We are finally beginning to feel the subtle seasonal shift around here, as summer ever so slowly gives way to fall. That teasing temperature is finally beginning to cool a bit, the autumn winds are blowing and the daylight hours are quickly growing shorter. For the first time, in what seems like forever, the very thought of a hot cup tea or a steaming bowl of stew doesn’t send me instantly into a sweat. At last, the pumpkin and the autumn spice seem nice and seasonally appropriate to use in a culinary exploration. However, with my extra hour of sunlight and an extra hour of sleep, I’m in a sunny sort of mood this morning and craving something sweet. So, I think I will forgo the earthy flavors of fall and revisit the sweetness of the summer fruits with some fancy pancakes for breakfast.
One thing I am always in search of is a good energy bar. After so many years of trail time, my husband and I have had our fill of the packaged energy/protein/power bar. We are always on the hunt for new recipes for homemade bars packing some sort of super-nutrient punch. Today I had a hankering for some of these Chocolate Energy Bars. They are perfect for a long day on the trail or a day at the crags. Make them into mini bites and they are just the sweet thing to top off a healthy lunch during a long work day or a little pick-me-up any old time. These bars are so yummy and very satisfying. I thought I might need a little bit of this goodness to get me through the coming week.