Snowpacolypse, Apple Oat Bars and A Giveaway, OH MY!

Feb 3, 2011 by

This is me yesterday, or rather how I felt on the inside:

There was also a lot of this:

Watching, that is…

And I thought a broom only had two functions:

Hot damn, Grant Park is wise – and still attractive all bundled up. The sign of a working man.

Since I wasn’t going outside in this:

I stuck to more culinary endeavors on this surprise snow day!


And just to make you feel better about snowpacolypse, how about a little giveaway! Details at the end of this post… (Now Closed)

Apple Oatties


  • 1 & 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (any raw nut will do)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 oz. Chobani nonfat honey yogurt
  • 3 lg. apples


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. On a dry baking sheet, measure 3/4 cup oats and walnuts. Spread evenly and toast in oven for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally.

3. In a food processor, or blender, chop the raisins and dates until a paste-like yumminess is formed.

4. Empty raisins/date mix into a large bowl, add the rest of the dry ingredients (including the other 3/4 cup oats) and combine.

5. Chop the apples into small cubes, toss into a separate bowl.

6. Add greek yogurt and vanilla extract to apple bowl and stir until apples are coated.

7. Dump the oven baked nuts and oats into the big bowl. Mix.

8. Pour the apple yogurt mixture into the big bowl and stir until combined.

9. Grease a 9X12 pyrex and empty the apple oat mixture into the pan.

10. Using clean hands, press the goodness into the pan forming a smooth-ish top layer.

11. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to encourage even cooking.

12. Allow to cool before cutting.

Try not to eat them all in one afternoon…

Crumble over yogurt

Individually wrap for a snack-on-the-go

Drizzle a little pb over top for a healthy dessert


Win a case of Chobani Greek Yogurt. That’s 12 flavors for you to taste, bake and enjoy! To enter do all 3 of the following:

  1. Visit Cho’s facebook page
  2. Retweet the link to this recipe and contest
  3. Leave a comment about your favorite way to stay busy on a snowy day

A winner will be chosen at random in 1 week. Spread the word!

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  1. Roman H

    I like to just hang inside with my girlfriend watching movies in our warm apartment.

  2. I’m all about lounging on the tv with some hot cocoa and catching up on the DVR…hollaback to the Kardashians!

  3. My favorite way to stay busy is baking! I love to bake on a cold, snowy day. Annnnnnd throwing snowballs at my husband. That’s a winner, too. 😀

  4. I live in southern California, so we don’t have snow days. When I lived back in Tennessee, my favorite thing to do on a snow day was curl up in front of the fire with my kitty and a good book.

    Those bars sound great! I’ll had to add that to my ever-growing list of recipes to try. :)

    • Miss M

      Thanks! Give them a try, some people like to add a little more liquid, maybe some almond milk. It really varies depending on humidity.

  5. WHAT?!? Only 3 comments? We’re talking free yogurt here people!

    When I stay inside on cold snowy days I love to spend my time cooking and baking. Wonderful for my inner housewife, not wonderful for my waistline.

    • Miss M

      Right on. I have to keep my inner housewife on the lockdown or else I end up with tons of baked goods and flour in my hair.

  6. I like to curl up with a book and read. Then do some cooking/baking. And clean. And go for a walk or run in the snow. It almost never snows here so I like to get out in it when it does happen. :)

  7. I love to knit on snow days!
    I “liked” the facebook page and retweeted the giveaway!

  8. I love to watch movies and clean! I know, weird, but really, it’s the only time I can clean the house really really well!!

    • Miss M

      So true! I hate cleaning. You’re almost forced to when there’s crazy weather going on.

  9. Jackie

    During our blizzard last week – I stayed busy baking, playing games with my son and cleaning the house!

  10. Lauren

    Getting to experiment in the kitchen. I usually don’t have time but snow days are great for it!

  11. Alissa

    Lots of snow this year in KC… keeping sane with netflix streaming movies and lots of cooking :)

  12. Stephanie K

    I like to bake with my 4 boys on snowy days. We have lots of snow days here in MN so we tend to do a lot of baking! Monster cookies are our favorite to make!

  13. Julia

    I don’t get snow days anymore since moving to GA almost 6 years ago, but my old favorite was get to my best friends house before it got bad and we always walked a couple of miles to the movies and played in the snow on the way home.

  14. Missy

    Clean the house, play with my son in the snow and take walks in the woods and bake delights such as this one!

  15. Megan

    My favorite way to stay busy on a snow day is to make some warm soup, bake some cookies & unfortunately, most likley clean the house! Snuggling up on the couch with a mug of tea or hot chocolate is a good way to “stay busy” too :)

  16. Amanda

    I like to cook, drink lots of tea, and watch Netflix!

  17. I tweeted about the giveaway, I follow Chobani on FB and how I like to spend a snowy day…first, I love to start by spending some time throwing snowballs outside with my dog then it has to be spending the day in the kitchen…

  18. My favorite way is to live in Florida. Okay, I do live in Florida but I’m moving to get into cooler weather. I know, I’m crazy! We were stuck in the snow at my parent’s place in mountains of North Carolina and we sled around the mountain on their property. Lots of fun!

  19. It’s snowing like crazy here and we are working away. Work NEVER stops. :(

    I’d much rather be home, under a nice warm blanket reading a book with a little nap thrown in! 😀

  20. Snow days are natural movies days. I like to stay warm under a blanket, eat comfort foods and watch a movie or play a board game.

  21. Liza

    I like to snuggle on the couch with my 2 pugs

  22. What a great giveaway!! I stay busy baking and cleaning/organizing! Or sleeping…

  23. Kate C.

    snowy day? baking, 80s movies, and praying for a snow day!

  24. Brittany

    I’ve been using the snowy days home from work to catch up on cleaning and other things I’ve been putting off. I’ve also used them to watch some tv shows on Netflix- which was much more enjoyable!

  25. I’m in San Antonio, Texas so when we have a snow day (about once every 20 years) we bundle the kids up, put socks on their hands so they don’t fall off (no gloves here) and avoid the roads because no one has any idea how to drive when it’s snowing!

  26. I live in California so snow days are planned events…

  27. Melanie

    I spend my snow days shoveling and taking care of the house as I am the only one who lives here, besides a spoiled dog and cat. :)

  28. I’m a Cho FB fan already!

  29. My fav way to spend a snow day is baking!

  30. Courtney

    make a great, comforting, and most importantly WARM breakfast, shovel snow, and relax under the covers watching a movie :)

  31. Elise

    I like to curl up with some hot cocoa and a good book or movie. I also like taking a long walk in the snow – all bundled up.

  32. Snowball fights w/ my kids.

  33. Taking a nap on the couch in front of the fire while in and out of watching a “marathon” series on TV. So relaxing! Love this recipe you posted. Stay warm and have a great day!

  34. Amy

    Nothing’s better then cuddling up on your couch with a cup of coffee in hand watching a romantic movie with the fireplace lit in the background.

  35. JW

    Favorite way to stay busy: Clean my house, read, watch movies!

  36. Julie

    Cooking and warming up to a fire!

  37. Oh and my favorite way to keep busy on a snow day is baking. My coworkers get treats every time :)

  38. Jordi

    my favorite way to stay busy on a snowy day is to paint or make some homemade soup, typically veggie! yum!