Cookie Dough Cashew Butter Bark

**First of all, thank you sooooo much for your kind words from my last post! I ❤ the triathlon/running community! Everyone is so supportive and motivating!**

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Since the race, I have been pretty pathetic on the training front. Zero swimming, zero cycling and 2 runs, both super easy. I have been mentally and physically drained trying to squeeze everything in, and with weekends predominantly being dedicated to training, I REALLY needed a rest! And I think I deserved it 🙂

That meant that this week I have had more time for BAKING!

It was perfect timing, because MERIDIAN FOODS were awesome enough to send me a MASSIVE hamper of loads of their different nut butters, jams and maple syrup!! My favourite so far has to be the pecan butter, so if you see it in the shop clear the shelf immediately m’kay (and save a jar for me)? I lather that stuff onto cut up apples and it is better than dessert – and coming from me, that’s saying something!

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I thought I would try something different and attempt “bark”. This is a popular treat in America (the have a lot of peppermint bark at Christmas, for example) so I did my research, aka searched pinterest, and found Cookie Dough Cashew Butter Bark!

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(thumbs up!)

You have to keep them in the freezer so it a) doesn’t soften, and b) out of sight, out of mind!, so clear a space and try out this recipe immediately…oo and did I tell you they are HEALTHY, too?! Oo oo AND did I tell you you only have to use the food processor, so it saves you on dishes?! Ok here goes…

Ingredients
  • 3 cups cashew butter (I used Meridian – they have huge tubs available)
  • tablespoon coconut oil, softened a little (something from Costco)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I used Meridian)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (again, something from Costco)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (recipe called for 1/2 but I like ‘dem chips)

 

Method

  1. Start with the nut butter and put in a food processor, along with coconut butter and maple syrup and blast it for a minute or so until mixed. Add flour, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla to the mix and pulse several times until mixture is smooth like the consistency of cookie dough. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Scrape mixture into a parchment paper-lined tray until smooth. Freeze cookie dough bark 30 minutes or until solid. Cut into pieces and store in freezer until ready to serve.
  3. Make another batch a day later because you will have eaten it all and be desperate for more!

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(Prior to freezing. Finished product not photographed because we forgot and by the time we remembered there wasn’t enough left)

If you don’t want to be too healthy, substitute the coco flour for 1/2 normal flour, and use butter instead of coco oil, and add a 1/2 cup sugar to get a thicker consistency.

And before I forget, the “nut bars” are unbelievable as a protein bar post session! You can keep them in your car/sports bag, so no excuses for not eating straight after a workout to start the recovery process!

Let me know how you get on!


Favourite nut butter?

Favourite nut butter recipe?

If you don’t like nut butter, what is your favourite all round treat recipe?!

 

 

 

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1st Race in a Metro Vest & a baby

The Livingston relays are on Sunday and I can excitedly say I am part of a relay team! I have never ran for a team, but Metro are so positive and encouraging (and love a drink) so I was sold on joining them and am now pumped to hopefully get a good result for the females in a couple days! Myself and Princess Fiona are doing a 6 mile leg, while fellow relayers(?) Ginie and Katie are doing the 3 mile leg. They are all super fast so I hope I don’t let the side down! The men’s team is looking pretty darn strong too, so it should be a really fun day!

Training has been going well – did over 20 hours last week (1st time since Ironman training!) with some good quality sessions, and this week is a bit of a cutback week. Not really feeling this week though, I have lost my mojo – I’ve felt pretty tired and sluggish (too many Easter eggs perhaps?). This is totally normal, so if you feel that way too sometimes don’t be disheartened!

I forced Kyley Babez out with me on Tuesday night in the hailstones for a short interval session, which really helped with morale! Not sure I would have coped alone. He was acting as if my 5.30 pace was a stroll in the park, though, which I find offensive!

But if world record pace can be on in horrible conditions in Cardiff, I could manage some 4minute efforts for a while, right?

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I was gutted for their final couple of miles! I think they could have come close!

I have also been back in the kitchen this week. I was craving pizza on Wed night but didn’t have any in, nor had I prepared any dough in advance. I tried coconut flour pizza dough and, although tasting nothing like pizza, it filled a hole.

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(Yes, that is a teddy bear shaped baking tray)

I just googled a recipe and chose one of the 1st ones… 1/4 cup coconut flour, 4 eggs. 1.5 tsp cornflour, 1 cup plain yoghurt, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, salt & pepper. Mix then bake at 200C for 10mins!

