First of all, Happy Birthday Madiba! I actually cannot believe that he is 93 years old today. It felt like last year when he was celebrating his 80th! Time sure does fly…
Onto somewhat less important stuff- Like energy snack bars:)
I don’t know about you but I love to snack throughout the day to keep my energy levels up and my blood sugar regulated. Some people see snacking as a terrible thing, but if you choose the right foods, your metabolism will benefit and you’ll prevent any sugar-crash-related grumpiness.
Now, before I go any further- you should probably know that I love chocolate! But the funny thing is that I will never go into a store and buy a bar of chocolate and spend the next five minutes chomping it. I keep a slab or two of good quality dark chocolate in my fridge and when the craving hits, I will snap off a piece and in no time the craving for sugar will have vanished. Sometimes though, during a busy week, or when I’m feeling pap and just need some comfort, I might have, well, let’s just say…a bigger portion of the slab.
For those of you who have never heard of carob- it comes from a Mediterranean evergreen tree called, surprise surprise, the carob tree! The tree produces pods and it is from these pods that the actual carob powder is made. The important thing to note-if you’re curious, is that carob is naturally sweeter than chocolate and although it contains more carbohydrates, it has less fat and protein. The fact that chocolate is naturally bitter, means that we add loads of sugar to sweeten the taste and this is where the teeth-rotting evil lies.
So! having explained all that, let’s get in the kitchen.
These snack bars are so easy to make and you can wrap them up individually, keep them in the fridge and grab one or two before you head out the door. Convenience. What’s not to like? Oh and my favourite part? They contain Peanut Butter!!
Carob peanut butter oat bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/3 cup carob powder
3/4 cup natural peanut butter, creamy and salted
1/4 cup honey ½ cup soy milk (or cows milk)
Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Grease a 7×11 baking pan. Mix the oats ground almonds in a medium bowl and set aside. In a pot, whisk together the honey, soy milk and carob powder over med-low heat. Whisk constantly until steamy. Add the peanut butter and whisk until peanut butter is warmed and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the oats. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides with a spatula and cut into bars soon after removing from oven.
Do you have anything in your life that you truly cannot live without?
I do… and it’s called peanut butter! I realise that this is actually my first post dedicated to good old PB…but trust me, it won’t be the last! You see I am quite addicted. I cannot let go. I’ve tried. I really have. I even tried giving it up for lent- for Jesus! But sadly, that too was unsuccessful.
Although Peanut butter is seen as “healthy” if eaten in moderation (and it is relatively healthy, don’t get me wrong!), I have come to understand that with me and PB…there is no moderation. Nope. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was clogging up my arteries right now. Terrible thought, but true.
So today as I was whipping up my usual snack of peanut butter and banana on toast, I suddenly saw that the PB was almost finished. I could see the bottom of the jar! A small panic attack occurred at this point… followed by a deep breath. Only one thing to do – get to the grocery store stat!
Now I’m a bit of a PB ‘snob’. I only like to eat natural PB without added sugar, which inevitably means I end up paying more for my beloved bottle of creamy nuttiness Some would say that forking out between R20 and R30 for a ‘spread’ is just going a bit far. But I think, if it’s something you love and are really into- (like clothes or food or art or pampering yourself), then why not pay a bit extra to get what you really want. It’s all about what’s best for you and what your priorities are. (It appears mine might seem a bit distorted?! eeek).
At the moment my PB of choice has to be the Natural Crunchy peanut butter from Wellness Warehouse which retails for around R22 a jar. I used to be a fan of the Organic peanut butter from Woolworths but they have been having some trouble with their distribution as it was an imported product so most of the stores have stopped stocking it.
There are so many ways in which to use peanut butter and if you enjoy it and keep reading this blog, you will see just a few examples of how I like to eat this delicious, sticky, protein-rich goodness.
Ok, must dash! Need to get to Wellness Warehouse before it closes.
Oh the things we do for the things we love!