Crunchy Granola Bars

Since I went to vote yesterday morning I had so much time before work, it was nice not to be in a rush.  If someone told me I could ever become a morning person, I would have thought they were nuts!

Okay, here’s the question of the day.  Did you have to show your identification to vote yesterday?  I thought I didn’t have to show mine because my neighbor was at the polling place, but Tony didn’t have to show his either, and people at work weren’t asked for identification either.  Isn’t that weird? What’s to prevent me going in and giving my neighbors name and address?

Breakfast yesterday tasted like an egg soufflé on an english muffin.  I scrambled 1/2 cup of egg whites with one small zucchini I shredded.  Topped that on toasted English muffins, each topped with 1/2 an ounce of cheddar cheese and popped it under the broiler in the toaster oven.  On the side were delicious globe grapes.  Breakfast comes in at 435 calories, 10 fat, 59 carbs, 4.7 fiber and 17 protein.

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I got busy right when I got to work, so I didn’t end up eating that until around 10:00.  I thought it would give me enough energy for my run at lunch.  Um, turns out it just made me sluggish eating that soon to running. Sad smile  My walk/run time yesterday:


My blood sugar was good at the end though – 129! Open-mouthed smile

Yep, I had lasagna soup again!   That bread on the side?  I ended up throwing it out.  It was bread I made over the weekend, but I never wrapped it up.  I thought if I toasted it, it would come back to life.  Instead it turned into a rock.  Sleepy smile  Lunch comes into 354 calories, 16 fat, 34 carbs, 3.6 fiber and 27 protein.

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It was rainy, cold and dark when I left the office.  Traffic was so slow.  I am in charge of the mail duties at my office.  The post office I drop our mail off to has a FedEx box right in front so I kill two birds with one stone.  I got to the post office, only to realize the FedEx box is gone.  I asked the mail guy and he said “yep, they took it today.”

So I had to drive across town to the next FedEx facility.  It took me an hour and a twenty minutes to get home last night.  But luckily, since I made the chili before work, dinner was lickity split. 

My bowl:  1 cup of chopped baby spinach, 1/2 cup of spaghetti squash, 1/2 a cup of Dreamfield’s spaghetti, 3/4 cup of the chili and cheddar cheese.  This bowl comes in at 483 calories, 14 fat, 17 carbs, 5.4 fiber and 23 protein.

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Raise your hand if you are jealous of my fluorescent lighting!   Ha!

Do you know what my favorite store bought granola bar is?  Nature Valley brand.  I’ve always preferred a crunchy granola bar to a chewy one.  I saw this recipe for granola bars and pinned it immediately.

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I hadn’t even read her recipe, but it looked good!  I adapted the recipe of course with what I had on hand.  But I have to tell you, I got no where near the amount she did.  I ended up putting them in an 9×9 square pan and got 9 squares.  I also didn’t realize that she only toasted her dry ingredients, mixed with the wet ingredients then never baked them again – I didn’t want a chewy bar – waaa!  (which, note to self, read the whole damn recipe before beginning!)

Crunchy Granola Bars

(adapted from here

Makes 9 granola bars:  345 calories, 14 fat, 51 carbs, 5.3 protein and 8.6 protein.

Heat oven to 350.


  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Mix the oats, wheat germ, almonds, peanuts together.   In a medium pan, add brown sugar, agave, and honey and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Pour into oat mixture and mix well.  Once cooled, stir in the dried cranberries and peanut butter chips.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Now, I am not sure if I should have cut these when they were warm (I think I’ll try that next time) but I waited until they were cooled, and some of the corners were crumbly.

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My thought is to use these as fuel before working out so I wouldn’t have too much in my stomach, especially the days I work out before work.  Eat half before and half after.  At first the 345 calories was a shock to me, but then I realized I’ve only been eating around 1300 calories a day lately, so it’s not a big deal.  Plus, it’s not 345 calories of wine! Martini glass

Stats for the Day:

  • 1332 calories (café mocha made in the afternoon not pictured)
  • 43 cat, 123 carbs, 14 fiber and 69 protein Pizza
  • 3.1 run at lunch Turtle
  • average blood sugar 154 Birthday cake
  • no alcohol Martini glass

I didn’t go to the gym before work today because I am just about to do my 30 minute stretch – I need it, and haven’t done it in a long time. 

Guess what I got in my email from Groupon yesterday?  A groupon for $48 dollars for six wines scoring above 90 points! 

groupon wine

I just deleted it.  No thank you. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!