I also baked cookies because the above is just far too healthy for me.Pretzel and chocolate chunk = heaven!! Recipe here!

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I had to laugh at what I received in the post recently…since I was in so often, I was asked to fill out multiple questionnaires on my “experience”!

I was actually back at hospital yesterday for some knee photographs. It was very eerie being back again and I didn’t like it 😦

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You’ll notice my new Aqua Sphere Kaiman Exo on the table there too…I feel like a rockstar in them with the extra dark lenses!

 

 

 

And in other news….WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(April Fools!!)

BUT

 

 

We are having a kitten!

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We are getting the one on the right!! She is beautiful and we pick her up a week today!!

Mum & Keith are actually getting the one on the left so the siblings can have play dates!

Aren’t they SO adorable in their Easter basket?! I’m not a huge cat fan, but apparently ragdolls have the persona of a dog (really friendly, like to play etc) so I cannot wait!!

Hope you’re all having a good week!


 

Cat or dog person?

Any funny pet names?

Coconut flour: yay or nay?

This Weekend made me Happy :)

First of all – NO CHOCOLATE NOVEMBER IS OVER!! I SURVIVED!! Recap on how that went later!

Don’t you just love when you feel like everything is perfect and you are in your happy place!? Well that was me after this past weekend!

It was filled with family, friends, fast running and food!

1st meal of the weekend:

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SUPER simple recipe for mac n cheese: 25g flour, 25g butter, 1/5 pint milk, 100g cheese, spoonful mustard, seasoning…mix together, add cooked macaroni and bacon then grill with extra cheese and tomatoes on top!

And my comfy pjs to blitz the house in!

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Saturday morning we got up early and did a 10 mile tempo around Alford…we tried to find the flattest route we could but it was still pretty undulating and it had a mental head wind in the 2nd half – the hilliest part!

All in all I was pretty happy with my time! Kyle left 10mins after me to see who would finish first – I won! The Strava flyby of us is hilarious!

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(I hit the 5km in around 19.50 and 10km in around 39.55, which made me happy I’m finally feeling fitter again!)

We also had to run extra fast because Mum & Sandy were coming over to help with house stuff!

Over the whole weekend, we had 11 visitors! Stephen and Hannah came up from Edinburgh with their 3 month old, Louis! Last time we saw him, Kyle was super hungover, but this time Louis was madly in love with him and wouldn’t let him go!

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We went for walks, had [quite a number of] beers, and made a huge spread of food for our version of Thanksgiving!

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(Don’t knock before you try – and you MUST try this Sweet Potato Casserole!)

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(“Let’s pretend we are having a jolly good time”)

(Movies were a must…but we missed all plots for talking!)

(Family photo shoot at Craigievar Castle!)

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It was SO MUCH FUN! We will be seeing them in a couple weeks before we head to Prague for Kyle’s 30th trip, so I cannot wait to see them again! And can I just point out how AMAZING Han looks 3 months post baby! She is tiny (with MASSIVE boobies!) #girlcrush.

They left Sunday and Andy, Amber, Drew, Kenzie, Hammy & Norman came over! Kyle’s parents helped build built furniture all by themselves cause Kyle and I suck, while the kids played hide and seek (it was their first time in our new house!).

Once everyone left, we were super tired, but I had to fit in a cycle and Kyle another run, so I ventured onto the turbo since the snow outside was getting worse!

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(feeling like a hippo after above sweet potato casserole isn’t fun!)

Another thing that made me happy this weekend… finding this:

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(Taken after receiving my award at the Aberdeen Sports Awards – I was so flustered and excitable!)

And that was that! Super happy to be showing signs of fitness again, and hoping this snow stays pretty and not can’t-get-out-of-Alford deep!

I have a knee appointment this morning to assess permanent damage so please wish me luck!!


What were you up to at the weekend?

Do you have snow where you are?

Tempo session or interval session? What’s your favourite?

Last Week’s Roundup

The week started off great! I met up with some of the fastest runners in Aberdeen for a long run around Fetteresso…we told Myles and Fiona it was only going to be around 90 mins to try and persuade them to come (Myles’ is a superb 3k runner and Fiona barely sees double digit runs! Still, they are unbelievably fast so we knew they could handle it…we did you a favour, guys!)

