My favorite thing about summer is definitely the beach, so when this started happening on Sunday morning:
I was kind of bummed. Fun beach plans with some lady friends were nixed, and all of a sudden I had a whole day open to do non-outdoorsy things. First up, a no-bake recipe.
Since my air conditioning unit is meant for a small room and not an entire apartment, I’m not a huge fan of baking in the summer because it gets quite toasty in my little abode. So I searched for some simple no-bake recipes and found this one for chocolate oatmeal bars. Sounded simple, easy and delicious.
And I had all of the ingredients
Since I always feel the need to tweak slash healthify recipes, I substituted applesauce for some of the oil and added Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to the mix.
The recipe just requires mixing all ingredients together (except for the oats) on a stovetop and boiling for a few minutes.
And then mixing in the oats, pouring into a pan and refrigerating until totally cooled
So easy! However, the finished product was a little “meh.”
And by “meh” I mean mushy. Which I attribute to the applesauce and me being impatient and not waiting until the bars had set in the fridge overnight to try them. They still taste delicious though, very chocolately, and are completely vegan. So while they’re not exactly bar-like and kind of messy, they’ll be a delicious addition to my Greek yogurt for the next week or so.
Here’s the recipe with my tweaks (and this includes less applesauce than I used, hopefully to reduce mushy-ness)
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (source)
2/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup applesauce
1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups oats
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (or any peanut butter!)
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the oil, applesauce, almond milk, sugar, peanut butter and cocoa powder. Stir to combine thoroughly. Once the mixture is boiling, let it continue boiling for about two minutes. Then combine with the oats and pour into a greased baking pan. Let the pan cool overnight in the fridge or in the freezer for a few hours. Once cooled, cut into bars and enjoy!
The rest of the rainy day involved reading, a movie (I finally saw Bridesmaids! Hilarious.) and relaxing.
I also outlined a first draft of my NYC Marathon training plan – hooray! My main focus is to get in quality speedwork every week, along with the usual weekend long runs and some mid-week long runs. I’ll post the plan later this week – I’d love some thoughts from my running friends!
I was pretty productive on Sunday because of the rain, but welcomed the sun and a 4th of July picnic in Central Park on Monday.
And now it’s back to the grind! Hope everyone had a great long weekend!
Question: Favorite rainy day activity? Got any good no bake recipes?