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These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.
Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.
While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.
One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo
Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste
I am going to preface this rant with a note that I am aware that all important files should always, always, be backed up on a second source or device. Sometimes I fail to do so but have managed to avoid tragedy until yesterday. While working on some files from one of my USB drives, I got an error message saying the computer could not detect the USB any longer. Since then I have been frantically trying to get it to register on any computer I can find. I believe it is a connection problem between the connector and the board inside, but the guy at a computer repair place said he didn’t think that was the case. He said it was likely dead and there was no way of retrieving the information from it. Commence panic mode. However, I do not believe him because I was able to get it to register once – long enough to open the disk but not long enough to copy anything over. Since then I have been desperately trying to get it to sit just right in the USB input to hold long enough to save my files. If you know anything about fixing USBs or saving files from them, please let me know! If not, have some pancakes.
Update: SWEET GLORY! I got it to connect just long enough to pull everything off of it. Crisis averted, let’s celebrate with pancakes!
One year ago: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
If you follow Steph’s Bite by Bite you know that she is hosting Fit-Ober and a 24 day AdvoCare challenge. Although I am not participating in those specific challenges, I did purchase the AdvoCare 10 day herbal cleanse after being lured in by the amazing results Steph has already been seeing. My day one belly looks similar to Steph’s (we’re the same weight too) so we shall see how it goes! Although I have to admit, reading the guidelines about eating 8 cups of veggies/fruit a day, at least 8 cups of water, only whole grains, little to no fat, and no processed sugar makes me wonder how much the cleanse is doing versus the healthy eating. I eat pretty healthy already but need to work on eating more veggies, less fat and no sugar (goodbye cookies fort 10 days = sadness). Either way, if I am a bit leaner in time for being a bridesmaid in Amber’s wedding this weekend I’ll be a happy camper.
Speaking of healthier eating, how about a veggie burger? When it comes to meatless burgers, black bean is typically the first kind people think of. Yet, for some reason I shied away from this version and tried every other kind first. I have no legitimate reason for this other than it simply did not appeal to me. But that all changed when this burger came into my life. It should come as no surprise that part of the reason this burger was so appealing to me was the addition of avocado slices on top. But I also liked that jalapeno and corn were mixed into the patty as well.
I made these burgers before the cleanse began, but to meet the guidelines given by AdvoCare I should have substituted the oil with broth, the bun for whole wheat (although I normally do), and the fries for veggies. Next time ;-).
I don’t buy or bake bread products often so when I crave a breakfast sandwich, it gets bit tricky unless I have something stashed away in the freezer. But then I saw this recipe for a 90 second English muffin and breakfast cravings were satisfied! This English muffin is prepared in the microwave and is truly ready in just 90 seconds. From there, spread it with peanut butter or stuffed it with egg, cheese, and bacon like I did. Part of a complete breakfast.
In other news, I’ve been visiting my friend Becky this weekend who lives in the Nashville area. I haven’t seen her in a year! Last time I saw her she was about to be shipped over to Afghanistan, but now she’s back! I’m not sure who needed this visitation more, me or her? But either way, to finish off our weekend we are running the Color Run today. I ran one last year in Memphis and it was fun, so I’m looking forward to doing it again.
One year ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars
Vegan recipe on football Saturday? No I have not lost my mind on the day when many football fans are out tailgating and cooking meaty goodness. But this recipe is for breakfast in preparation for all the other football activities. Especially if you are a buckeye fan, or just a lover of all things pb+c. Or even a football hater (we can still be friend) who loves breakfast. September is national breakfast month after all.
These pancakes were originally called peanut butter cup pancakes, but to me they look like flattened buckeyes with the circle of peanut butter in the middle, just like the eye of a buckeye (commence eye of the tiger chorus now stuck in my head) so hence the renaming to buckeye pancakes. I did still top them off with chopped peanut butter cups which get a little melty from the heat of the pancakes. Yummy.
They are also topped off with peanut butter syrup. Oh yea, I said peanut butter SYRUP. You will want to bathe in it but I don’t recommend it, so try to resist the urge. By the way, if you don’t have the ingredients to make these pancakes vegan there are notes in the ingredients list for non-vegan alternatives.
