WIAW and Homemade Energy Bars

Wednesday workout:
Run – 15 mins
Bike – 20 mins

Yes, that’s right! I ran a whole 15 minutes on pavement today, with no foot pain. I still have that little “tinge” feeling that reminds me that my foot is not yet 100-percent better, but I am just glad there is no pain.

That means I am going to at least attempt my Half Ironman this Saturday!:) Will the foot hold up for a whole half marathon (after a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike)? I have no idea, but I’m going to try (tri;)!

Today I finally got it together and photographed all of my meals so I could do a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post! (Yes, I know it doesn’t have to be what I ate on Wednesday, next time I’ll photograph an earlier day:).

Today I had my favorite and most eaten breakfast.

Cocoa and banana oatmeal with a couple chocolate chips to make it an extra-good day;).

Lunch was awesome! I am so happy to have a fridge stocked with fresh produce again.

A turkey wrap on a Flat Out with lettuce, cheddar cheese, and mustard, with a side salad of strawberries, feta cheese, chai seeds, and poppy seed dressing. I also had a homemade parfait (sort of). Greek yogurt, vanilla yogurt, strawberries, banana chips, chai seeds, and a little bit of white chocolate peanut butter. Yum!!

My afternoon snack was an apple and a homemade “Lara bar.” Recipe below!:)

For dinner I channeled the summer chef inside of me and busted out the grill and cut up a pear and a pineapple.

Grilled chicken (that I marinaded in teriyaki sauce for about an hour) and grilled pineapple sandwich with honey mustard; and a grilled pear, goat cheese, cranberry, chai seed, and balsamic vinegar salad; and a side of leftover mashed cauliflower.

I haven’t had dessert yet, but I can assure you something sweet will be eaten before the night is over:).

The homemade Lara bars were made based on Chocolate-Covered Katie’s recipe, here.

This was my first time making these, but I can already tell it won’t be my last! They were great, and I’m already dreaming of what kind of yummy stuff I want to put in the next batch!

Homemade Energy Bars
2/3 cup dates, loose, not packed (pitted, no sugar added)
3 tablespoons nuts (I used almonds because that’s what I had:)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup (or a few squares) of chocolate
Handful of chocolate chips
Optional: any extras you want. Next time I want to try some coconut or peanut butter (or both!)

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until very finely chopped (see picture below). I added the dates, almonds, vanilla extract, and a few squares of dark chocolate into the blender, and saved the chocolate chips to add in after blending.

If you want to make bars (you can also roll the mixture into balls), press the mixture into a small pan (smaller than 8×8″). I put wax paper on the bottom and used another piece on the top to press.

I’m told it helps to freeze for 20 minutes before cutting, but I did not:).

Makes 2 to 4 bars, depending on how much ‘extra’ stuff you throw in there and how thick you make the bars.

These were great, and the whole chocolate chips were awesome, but there was still more of a date taste than I think Lara or Cliff bars have. Next time I want to try adding some more stuff in there, and maybe some peanut butter, to add some extra flavor.

What are your favorite granola/energy bar flavors? What should I put in the next batch?


About Erin @ untilyoutri

Runner, triathlete, food lover, and happy blogger!
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15 Responses to WIAW and Homemade Energy Bars

  1. Trisha says:

    Good luck Saturday! I’ll send some positive foot healing energy your way!

  2. lindsay says:

    oh man, can we trade breakfasts next Wednesday? Love that bowl! And great larabar recipe, that will save you $$

  3. Emily says:

    Wow. All of that food looks amazing. And now I’m starving. I love pumpkin oatmeal but cocoa and banana might be next on my list to try…

    Hopefully I’ll get to meet you at Kinetic this weekend?!?

  4. Erin i’m totally SWOONING!!!!!!! and flipping jealous b/c my eats represented a day I was out of fresh produce and eating lots of neutral colors and not the pretty stuff! ahhhh I want it all! your lunch especially!!! ❤

    Happy WIAW pretty lady! mwah!

    • Aw, I hate when I am out of fresh produce! That was me last week, but on Monday I went a little overboard in the produce department…so now I’m eating TONS of it, which is awesome:)

  5. Patty says:

    You really need to reconsider your career path & become a food photographer instead!

  6. wow, your dinner is so creative! I love it. I eat pears and pineapple but never grilled. Sounds awesome.

    • I have grilled pineapple before, but never pear. But I knew I wanted them softer (they’re still not quite ripe enough, but I’m impatient;) and warm so they would melt the goat cheese. It worked great!:)

  7. Oh wow, your food all looks SO good! Like straight from a health magazine! YUM!

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  9. beatriceqq says:

    super nice but can i sub dates with raisin?

    • Hmm, I am not sure. I haven’t tried it, but I think raisins might be too dry. Perhaps something like dried apricots or something like that might work? Are you not a fan of dates? I don’t love them by themselves but when mixed with other flavors they are good:).

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