{recipe(s)} happy camper

C is headed to Austin right now for a 4 day triathlon training camp! What may sound like work to others actually sounds pretty fun. In between training sessions, there are lectures on nutrition, strategy, equipment, etc. You basically eat, sleep and breathe triathlon for 4 days. And then, to top it with a cherry, they are racing on Monday!
Obviously, I couldn’t send C down to Austin without a sack full of snacks and treats. Here is what I packed for him.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Makes 16 bars

These should probably be called {everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-bars} because I basically throw in whatever I have around. But the base ingredients remain the same.

  • 1 & 3/4 C Rolled Oats
  • 1 C brown rice cereal
  • 3/4 C seeds (I used 1/4 C pumpkin seeds, 1/4 C sunflower seeds, 1/4 C chia seeds)
  • 1/4 C finely ground flax seed
  • 1/3 C raisins(or any dried fruit you like)
  • 1/3 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C brown rice syrup (or honey, or maple syrup)
  • 1/3 C creamy peanut butter (preferably not the “all-natural kind”)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all dry ingredients. In a microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and syrup until smooth. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over dry mix. (If using chocolate chips, freeze them before hand so they do not melt when mixed with warm peanut butter.) Transfer mixture to a foil lined 9×9 pan. Let cool either on counter or fridge. Cut and enjoy!

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