TGIF! I’m so glad that it is Friday! I’m starting to feel a little bit better and Connor is completely back to normal. I was supposed to go to a conference this weekend with some friends from work, but I couldn’t make it because I had doctor’s appointments and needed time to get over not feeling well. Nicole offered to write a guest post for me today. Be sure to check out her blog and give her some love!
Hello Greater Fitness readers! I’m Nicole and I blog at A Wild Hope. I am thrilled that Lesley invited me to guest post while she is away. Like Lesley I blog about healthy living in general, with a focus on food, fitness, and finding happiness. My favorite posts are recipe posts, though; as spending time in the kitchen is one of the things I like most.
I am a busy woman, as I am sure you all are as well. Between teaching, grading papers, and working out, I am always in need of healthy snack options. Rather than reach for a store-bought bar filled with sugar and chemicals, I’ve recently begun making my own clean, no-bake bars. The recipe is really versatile; you can switch up the nut butters and dried fruits as you please. I’ve made several different versions of these bars, using various combinations. This version actually reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The flavors of sweet prunes and sunflower butter take me back to that classic childhood staple.
- 2 cups oats
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup chopped prunes
- ½ cup raw, hulled pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower butter
- ½ cup water
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly
- Press into an 8×8 pan and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
- Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy
Do you make your own energy bars? What is your favorite granola/energy bar recipe?