Saturday, April 28, 2012


Happy Saturday! 
Spring is popping up everywhere and you can see changes everyday in the trails... Little green sprouts peeking up one day...broad leaves basking in the sun and wiggling in the wind the next!  Love watching the beauty and energy of mother nature this time of year...

It is Royal Lepage Snow to Surf and Times Colonist 10K weekend and that confirms that spring is officially here!  Once again Team ELM will be working hard and having fun at these annual events.  Our 10K clinic graduates are down in Victoria rocking the TC10K course and this year ELM has two Womens Teams in the Snow to Surf Relay in the Valley!  Watch out for 18 ELM race jerseys as we ski, run, bike and paddle our way across the Comox Valley tomorrow!


Below are a couple of photos from my scouting ride on the course yesterday...followed by a yummy recipe for Team ELM Power Bars!  Enjoy!

Little green friends line the trail...leaves bobbing and shaking in the breeze...welcoming the warmth of spring!

And where oh where was this photo taken?  LOVE this graffiti art...someone has serious talent with spraypaint!

Team ELM Power Bars!  Just made these tasty treats this morning to fuel Team ELM in tomorrow's race.    The recipe is from 'Grazing' by Julie Van Rosendaal.  Makes 18 bars with about 160 calories each.  Enjoy!

Team ELM Power Bars!
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut or almond butter
1/4 cup milk or substitute
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tbs oil- I used coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup whole grain flour- I used spelt
3/4 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds (I used pecans)
1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 tbs ground flax seed
*Note I found these a bit too sweet for my taste- so I would cut the sugar down by 1/3 next time...

1.  Preheat oven to 350 and oil 9*13 inch pan
2.  Mix sugar, nut butter, milk, honey, oil and vanilla
3.  Add the oat mixture to the nut butter mixture along with the nuts and seeds
4. Spread and press batter into the pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool in pan and cut into bars!


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