Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Happy first day of April to everyone! I’m excited that it’s April because it’s my birthday month 🙂

It is hot, hot, hot in here.

Yesterday our temps reached 90 degrees and it was the first time I slept with the bedroom door open and windows open. I didn’t realize our neighbors got a new dog. I’ve never heard him before.

Even though I prepped my overnight oats last night, I forgot to make my iced coffee. I drank hot coffee this morning with the AC on in my car on my way to the gym. Hot and cold.

Here is my cardio workout today on the treadmill. I did HIIT workout today. I was a sweaty mess in the end.

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It’s hard for me to run fast, I have very short legs. Being able to hold the 9.0 speed for a minute has been a goal of mine for awhile now and I’m proud to say that even though it was hard and uncomfortable, I was able to do it.

Eating my bowl of cold overnight oats (same one as last time) after the gym felt so good. It definitely cooled me down quickly.

Snack Bars

I made a collage of the snack bars I’ve made and posted it on the recipe page.

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I also posted the collage above on my facebook album with the caption below:

“Making my own snack bars. Less sugar and excluding ingredients I can’t pronounce. (Pantothenate? Cyanocobalamin? Pyridoxine Hydrochloride? No Thanks”

Well, I’m at it again. Creating more snacks bars in the kitchen.

These snack bars were for my friends Lora and Cher who ran the Coaster Run 10K with me this weekend.

I meant to make snack bars, and as far as they are concerned, they are snack bars. But with the addition of chocolate chips and a tad more sweetener than I usually put in, they turned out tasting like cookie bars instead (for me anyways).

I’m pretty sure I can use the same batter and shape them as cookies. I will probably try that next time.

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Ingredients:

Dry
  • 1 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup soy flour (<– I used soy flour because it’s higher in protein, whole wheat flour is good too)
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruits (I used 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup chocolate chips) 
Wet
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon liquid egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup honey

                                                                                                                                       

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 8 x 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

Step 3:  Spread mixture firmly into dish. Use spatula or your hand to packed them down. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes. I cut them into 8 bars.

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These were soft and chewy bars.

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I got a text from Lora this week “Hey, these bars are good!”. I’m glad she liked them.

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Next time, I will double the recipe and make more.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday!

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Comments

  1. ooooh I’m making these granola bars soon! 😀

  2. Yayyy for your bday month! You can drink coffee before the gym? My tummy would do flip flops on me 😉 Glad your oats were yummy. And hooray for homemade bars! I made a batch yesterday. They are way better than anything from the store. Hope you have a great weekend

  3. Homemade granola bars are the best!:)

  4. 9.0 is SUPER FAST! That is so awesome you can run it. I’ll definitely have to work my way up to that speed during my interval workouts. I love that you make your own bars!

  5. Awwwweeeee! Those granola bars sound AMAZING!!!! 😀

    I love your workout! I’m not very tall either, so running is a little arduous, but I manage. 🙂 I want to try it very soon! 😀

  6. The bars look really tasty!!!

  7. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Well Well Happy Birthday Girl!!!! It’s your month to be spoiled. =)

    those bars are delicious and they look scrumptious.

    That’s a really tough work out girlie, I did one on my treadmill and it was kicking my butt although it was the first time over time it gets easier.

    I hurt my knee messing around with my BF (ex-husband) lol that’s sound odd huh. well it was Martial Arts and I gave him a right kick he held on and moved while I tried to yank my leg out of his hands and I heard my knee pop twice… No fun…

    So I haven’t worked out and I so miss it. I can’t wait till I get better so I can really get on with my goals. It was a big eye opener procrastinating or even hesitation and having doubt that I can do it.

    So my mental goal if you will is to push myself to run the 3 miles, first try I did 1.8 miles so I need to really step it up because really there is no excuses because I do have my legs…

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