I got a dvd in the mail yesterday, so I’m been watching a lot of this guy…
Remember when I was considering signing up for a spinning certification? I decided to go for it, and the course is next weekend, one week away.
I’ve already been told which tracks I’ll be expected to present on day two, so I’m starting to familiarize myself with the music and choreography as much as I can. It makes nice background music for tower building with blocks.
But I’d be lying if I said I’m not nervous. Facing some fears and excited for the challenge!
I also promised the mock kashi granola bar recipe. I often use Kashi or other high fiber cereal to top plain yogurt or toss it with dried fruit, nuts and chocolate for a yummy trail mix. I found it makes a great granola bar, too.
Our favorite granola bar is great for toddlers or adults, but I wanted to make one for myself that had chocolate involved. This may be a bit closer to a dessert than a healthy snack, but I chose ingredients that I eat most days that are also nutrient rich:
- nut butter (protein, good fats, Vitamin E, magnesium)
- honey (antioxidants, Vitamin B6, calcium, iron, zinc)
- kashi or other high fiber, high protein cereal (protein, fiber, whole grains, low in sugar)
- dark chocolate (antioxidants, theobromine, potassium, copper, magnesium)
- raisins (resveratrol (another antioxidant), calcium, iron, potassium)
Dark Chocolate PB Crunch Bars
- 2/3 c. creamy peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/3 c. honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 c. kashi or other high fiber/ high protein cereal
- 1/2 c. raisins (optional)
- dark chocolate bar or chocolate chips
Mix the nut butter, honey and vanilla together. Stir in the cereal until well coated and add the raisins, if desired. Line an 8×8 pan with wax paper, and spread cereal mixture in pan. Press firmly, using more wax paper to spread it out if needed. Melt desired amount of chocolate and spread on top. Chill and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator for best consistency.
I love how flexible these are- you can use any kind of nut butter or sticky sweetener you have. Raisins are optional, but I love to throw them in for extra sweetness. You could try it with other cereals, or brown rice puffs. Or mix in coconut or dark chocolate chips.
What’s your favorite granola or protein bar?