Olympic Eats! Endurance Oat Bars!

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I really love the Olympics.  Specifically I love the Winter Olympics.  What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics. How many times can I say Olympics!? Olympics Olympics!  Anyhow, I am particularly looking forward to Curling (go teams Shuster and Brown!!), I also love the ski jumping and racing both cross country and downhill.

I thought it would be fun to post some really cool foods native to Sochi, but I am really not sure what that would be!  I am not sure what is popular cuisine wise.  Perhaps I will do a little research and that can be a later post.  So instead I will post one of our favorite after or before skiing (or any activity really) energy packed treats.  You can feel good about giving your little Olympians this bar then send them outside to train, I mean, play!

This recipe is sooooo good, but you must let it cool completely or they will just fall into crumbles.  On the other hand the crumbles are really good in a bowl eaten like granola!  This makes a big pan of bars that are very filling an completely customizable!

These will keep you going for a while!  Very portable, and they stay well in the pan, they won’t get soggy.  They will last on the counter covered for about 5-7 days (but you will finish them before that).  I have been known after a hard workout to slather more nut butter on top of these babies – it’s good!

Easy ingredients, oats, oil,, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla, coconut - oops forgot to put the almond milk and cashew butter in the photo!

Easy ingredients- oats, oil, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla, coconut – oops forgot to put the almond milk and cashew butter in the photo!

 Endurance Oat Bars
1 cup butter or oil of choice (I like to use coconut oil)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice)
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup or agave
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbls almond milk
1/2 cup nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew are my favorites tahini might be amazing)
5 cups rolled oats
optional but highly recommended –  1 Tbls cinnamon or cardamom – dried fruits are good in here too, coconut, choc. chips
Mix it all in a big mixer till totally combined then press firmly into a oiled 9×13 baking pan.
press it down firmly in a greased baking pan.

press it down firmly in a greased baking pan.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or golden brown on edges.
Bake 20ish minutes at 375.  I like to slice them hot but don't take them out till they are cooled.

Bake 20ish minutes at 375. I like to slice them hot but don’t take them out till they are cooled.

I like to slice it into wedges while it is warm but then let it cool completely before removing from pan to eat or they will crumble all over!
*note this time I added a ton of coconut,  the mixture was a little dry so I added 2 Tbls. almond milk.  If your mixture seems too dry add an extra Tbls of milk or water just so it sticks together.
Mmmmm......comfort food and energy packed!  Crumble it into a bowl for granola too!

Mmmmm……comfort food and energy packed! Crumble it into a bowl for granola too!

 

 

 

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