New Type of Power Bar

Many years ago I volunteered at the Philadelphia Triathlon to be able to help my friend, Kathy, with her transitions.  Kathy’s twin sister and I woke up very early on a very rainy day to participate because we were dedicated friends and maybe because we could meet a hot athlete.  We were assigned to the body marking station and we received our volunteer’s shirt which essentially worked as an all access pass to the triathlon.

Guess who I got to mark up?  Greg.

Guess who I spent some of the morning talking to in the transition?  Greg.

It wouldn’t be for several years before I invited him to a party and he invited himself to New Years until we started dating but back to the story.  Our first year dating,  I decided to volunteer at body marking to help my triathlete out and have at every Philadelphia Triathlon since.

This year he asked me to make him some fudgy oat bars because he claimed they were necessary fuel to power him through the triathlon.  Plus he played up how he realized he loved me while eating a fudgy oat bar.

He totally played on the emotional heartstrings to get what he wanted . . .  I’ve trained him well.

This year Greg beat his times in two of the three events and I like to believe it’s due to those fudgy oat bars.  If you want to make your athlete or loved one the bars, here is the recipe from


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbs butter
¼ tsp salt
½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, unbeaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups quick cooking oatmeal
¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9×9″ or 11×7″ pan.

2. Melt first four ingredients in top of double boiler. Remove from heat and add ½ cup walnuts and 1 t. vanilla. Set aside.

3. Sift together flour, baking soda and ½ t. salt. Set aside.

4. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg and 1 t. vanilla Stir in sifted dry ingredients and the rolled oats.

5. Press 2/3 of mixture into prepared pan. Spread with chocolate filling mixture. Crumble remaining batter over the filling and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup chopped walnuts.

6. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Yield: 30 bars

Greg also picked up another medal for the man cave.  Doesn’t it look great on the wall?

It also spins!

Congrats, Greg on a job well done!  Congrats to Kathy too!


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