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Tempo-Racing & Homemade Luna Bars


Happy WEEKEND guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week! I’m sorry about the erratic posting this week,  but I’m back to my usual routine next week, so hopefully it should be all back to normal then:)


I am RACING again tomorrow, yaay! Actually, correction, I am tempo-running tomorrow’s race. I went to see the sports doc again today about my injury, and it is improving, but he is worried that I am working too hard in the short amounts of running that I am doing, and that this could set me back in my recovery. He is right, and I can see that. Although I’ve only been running twice a week normally for short periods of time, and usually on grass, it has still been hard efforts. Although I AM getting better, I want to continue to move forwards! I don’t mind too much, because tomorrow isn’t the most important race of the season, so I really will be squat-jogging up the hills this week, just like at the last race Winking smile


So I need to keep this race, and the next few runs, easy-ish, and then we will assess how I am doing and if I can go back to running properly again! I can’t WAIT! Open-mouthed smile


I am still excited about tomorrow, despite the ‘tempo-run’ effort! I have let my coach know so he won’t be screaming “POWER UP THOSE HILLS!” at me this time hopefully! Smile with tongue out I love running as a team, and hopefully we will still place highly without me giving it my all. Regardless, next week is the big one: National XC Relays!!




I was sad this morning because it was my last week of working in a hospital. No more talking to patients. No more stealing borrowing cool latex gloves. No more NHS staff discount. Sad face:382205_10150380398537567_764867566_8304741_2140484740_n

But on the upside no more crazy hours means I can reunite with my hairbrush again. It was an early start in my defence, and breakfast > appearance.


Goodbye awesome salad bar.



But again, the lack of crazy hours means I have *slightly* more leisure time! So basically watching more Gilmore Girls and baking…and CORE WORKOUTS AND STRETCHING (in case my sports doc is reading this Winking smile ). I got straight down to the baking side of things tonight:



I am a HUGE bar fan. Not that you knew that already or anything… Winking smileDSC02893

Those were all demolished in a month and a half.


Problem is, it is an EXPENSIVE addiction! So when I can, I try to make my own. And when I saw this recipe for Homemade Luna Bars (one of my faves!) on Katie’s blog, I knew I HAD to make them! So I did, with a few changes… 


Homemade Luna Bars (Adapted from CCK’s recipe)

Vegan, can be gluten-free

  • 2 cups rice crispies (I used brown rice crispies)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut flour + 1 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or agave)
  • 3 T protein powder
  • 200g/7oz melted chocolate or chocolate chips


  1. Mix the peanut flour with the water until smooth. Add the brown rice syrup, vanilla extract, and salt, and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the rice crispies, oats, and protein powder. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and stir very well.
  3. Line a pan with non-stick baking paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of the paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Spread the melted chocolate on top, and freeze for at least a half hour before slicing. It can then be stored in a n airtight container at room temperature for at least 5 days. ENJOY!!


I LOVE these! I’ve wrapped them up individually so I can grab them on the go Smile



Anyway, I’m off to eat my pre-race dinner…


Wholewheat noodles in soy sauce, teriyaki tofu, and carrots


…and then get an early night!! Or, more likely, spend more time on Pinterest. I am addicted. It is great for motivation though!401249286_nREZ3uAU_c

I will be remembering that one tomorrow Smile


Have you got any races coming up? I have XC races most weeks from now until December! Crazy!!


What is your favourite Luna bar flavour? I think Peanut Butter Cookie!


Have you got any favourite running or general quotes? So many! “When your legs get tired, run with your heart” is one of my faves, and also “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever”.


Have a GREAT weekend! <3

28 Responses to Tempo-Racing & Homemade Luna Bars

  1. great recipe! i bet yours taste so much better anyway. And yes, listen to the doc. sometimes you have to run slow and recover in order to heal and get fast.
    lindsay recently posted..Tum & Tabata: 30 Minute Thursday

  2. …….I love you. you just saved me SO. MUCH. MONEY!!!!! I seriously eat a Luna bar like every single day, its one of my favorite snacks! Even when I’m not on the go lol! These look SOOOO GOOD!!!!

    And GOOD LUCK TOMORROW (or I guess today?) at your race!! Tempo running a race is always fun – though it’s hard not to get caught up in it and go fast! Your doc has a point though – you might not be running often or on hard surfaces, but speed workouts themselves are pretty tough on the legs. I actually saw my sports doc yesterday and he was like “you can run, but don’t get too excited. keep it nice and easy” hahahaha. i was like umm clearly you are not a runner – that’s HARD! I’m so glad your tibia’s healing though! then you can get back to running more often. BUT even by just reading your blog from halfway across the world I can tell you’re improving/getting a TON faster! That’s crazy awesome cuz most injured people have to fight just to stay in relatively the same cardiovascular shape ;)

    My favorite running quotes (even though this comment is already crazy long hah):

    “Every passion has its destiny” – Billy Mills and “Running is like a question mark that’s there each and every day. It says, ‘are you going to be a wimp, or are you going to be strong today?” – Peter Maher :) (I know what my answer is to the second one!) for a race, I don’t know if it’s a quote but I always try to remind myself that “your body is capable of much more than you think” – it helps me dig deep!
    Kate @ Chasing It recently posted..Chicken Soup for the (Injured) Runner’s Soul

    • Aww I love YOU just cos you’re awesome!! And lol I would totally eat Luna bars every day if they sold them here! :P

      I LOVE THOSE RUNNING QUOTES! I’ve got all of them on my Pinterest, except that last one of yours, which I LOVE!

