Frenemies and Granola Bars


I have a problem.
Serious? Well, that depends. My problem comes in the form of a cotton/spandex blend.
My black yoga pants.
They are what one would call a “frenemy”. They pretend to be on your side, make you feel good and then stab you in the back when you are least expecting it.
BYP and I met a few years ago. No, it wasn’t during yoga…although I did try yoga once and almost fell asleep.
We met on Oprah. Yes, Oprah. She introduced me to this versatile leisure wear about 2 years ago on one of her make-over shows where she transforms ladies from frump to fab.
Be a cute mom and still be comfortable. YES! That’s what I want! Plus, they were like the one thing on that episode I could actually afford.
Oprah holds that kind of spell over me.
I immediately rushed to purchase the pants…tried them on and found God. Literally.
Thus, a relationship built in comfort heaven was born.
I am not the mom who looks cute at the bus stop. I am the mom who, when my kids get older, will pay me to stay inside when the bus comes. Yes, I’m the crazy pony-tailed lady in college sweats and fuzzy slippers frantically rushing my kids out the door, trying not to spill my coffee and waving goodbye to them as the bus pulls away. I have long aspired to wear khakis and sweater-sets to wish my children a good day, but I tried that once and it just didn’t feel right 😉 Plus, I am lazy.
So when I heard of these pants that I could wear to bed AND to shop in I was sold.
I own entirely too many of this deceptive loungewear. Far too many. In fact, I can’t even bring myself to type the number. (Also, my husband will read this and he might send me to BYP rehab)
Now, here’s the problem…they lie. Over and over.
They ARE versatile, they ARE comfortable, they ARE flattering.
They have elastic.
These past 2 years I would have never thought that I was gaining weight because my size-medium yoga pants still fit.
Yes, I had to buy some new jeans in the mean-time. But they are cutting jeans smaller these days, right? Some of my shirts did “shrink” in the dryer. It’s that cheap material they are making clothes out of these days, RIGHT? I know I couldn’t be growing because those BYP still fit.
I have never claimed to be a genius. Far from it, actually. But I believed in you BYP and you made me fat.
You see, BYP, you’re the Rachel McAdams character from Mean Girls who switches out the low-cal diet bar with a protein packed weight-gain bar. I didn’t even know it was happening.
We must reach some sort of agreement, you and I. Maybe I can wear you every OTHER day.
We can still be friends, just see each other a little less.
Seriously, I am having a Brokeback moment. I just can’t quit you.
To make matters worse, a girlfriend of mine just told me she found some great ones in a pack, 2 for $20. See, affordable on top of everything.
I feel like an addict on the corner, except my corner is between Target and Starbucks.
It’s all relative.
Now that I have made a verbal agreement with my drawer of yoga pants and spilled a dirty secret, I will share with you another deceptive treat…
The Granola bar.
You hear “granola” and think healthy. Sort of anyway.
Well these homemade, no-bake Granola bars are yummy if not entirely healthy. You’ll never want Quaker again.
Here’s what you need:
recipe adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 cups granola, any brand you like ~ there are a lot of different flavors of granola out there, so the possibilities are endless.
1 cup rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup thin pretzel sticks broken in half
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used 1/4 chocolate and 1/4 peanut butter chips) use your imagination.
*If you choose a granola that already contains raisins, you might want to hold back a little on the raisins you add, or sub something else, like nuts.
This is the granola I used…

1. In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, honey and butter and melt over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved, approx 2 min.

2. Remove from heat and fold in the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the chips. If you add the chocolate chips in now they will melt.
3. Press mixture into an ungreased 9×13 evenly.
4. Now gently press your chips on top.
5. Chill in fridge for 15 min. or so. Then remove and cut into bars.
These are a really yummy treat, my kids ask for them all the time. Play around with your own add-ins and make them your own!

ps ~ Thanks for indulging my angst. These are the things I lay awake at night thinking.
No deep thoughts here 😉

32 Responses

  1. Jenn

    OMG…I can sooo relate to everything you said, describes me to a tee!!! You are not alone! LOL
    I also need to try this yummy recipe!

  2. sarahe

    ah yes, the deceptive pants…mine are the scrubs i wear to work–loose and lacking shape, i didn't really notice how much mine was expanding. blah.