1800ft of elevation, and 1hr 58mins later, we finished our 16 miles! I’m so glad we remembered to bring some of Mum’s leftover birthday cake (Costco, why do you do this to us!? Leftovers isn’t usually in our vocabulary!)

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(Kyle, McDoogz, Myles, Phil, Meeee, Fiona and Tom….only smiling because of the cake)

After that, Kyle and I headed to Monymusk to take advantage of a free lunch voucher he won at their half marathon – it was delicious (ESPECIALLY since they were still running their 3 course Christmas lunch that they allowed us to have!)

On our way home, we stopped by Castle Fraser for a wee walk as the sun was setting…it was gorgeous! The moon was huge and bright and the fog made the castle look mystical 🙂 Am I a nerd?!

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(See – I told you it was mystical!)

The day was too much for Kylie Babez, who crashed and burned around 6pm…that allowed me to catch up with Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons though, so every cloud…!

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Monday morning I recommenced swimming with COAST to kick start the week being back to work *sighs*, followed by some turbo work in the evening. Really working on those single leg drills…!

Tuesday, things started to go downhill…At lunch, I met Freyja for a running session (on grass – I wanted to work on running fast on grass for my race on Sunday). We did 2×1 mile in 6.18, 2×800 in 3.08 and 2×400 in 1.24 – not bad for the mud almost eating our shoes! My coccyx still hurt from my fall at Ribble Valley (I haven’t been running much because the impact is too painful), but grass certainly helped. Unfortunately, the entire afternoon I felt nauseous, and even had to stop on my way home from work because I thought I was going to be sick! Freyja you must’ve pushed me too hard trying to keep up with you!

The evening was a write-off, and I was up all night dry heaving (TMI?). So much so that usual zombieinthemorningKyle actually put his running stuff on at 5.30am to head to work (I don’t even think the 7th hour is his alarm, let alone 5!) – Sorry again!! I was hoping this would mean he would therefore finish earlier so that he could look after me in the afternoon. Nope – he had already planned on meeting his coach for a long lunch, then worked late and did his running session in preparation for Saturday’s big race 😦 as I’m sure you can imagine, he was not in the good books that day…!

If I wasn’t a contractor, I would probably have taken the rest of the week off, but I hate being off ill and always feel guilty so I just stayed in my office the rest of the week, manned up and got on with things!

By Friday, I was feeling much better and managed to run the 3.5 miles to the beach to watch the Metro Proms 3k race! I just wanted to be better for my race on Sunday (which ended up being cancelled – probably for the best) so racing would have only made me worse! I found out I suck at being race photographer:

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Myles won the dudes’ race in 8.53, and Freyja took the girls’ win in 10.34 (of course this was solely due to our grass session on Tuesday!) – well done guys!!! Keith also did it (he’s really racking up the mileage now 😉 so I managed to get a lift back to the office with him!)

On Saturday, Kyle was down in Edinburgh for the Inter Districts (he didn’t do great but the weather was horrendous and he hated every second of it!) and I didn’t go because I thought I was racing the following day. Instead, my race was cancelled due to the blizzard conditions, and he had a lads weekend where he got so drunk he slept til 4pm the next day caught up with friends.

My weekend ended up being awesome! On Saturday, I went to Mum’s for brunch (whilst Keith serviced my bike in the garage!), then spin class/gossip with McDoogz and dinner/rubbish tv with Lucy. On Sunday, I went for a wee swim (feeling much better!) baked, caught up with housework and shopped (and chatted to Noodles on Skype for OVER 2 HOURS but let’s not go there!). I may have bought 3 new pairs of shoes in the sale….

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(oops)

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 (My usual granola. Recipe here)

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(Homemade nakd bars – delicious! And all you need is a food processor! Recipe here)

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(Finally some brownies. I used my cherry cookie recipe, added another egg, and baked slightly longer!)

All those healthy recipes were wasted when Kyle finally arrived home on Sunday night and peer pressured me into ordering pizza with him….such a bad influence! 😉 I wasn’t even racing! Although I highly recommend their cinnamon pizza dessert….YUM!!!

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WOW THAT WAS A LOT OFF MY CHEST!! I need to post more often!! Who knew I was such a chatterbox?! 😉

 

Hope you all had a great week and are feeling waayyyyyy better than I was!!


