I’m going to run a 5K. No seriously, a 5K. Me=running 3.1 miles. I know, it still hasn’t sunk in yet for me either. I’ve wanted to do one for a while now, but have been too lazy to sign up. And if I’m too lazy to even sign up, you know I have serious problems. Last week, in a strange bout of confidence, I signed up for a 5K in June. So now I’m doing the couch to 5K program. All I’m going to say is I’m on day 2 and earlier today I jogged (JOGGED) for 3 minutes before my lungs almost collapsed. Have I mentioned I’m the least athletic person ever?
In happier news, I saw the Hunger Games movie yesterday on opening day. Can I just say BEST. MOVIE. EVER. That’s a big compliment coming from me, seeing as I have very high standards for movies. Which is why I love Newsies, Finding Neverland, and Disney’s Robin Hood. Yeah. Anyway. Hunger Games was wayyyy better than I expected it to be. Not as bloody and gory as the books (maybe that’s a good thing?), but it was supermegaultra awesome. I’m definitely going to see it again in theaters because there’s no way I can wait until it comes out on DVD. I have patience issues. The whole time I was watching the movie all I could think about is how, if I had to compete in the games, I would die instantly. Prime example is not being able to jog for more than 7 1/2 seconds. And, last time I checked, my knife throwing and dodging-a-bunch-of-16-year-old-murderers skills aren’t quite up to par anymore. All of which are points against me.
Staying in the Hunger Games mood, I decided to make these energy/granola/fake Clif bars. I’m sure Katniss could have used a few of these when she was, you know, on the verge of death and stuff. I’m not one to brag about how delicious my food is, but wow these are good. The original recipe called for Rice Krispies, but since we didn’t have any, I used Honey Nut Cheerios instead. Mainly because Honey Nut Cheerios are the most delicious cereal ever. Yum. I could eat that stuff all day. When I die, please put a box of them in the coffin with me. Um yeah, that’s not weird…
Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars
Adapted slightly from How Sweet It Is. I love that lady.
makes one 9 x 13 pan
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup Rice Krispies (or Honey Nut Cheerios. Those are just as delicious)
1 cup crushed salted pretzels
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (We were out of whole wheat, so I just used regular flour and they turned out fine. It didn’t cause me to grow a 3rd arm or anything…)
1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts (I left these out because peanuts are gross. And, again, leaving them out didn’t cause any disastrous results. Phew.)
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine oats, Rice Krispies, pretzels, flaxseed, brown sugar, flour, and peanuts, and stir to combine. Add in the peanut butter, and mix with a spoon to break it up and create a “dough.” Mix it as much as you can for about 5 minutes. Try not to eat the mixture, which is going to be hard since it looks so good. Combine melted butter with vanilla extract and add to dough, then mix. Add in honey and stir to moisten completely. Fold in chocolate chips.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray and press the dough into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove and let cool completely before cutting – there may be minimal crumbling, but they should hold together completely. If they are starting to fall apart, stick them in the fridge to chill for a few minutes and try again. Eat 1 or 2 while they’re still warm. Or the whole pan. I’ve heard it both ways.