Ah! I feel like I’ve just sat down at my home for the first time in three weeks and I see my computer staring at me from its dreary little corner saying, “Hey, remember that blog thing?”. Oh my word, of COURSE I remember the blog! There has been a little voice at the back of my mind for the past few weeks incessantly crying, “Blog. Blog. Blog.” So, I apologize for being completely MIA for a while. But you see, it’s like this. My twin sister is getting married in two weeks, one of my best friends from college just got married yesterday, I have a brother-in-law who is getting married, I have another brother-in-law who is getting married, I have another brother-in-law who ventured himself all the way to South Carolina from Colorado, I have a symphony concert next week, multiple birthday parties, showers, random church events, a two year anniversary, and, somewhere in there, I work and have a husband. Yes, self, that IS my husband and not a random person who happens to be in the same bed with me every night. It’s true. We basically see each other when we wake up and go to sleep. Major life decisions are made when we’re practically already drooling and in REM cycle. Shutter.
Don’t get me wrong. All of those busy bee things are absolutely wonderful, but we Supplees are doggone tired. So, that means we need some energy. But quickly. What makes sense? Granola bars, of course! Their reputation of getting people to summits and helping soccer churrin make goals and being grabbable isn’t for nothing. The recipe for these bars is filled with oatmeal and peanut butter and honey and instant breakfast or snack goodness. Oatmeal has lots of benefits, but one of them is its ability to stabilize blood sugar with its fiber, so you’ll find yourself without midday crashes as a result of refined sugars. Oatmeal is also super good for your skin, but this has no relevance here (I suppose, anyway. If I find you bathing in granola bars, I won’t judge). Protein-packed peanut butter keeps you full longer and helps tired muscles build back up. Honey is a good alternative to sugar because our bodies know how to better process it and it helps our immune systems like crazy! And in the morning you can just, you know, grab ’em.
peanut butter granola bars
1 egg white
1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar, made with unrefined sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 cups oats
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a smaller baking pan (I used an 8×8) and line with parchment paper so that there is some paper hanging over the sides (it’s creating a handle). Also grease the parchment paper.
In a bowl using a hand mixer, beat the egg white until frothy. Stir in the peanut butter (natural peanut butter doesn’t have hydrogenated oils or other random things our bodies pllbbb at), honey, brown sugar, and melted butter until smooth. Mix in the oats until well combined.
Gently press the mixture into the pan until evenly layered. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Let the pan cool completely before removing the paper or cutting (or the bars will just crumble).
I like to think of this recipe as a base peanut butter granola bar recipe. You can add lots of yummy things to personalize it. Add little chocolate chips or coconut or dried bananas (Elvis would like this?) or whatever else sounds delicious to you!
I hope these help fuel us to keep on truckin’. And you know what that means? We’ll be seeing more of each other. Sweet.