Saturday, July 16, 2011

Granola Fuels Good Runs

I enjoyed my run this past Tuesday so much that I decided to go for it again on Thursday.

To refresh your memory, my super creative plan calls for alternating miles with effort and relaxed.  If pressed, I might have to name this workout the "Efflaxed."  Which is a really lame joke.  moving on.

This run went even better than Tuesday's, a run which went so well I had proclaimed it bad-ass.  This one, then, is ultra bad-ass. 

Don't know why I got faster in a matter of two days.  I wonder if it is because of the mental relief of knowing I was stopping at 10 miles instead of 13?

Stats below: Red is Relaxed, Blue is Effort

Mile 1:  8:16
Mile 2   7:07
Mile 3:  7:45

Mile 4:  6:51
Mile 5:  7:47
Mile 6:  6:39
Mile 7:  7:59
Mile 8:  6:36
Mile 9:  8:11
Mile 10: 6:19
0.61 Mile Cooldown: 5:23

The only other time I know of that I have run a 6:19 mile (because you see, I have never raced anything less than a half-marathon) is the first mile of See Jane Run.  So I declare that a solid run!

No running on Friday, ran 14.28 miles this Saturday morning before seeing Harry Potta (loved it, except for one thing, and you MUST know what that one thing is if you've seen it.  Right? I mean clearly one thing was just bunk) and hope to run long and hilly tomorrow morning (16-20 miles). 


I never do recipes up in here because I know my role in the blogosphere. 

If you need a good recipe, there are some insanely talented people who share their recipes accompanied by pornographic pictures. 

If you need moral support for eating 96% snack foods from Trader Joe's + other sweets, and 4% going out to restaurants, then you can come to my blog. 

Today, I am sharing a recipe.  Why? Because it would be cruel for each and every person who reads this not to have the opportunity to taste my new favorite snack.

Things of note:
1) I did not make this.  The Gentleman did.
2) Upon watching him make it, I realized it was not quite as simple to make as I assumed.
3) Upon watching him make it, I realized it was not quite as healthy as I assumed.
4) Really, it's probably not that good for you
5) But for Harry Potter's sake, Just run or walk a few miles every here and there and your body will be thankful for the extra sugar and oil.

I Introduce, The Best Granola Recipe Ever (on this blog)

 Put yer two cups of rolled oats in a bowl designated for dry stuff

Add one teaspoon of cinnamon 

Add one teaspoon of salt

Get a bowl for wet stuff.  Add 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

Add 1/4 cup of honey

Add 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (which is I lied about the bowls being wet/dry)

 Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix that stuff UP!

Mix this stuff UP too!


 Get your hands in there

Spread it all out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Put it an oven pre-heated to 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes, flip the granola

After flipping, add slivered almonds and walnut pieces (the original recipe called for hazelnuts, I think that is a bad call.  Add whatever nuts you want). 

Put the granola with the nuts back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

Take out of the oven, let cool a bit and add raisins (or dried cherries, or any dried fruit).

Your house will smell so good you won't know what to do with yourself.  You might daydream about Christmas.

 Glorious Granola.

This is probably technically like 11 servings.  The Gentleman and I ate it over 2.5 days though, so I will consider it 6 servings. 

Please let me know if you ever make this and what you think!  The ingredients may already be in your cupboard, making this a very convenient recipe. 

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tblspn + 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almonds, 1/3 cup hazelnuts (or walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins, 1/3 cup dried cherries (or more raisins).

Are you a pre-packaged/easy to grab food kind of person, like me? (FYI, to me this includes all fruits and some raw vegetables, so not entirely unhealthy)

Do you have Harry Potta hysteria? I have Alan Rickman hysteria.  He's so cool.  If you like Harry Potter movies and don't know this person by name, shame on you.


  1. That granola looks amazing! I just made some a week or so ago, and while it was tasty, I didn't have those "chunks" that are obviously the best part. May have to switch over to your recipe next time.
    No Harry Potter hysteria here---read and loved all the books, but only maybe 2 movies. I feel like I'm the only person on earth who ISN'T crazy about them.

  2. I don't post recipes or anything because (a) I don't have a camera and (b) everytime I try to cook, I end up setting something on fire. I just got into Harry Potter - over the last week I've watched all of them. Have you seen Neville all grown up? Yum.