One year ago: Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard me say many times how difficult it is for my to devote more than 1 minute to the preparation of breakfast on weekday mornings. I just don’t want to wake up any earlier than I already do, and as a result most warm breakfast recipes I post were made on the weekend, in a crock pot overnight, or for dinner. Thankfully, there are more options than a bowl of cereal every morning, such as this single serving oatmeal in a jar.
The great thing about this oatmeal is that it can be made a couple days in advance and can be mixed with any fruit or nuts on hand. I know plenty of people rolling in berries from picking throughout the summer and this would be a great way to use some. The rest of the ingredients are staples I have stocked all the time. In the morning the jar can be snatched for an on-the-go option or warmed up in the microwave to enjoy warm at home. Or while we’re at it, nuke it and then take it to go!
After the success of the traditional burger buns, I decided to dive back into the more unusual. Whole wheat buns are a common occurrence, but have you ever had an oat bun? Maybe. How about a flax bun? I doubt it. These burger buns actually incorporate all three things into one great bun perfect for any burger. Although my favorite burger bun still remains to be the bretzel (pretzel bun), these buns are great for those times when I want to pump up the healthiness of my carbs. They are also visually appealing with a sprinkle of oats on top.
When it comes to brown bananas (unlike the yellow ones in the background of the image below), muffins are the most frequent utilization. So I decided to pump up the health factor of my all-time favorite muffins, Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins. I used a butter substitute, reduced the sugar and used brown + natural sweetener instead of all white sugar, traded the egg for flax, used ground oats in place of some of the flour, dark chocolate instead of the mini peanut butter cups, and finished it off with a crumbly oat topping instead of coarse sugar. I kind of miss the peanut butter, but I can solve that be spreading some on while I eat it O:-).
I know I left you hanging on Friday by saying I specifically whipped up homemade eggnog to use in a recipe, so today I am telling you why I went through all that trouble. I used it in slow cook oatmeal! Why? Because there’s nothing better than breakfast ready and waiting for you in the morning. And when you live by yourself that notion is pretty much impossible (without a slow cooker).
The eggnog added the perfect amount of sweetness to the oatmeal, which is why you don’t see any sugar in the ingredient list. So yes, homemade eggnog was worth the extra time in order to make this oatmeal. Eggnog may actually become a year round thing so I can continue to have a supply of this oatmeal. All to myself.
Also, I would like to point out that you can cook this oatmeal two different ways in your slow cooker. The first method cooks on low continuously, and leaves you with crispy edges along the walls of the slow cooker. But if you would prefer not to have those edges, cook it on high for a short time and then it stays in the slow cooker while it cools overnight. It’s as if you blast it with heat and then let it gradually go down to low and then off, which means you will have to heat up the finished oatmeal in the morning. The latter method is the one I used. As you can see in my picture, I still had a little bit of the crispy edge phenomenon but I thought it added great texture.
I need to vent about college football for a minute. First of all, cannot believe we went into overtime against Wisconsin! That game was so low scoring, and the fact they came back at the very end to tie it up shocked me. Thank goodness we won in just one overtime. I don’t think I can handle many more overtime games this year (second one to date). But then both Kansas State (#1) and Oregon (#2) managed to lose their games. I’ve been hoping the Ducks would take the national championship for YEARS now, so that was most upsetting to me. I know a lot can still happen this coming weekend but it’s just a big implosion at the moment. And to think, if Ohio Sate was BCS eligible this year we may have been one of the top 4 right now. Ahh!! But let’s talk about food…
Originally this recipe was called granola bars. I changed it because normally granola bars are not made using an egg, and these bars are softer than even the softest, chewiest granola bar I’ve ever had. Hence oat bars. These would make for a great snack while driving long distance for Thanksgiving, like me. They are nutritious and will get your taste buds in the holiday spirit without ruining your appetite for the feast.
Don’t forget that November is Better Nutrition Month, so keep piling on the orange stuff on Thursday.