Questions for you:

What have you been up to this week?

Ever had a race cancelled due to tough conditions?

Chocolate & Cherry Gluten Free Cookies

So the conversation I had with myself last night went a little bit like this:

“aahhh bliss – afternoon off after an awesome recovery day and a productive day at work – let’s bake cookies”

“no Debster you are meant to be an athlete”

“but I love cookies and deserve them”

“how about we compromise and you try out some gluten free ones or protein ones or something the running magazines all rave about”

“let’s do both”

Please pretend I didn’t say that and that I am not a psycho, m’kay?

So I heard cherries are great for recovery:

  • Faster recovery: Marathon runners who drank tart cherry juice five days before, the day of and two days after running experienced a faster recovery of strength compared to those who drank a different beverage. Read more on this study here.
    • Similarly, in another study tart cherry juice helped improve the recovery time after intensive exercise compared to the placebo beverage that was used. Read more on this study here.
  • Decreases muscle pain: Runners in an annual 196-mile relay race in Oregon reported significantly less muscle pain after the race if they drank tart cherry juice twice a day the week before and on the day of the long-distance race. Read more on this study here.
  • Less muscle damage: tart cherry juice decreased some of the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage following strength training. Strength loss after exercise averaged over four days was only 4 percent, compared to 22 percent among those who drank another beverage.

I don’t tend to stock cherry juice in the house (!), but I DID have some dried tart cherries I bought from Costco the other day, and I searched for a “healthy recipe” for cookies containing these:

CHOCOLATE & CHERRY GLUTEN FREE COOKIES

Summary

Total Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 to 8 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used coconut flour, but you could use whole wheat or gluten free if wanting to stay healthyish!)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (i used some posh one I got as a present that didn’t have sugar in it)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (I had some gluten free bp in my pantry for some reason so I used that, but it can also be omitted)
  • 3/4 cup refined coconut oil (I used regular coconut oil I got from Costco)
  • 11/4 cups unrefined sugar (I left this out and it still tasted great!)
  • 1/4 cup honey (I used a teeny bit more since I omitted the sugar!)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (can be omitted, but I kept them in because Debbie doesn’t make cookies without choc chips)

Directions

Preheat the oven 350 degrees F/170 C. and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil.

To the melted coconut oil, add the sugar, honey, vanilla and eggs and stir until well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes to let the sugar dissolve

Add the dry mix to the wet and stir until well combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips and dried tart cherries.

Roll into 24, 1 1/4 -inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press the balls down with the palm of your hand.

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cookies appear set in the middle. Do not over bake!

Let the cookies cool for two minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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(the finished article – I promise they tasted better than they looked! so chewy!)

These tasted ace! Well worth the Googling – they tasted posh – I think because of the quality of the cocoa powder?? I couldn’t believe there was no butter/sugar in it! Kyle is pretty much a cookie conisseur and he LOVED them!! And Lucy was also over (she eats super healthy 90% of the time) and said they were AMAZING for paleo style baking!!! Yay!!!


Questions for you:

Favourite cookie recipe?

Favourite “healthy alternative” recipe?

Favourite all time whocaresaboutcalorie recipe?

Weekend Recap :)

I hope everyone had a great weekend! How mental was the wind!?

Friday night Lucy came round and we had home made chicken nuggets – recipe here:

http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chicken-nuggets

(amazing!)

We also played Trivial Pursuit, borrowed from Mum. It was from the 80s. There were a lot of questions relative to the 80s. That is my excuse for losing (I was the youngest by 3 years)! hmmph.

Saturday morning I was up early to go cycling with Ian Milne. He is a MACHINE! Scottish age group record holder for numerous events (I think 5?) and all round superstar on the bike! We had 70 miles on the agenda but the wind was MENTAL. We couldn’t chat to each other it was just too windy 😦 So 4 hours without too much chat didn’t bode well for me! How am I going to cope in the Ironman!?!? 140 miles with NO CHATTING!?!? Must work on this.

Anyway, long story short, the wind caused Ian to have a horrible early bonk – he said he hadn’t felt like that so early before! Our average speed wasn’t good but with the hills and the ridiculous wind (SO many times I nearly got blown off the bike…) I can’t complain. Plus we saw an otter. So that was nice.