  3. OoooOOOoooOOO does it clump [I totally typed "crump"] together? I love granola clumps.

  4. Awesome run!! I admire your running style and SPEED! One day... :)

    I love granola and look forward 2 trying out your recipe. I'll let you know if I do! :)

    I recently bloomed into a HP fan after watching HP on ABC family with my daughter. My daughter read all of the books except for the last one. She loves HP and I'm always curious when I see her really into something. So, I put domestic duties aside and watched them with her. I think she was a lil' annoyed with her mamma 'cuz I asked her lots of questions! I caught on enought 2 understand the last movie. I really enjoyed it and thought it was soo good! :) My hubby watched it with us too and his only comment was "Voldemort is one ugly sucker!!" :)

    "Have a great Sunday!"

  5. Yummy granola. I am going to have to compare that one to a Cooking Light granola recipe I used to make. When I baked, that is. Long time ago. That stuff was like crack.

    You are so freakin' fast.

    I'm so not into HP. But my oldest son is. He and my mom bond over the wizardry and stuff.

  6. Wow, that is an amazing run, I wish I could be fast like you. Seriously, awesome. That granola looks so good - might have to try it, I would definitely devour it asap like you guys.

  7. Great run! I like your idea of the alternating miles.

    Even though your granola sounds amazing, I'm probably too lazy to ever make it. I'm like you with pre-packaged snacks and cereals. I do cook for dinner sometimes, but that's about it.

  8. That granola looks great. Unfortunately, I put my kitchen efforts into baking big fatty chocolate chip cookies and brownies - which is probably why my butt is still so big. At least I bring the leftovers to work.

    On HP - that was all anyone could talk about this weekend, and I haven't seen one since the first movie. I do like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, though. That counts, right?

  9. i'm a snack HO. I made granola before and it's gone the next day. When it's warm and toasty? It's a goner!

  10. Yeah! Finally! I made it from your recipe! And taste terrific! My new personal fav!

  11. Love this post! After you mentioned previously how the gentleman had made granola, and how good you said it was, all I could think about was making some, and so I did last week. I love dried cherries and almonds in mine. Will definitely be stealing this recipe for the next time I'm craving it.

    Went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter at the Cinedome on Thursday night/Friday morning (boy did that bring back memories, I have not been to that theater in fooorever). I felt they did a pretty good job with the film. There were a few things here or there I thought could have been different but for the most part I enjoyed myself :) And I agree that Alan Rickman is one of the coolest cats out there.

  12. MMM the granola looks delicious! Must try, but then again, I just buy 18 Rabbits which caters to the girl on the girl or bachelorette mentality I seem to hold. ;)

  13. Do you need new shoes after that run?!?! Holy speed!!! AWESOME!

    Not a HP girl- just never got into it!

  14. That granola does sound good! But I am too lazy to make it I think, haha

    Great run as usual, you are amazing! It doesn't seem like you need a training plan, you seem to run just fine without one. I need a training plan if I am training for a race, otherwise I'm always confused on how much to run!

    You do seem like a libertarian to me, especially with the hate of SF, haha I hoped Ron Paul was going to be President in 2008, and while I don't have real hope that he will win in 2012 - I'm voting for him regardless, or else I'm not voting for anyone.

  15. First off, great run! You are so quick! I've never really thought about alternating effort for miles like that. I usually just do negative splits.

    That granola looks amazing. I'll have to file that away for a special day. :)

    I like the edamame in the single or double serving bags that can be thrown in the microwave. In fact i need to remember to bring some to work tomorrow.

  16. Hot damn! I've never made granola but with this, I think I just may. Thanks for sharing and boo on Harry Potter ;)

  17. I'm so jealous of your speediness.

    HARRY POTTER!!! I was so excited I damn near peed my pants waiting in line! LOVED IT!

  18. DANG WOMAN....awesome run!!! I will live through you okay? That granola looks amazing!! I am all about prepackaged food on the go or fruit that is easy to take and eat ANYWHERE!!!

  19. Just stumbled onto your blog, and not only are you successful and beautiful but dang girl you are a speedster! You are my idol. Keep being awesome.


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