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Frenemies and Granola Bars

Overhead view of two homemade granola bars with chocolate chips and pretzels
I have a problem that 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.

Since I posted this recipe back in 2010 I have updated the images and included a printable recipe. The actual recipe remains the same, which is why I kept this post with the comments and reviews from people who have made them for reference…BUT to see the refreshed post with the printable recipe click below!

GRANOLA BARS RECIPE

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32 comments on “Frenemies and Granola Bars”

  1. Shauna from Piece of Cake

    Ha! Love it. I just did a granola-related post myself. It's the right thing to do.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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" πŸ˜‰ Can't wait to make these granola bars, the boys will love them!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. great post πŸ™‚ 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. Great post, you sound like me. I am going to have to give your bars a whirl. My frenemy are my sweat pants!

  9. 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!!! πŸ™‚

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Flirting with flour

    I share the same affinity for both Target and BYP. And both get me into trouble! πŸ˜› 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! πŸ˜›

  13. Chey can cook! (and more)

    I love the honestly in your posts, and I love this recipe! Must try – I'd eat it all!

  14. 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.

  15. DAMN BYP! I have some pants like that..I swear they fit me but when I put my jeans..another story is told!!!

  16. 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!

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