Yesterday, I crashed my car into a concrete light poll in a parking lot. It had to be towed to the repair shop where it will remain for approximately two weeks.
I’m going to assume that my driving skills have not yet returned to normal since I fell and clunked my head pretty good in December. Thus I am back to resting, which means more daytime TV, which means more Dr. Oz!
Last week he did a show about women who suffer from what he calls a mid-day slump. His suggestion? A home-made, no-bake snack with enough protein and fiber to boost our energy and get us through the remainder of the day.
I was game, and I already had all the ingredients in my pantry. Here’s all you need:
1 cup of quick oats, uncooked
1/3 cup dried tart cherries (you can use raisins or other dried fruit, but the tart cherries are really good!)
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used natural)
3 T. honey
1 t. vanilla
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and press into a sprayed 8″ X 8″ pan.* Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm. Slice into squares. You can get from 8 to 12 squares from this batch. I cut mine into 12 pieces because, with the peanut butter, I didn’t want too big an energy hit.
Since I just made these today, I don’t know how they’ll do once they’re outside the refrigerator and on the road. If you make them, let us know how they travel. In the meantime, I’m scouring the food blogs for more recipes of this kind. These were much better tasting than the bars you buy in the cereal aisle.
And I’m thinking ahead: when I get my car back, I could use an afternoon boost to keep me away from all those light polls.
*Note: I’ve made these bars twice now, in both an 8″ X 8″ pan and a 9″ X 5″ loaf pan. I prefer the bars from the loaf pan, as I was still able to get 12 slices but they were slightly thicker than the 12 bars from the square pan. I also placed a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom of the loaf pan, which enabled me to lift the bars out of the pan once they were chilled and slice them easily.
Champ really likes these as an afternoon snack. They taste peanutty and they give you a lift that lasts for hours!
12 bars=3 PP
8 bars= 5 PP