Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bars, PR


Good morning! Hope your weekend is off to a good start! This morning, I ran a 10K on the Isle of Palms.  I ran the same race last year. Last year, I finished in 50 minutes & 48 seconds….this year, official time was 48 minutes & 01 second!! Some pictures from the event. T-shirt & bib:

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Unofficial time:

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My fellow instructor & friend Jennifer and I after the race (she came in FIRST in her age group):

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and I came in third in mine :)

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Whoop, whoop!

I realized yesterday that I have been posting a LOT of baked goods. I promise I am still cooking, my baking has just been a lot more interesting ;). I also realized yesterday that I had some eggs that were approaching their best by date….so I decided to bake some more.

Oatmeal Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bars

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  • 2 cups dry oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (you could also use more applesauce)
  • 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Mix first 5 ingredients
  • Add remainder of ingredients and mix until well combined


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  • Spray pan and press mixture into the bottom
  • Bake for ~25 minutes
  • Let bars cool completely, cut into squares


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What are you up to for the rest of the day? I am planning on doing some more baking (granola), learning my choreography for our program launches at the gym next weekend & watching lots of college football (GO PENN STATE!!!).


Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews said...

That's a great time! Congrats!! I think that was almost my exact time when I did a 10k a couple years ago.

lee said...

Congrats! That's awesome that you got third in your age group.

Veggies, Cake & Cocktails said...

Congrats on your finish, that is fantastic!

I'm going to be spending the rest of my day at Whole Foods picking up snacks for the Michigan football game. Then watching the game. I'm a huge Nebraska fan but they aren't playing this week so I will be cheering for my husbands Michigan team. I'm a good wife like that;)

vanillasugarblog said...

congrats girl. i have to admit i admire all that running you do. i wish i could do all that but i'm too fat. LOL

Krista said...

Just got back from a cold, wet soccer practice and will be heading to a hockey game soon. LOL Guess what I'm going to make first, though? ;)

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

Congrats on the PR! That's so awesome, Erica. :)

And this is the time for baking. I'm enjoying all the recipes.

Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete said... goodness. :P

Congrats on that 10K! Great time, as well as a hell of a PR! W00t!

The Purple Carrot said...

No one minds a lot of baking, I promise! :D

And congrats on your race, improvement from last year and third place!

Have an awesome weekend!

Megan D said...

Congrats on the 10K! I love IOP. And I looove the look of those choco bars! Saving the recipe :)

Julie said...

CONGRAAAAAAAAAAAAATS!!!!!! that's so amazing!!!!! 3rd place is seriously so awesome and a swanky medal :)

you seriously have been a baking machine and i LOVE IT. i want to bake right now because of you haha i actually just might make these oatmeal choc chip bars as we speak because i juuuuuuuust got new flour! and i'm looking for something to do that's not schoolwork hahaha

enjoy your weekend girl! i've got to work all day tomorrow poo :( and do schoolwork today. double poo :(

Julie said...

OH MY GOD by the way i'm watching the dc wives now and is this chick FOR REAL. she's a straight liar!!!

tam said...

Yay! Well done you fab that you came third!

Those bars look so yummy :)

homecookedem said...

Way to go on a strong finish!!

Those bars look delicious!!

Sarah said...

Congrats on your time!!! That's super, and you definitely deserved some oatmeal and chocolate after that!

Stacey said...

Great job on the race. I love your outfit, you look super cute.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

you were haulin' butt on your race! wow congrats on the new PR and your time!

and the isle of palms, wow, such memories for me of a life gone by. Been there. And ironic that i posted about races today and was totally thinking of all the races we ran back, in NC & SC this time of year..

And you ran one today. Congrats and the bars look stellar of course!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

you are definitely a baking machineeeee girl! can i move in and reap the benefits of all these treats, uhh please? ;) we're watching football and relaxing tonight too - it's such a cool, perfect fall night for it!! happy saturday!

Maria said...

Congrats on your race! The bars look scrumptious too!

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

Wow NICE time! You are a speed demon!
Those bars look amazing:)

Eden said...

