Surviving the craziness of back to school

Week 2 of school and my new crazy life is almost done and I am feeling a little more settled. Part of the issue is my week in very heavy early but is completely open at the end. I spend 3 days overwhelmed and then crash. Although after some extra sleep yesterday I am feeling refreshed. Thursday was finally a productive day...
  • 7 mile run with speed intervals
  • 1 hour strength with my trainer and my first real bench press workout
  • Papers read and corrected
  • My own paper started
  • Time "cooking" with my favorite baking helper- Apple pie and coffee in her house
Anybody want some coffee?

And a little real kitchen experimenting with this new recipe...

Banana Nut Granola Bars
2 ripe bananas
½ cup almond butter
½ cup dates (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup almond milk
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
2 cups oats
1 cup brown rice cereal
1 cup buckwheat flour (could sub whole wheat or sub part with protein powder)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
½ cup chopped almonds
½ cup raisins
½ cup seeds
½ cup coconut shredded

Puree dates if using, add bananas, almond butter and mash together, add milk and honey and mix. In separate bowl mix oats, cereal, flour and spices. Stir in nuts, seeds, coconut and raisins. Add wet to dry and combine. Pour into lined (or greased) muffin tins. Makes 24 Large or 48 Mini-muffins. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. I think it might even work to chill instead of bake, but I haven’t tried.
So happy it is again Friday, heading to spin class and looking forward to a fun and busy weekend. My first pacing experience tomorrow for a 20 mile run and an organized bike ride on Sunday with the family. Almost taper madness, watch out! What are your weekend plans? Head over to Fitness Friday and see what others are up to and Wellness Weekend for great recipes.


  1. So glad you got some extra sleep, and are feeling refreshed! O is adorable- love that pic of her, and the recipe sounds awesome, too. Marking to try soon!

    1. Thanks Laura :) It is amazing how much a little sleep helps and how much I neglect it.

  2. That recipe looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These sound like a great, nutrient-dense and tasty (which I'm sure your adorble helper appreciated!) :D Thanks so much for linking up to Wellness Weekend this week!

    1. They are great and I love that I can make "treats" so healthy :)

  4. I'm going to try your recipe this weekend! Yum!

    We're finally feeling like we're back into a school routine comfortably.

    I'm running the Air Force Half Marathon a few hours!

    Have a great weekend and thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday!

    1. Good luck with the half (I guess a little late for that) :)

  5. Your doing great,these sound yummy :)

  6. Your recipe looks yummy! I have a quiet week ahead with lots of time to get caught up on baking. I can't wait to try these.

    1. Hope you enjoyed your quiet week, I don't remember what those are like!

  7. Easy and yummy, just the way I like it! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! Its awesome bloggers like you that make our party wonderful! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Cindy from

    1. Thanks for the link up, love checking out other recipes in one place :)


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