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  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    November 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm I love this post! All of your successes inspire me! And I'd like you to cook for a day for me. Those meals look fantastic. I k now that I *have* to try that lasagna soup!
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm Ha - thanks Carrie - and I'll hit up your wine pairing post after Thanksgiving! :D
  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    November 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm That spaghetti squash bowl looks delicious! Also, good job on voting!!!
  • Jody
    November 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm Proud of you Biz - deleting that Wine offer! HAHA - I LOVE LOVE Nature Valley the best too...Just finished mine with a cup of tea while I'm reading how much you like them....wierd!!!
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm I knew you'd be proud Jody! :D Even my husband liked the granola bars - winning!
  • Sam
    November 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm Look at you deleting wine off, good job!! I had to show identification yesterday when I voted. Those poor old ladies were confused enough with my ID, I can't imagine if I hadn't shown one :)
  • Kym
    November 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm I wish I would have known you were a Nature Valley girl. My daughter did a promo for them and they sent her home with a case of granola bars. (144 bars). I donated them to our local food pantry. Too many for us to consume plus I am addicted to the homemade granola. Way to go on your goal you are doing SPECTACULAR! Congrats on turning down the wine.
    • Kym
      November 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm P.S. Yes, we had to show ID.
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm 144 bars!! Yowza!
  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    November 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm My husband and I didn't have to show ID either...we were talking about that the other day (we did early voting). We thought it was odd as well.
  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    November 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm My hubby is obsessed with Nature Valley Granola bars. We buy them at BJ's every few months!
  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    November 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm Oh, those granola bars look amazing! My dad has been looking for a good on with lower sugar and not all that extra crap in it, so i'll have to try it! And I had to show my drivers license for every process of voting! Interesting...
  • Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    November 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm We did early voting and didn't have to show an ID, but we did have to either furnish them with our drivers license number or the last four digits of our SS #. Which I would guess, could be easy enough to fake. We asked about it, and they said they input the numbers and the computer comes up with all of our information...what information that is...IDK. I've been doing a lot of messing around with granola bar recipes lately. Trying to come up with the perfect chewy and the perfect crunchy one. I have found it's all in the amount of time you allow the sugars ( agave, honey, brown sugar...etc.) to boil. Kind of like making candy. It was probably good that you baked that batch anyway, it would have been very chewy had you only let the sugar mixture heat until dissolved. I am going to post the recipes once I perfect there! Have a great day, Biz!
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm These are close - I think next time I'll slice them when they are warm, and then they will harden as the cool. Still delish! :D
  • myjourneytofit
    November 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm We have voter cards, and bring them when we vote, but then, we also have early voting, so you can go to several locations. If we didn't have the cards, they'd have to look us up to know what type of ballot we needed (city-wise). Thumbs up for deleting that groupon! Stay strong, Biz!
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm Thanks Shelley!
  • Erin
    November 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm We do NOT show ID in Nebraska! We have voter ID cards but don't have to show them. It's like this entire state is on the honor system - if you know your name and address (or someone else's), sign the line and you can vote! Our Unicameral tried to pass a law last year to require a photo ID at the polls, but it was voted down.
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm So weird!!
  • Suzie
    November 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm We have the voter cards here. It does seem strange not to check your ID. Guess what I am making this weekend? Lasagna soup. I can't take seeing it! Oh, and I'm not jealous of your fluorescent lighting because I have it too...ha! Poor us! Fortunately, editing can take that color out...most of the time. The granola looks yummy!
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm Apparently my photo editing is lacking because the picture still looked like ass, at least the dinner didn't taste like ass! Hooray for lasagna soup!! :D
  • Erica
    November 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm I ADORE making homemade bars (I'm actually baking some RIGHT now). How good is spaghetti squash? I'm also baking some to go with our dinner tonight. Yayy for extra morning time
  • Roz@weightingfor50
    November 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm I didn't have to show my id yesterday. Oh wait, I'm in Canada. I didn't vote. Never mind.... HA! Have a great Wednesday Vat. YOu are so on track!!!
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm You actually caught me for a second Roz because I was about to say "how the hell can someone from Vancouver vote??!!
  • Lori
    November 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm I did not have to show ID to vote, but I did have to sign the log book next to my cataloged signature.
  • MB
    November 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm There is no identification requirement to vote here. If you did give your neighbors address and name nobody would know unless and until they tried to vote themselves and would get turned away. Honestly, I think ID should be required to prevent voter fraud. Congrats on resisting the wine deal. Go Biz! Rock on!
  • Randi
    November 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm those are my fav granola bars too. I could have sworn they used to make more flavors, but now I can only find peanut butter and oats and honey. This lady won a million dollars from the pillsbury bakeoff using the latter flavor in a pie. Ive made the pie many times, its delicious but very fattening. I love dreamfields too, its great for my glucose. I'm making some tonight with a chicken bolognese sauce.
    • biz319
      November 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm How are you blood sugars after Dreamfields? I've actually done a test with regular pasta and Dreamfields, and sadly my blood sugar spiked the same with both - weird, huh?
  • Ann
    November 8, 2012 at 3:23 am Hello, No, we did not have to show an ID. You have to show ID to get a library card, buy beer, etc. My hubby and I just don't get why you don't have to to vote. I made the lasagna soup tonight for dinner. It's definetly a keeper. Hubby and son loved it. :)
  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    November 8, 2012 at 3:59 am Biz (personal chef)! I'm sorry I've been a bad visitor lately. I'm all distracted by Sandy recovery and this blog everyday in Nov stuff (you know I don't usually do that). What's suffering is reading blogs and answering comments. Boo! But I still heart you.
  • Marianne
    November 8, 2012 at 4:14 am I finally decided to buy a spaghetti squash the other day, and your post has reminded me I need to give it a go. Tomorrow night!
  • Veronica
    November 8, 2012 at 9:30 am Loved your ending on this about the wine! I thought for sure you loaded up and am so proud you deleted that email. <3 Now that your fedex box is gone, it's time to get with the program and ONLY use USPS. They're the bomb. Not that I'm biased or anything. ;)
    • biz319
      November 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm V - I did use priority USPS - no worries! :D
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