Chocolate Granola Bars

I love chocolate. Big time. Why anyone would ever choose a non-chocolate dessert is beyond me. Given my affinity for the stuff, chocolate seems to find its way into my mouth pretty much every. single. day. Luckily, I am able to control my quantities, thereby avoiding any major health issues (so far…). Also luckily, I don’t need thick slabs of cake or ooey gooey brownies. I just need some chocolate in some variety. Plain and simple. Due to my indiscriminate chocolate taste, I like to experiment making chocolate recipes on the healthier side. Or should I say, the ‘healthier’ side?

I came across this recipe for chocolate granola bars by the Marathon Mom. They’ve been on my pinterest wall for quite awhile, so I decided it was finally time to give them a shot. I ended up tweaking the original recipe slightly given that I didn’t have all the called-for ingredients in my kitchen. Bonus: they don’t require any baking! full recipe below

First, melt a half stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat:

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Add peanut butter and honey, and heat, stirring frequently, until melted:

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Add oats, flax, and shredded coconut:

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And the best part….add the chocolate:

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Stir to combine:

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Scrape into an 8×8 greased pan and let cool in the refrigerator until set. Once cool, divide into 8 bars. Store in the fridge.

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This recipe was incredibly quick, easy, and delicious. The peanut butter and oats make the bars pretty dense, so they are a super satisfying afternoon snack as well as a chocolate fix!

Chocolate Granola Bars
makes 8 bars
Ingredients
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used super chunky)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Method
Melt butter, peanut butter, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently.
Once melted, add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
Scrape into 8x8 greased dish and set in fridge to cool.
Once set, divide into 8 bars. Keep in the refrigerator.

Wednesday Eats

This morning I went to the gym for some ‘New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women.’ When I got home I had some breakfast that included a Gnu Mini Bar from the January Bestowed package. The flavor was oatmeal raisin and it was very delicious. I had it with a sliced apple, greek yogurt, and trail mix.

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yogurt and trail mix are underneath

After that I went back to Costco. Remember the banana hunt? That same day I bought some contact solution there, but when I got home it was revealed that the box had already been open and the contact containers removed!!

Lunch is unpictured since it was not aesthetically pleasing at all (more tofu curry salad), but I had two snacks in the afternoon:

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Why are honeycrisp apples so delicious but so expensive?! There may have been some chocolate too that I couldn’t manage to snap a pic of. 🙂

I am having dinner with friends tonight, so expect an update later that involves pizza.

Go Bananas!!

I was surprised at all the banana comments I received after yesterday’s banana-related post. As a result, I started thinking about why bananas are so great.

Top 3 Reasons Bananas Rule
1.
they are CHEAP – definitely the most inexpensive fruit
2. they are versatile – sweet, savory, meal, snack, you get the idea
3. they are fun to eat

exhibit A

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For all you other banana lovers out there, here are some suggestions for how to use this fabulous fruit:

Breakfast

Sandwiches/Wraps

  • pb (& j) with banana
  • pb & honey with banana (this is especially good grilled!

Snacks/Sweets

  • sliced banana with peanut butter and cinnamon
  • plain from the peel
  • soft serve banana ‘ice cream’
  • blended with ice and milk for a smoothie (optional add-ins: cocoa, peanut butter, blueberries, etc.)
  • eat frozen chunks for a snack in warm weather (warning: make sure you peel and cut the banana into small chunks BEFORE freezing!)
  • caramelized bananas

Moral of the story: EAT MORE BANANAS!!