Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Granola bar squares on a wooden table with a knife.

Simpler, cheaper and now even vegan friendly – here’s an updated version of our original Granola Bars recipe. Granola bars fall into that category of money saving tips related to making things yourself vs. buying already made – purchasing prepackaged bars gets expensive quickly. Here, the ingredients for the whole batch cost about as much as one store-bought bar. That’s a good deal, wouldn’t you say? We love having some of these in the freezer for impromptu adventures or quick snacks when blood sugar levels are on the decline, and suggest you give the recipe a go. Super simple to make, very yummy to eat. Good luck!

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DIY Oat-based Recovery Drink

Small bottle of chocolate protein drink on a wood cutting board.

Training and nutrition go hand in hand, there’s no doubt about that. And once you’ve started racking up the hours and gone beyond a “normal” exercising routine, it’s definitely worth thinking about timing your nutrition intake a bit, as this does indeed have an effect on both development and performance. Going crazy and obsessing over microscopic details is seldom a recipe for success, however, so approach this sensibly.

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Spiced Vegan Apple Cake

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Fall equals many things: mushroom foraging, lit candles, crackling fires, gorgeous foliage, frost covered fields, warming soups – and apple desserts, of course. Now is THE time to take care of all the fruit out there. Preserve what needs to be preserved (by baking and making jam, butter, sauce etc.) and store what can be stored (this requires a cool, slightly humid place, such as a root cellar or unheated basement). If you happen to know what variety of apples you’re dealing with, it’ll be much easier to know whether they should be eaten and/or preserved immediately, or if they can be stored. So-called “winter apples” are still picked in the fall, but they will last – provided they’re stored in an appropriate manner – until the end of the winter. 

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Our Favorite (And Cheap) Morning Muesli

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Growing up, my dad was the designated müsli maker in the family. I owe him my love for toasted hazelnuts in muesli for sure – to this day, I don’t think I’ve ever made a batch without it. Having homemade muesli around is just one of those things I have with me since childhood. I remember when I first moved to New York and went to the store for the first time, just to get some essentials, and found myself a (very trendy-looking) bag of muesli – for $10. I quickly realized my breakfasts would have me go bankrupt, and started making my own muesli even in my tiny, tiny East Village studio kitchen (my counter space was 25 cm/10 in wide). This resulted in my smoke alarm going off on a regular basis, as even just the smell of toasted nuts could trigger it, but that was by no means the most dramatic type of event I dealt with there – no, that was when the entire ceiling came crashing down one night. It’s 100% true – the ceiling above the kitchen had fallen in one morning. I had spent the night at Mike’s place, and had quite the scene waiting for me as I walked in the door. But that’s certainly a different story.

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Granola Bars

Making your own energy bars is a MUST if you’re on a tight budget. Store-bought ones are expensive, and making your own is as easy as it is cheap. We started making our own in 2016, when we had decided we were going to quit our jobs and move to Sweden. We were looking to save up as much money as we possibly could, and our little apartment quickly turned into a DIY studio as a result of that. Granola, yogurt, packed lunches… we had a whole operation going on.

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Gingersnap Energy Balls

Wherever you look, you see pictures of and recipes for bliss balls, energy balls, raw balls, raw bites etc. etc. There are so many names for (sort of) the same thing I feel utterly lost in what to use. In fact, there’s a quite lovely saying in Swedish that goes “Kärt barn har många namn”, which unfortunately lacks an English counterpart. However, it could be translated along the lines of “a highly loved child will have many different names”. It means that loving parents often have many nicknames for their beloved children, so whenever the expression is used, it’s supposed to show that there are various labels for the same (popular and well liked) thing. Given the first sentence, I think you know where I’m getting with this. There are many names for the energy-packed, naturally sweetened balls we see a lot of – and I’m not sure I know a) what I prefer calling them and b) if there’s any sort of difference between the names. Regardless, here’s another snack ball (oh boy, another name) – flavored in the spirit of Christmas and almost dangerously delicious.

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