The bad thing about being busy all of the time is that I end up packing all of my meals for the day the night before, and I rarely get to eat at the kitchen table.
Take yesterday for example. For breakfast, I defrosted 2 pumpkin muffins overnight. I devoured one at home and one in the car on the way to the school I am placed in.
Lunch is also packed the night before. I typically make up a huge vat of salad to last the whole week and just take a serving out when needed. Add some tuna, and I call it lunch!
I had a Gnu bar and some almond/sesame seed mix mid afternoon during prep period. We eat an early lunch so I am always starving during the afternoon! Sadly, it was the end of the Gnu bars AND the almonds. Must get to the store soon!
After school, I dug into a honey crisp with some PB crave while watching Friends (go figure). I’m half way through season 8!!
Dinner was the same as pretty much every night: 1 egg + egg whites scrambled with some cheese on top.
My after dinner snack got a little adventurous. Homemade granola bars from a recipe I found online! I adapted it a little bit based on what I had in the cupboards!
Almond Granola Bars
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup dried dates
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons honey
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Dash of cinnamon
1. Add 1/2 cup each of almonds, walnuts, and old fashioned oats into a food processor. Process until fine (not too long or it will start to turn into nut butter!) then pour into a large bowl. Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and almonds, then add the bowl. Add remaining old fashioned oats, dates, and sesame seeds, then mix well and set aside.
2. Combine honey, coconut oil, salt, vanilla & almond extracts, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture melts, then foams, then cook for 15 seconds longer. Pour over nut mixture and mix thoroughly to coat all the ingredients.
3. Line a half sheet pan or 8×8 pan with enough saran wrap or parchment paper to let it hang far over the sides, then pour in granola. Press very, very firmly with your hands or something with a flat bottom (may need to spray it with non-stick spray.) Wrap the overhanging saran wrap or parchment paper up over the sides and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
4. Using a sharp knife, cut chilled granola into bars. Wrap individually in saran wrap and store in the fridge or freezer.
Mine are in the fridge for now. Definitely tasty, and so much cheaper than buying bars! I think I am going to try and make my own from now on. There were a lot more bars before I devoured them all while doing some homework. Ehhh no big deal…
Believe it or not, that’s exactly what I had packed for my meals today! Unless I change my mind on the eggs, I can pretty much guarantee a repeat today and tomorrow as well. Works for me
Thanks, Jenn, for another WIAW, and have a great day everyone!