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71 miles in 4.25 – Average speed 26km/h

Oh, I forgot to mention I fell off my bike. Right at the end 😦 I left Ian and had a couple miles myself to get back to mine, which includes a stop at a pedestrian crossing at a busy roundabout. There were too many cars passing so I stopped, clipped out, but was so shaky and tired I fell the other way. In front of SO MANY cars. I cut my knee and my hand swelled up really bad. AND I had a ring on the worst finger, so that still can’t come off and is cutting off the circulation. If it’s still like this on Wed I will have to get the ring cut off (note it is a Tiffany’s ring I got from my girlfriends for my 21st – I don’t want to lose it!)

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(my swollen finger)

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(a blood blister – ewwwwww)

I cleaned myself up really quickly, changed into shorts and trainers, and dragged Kyle out to do a 2 mile loop with me. WOW did I feel like an octopus! You’da thought I was running 5 min miles with my breathing, and my rhythm was all off. Surprisingly, I looked at my watch at the 1st mile and was bang on 7.30. Let’s now try and keep this up for 26.2 miles AFTER doing 112 miles instead of 71, AND a 3.9km swim okay body? You have until August.

BUT, being referred to as “Superwoman” sure helped:

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(yay! Scott would never call me superwoman…!)

After a long shower, and a couple of Man V Food episodes, we popped into town to grab some food and coffee. I was craving some sushi so I dragged Kyle to Yo Sushi (salmon and avocado handroll = dabomb.com), then immediately afterwards demanded a Starbucks (those pumpkin spice lattes are awesome!). Wow maybe I’m needy?

With food still on the brain, we went to Marks in Spencer to find the dessert the papers have been talking about: “Britain’s sexiest pud”, the Belgian Chocolate Jaffa Sphere.

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(we got the last one!)

Perhaps the article bigged it up too much, but I just thought it was “oh, that tastes pretty good” as opposed to “OH EMM GEE I NEED ANOTHER ONE IMMEDIATELY”.

When we got back, we caught up with Game of Thrones (finally got to the last episode!), Gotham, and American Horror Story and I was falling asleep. We were meant to have a birthday night out, but we were so tired we thought we would be healthy (forget I mentioned the jaffa sphere, m’kay?) and save some money (sorry, Myles!)

Sunday was a day of rest for me (well, if you count 12 ridiculously windy miles along Aberdeen beach at 7.20 pace), which included a long bath, face mask and painting nails, while Kyle did the Monymusk Half Marathon. Not only did my rockstar WIN, he obliterated the course record by 2 minutes!!

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(how cute is that framed postcard?!)

He won some more running vouchers and another meal out! WOOHOOOO!  I was thinking about doing it but I’ve had a few niggles lately and didn’t want my overly competitive mindset to get myself injured, so I was sensible and did my own long run. It better pay off because it sounded like so much fun!

When he came home, we did a food shop (yes those are pumpkins in the background – we will be have a carving competition soon!) and made some nice food to celebrate!

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(antipasti, humous, bread, grapes, nachos with camembert and avocado, salad and wine!)


Questions for you:

How was your training over the weekend?

Any races on the schedule?

Healthy Granola!

Wow 2 recipes in just a few days…I am turning into the right homemaker!

I do love baking but I have done it too often in the past and, as well as being a “feeder”, I am also an “eater” which doesn’t bode well for the waistline!

No reason to feel bad for eating a couple bowls of this stuff though! It’s a slight adaptation from my Mummy’s homemade granola (I’ll get her to do a guest post soon with her favourite bakes – she is awesome!), for example, she uses apple juice instead of coconut oil, but I’ll go with mine for now!

Preheat the oven on the highest it goes (this will make the granola nice and crispy! Just make sure you don’t let it burn!)

Take a half cup peanut butter

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And mix it with a cup of coconut oil

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Mix up 2 cups oats

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Add a large sprinkle of ground flax seed

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Add a cup of hemp seed

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And a cup of flaked almonds

And another sprinkle of protein powder (I used flavourless but vanilla would be nice a sweet!) – it can also be omitted!

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Other seeds can be an optional additional too – such as chia!

Make sure everything is covered in the coconut oil/peanut butter mixture and spread it around a baking tray. I used a lasagne dish! Then bake for 5 mins. After that, take the dish out and add any berries of your choice. I used dried blueberries, dried cranberries, gogi berries and raisins (all from Costco!). I have also poured a small amount (maybe a tablespoon) of maple syrup over the tray with the berries. Mix this all up again and put it back in the over for a further 5 minutes.

