell me… or be anywhere within 500 feet of me.
I should go to the gym today… 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 nom on these fellas. 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. But 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 was just never satisfied with the results. I kept changing ingredients, measurements, and even incorporated zucchini and chickpeas at one point. I know… rough times for everyone. 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. It’s so hard though when I’m watching marilyn monroe. She’s a fun little lady. I like her. And she likes to eat. We have that in common.
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. If you prefer one fruit base over another, swap in what ever your heart desires, like dates, apricots, cherries, or raisins. And if chocolate isn’t your thing (ha, how false is that statement), give peanut butter or Nutella a try.
Fingers crossed this works.
“Energize Me” Bars
Ingredients: 1/2 cup rolled oats (or 1/4 cup steal cut oats). 1/2 cup organic brown rice crisps. 3 tbsp hazelnuts. 1 tbsp flaxseed. 1/2 serving soy protein powder. 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. 5 prunes, pitted. 2 tbsp dried fruit. 2 tbsp pure maple syrup. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
Preparation: (makes 4 bars). 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.
Okay, will power. It’s time to get out of these sweats… happy noming.
Nutritional Information: 168 calories, 5.1g fat (>1 sat, 3 mono, 1.1 poly), 28.5g carbs, 4.7g protein