Microwaved Chocolate and PB to the Rescue!

>> Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Speaking of vegan foods, I've fallen in love with a quicker-than-quick dessert I found on Averie's blog: Microwave Chocolate-Peanut Butter & Oat Bars. Her recipe takes the best of a no-bake -- and makes it even easier!

Incredible . . .

Especially perfect now that our house is on the market. We've packed away most of my cookie sheets and other tools, which makes baking difficult. Still, the chocolate cravings come in waves. Once (OK, twice) a night. Though, I can't exactly bring myself to messing up the kitchen. We've been cleaning nonstop for what seems like an eternity!

I just adapted Averie's recipe in terms of quantity. Recipe makes an entire 8 x 8 pan of thick bars . . .

What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1-1/2+ cups rolled oats (uncooked -- measurement is give or take)
Method . . .
  1. Put the peanut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla, and almond milk in a microwave safe container and heat in 30 second increments. Stir until everything has melted together.
  2. Add the oats. Stir to coat well. Mixture should be well moistened, but somewhat crumbly. Experiment to see how you like it best.
  3. Then coat the 8 x 8 inch pan with some plastic wrap. Pour in the mixture . . . and use another piece of plastic wrap over your hand to press mixture until it's even.
  4. Refrigerate for 10 to 20 minutes.
  5. That's it!


Working full time . . . and then coming home and cleaning full time . . . SUCKS. The good news is that our place is aaaaaaaalmost completely "done" and should be totally finished tonight. The bad news is that we have to keep it spotless until we get a contract.

To free my mind from some stress, I took time last night to sneak in my 12-mile long run. I skipped it Sunday because we had so much to do. I ran the first 6 miles indoors on the treadmill. Then, I got bored (my next episode of Secret Life of the American Teenager wasn't loading on the ROKU), so I took it outside for the rest. Daylight savings has been AMAZING. I returned home around 7:30 . . . and it wasn't dark yet!

Also, reason #148,827 why I love half marathon training better than full: I CAN DO MY LONG RUNS DURING THE WORK-WEEK IF I WANT TO. Max run time is usually around 2 hours. And recovering from 12 to 14 miles isn't that big a deal compared to 18 to 20.

Love, love, love.

How have you been dealing with the time change? I very much welcome the extra daylight hours. But my productivity in the morning has shot w.a.y. down. Last week, I wrote about how much I enjoyed switching my runs to the morning. That's not the case now. I'm lucky if I can drag myself out of bed in time to get to work.

Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com. And thanks for all your congrats on my recent 4-mile race PR and your support over the whole PETA board issue.

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