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“Good Morning!” Granola Bars

9 Apr

Hello, little blog – I have neglected you! I just noticed my last post dated back to October 2011! Ugh.

Let’s get back into the swing of blogging with a killer breakfast recipe! VEGAN GRANOLA BARS! EEEEK!

(Adapted from: http://www.blogher.com/recipe-vegan-granola-bars )

You will need:

1 1/4 cups of puffed brown rice cereal (I use Nature’s path brand, it has no added anythings!)

1 cup quick cooking oats

2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds or hemp seeds

1 tsp ginger (optional)

½ cup ground / crushed nuts (we use cashews, but any nuts will do. I tried it with almonds and it was delish. Just make sure they’re unsalted nuts.)

¼ cup of pure maple syrup

2 tbsp water

½ cup natural peanut butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix puffed rice, oats, flax/hemp and nuts in a big bowl.

On the stove top, melt peanut butter, maple syrup and water on medium heat. Stir constantly until the peanut butter has melted and looks incorporated into the maple syrup. Once you have a creamy, smooth consistency, take off heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour the creamy mixture into the granola mixture and mix well. It gets super sticky, so I mix with my hands to get the dry fully incorporated into the wet. Once everything is mixed, pat into a baking dish or muffin tins. Pat really firmly so the granola will condense and take the shape of the tin. If you don’t pat firmly, it will crumble when you unmold or cut. Cover the dish / tin and refrigerate. Give them a night to harden in the fridge before you try to cut or unmold.

This recipe makes approx. 10 muffin molds or 1 8×8 baking dish. They’re optimally good for 1 week refrigerated, then they start to go hard. They’re still edible, but more crumbly. (the perfect consistency to crumble over fruit!) The fiancé likes vegan chocolate chips in his – if that’s your thing, add the chocolate with the dry ingredients.

These granola bars sustain me until lunch – they’re packed with healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods. If i have both on hand, i like to put 1 tbsp flax and 1 tbsp hemp instead of one or the other. Both flax and hemp are great vegan sources of omega 3s!

Week 3: Granola makes me happy…

13 Jul

Week 3 of training for the Montreal 1/2 marathon brings with it some pretty intense runs. I’m going to be honest here, i have never run 4.8 km (3 miles) steadily, without breaking into a walk midway. My training schedule had me slated for a 3 mile run on Sunday, as well as Monday and Thursday of this week. I’m not going to lie; i was nervous.

As i departed from the warm comfort of my home, where my B was still snuggled comfortably amidst the sheets, i thought to myself “Wow, Sara, you’re running at 8AM on a Sunday morning. You’re wacko.” However, as i comfortably settled into a nice jog, i found myself loving the crisp morning air, relishing in the small rays of sunlight poking out through the clouds, and becoming entranced by the sound my feet made as they hit the pavement. As i passed fellow joggers, we exchanged small smiles, as if we were all in this together, part of some special club of AM wackos. I found myself loving the feel of my body slowly waking up from fingertips down to toes as my pace quickened. I’d be lying if i said the 3 miles flew by effortlessly, but i was able to complete the whole run without slowing down to a walk!

As i embarked on my second 3 mile run yesterday, knowing that i was able to complete the distance Sunday made the run so much less intimidating. I again completed the 3 mile run at a steady pace, without stopping to walk, and on top of that, i beat Sunday’s time by a handful of seconds! As a long-time asthma sufferer whose symptoms pretty much disappeared once i took up yoga, i am surprised my lungs are not causing me discomfort. Not once in my training have i felt wheezy or short of breath. As i run, i keep remembering my yogic breathing, which helps sustain my pace throughout my runs.

On the food front, i’ve been going nutso for granola. My new breakfast fix has been a huge bowl of granola goodness, made with Sunburst granola found at Fleur Sauvage. This granola contains rolled oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, pure vanilla, raisins, almonds and no artificial un-pronounceable stuff! The flax and chia seeds sustain me throughout my morning, and the dried fruit give me that little burst of sweetness i sometimes crave in the AM.

Breakfast Bowl of Awesome

Ingredients:

1 cup berries (i’ve been using strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)

1/3 cup granola

a small handful dried fruit (apricots!! YUM!)

1/2 cup non-dairy milk, or more if you like your granola soft

Directions:

Throw fruit, granola and dried fruit in a bowl. Pour milk over mixture and enjoy!

I’ve also taken to sprinkling some extra flax seeds on top, to boost the nutritional content, though if your granola contains flax seeds already, you’re good to go!

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