This week was nice because I finally felt back on my game. My motivation had been super low the previously two weeks, and every run felt like a struggle. So I was really relieved to feel good again last week.
To go with so much running, I have a fun recipe that provides good fuel. At the farmers market, there's a company that makes this stuff called Bitchin' Sauce and it is to die for. Holy gee, it is always a party hit. It's an almond-based dip and it is so, so good. They also make Bitchin' Bars which are again based on almonds and are kind of like an all-natural power bar. I've really enjoyed them, but at $5 a pop, I just can't afford to buy them to eat before every run. So I've made my own copy-cat version!
Start by toasting 1/4 cup of pepitas, 1/2 cup of almonds, and a heaping 1/4 cup of pecans.
While those are going, chop up and de-seed 8 oz of dates. I usually cut them into fourths.
Add 1/2 cup each of oats and dried, unsweetened coconut to your food processor and top with the toasted mix.
Process to the consistency you want in your bars- I like my pieces pretty tiny for a smooth bar. Add 1 tsp of vanilla and the dates and whiz away until the mixture starts balling in on itself.
Give it a few more spins, then transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Roll out the mixture with another sheet of wax paper on top, and then cut up to make bars.
I usually shoot for 9 servings.