Home Made Chocolate Hazelnut Larabars [and bad case of body abuse!]
I’ve been a really bad girl this last Sunday…
It’s not what you think!
I haven’t overindulged in sweet delicacies or binged on Asian food…
Quite the contrary!
I have mistreated and abused my poor body in an almost inhumane way. Poor thing… Had it had the ability to do so, I’m sure it would’ve called the cops!
I had it take me to the Fullflex Express Tour featuring Skrillex, as well as many other well known DJs. It lasted pretty much all day and turned out to be the most amazing outdoors show ever!
However, surely you know just how hard it is to find good, healthy food at these types of events, right? One usually has to settle for “decent”. Well… “decent” didn’t even exist at that particular one. The only available options were greasy pizza, oversized hot‑dogs, second grade hamburgers and of course, poutine!
Oh, right, I almost forgot. There were also
some two seemingly healthy tortilla sandwiches made with nothing but cold cuts, cheese and mayonnaise.
Between putting that sort of crap in my body or sending it into starvation mode, I wondered which of the two was the better evil.
I opted for the latter…
I just couldn’t bring myself to putting that sort of crap inside of me. I did eventually settle for the only half decent thing I could find on the premises: a giant soft pretzel, made with white flour, of course, and sprinkled with coarse salt.
That would have to hold me through the day. Well, that and the cereal I’d had for breakfast and a Larabar that I’d brought with me for my morning snack.
Not soooo bad if you’re going to sit around and do nothing all day.
But that’s not what I did, far from there… I told you this was a case of severe body abuse!
Still, it didn’t look too unhappy, did it?
The conditions that day were overwhelmingly hot and humid, the kind of heat that sends sweat running down every part of your body without you even moving a finger.
Of course, I was up on my feet for most of the day, but the abuse doesn’t end there. I danced like I’d never danced before. For hours! In fact, I wouldn’t even call it dancing. It was more like jumping around like a crazed maniac.
I was airborne half the time… for well over 5 hours, NOT including breaks between shows. I’m talking actual “active” time.
I’m telling you guys, the intensity of the music, the heat, the crowd, the lights, the electricity in the air, all of that just transported me to a place I didn’t even know existed. And no, I was not on drugs (although somebody did ask what the f*%k I was on!) 😉
Sheesh, I only wish I could be that intense every single time I work out!
Oh, right, I forgot to mention that water was also VERY scarce! At $5 a pop, one tends to stay on the dry side…
Although judging by that picture, I was everything BUT dry… not too sure whether I was wet from the water they had sprayed us with or if this was all sweat, but regardless, I was in that same state for hours on end.
I think I burned quite a few calories that day… All that on a severely underfed stomach and a less than optimally hydrated body!
Why am I telling you all this?
Because while I was there, jumping up and down, I was thinking just how darn happy, no, make that darn PROUD I was that my body would be fit and healthy enough to support me through all that. I had the time of my life, and had I been where I was a couple of years ago, none of this would’ve happened. I’d have just stood there and calmly watch the show. I’d have missed out on SOOOOO much!
Now I only have one regret: I wish I’d taken a few more Larabars with me!
I guess you’ve figured out by now that these Larabars I made at home using some of that delicious “Nutella” I recently created.
I’d made way too big of a batch for one person alone to ever get to the the bottom of the jar before it goes bad, so I decided to get creative and make something with it.
WOW! Am I ever glad I did!>
I don’t think I’ll ever buy Larabars ever again. They are so easy to make, I get the feeling I’ll be coming up with a myriad of different flavor combinations.
Plus, by making them myself, I get to add other goodies, such as flaxseed meal and coconut, that Larabars don’t have in them. WIN!
Next time, I’ll try throwing in some protein powder…
Chocolate Hazelnut Larabars
- 225 g | 1 cup Home made Nutella
- 125 g | 1 cup whole raw hazelnuts
- 50 g | ½ cup flaxseed meal
- 45 g | ½ cup unsweetened shredded cononut
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and process until well incorportated and hazelnuts are reduced to small chunks.
- You will have to scrape the sides and push the mixture to the bottom quite a few times. You might find that pulsing helps the mixture stay longer at the bottom of the bowl.
- When all is good and well incorporated, transfer the mixture to a small square pan and press down firmly and evenly to form a rectangle of approximately 8 x 6 (I used a 8 x 8 pan but only used 2/3 of its surface)
- Use a spatula to make the top and sides as flat and smooth as possible.
- Cut into 12 bars and refrigerate. These bars will keep for a few weeks providing that your Nutella has just been made, or that your egg whites are as fresh as can be!
- *Tip: Wrap individually in parchment paper for extra portability.