If there was a theme for our most recent trip, it would be ... wrong shoes for the wrong activity.👟😂 I literally wore the wrong shoes - every single day, for every occasion, on our trip through Greece. I hiked rocky, mountain trails in strappy sandals, strolled sandy beaches in wedge heels and tackled a strenuous 12 mile hike in a pair of very unsupportive, slip on sneakers. 🤣🤦🏻♀️
And contrary to what you're probably thinking, I didn't chose my shoes based on smart fashion choices either. (I'm pretty sure I don't even own any fashionable shoes.)😂 Every morning, I got out of bed and put on the footwear that was most appropriate for the activities that we had scheduled, and headed out for the day. What I couldn't plan for were the impromptu hikes, watery adventures and random donkey rides that we encountered along the way. 🤣
Determined not to let my wildly inappropriate footwear stop me from enjoying any of the Santorini adventures - I slipped by bare feet into my 10.00 shoelace-less sneakers and hiked this beautiful mountain ridge. By the time we did this hike - both ways - we had walked 12 miles and climbed the equivalent of 199 flights of stairs. 😬🏔 It was a lot of walking but totally worth it. The views from this trail were absolutely breathtaking. 🚶🏻♀️
I may not have had the right shoes for this hike but I don't want you to think that I was completely unprepared. I did manage to pack water, granola bars, sunscreen and extra camera batteries in my backpack. I think my hiking priorities are a little out of sorts. 🤣 🥾 Snacks are important though. 😅
Granola bars are my go-to, quick energy snack on a hike when I start to get those hangry feelings.🤤 Store bought granola bars are good but chocolate filled, homemade, oat based bars are even better. The kind that blurs the line between a sweet, gooey cookie bar and a healthy, protein rich energy bar. 😅 I'll let you decided where these Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars fall on the granola bar spectrum.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
1 cup flour
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons rolled oats
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup + ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Fold in chocolate chips. Spread into an 8" square baking pan fitted with a greased parchment sling.
Bake 20 - 25 minutes at 350.
Cool completely. Slice into 16 squares.
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