Friday, September 30, 2011

Blackberry Apricot Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I found this recipe at, and thought it looked promising. I made a few changes and came up with a little healthier, lighter version. Drumroll, please ...

Blackberry Apricot Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Serves 12

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Stevia granules (or other sweetener, honey, agave, sugar, sucralose, etc.)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (next time, I might bump this up to 2 tbsp and use butter)
  • 3/4 cup seedless, sugar-free jam
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips (optional)
  • dash of almond extract (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)

Mix everything together except jam and chocolate chips until a crumbly dough has formed. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 8x8 baking dish. Spread jam and sprinkle chocolate chips overtop. Finish by sprinkling the last of the topping over jam and chocolate chips. Bake in an oven preheated at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the top is lightly toasted and golden brown. Cut into 12 squares.

About 95 calories a square! I took over 100 calories off of each serving! Great on yogurt, broken up in a small bowl of Almond Breeze or just heated up on their own. There were over 250 calories that came from the chocolate chips. If you were to omit the morsels of goodness, then each square would be just 75 calories. I like the idea of this recipe. I think instead of oil I might use mushed banana in the dough next time, and instead of chocolate chips use fresh fruit. Like apricot jam and fresh strawberries? Yum!

Happy Baking!

Today was an active rest day in the fitness world. I have a long run planned for tomorrow of at least 10 miles, I'm hoping for 13. :) In the heart of active recovery, I wanted to keep it all upper body but push myself to feel the burn.

I did 25 repetitions of each exercise, as FAST as I could. The point here is to feel the burn and keep the burn burning! This means your working to muscle failure. Then, resting as short amount of time as possible, 10 seconds max, before continuing. 
  1. Pull ups (various grips)
  2. Push ups (strict, not on my knees)
  3. 1 pood (35 lbs) kettle bell swings (full range of motion)
  4. Dumb bell side raise (10 lbs each hand)
  5. Shoulder press (10 lbs each hand)
  6. Front raise (10 lbs each hand)
  7. 5 Hand stand push ups, without a break move into a 20 second handstand hold
  8. Dumb bell flys (10 lbs each hand)
  9. 1 pood (35lbs) kettle bell sumo dead lift high pull 
  10. I finished with 10 unbroken pull ups. (Yes, there was some leg wiggling going on to get me up!)
Short, sweet, and to the point. Got the blood flowing and my muscles felt some heat, without getting me soaked in sweat. We will save that for tomorrow. :) 

I'll leave you with some photos of my sweet Ellie bug playing outside this afternoon.

To your health,

If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one that comes up on the short end.
-Julius Erving


  1. Hi I'm a huge fan of your blog! I'm actually making these granola bars later today, but I was it okay to use quaker's old fashioned oats instead of rolled oats? Thanks!! :)

  2. Yes! Totally acceptable. :) I think quick oats were just what I had on hand.

  3. 3 Researches PROVE Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    This means that you literally kill fat by eating coconut fat (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from major medicinal magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!