Lately I can relate a bit too well to PhD comics with several strips related to writing a thesis and/or research papers. Whenever I feel as though there couldn’t possibly be any more edits to be found, somehow my mentor comes up with something drastic to change. Once I even had 3 other people read over it before handing it over to him. Monday he broke it to me that he wanted to put back a large chunk of data which we had removed in early April. Which by the way, I was never too keen on removing in the first place so I am actually glad to have it back, just did not enjoy reformatting all the figures and adding additional discussion about the results. Nevertheless, I sent him another draft to
scribble all over read yesterday. In the meantime, I am finishing up a couple little lab experiments and working on my second paper to be published and my dissertation intro.
And what’s the best thing for all that writing? Snacks! The more I write the less I seem to eat, because eating means to stop writing and therefore to stop whatever thought process I had going which can be difficult at times. Especially when it involves cooking at night for dinner. Tuesday night I found myself so immersed that 9 pm crept up on me before I realized I had not eaten anything since lunch. Such an occasion was saved by these homemade granola bars I had recently made. They are another variation of the no-bake granola bar recipe I have come to love so much using dried apples, chopped walnuts and a little cinnamon. If you want to get really crazy, make them with Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.
One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers
Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
PEANUT BUTTER APPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA BARS
Makes 1 dozen bars
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped dried apples, loosely packed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Cut out an 8 x 8 inch square of parchment paper. Place the parchment paper in the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
- In a large sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling, cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Stir in the oats, crispy cereal, cinnamon, chopped apples and walnuts. Stir until well coated. Pour into the prepared pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
- Place the bars in the refrigerator and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Cut into bars and serve.
Source: Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pods.