wait what…?

so i’m surfing for some recipes (yes I do this; eating the same thing gets old after awhile) looking to improve my cooking skills …haha! i came across an article about making your own energy drink which consisted of tea, salt, and lemon … yuck! but any ways the article started out with this quote.

“We all work out, we all need re-hydration, we all buy Gatorade…”

Wait, we all work out? Did everyone in the world get a free gym membership and not tell me? Heck i dont even work out at home! i’m afraid we all dont work out … thats one problem with us.

this article apparently was created to make a drink that was to replace Gatorade … i thought Gatorade was good for you … until i did some research ..although it is good for you ..but only in extreme re-hydration such as sports when you need to be re-hydrated, or when you are sick.

but anyways i did find this and i want to try it out some time.

Granola Bars
8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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