      And I’m so happy you can run again!! Even if it is slow, running is running right?! :D

  3. Good luck on the the the race tomorrow, even if you are only doing it as a tempo run. That is such an awesome quote, I’m going to have to write it down! The luna bars you made look amazing! I love how these homemade luna bars are soy free!
    Sarah Joy – Feeeding Brain and Body recently posted..Surprise Yourself

  4. I hope you have a great tempo run!
    I am a snack/protein bar lover to so this recipe is just what I needed! :D
    Shannon @ Healthiful Balance recently posted..Eats on a Sick Day + Giveaway Winners

  5. Have a great tempo run! :)
    Shannon @ Healthiful Balance recently posted..Eats on a Sick Day + Giveaway Winners

  6. Good luck for the race! My fave quote is: ‘no matter how slow you’re going, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch’

  7. I have your same dangerously expensive addiction!! I had XC meet yesterday, it was an easy meet and I got 1st by a minute! Good luck girl. I will totally be making those luna bars.
    Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee recently posted..Food Food Food

  8. My next race won’t be until March :( for now, lots of swimming and cross training to get better! So for now, I’m channeling all my speed over to you even though you are tempo-racing. Let’s hope that tibia heals up quickly before next week!
    Tara recently posted..Dream Big.

  9. You look SO SAD in that picture. :( I’m hopefully going to race in something local over one of my next two college breaks! Can’t wait to try your Luna Bar recipe!!
    Chelsea @ The Nut Butter Runner recently posted..TGIFriday Faves!

  10. Good luck on the races… you have so many coming up, I am rather jealous :) I have such an addiction to bars too, and you just saved me a whole lottaaa money! Thanks Emma :D
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..Revealing My True Self

  11. Good luck racing! Your sad face is just too pretty! Although its so cute it could make anyone feel guilty ;)

    I bought ingredients to make a tropical style larabar, & i’m going to attempt to use roasted chestnuts in it too!

    Is the monkey outfit getting an outing this weekend for halloween? :) Have a good weekend. xx

    • Aww thank you!! You are so sweet! And YUM a tropical Larabar sounds amazing, and with roasted chestnuts too?! Best idea ever!! :D

      It would have been but sadly my friend who was hosting the party has just come down with glandular fever, so it’s been cancelled! I was going to go as a devil monkey! :P

  12. Good luck with the race girl!!! You will do great! Make sure you take care of urself and do what ya gotta do! The championships will be so worth it!!!

  13. Yay for leisure time (and baking, those bars look faboosh!)
    Good luck with all your races and guess what someone bought me yesterday in preparation for halloween…… no other than THE primark MONKEY SUIT!!!!! woooooooooo, i literally never want to wear regular clothes again :-p
    clemmy recently posted..what a difference a few days makes…

  14. Have an awesome race!! I know you’ll do awesome, despite the minor setbacks. Just make sure you focus on healing, first and foremost!
    And I cannot wait to make these bars! I have a huuuge bar addiction as well, which my wallet doesn’t appreciate. So, these are just what I need!
    Emily recently posted..Pictures > Words

  15. Homemade bars are the best. Somehow once I have a whole batch made and in the freezer they feel so much more convenient than store bought bars even though that’s not even true, lol.

    Good luck at your race! Get a good night’s sleep!
    Sara Grambusch recently posted..My Magical Halloween Puree…I mean Mash-Up

  16. Good luck with your race girl!!! you will do awesome :D Yumm I love luna bars I need to make these !

  17. oh that running with your heart quote is the best and so true :)
    Good Luck with your race even if it is just a tempo run! Hope your tibia heals quickly!!
    Isabelle recently posted..Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  18. Hey Emma! I hope you have a great tempo run, and I can’t wait to try the recipe.

    Tip: I just discovered on the blog “vegan beauty review” a diy dry shampoo and it’s working AMAZING especially since I have dark hair. And it takes the chocolate obsession to new levels;) It’s equal parts corn starch and unsweetened cocoa powder. I though that was weird until I tried it. And it’s so much better than any I have ever bought, and cheaper. Perfect for busy brunettes like us that don’t wash their hair and need money to buy expensive nut butters;)

    • Thank you so much!! I will check out that blog tip right now! It sounds AWESOME! I agree with you that I shouldn’t be wasting my money on dry shampoo when I can just do that and then buy nut butters instead! :P

  19. mmmM, those bars looks yummy! Katie knows her stuff!
    Good luck with your race today!! im sure youll do great although you cant give it your all! Haha, and i just love your painting :D You are multi-tasking: Running + squat-ing :) Must give you a good workout!
    Cant wait to hear about your race!
    Ragnhild recently posted..29.10: Working Girl

  20. Hope your race goes well! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Those bars look amazing!

  21. Your bars look so good! I hope the race goes well!!!
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes recently posted..Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2011

  22. Oh i went through such a luna bar phase! my faves were blueberry bliss, cookies & cream, chocolate peppermint, brownie, nutz over chocolate, I think the only ones I wasn’t a big fan of was the chocolate chunk, and chocolate coconut.

  23. Wow oh bar mastaaahh. I hope your race went well. I can understand about tempo running versus racing. I always ran (pun intended) into that sort of problem recovering too.

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