Pumpkin Bread Cookies

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Okay so I’m a follower.  I jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon.  I’m just like everyone else I guess.  The temperature gets a little cooler and I feel like I need to consume pumpkin.  Well, so what?  You know you want it too!  It’s a thing. 

Anyway, since I can remember, my stepmom, aka The Baker, has always made pumpkin bread for the holidays.  You know, the kind that comes out of the tin coffee cans you can’t buy anymore?  Well, I set out to make a Paleo version.  These are great!  They have a bread like texture mmm, soft and chewy.  I gave them to my kiddos for breakfast and didn’t feel a bit bad about it.  The best part is, they don’t require you to be a trained pastry chef with special ingredients.  It takes a few minutes to mix all of the ingredients in one bowl and 10 minutes to bake.  Done.  That’s my kind of baking.  Let me know what you think!

So remember how I told you I have a wee little foot issue?  Well, I decided to take this weekend off from my long run and kill myself at the gym instead.  My foot is not horrible, but it was making me limp Friday.  I have three kids and a staircase, I ain’t got no time for limping around my house!  Plus, truthfully, I’m super excited about marathon training coming up so I’m trying to keep this injury at bay. 

I went to the gym Saturday morning and did my own rowing workout that was kind of fun.  I rowed as fast as I could for 1000 meters, then rested about 30 seconds, then rowed 900 meters, rested, rowed 800, rested and so on.  Talk about butt on fire!  I had to do squats in between sets to move some the lactic acid out of my butt cheeks.  Fun times!  Then I finished off with back squats, deadlifts, leg press for 1 minute intervals and leg extensions.  I was jello.  We were scheduled to run 10 miles at half pace, so I tried to do a workout that was just as hard.  I think I succeeded.  I’m going to try track out tomorrow.  Prayers I’m almost over this!

Now on to the important stuff.  The Bearded Husband and I are officially The Walking Dead fans!  Oh my gosh!  So intense!  My running buddies Lisa and Shirley kept telling me to try it.  Now I’m getting even less sleep because I’m sitting up too late with my eyes glued on zombies.  Then when it is time to turn it off I catch myself watching my back for any  “walkers” that may be lurking around my dark house!  How are these writers on these TV shows so smart?  Man, they think of all kinds of twist and turns.  I have to say as well, it is really fun to act like a zombie and scare the kids too. 

First the pumpkin, now the zombies, I’m such a follower!  Oh well, what can I say?

Pumpkin Bread Cookies
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 hr
Cook Time
10 hr
Total Time
20 hr
Prep Time
10 hr
Cook Time
10 hr
Total Time
20 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 tbsp. melted butter
  3. 1 egg beaten
  4. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  9. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet with butter.
  3. Add almond flour to mixing bowl then add melted butter. Stir
  4. Next add the beaten egg. Stir those three ingredients well to avoid lumps.
  5. Add the baking soda, salt and vanilla. Stir well.
  6. Then add honey, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice and stir the entire mixture until well incorporated.
  7. The dough is a little sticky so using a spoon, form cookies into a ball and drop onto the greased cookie sheet. Then flatten the cookies just a little.
  8. Bake at 350 for 10 to 11 minutes, careful not to burn the bottom.
  9. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Crunchy Prune Treats

CrunchyPruneTreats1I’ve been eyeballing the toasted coconut chips at Costco and trying to decide if they are worth $10.  Well, they are, and I made something yummy with them.  These little Chocolate Crunchy Prune Treats are great.  Maybe they are not the prettiest food in the world but they are sweet, salty and chewy.  They also took 10 minutes to make.  One quick disclaimer, we all know why moms give babies prune juice.  Don’t eat 10 at once.  If you do, don’t plan on going out for a run anyway.

Toasted Coconut Chips.  Sweet and yummy.

Toasted Coconut Chips. Sweet and yummy.

Today is a rest day for me.  I ran on Saturday and Sunday then Monday we did 400 sprint intervals in Crossfit.  So I decided to sleep in this morning.  I’ve been talking about it on Facebook some, but I’m digging not being on a training plan right now.  I’m not running less, just running with a little more freedom.  Having some fun with it and stepping out of my comfort zone a little.  My primary goal right now is getting faster.  I’m also still waiting on my buddy with the broke leg to come back.

