We headed out for a family mountain biking trip on a recent Saturday morning. It was a fantastic ride through a beautiful park.
When I stumbled across this recipe for Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars on the Williams Sonoma website a few weeks ago, I was actually searching for a different recipe but the ingredient list for these bars caught my eye - whole wheat flour, oats, walnuts, and dark chocolate. I kept this recipe in the back of my mind, just waiting for a perfect opportunity to make this healthy snack.
Opportunity came knocking a few weekends ago when we decided to go on a family bike ride. I am always starving at the end of a long ride and usually craving carbohydrates. I knew that this was the perfect recipe for post workout fuel.
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
2 tsp. plus 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup walnut pieces
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Makes 24 bars. I packed mine into a wax paper lined Tupperware container to take on the picnic.
The 12 mile bike ride was awesome. (No one popped a tire and there were only minor injuries - mostly on me.)
Needless to say we were all tired and hungry from our biking adventure. We quickly found a table in the shade and set up our picnic.
We had other things besides the dark chocolate oatmeal bars but you will have to wait until tomorrows blog post to find out what else we ate at our picnic.
I will say that I am not going to make these again for a very long time. These oatmeal bars were so good that I ate nearly 1/2 the batch myself! I'm not sure why they were so addicting but they were so good - especially after our bike ride. I just couldn't stop myself from eating them. Thank goodness that there were a few healthy ingredients in them.
If you need a post workout snack to refuel your body, try these dark chocolate oatmeal bars. Just be careful - they're addictive.
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