I don’t know what it’s doing where you are, but it is pouring down rain here in Michigan this Monday morning. When I went to bed last night, I was really hoping the rain would hold off until after my run this morning, but no such luck. I’ve decided to postpone my scheduled 5 miler in hopes that it will clear up for a little bit later, but it’s not looking so good.
Nice day, huh?
Maaaybe I’ll be able to get out in that little window around 1 where it’s supposed to be just cloudy rather than raining. I hate it when I want to run and the weather is uncooperative! I will say, though, that since I started taking my iron supplements, I have felt 110% better on my runs. I actually have energy!
I’m my own worst enemy.
At any rate, you might think I’m completely devoid of blogging material this morning due to my lack of run, but you’d be wrong!
Because last night, I did a little baking project! And it’s healthy! And vegan!
But really tasty. I promise. Even my dad thought so, and healthy isn’t typically his first choice. (I didn’t even mention the vegan part—that would be pushing it. )
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a new recipe, and even longer since I’ve come up with a new baked good, so I was pretty excited about how these came out. They’re kind of granola-bar-esque, but they could pass for dessert and they’re really pretty good for you (if you don’t eat 4 . . . )
Oatmeal Toffee Bars
Makes 9 bars
1/4 c. Smart Balance Light
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 T. ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats (not instant)
1/2 c. toffee bits
1/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350* and spray a 9X9 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cream together Smart Balance, applesauce, and sugar. Add flaxseed and vanilla and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture, beating until fully incorporated.
- Mix in oats, then toffee and walnuts.
- Press mixture into pan, and bake 30-35 minutes.
I feel it’s my duty to tell you that if you do, in fact, eat 4 of these right out of the oven, you may wake up during the night with a ridiculous stomach ache. But if you eat a reasonable portion—like, only 2 bars or something—you’ll be fine. AKA, don’t be like me.
Honestly, though, these are SO good! Chewy and dense—and the toffee makes the edge pieces extra delish! You’ve got to try them!!!
Dare I say, you could even eat them for breakfast???
Mmmm mmmm mmmm! Happy food dance!