A speed demon indeed! I wish I had your endurance, I used to, but it was all in my exercise addictive past, you clearly do it for the right reasons. I'm totally digging the baking kick!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Congrats on the run lady--that's great!!
And I don't mind your frequent baking one bit! It looks delish all the time. :-)

Seglare said...

Congratulations on your great race! You're so fast! :)

The bars look good. I certainly don't mind you featuring lots of baked goods, either (I'm more of a baker than a cook myself, anyway, so I love to get new ideas). ;)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

Great job on your 10K. You are a speed demon, my 10K range around 60-70 mins in the past.

I'm running a 10K on Thanksgiving Day. I'm excited to run with friends and also to raise money for the local Food Bank :)

I like that you don't use too much sugar when you bake, my kind of treats.

About your comment, I wish my area offer more variety of the Body Pump classes, but I've only done one kind and I think it's official name is Les Mills Body Pump 73. I know there are more fun versions out there and I hope to get to try them soon.

Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said...

erica do NOT apologize for the baked goods!! keep em coming they look so so good!!!!

congrats on the PR you look so great and thats amazing!! :) wooooooo

janetha said...

first of all i have to say your chocolate chipped filled cookies on the previous post look AMAZING. another item i need to snag at TJs when i am in cali--almond meal! i hear it is easy to make at home, though, so maybe i ought to try. dinner and froyo looked like fun, you are so cute.

GREAT job on the PR! i smiled real big when i read your email. good for you! it was fun to read about the race. good job to your friend, too.

this looks like another winner recipe! i loved the last ones of yours i made, good thing i halved the batch because i gobbled them up in 3 days. i will have to give these a try, too.

i am about to head out for some magazine reading on the stairmill, then going to lunch for a friend's birthday and THEN up to a ski resort for the annual oktoberfest. excited!!

enjoy the last bit of your weekend. <3

Lena@ loveeatnowafter said...

congratulations on ur runn!! thats really amazing! wow a 10 k! im just signing up for a 5K. hopefully i can be up there with u big leagers someday hehe

as for penn state..unfortunately im umich all the way! hehe we do play penn on the 30th tho!

Nicci said...

Awesome job coming in 3rd!!

Jenna said...

Awesome job on the run lady!

Those bars look so nummy! If I hadn't already made cookies this weekend I would have jumped off my couch to make these. :)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

What a fantastic time! you are super speedy!

Congrats on placing 3rd in your age group. Awesome!

BroccoliHut said...

Love these bars! I know what I'm making next time I get a chocolate craving!

Heather said...

Yayayay!!! Congrats on your PR and 3rd place finish! Though, I can't believe you didn't come in first with that time. You are speedy!

Love the baking recipes - keep 'em coming!

Lindsay @ said...

Awesome job on the race rockstar. I'm so proud of you!! I've spent the day shopping for little things for the house. It's lookin cute. :)Now I'm roasting up a big ol' butternut squash. mmmmm

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

Great job and great time! The baking is always great, though I definitely look forward to all your recipes!

Unknown said...

congrats on your pr and 3rd AG :) baking is certainly a perfect way to celebrate!!

Anonymous said...

Hey chica!!
congrats on 2-min fastest!!! hell ya you rocked it!
I hope you have a great week ahead of you!

Kerstin said...

What an awesome time - congrats!! And yay for yummy bars to celebrate :)

MizFit said...


Ive been thinking lately as I come over here, settle in and covet your baking motivation :)
would you consider a guest post for me ever?

please to ponder.
no rush...

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Go you for the race!! I have yet to place in any of my races, and I'm so jealous! congrats, babe!

jenna said...

congrats on your finish time! :) your such a great inspiration!!

these choc. bars look sinfully good!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wahooooo! Congrats, Erica - that is SO so awesome!! AND congrats to your super speedy friend. :-) Fast girls!

Bridget said...

Ahh congrats!!! THat is SOO awesome :) Perfect time to be reading this too as my first 10k is on Monday! You must have felt awesome!

Aggie said...

these look like an amazing treat!!

Congrats on the PR!! You are awesome girl!

Tina said...

You are FAST, lady! CONGRATS! :)