  3. Flirting with flour

    I share the same affinity for both Target and BYP. And both get me into trouble! 😛 Delicious looking bars btw… I'll have to wait to make these when I'm not so hungry. I'd devour a whole pan and even the BYP might not be accepting of that! 😛

  4. Heidi

    I read your BYP post while nodding my head the whole time. Especially the sentence where you admitted to wanting to be the mom who wore khakis and sweater sets but it just doesn't feel right. I could not have stated that better myself. That is exactly how I feel. Sometimes I think about getting up and taking a shower (I often go *gasp* 2 or 3 days without taking a shower. Just pull hair in ponytail and voila!) and then actually putting on makeup, styling my hair and wearing some cute outfit. Ya know, something casual, like I'm not trying too hard, but cute. Not my usual BYP pants or my veloury type casual sweats or even my addidas workout pants. But IT JUST DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT. I can't explain that further but I totally understood you when you said that. It almost feels like a waste of time because hey, I'm just going to be cooking or cleaning or playing with my kids. Sigh. Yeah, I understand. And then of course there is the whole weight thing. Those stretchy pants always fit don't they? I look in the mirror and I can tell that I'm bulging where I shouldn't be but then I play the denial game. (my period, water weight, constipation etc). There is always some excuse but deep down I know that my ass is just getting bigger. So frustrating.

  5. Mimi

    I was just thinking of banning my BYP from my wardrobe. Way to comfortable. I'm squeezing myself into those too tight jeans hoping to feel so uncomfortable that I won't eat.
    Mimi

  6. Sue Sparks

    You are so funny! I was sitting here by myself chuckling out loud:) Of course it's because I can relate!
    Your granola bars look GREAT!!! 🙂

  7. megan

    great post 🙂 I just discovered the joys of yoga pants myself (and not while doing yoga either). I have been making granola bars recently as well – my husband loves them in his lunches and they're so much cheaper than from the store. I love to try new recipes though, so I'm glad I found yours

  8. Dawn

    Hmm…yes, I can see why you would never want quaker again.
    I say put on those yoga pants and try a different type of yoga sista!

  9. Tracy @ Sugarcrafter

    These have been on my list to try for a while, since the ones you get at the store are always processed with peanuts/nuts (or have the nuts right in them). I haven't seen them with the chunks of pretzels though – I totally want to try these!

  10. Angie

    I am wearing my BYP as I type! we are going to stop on Saturday and get a 2 for $20 park, right? Just call me you "dealer" 😉 Can't wait to make these granola bars, the boys will love them!!

  11. Mini Baker

    these look so delicious! granola bars are so expensive in the supermarkets, so I'll definitely be trying this!
    I've never seen pretzel sticks in granola bars but its sounds delish!
    -Mini Baker

  12. Donna-FFW

    OMG! So loved this post, how fun and how true. I cant count the number of times Ive shopped in pj/lounge/workout/yoga pants.. and I am so not one of the khaki people at the bus stop, I am the one in pj bottoms, my hubbys coat, uggs or slippers, yes with the coffee in my hand, and hair untouched..\\

    The granola bars.. a must try for me.. Ive never made them and these look fantastic.

  13. Ann Marie @ White House, Black Shutters

    Oh my goodness… I LIVE in yoga pants! I can relate to everything you said in this post.

    Thanks for the recipe, I've been looking for something halfway healthy to make with the chocolate chips I have on hand! 😉

  14. Dorothy

    You really hit the mark there with your BYP story. As I was reading it, all I could think to myself was "Oh my gosh, that SAME thing happened to me!" Like I magically gained 20 pounds overnight LOL. Now…if we could all stop posting such yummy looking treats on our blogs… 🙂 Homemade granola is right up my alley!

  15. Kathy - Panini Happy

    Ha ha – I've purchased 3 pairs of BYPs in the last month! Figured they'd fit and be comfortable as I transition out of maternity pants. Sounds like they'll fit well for a looong time! 🙂

  16. StuffCooksWant

    I love your humor, but I REALLY thought you had a recipe for "healthy" granola bars. I'm pretty sure that such a recipe wouldn't start off with butter, sugar and honey. Dang it… you fooled me!

    The bars look great, but I won't be making them anytime soon due to…. my butt and my desire to decrease it's lumpiness. Squats and lunges are in my future, not gooey granola bars. Although if I had my choice…

  17. Candy and Cake

    Loved your story about yoga pants! So funny, and yet so true in my life too! My vice is fleece pants. Love the granola bar recipe, want to try that one!

  18. Rachel

    Made them today with
    1c go lean crunch
    1c Cheerios
    1c rice krispies
    Then topped with mini chocolate chips and raisins. Perfect!

    They are a gift for my best friend who is having surgery (and could use the extra fiber).
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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