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Runner Food: Chocolate-Chip Granola Bars

By April 27, 2013 6 Comments
Chewy, Gooey Yum-Yum!
Energy packed goodness, and just what you’ve been waiting for
perhaps all of your life?
I like to please.
So here it is, a granola bar that tastes like an oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie
You’re sold, aren’t you?

I could not keep my paws off.
I decided we needed some almond flour, so I popped some almonds into the Vitamix and made some.

A very exciting thing happened today.  I received a very special email.  Because of my great obsession love of the Vitamix, I can now give you a very special free shipping code.  I’ll be the ambassador to the world…spouting the Vitamix Good News hither and yon…

You can now buy a Vitamix through Maisymak and get free shipping (a $24-30 value!) and I earn enough commission to buy a pack of gum.  Sweeeeet.  Here’s the free shipping code:  


And I’ll keep it on the Yum-Yum section.  Cause I love you.  Don’t forget…Mother’s Day is coming up.  I’ll try not to be too annoying about it, but, well, I already am.

They are not paying me to write this, but that’s an idea, don’t you think?  Minus the annoying part?
So anyway, those almonds were almond flour in 30 second flat. You can do this with anything…dried beans, oatmeal, any nut, wheat berries (for white and whole wheat flour).  It’s all so exciting.

I kept mine a little chunky

Wa-lah!  A 1/2 cup of almonds gives you heaping 1/2 cup of almond flour

For granola bars, you need enough “stick” for it to stick together.  There needs to be both wet and dry ingredients, but for runners or anyone trying to be more lean, I’m looking at creative ways to get a healthy balance of both.

The testing shall begin.

Mix, bake, cut, eat
and eat
and eat

Honest-to-goodness, good stuff.

These chocolate-chip granola bars are pretty chewy and squishy, which is how I like them.  They are easy to pack and my kids brought them to school all week.

The variations will be so fun to play with…pecans, dried fruit, protein powder…

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
1 Cup Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Soda
4 Cups Rolled Oats (not quick oats)
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Milled Flax Seed (at any grocery store)
1/2 Cup Mini-Chocolate Chips (I love these things)
1 Cup Coconut
1/2 Cup Walnuts

Press FIRMLY into greased or sprayed 8 x 13″ pan
Bake @ 325 for 17-20 minutes
Take out when lightly golden brown and slightly soft.

Enjoy and have a beautiful weekend-
May you run and not be weary!



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