Pumpkin Seed and Maple Muesli Bars.

Bars!

I’ve been running around like a crazy person of late. Between exams, partying a little too hard and training I’ve managed to pick up the flu as well as axing myself in a couple of games of touch, so I’m now sporting bruises and grazes all over my body.

Not exactly ideal – or very attractive.

I’m 9 weeks out from my first big triathlon and I’m beginning to feel like maybe I have bitten off a little more than I can chew… the idea of swimming, in open water, for about 30 minutes (yep, I imagine it’ll take me that long as I am slow as shit) frightens the crap out of me!

I’ve written in previous posts about how I like to challenge myself by doing things that scare me – use it as a form of motivation, but jesus, this is next level! I think the only way I’m going to overcome this fear is to get out in the water as much as possible!

I definitely have the habit of putting ridiculous amounts of pressure on myself at times, so I’m hoping by verbalising this it’ll allow me to relax a little!

The worst that will happen is I flounder, ask for help and write an hilarious story about it – right…?!

…That’s what I thought!

I had a request from my cousins girlfriend for a healthy muesli/granola bar recipe so this is what I came up with. Although it took me a while, I didn’t forget Milly so I hope you enjoy these!

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To make this nut free ditch the peanut butter and replace with tahini.

Taste this as you go as these measurements are really guess work I kind of just threw this one together using my eyeballs.

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The bits and pieces

1 1/2 C rolled oats

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

1/2 C pumpkin seeds

5 Tbsp pure organic maple syrup

2 Tbsp flaxseeds

2 Tbsp peanut butter

1/3 C coconut cream

1 Tbsp cinnamon, ground

15 dates

3/4 C dried fruit of choice (I used sultanas and raisins)

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Pre-heat oven to 150°C and line a 10×10 baking tray with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl, add coconut cream and flaxseeds. Leave sit while processing dates in a food processor. Process until dates come together in a small ball.

Add remaining ingredients into mixing bowl and using your hands knead mixture together until everything is well combined.

This will be messy!

Using your hands, smooth this into prepared baking tray and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

If it’s browning too quickly turn the oven down!

Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

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Enjoy!

 

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Seed and Maple Muesli Bars.

  1. Yum yum yum, these look amazing. Good on you for setting such achievements for yourself, but yes, less pressure more recognising all the great things (no matter how simple) you accomplish daily. Good luck, i will be sending all my positive vibes your way xx

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