While shopping the other day, my cupkeiki said, “mom is that the pokey fruit?” And pointed to a stand of pineapples. I said yes, smelled the bottoms to find the ripest one and attempted to put it in the cart. My cupkeiki was against the pokey fruit being near her. Once we got home however, and I cut it up, she couldn’t keep her hands off it. Now she’s crazy over pokey fruit!
These bars, I won’t lie, do a great deal to make you feel energized. Plus they are packed with fiber, antioxidants, protein and a little sweetness. They are no bake and taste too good to be true. Careful you don’t over do it because light on calories they are not! Store them in the fridge or freezer, and make small 1×1 squares…to prevent feeling overloaded on the calories.
11/2 C. Rolled Oats
1/4 C. Flax Seed/powder
1/8 C. Chia Seed
1/4 C. Sunflower Seeds
1/8 C. Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 C. Cashews
1/2C. Almonds (I used slivered)
1/2 C. Agave
1 C. Peanut Butter or another type of
Nut Butter (I used half peanut/half
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips
1/4 C. Chopped, dried, cranberries
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Combine all dry ingredients. Add agave and coat well. Mix in peanut butter and combine well. In an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper (make sure you allow the parchment to extend the sides of the pan) spread out and press mixture evenly. Allow mixture to set up for at least an hour and remove mixture from pan, using the excess parchment as handles. Cut bars into desired size (I do recommend 1×1 squares). Cut the parchment paper into squares large enough to cover bars individually and stack bars and store in fridge.
You really can’t go wrong with homemade anything, but homemade energy bars sort of take the cake, given they are so expensive to buy on a regular basis.
We came home yesterday from our snowboarding trip to Copper Mountain, with a very cranky cupkeiki.
She started running a fever late afternoon, slept and slept and then around 8:00 I got the latest mom fashion look of the season: hot cocoa on everything. Fun. And the fashion looks didn’t stop for either of us for a while. Super fun. This morning, I’m overly exhausted and searching for some sort of redeeming activity to shake off the last few days entirely! Maybe if my cupkeiki is up for it, we will bake and cook all day…or lay around and sleep.
And this is sort of how I feel, like I could just hide behind things for a few days. Last night, I too ran a fever and had the aches and sore throat I’m guessing accompanied my cupkeiki’s symptoms earlier in the day, but hopefully we are both on the path to better.