Burpee birthday and granola

Today we had a “FAVORITE THINGS” workout!  We did 15 minutes of burpees!!  We did 10 burpees on every minute.  AWESOME!  It should have been longer.  I wanted to do a ton of planks too, but we did ZUMBA instead!  Everyone loves zumba!  I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I’m in ultra cooking and baking mode.  I’ve been experimenting with my own creations and making a few standbys.  Here I am with my daughters who are always willing to try whatever concoction I come up with!

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IMG_3405Last night I whipped up a batch of healthy granola bars for my workout friends!  SO YUMMY!  Such a great grab and go snack.  Perfect for kids too!  Here is my version that I got from HERE!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup dates (pitted)

1 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal

1 cup oats

1/4 cup sliced almonds

2 T ground flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup natural crunchy peanut butter

1/3 cup agave syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Combine the 

pureed dates with the cereal, oats, almonds, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Combine the peanut butter and agave in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted

and completely blended.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined.  Let cool for 15 minutes.

Stir in the chocolate chips.  Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan.

Let the mixture sit until completely cool and set, at least 1 hour.  Cut into bars, then wrap individually in 

plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Here I am with the finished product.  I was making peppermint and mint bark at the same time.  I’ll save those for the neighbors because most of my workout friends won’t eat them!

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IMG_3435Tomorrow is 12-20!!!  Yay!  Happy Birthday to me!  I have BIG plans for the last year in my 30’s.  Life only gets better and better with age!  I still have several things to bake.  Sugar cookies for the youth tonight, lemon bars and homemade rolls for me!!!  It will be a GREAT day!  I love spending time with all my favorite people!  Today I want to finish all my housework and any other tasks I dislike so I can kick my feet up tomorrow!!

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