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When you take it out, leave it to cool for approximately 7.3 seconds then grab a spoon and eat away!

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You can then vary the granolas by putting some in a jar containing chocolate chips, or add more raisins, but I find adding some rice krispies also adds a nice crunch when the mixture has cooled!

And serve with greek yoghurt, ice cream, fresh berries etc etc….DELICIOUS! and NUTRITIOUS!


Questions for you:

Favourite additions to granola?

What was your workout today?

Healthier Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Hello peeps!

Just a quick post on a recipe I tried last night! I didn’t take too many pics but the end result was awesome so I thought I should share!

Those who know me know I LOVE FOOD. All kinds.

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I have a massive sweet tooth, but I also realise that, although I eat tons of the good stuff, I probably eat too much of the bad stuff (but I would say you should have bad stuff now and again!)

So I went on the hunt for a recipe for one of my favourites: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Recipe:

For the filling

1 cup peanut butter (no added sugar). I used this:

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1 cup icing sugar. I used this:

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You will probably need to melt the PB a little. I did that in the microwave and stirred in the icing sugar.

Then roll them into little balls (whatever you would call a serving. No judgement.)

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(not my preferred size of serving, but I went with it)

Put these in the freezer while you make the chocolate coating.

2 big blobs (yes that’s an accredited measurement) coconut oil melted. Maybe around 3 tablespoons. I used this:

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(this is what 2 big blobs looks like melted)

Add 2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder. Hot chocolate mix would also work! I used this:

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You don’t need too much of it because it’s got a very strong flavour.

Stir the coconut oil and cacao powder together before it sets, then leave for about 5 minutes. The coconut oil will begin to harden again.

When it gets to the consistency like melted chocolate (around the 5 minutes), take the filling out of the freezer and roll the balls in the chocolatey coating.

If you have the will power, put them in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. This won’t take too long! Then enjoy!

I don’t have a picture of the end product because I forgot/ate too many to compare to the pre-covered ones, so let’s pretend they looked like this, m’kay?:

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If you’re mouth isn’t watering enough, have a look at ways you can incorporate these pb treats into OTHER desserts:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/oliviaroat/21-glorious-reeses-filled-recipes-ehzv

I love buzzfeed.


Questions for you:

Do you have any healthy recipes you can share?

Do you like peanut butter? I think Americans like it more than in the UK?

Have you ever tried to create your own recipe/altered another person’s recipe?

Salted Caramel Apple Pie and “Unique” Juggling Balls

The weather was horrendous after work so I was so glad I did my swim in the morning! All afternoon I couldn’t wait to get home, put my pjs on and bake! I also thought about foam rolling and using my rollers, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

After faffing about tidying, cleaning and popping to the shop to get a couple more ingredients, I started making an attempt at Salted Caramel Apple Pie. Recipe here (make this immediately!):

http://www.sporkorfoon.com/spork_or_a_foon/2011/11/salted-caramel-apple-pie.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+SporkOrFoon+(Spork+or+Foon%3F

Made the pie crust from scratch, sat it in the fridge for an hour like it said, prepared the filling and the caramel, got all ready to add them to the pie dish and…shock, horror…we don’t have a pie dish.

Luckily, Doug came to the rescue (he was coming round anyway to drop off junk beneficial triathlon stuff that Noodles left behind) and let me borrow his dish if I fed him. Deal.

3 HOURS later (told you I faffed – coulda ran a marathon in that time 😉 ) and this was the end result:

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It tasted AMAZING!!

Doug also brought some surprises of his own. Due to my strap malfunction, he brought me bobby juggling balls…

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…along with an alien alarm clock that runs around your room until you switch it off (to force me up for training in the mornings) and silly putty (to relieve stress when Im injured). What a great substitute coach for when Noodles is gone! (They are treating me as a skip I’m sure!)

Noodles what is this stuff and is it legal?! 😉 I take it I just add it to cereals and smoothies?!

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Back to yesterday and my promise to find pics of Kyle. My work sold out of P&Js, as did Sainsburys on my way home, and their e-version wasn’t available yesterday for some typical reason, so we have concluded it was because he is such a superstar everyone needed to buy the paper.

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Woohoo, that’s ma boi!

Questions for you:

Have you ever done a hill race? How was it?

Favourite recipes?