Energy Bars Become Energy Cups – For My 3:00 Boost

My alternate cup of energy for that 3:00 lull.

Before I moved to Florida as a child, I thought everyone who lived here sat around and enjoyed the sunshine.  In my mind, everyone lived near Disney.  No one worked and everyone just had fun.  Well, it’s not quite like that. Just like most people,  we work a lot and have crazy schedules and hectic lives.

I run around like crazy at work – and not surprisingly, hit that 3:00 wall.  I had to get over that wall.  I’m literally tired of reaching for that cup of coffee to combat that 3:00 lull.  As most of us do, I want to sustain my energy naturally, drawing that energy from my body. However, what I seem to be doing lately is relying on a temporary boost to get me through the afternoon.  Rush to the coffee machine, pour another cup and go.  Go until my energy level drops again early evening.  And, if I’m not careful, if I drink coffee after 4:00 I feel it at midnight.

The first step is to identify that I need to eat small meals throughout the day for that energy source from which to draw. As part of that, I’ve added to my snack Energy Cups formerly known as Energy Bars. Made in a cupcake tin to keep a consistent shape.

Energy snacks are quite customizable.  I can’t have peanuts, but am able to add almonds to this recipe while being careful to balance the sugars with the protein.

Energy Cups

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup Back to Nature Pacific Heights Blend trail mix. Coarsely chopped.
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 Egg
3 Tsp honey
Splash of almond milk.

 

Toast oats for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Lightly golden.

Mix all ingredients together.  You’ll want a consistency that tells you that it will hold together.  Something you could pick up and mold in your hands.  If your gut check tells you it’s not quite there, add either more dry ingredients or wet to get the consistency you need.

Place mixture evenly in cupcake tins (lightly sprayed with oil).  I’ve used both regular sized tins and mini size.  The mini tins actually offer that snack-like feature. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes for the regular sized, and 15 for the minis. Just keep an eye on them. Remove from oven and let cool.  You’ll want to let them cool to help maintain their shape.

This recipe also works as a trail mix. Rather than baking in cups, spread mixture on parchment paper line cooking sheet and bake.  Break it up into pieces when done.

Enjoy

Rod

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Energy Cups

Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup Back to Nature Pacific Heights Blend trail mix. Coarsely chopped.
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 Egg
3 Tsp honey
Splash of almond milk.

Directions:

Toast oats for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Lightly golden.

Mix all ingredients together. You'll want a consistency that tells you that it will hold together. Something you could pick up and mold in your hands. If your gut check tells you it's not quite there, add either more dry ingredients or wet to get the consistency you need.

Place mixture evenly in cupcake tins (lightly sprayed with oil). I've used both regular sized tins and mini size. The mini tins actually offer that snack-like feature. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes for the regular sized, and 15 for the minis. Just keep an eye on them. Remove from oven and let cool. You'll want to let them cool to help maintain their shape.

This recipe also works as a trail mix. Rather than baking in cups, spread mixture on parchment paper line cooking sheet and bake. Break it up into pieces when done.

Rod

Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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