Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
Runner Grub: Granola

Hey guys! So this week I stumbled upon a really awesome recipe for granola and am super duper excited to show it to you! Like, PUMPED! Why? Well because it has one of my favorite foods in it.....peanut butter! A good friend of mine -Jake from Ontario- is currently training for an ultra-marathon....like, this guy is insane. Anyways, I asked him what his go-to snack was before or after a workout. I was expecting something like a banana...or protein powder...or a brick...so imagine my surprise when he replied with 'peanut butter granola'. Granola of any sort is notorious for having a high fat, calorie, sugar, and carb content, so it's important to read labels and know exactly what's in there...but the key word here is "moderation." I'll shut up now and give you the recipe already. (Those Canadians sure know what they're doing..)

 2 Tbs all natural peanut butter
2 Tbs all natural almond butter
4 Tbs organic raw honey

1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder (shhhh. just go with it)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2-2 1/2 cups whole grain rolled oats
1-2 Tbs ground or whole flaxseed
 Dried cranberries/blueberries
Unsweetened raw coconut flakes
Raw pumpkin seeds
Chopped walnuts 

So here's what you do. Combine the peanut and almond butter (you can just use all peanut butter if you don't have almond butter on hand) and honey in a big 'ole microwaveable bowl and microwave it for about 30 seconds, or until the peanut butter is a bit runny. Throw in the cinnamon, chili powder, and vanilla. Stir these up reeeaall good and then add the rolled oats and flaxseed. That's about it. Grab a baking sheet and line it with foil, maybe even spray a little bit of cooking spray on it. Dump the granola onto the sheet and spread it out real nice, so it covers the entire pan. Pop it in the oven @ 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, giving it a stir every few minutes so you don't scorch your lovely granola. Bake until golden, take it out, and let the granola cool for a while. When it's cool you can throw in the berries, seeds, nuts, and coconut flakes. You can even add dark chocolate chunks *gasp* for some extra goodness. I love this stuff; it's perfect for a pre-run snack. In fact, I think I'll go make some now..Enjoy y'all!

Happy Trails!

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