And so it is finally here. The 2012 Olympics!!!!!!
I love watching the Olympic games. Unfortunately everything else around me has to take a backseat during these weeks of competitions. The routine and organization around the house and my time keeping go out the window. In the morning you can tell which people in the subway and at work has been up all night watching the games.
In my house we have three teams to route for; Sweden, USA & of course S:t Lucia. It is great to have “choices”. But ultimately of course, I will sit and cheer for the Swedes. Sorry, but I have to do it.
I think there will be lot’s of “take outs” and “sandwich or non-cooked” dinners going on around the world.
Or, you could do as I do, prepare multiple meals ahead of time. I cook weekly meals and just pop them in the micro wave or the oven. It is all about speed & simplicity during sports events, right??
And, to make sure we last through our days, here are some home-made “Olympic Power bars” and some Trail mix for all of us.
Just a little note. I have used a whole lot of different berries, fruits and nuts in both the power bars and the trail mix. You really don’t have to do that. It is just that I have so many different kinds in the house that I have the luxury of using such a variety. For example, for the power bars It is just as good to only use raisins, oats and almonds if that is what you have at home.
Enjoy the games!! May all your favorite (or all the Swedes) win!!!
Home made Power bars.
Makes about 14-18 bars.
1 c. old fashion oats.
1 c. dried fruits & berries. I used a mix of dried cranberries, bananas, pineapples, figs, blueberries & mangoes.
1 c. of chopped nuts. I used a mix of hazelnuts, raw cashews, pecans & almonds.
1/2 c. dried coconut flakes or shredded coconut.
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon.
2 tbsp. chopped Gojji berries. (This is not necessary, but I always have it in my food pantry so I used it.)
1/2 c. low or non-fat greek yoghurt.
1 tsp. ground ginger. Fresh or dried. (optional).
1/2 -1 egg (optional).
1-3 tbsp. good tasting honey.
Dark chocolate (optional).
Chop up nuts, fruits & berries. Add to a bowl. Mix in the coconut, honey, yoghurt, and all the rest of the ingredients.
If you add the egg, they become more chewy and dense and a little bit more “baked”. But, the egg keeps the bars better together.
I have made both with and without the egg. I actually prefer without.
Add the mixture to a parchment paper lined large pan. Spray the paper with cooking spray so it is easier to get it out after baking. Make sure to press the mixture down and distribute it well into corners all around.
Bake in a 350 degree oven (fahrenheit) for about 25-30 minutes, or until you see it is drying up very slightly at edges.
Take out of the pan and put on a cutting board. Cut perfect squares. Add them to a drying rack. Let the bars cool down and dry out a little.
If you would like to, melt some dark chocolate and dip one end of the bars into it. It looks really good and professional.
Well, that is really it. These bars are great to keep around the house.
Store them in air tight containers.
To make your own trail mix, you just need to mix nuts, dried fruits/berries & seeds together.
It is healthier if you use “raw” nuts. Not toasted.
Use any amount you would like too. Just remember to balance it with somewhat equal parts nuts and fruits/berries.
Dried mangoes, bananas, cranberries, apricots & blueberries. Cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds.
Cut up the dried fruits & berries if needed. Mix all of it together. Portion it into small “snack bags” for easy access for when you are “on the run” or just a big air tight container.