So in other big news, it’s Valentines week…gag.  You’ve probably discovered I’m not the cool mom that makes cool stuff for VDay.  Nope.  The kids write their names on those little store bought cards.  Then we stick pencils in them.  Hey, that’s what I did as a kid and I turned out just fine.  Right?  Right.  Now the baby is digging through the candy bags and eating way too much candy.  First world problems. 

So anyway, I told you guys I was going to continue to answer questions.  I am.  I want to talk about Paleo and calorie counting.  I have a lot of my own thoughts on it.  I also feel like you folks are more interested in the recipes when I post one, so this is my little teaser.  Probably tomorrow or the next day I’ll give you my thoughts on sticking to the Paleo lifestyle but also paying attention to the numbers.

Do you go all out for Valentines Day?

Let me know when you try the treats!

Chocolate Crunchy Prune Treats
Prune halves, dipped in chocolate, topped with sea salt and toasted coconut chips. Sweet, salty and chewy.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbls unrefined coconut oil
  2. 3 tsp 100% cocoa powder
  3. 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 14-16 pitted prunes, halved
  5. 1/8 cup toasted coconut chips, chopped into small pieces
  6. Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. In a small saucepan melt coconut oil, chocolate and vanilla. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Using a toothpick dip a few prunes into the chocolate mixture and set on wax paper.
  4. Before the chocolate dries top with a small pinch of sea salt and a few pieces of the coconut chips.
  5. When all prunes are dipped and topped use a spoon to drizzle remaining chocolate over the top of all of the prunes.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens, about 15 minutes.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Melt in Your Mouth Brownies

 

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As promised The Baker’s brownie recipe.  They are so yummy.  My kids loved them and that is always the test.  Even Paleo treats don’t get by them unless they are good.  The ingredients are simple as well.  Take them to a potluck or whatever and no one will know the difference.  Probably be good with some walnuts too.

This week I’m officially back to the grind.  My arms pits are so sore I can barely put my hair in a pony tail.  Dang Crossfit!  I said I would go back 100% after the race and I have.  I had no idea how far back I set myself from taking it easy there during marathon training.  Well, now I know.  Like I predicted, he’s not letting me be a wimp.  In a few months I’ll be a beast again…haha…was I ever a beast?  Hmmm??

 I told you before the race I was going to change things up a little.  One thing I want to do is make sure I am answering questions that you guys are asking me.  Probably the most popular question is “How do you have time to make this food?”  Well, I am blessed to be a stay at home mom so I do have that going for me.  However, I do not have ample amounts of time to spend on food.  I’m going to be completely honest with you.  TO EAT HEALTHY YOU HAVE TO COOK.  It’s that simple.  Whether it be Paleo or another type of healthy eating you have to prepare it in your own kitchen.  Sure, you can find Paleo food in restaurants but typically it’s so high in sodium it’s crazy.  Makes my shins burn.  It takes planning to get meals on the table.  Spend an extra few minutes thinking about what you are going to make and do some prep work.  It will get easier if you make it a priority.

ChopWizardcollageOne simple tool I have to speed things up a bit is the Vidalia Chop Wizard.  The Baker bought it for me for my birthday and I love it.  I chop an insane amount of veggies and it makes the process way faster.  It does take up room in the dishwasher but worth it in my opinion.  By the way, I’m telling you this because I like it.  They are not paying me to endorse it.  I wish I knew how to get companies to do that!  Anyway, chop veggies for your salad for the week and move on.  You get the drift.

Keep the questions coming!

Melt in Your Mouth Brownies
Yields 24
Delicious Paleo brownie
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup + 2 tsp coconut flour
  2. Pinch of salt
  3. 1 Tbs baking powder
  4. ¾ cup coconut sugar
  5. 12 ozs Enjoy Life chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  6. 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  7. 2 Tbs coconut milk
  8. 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  9. 3 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix together coconut flour, salt, and powder in small bowl and set aside
  3. In a sauce pan, combine butter, coconut milk, and coconut sugar under low to medium heat stir occasionally
  4. Cook until mixture just starts to boil and remove from heat.
  5. Add 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  6. Transfer chocolate mixture to a mixing bowl.
  7. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one.
  8. Gradually stir in flour mixture then fold in remaining chocolate chips.
  9. Spread in a 8 x 12 pan and bake for 30 min
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

chocolatechipcookies2The cookies are finally here!  Man I had a busy weekend and I still feel like I am going a little crazy.  I have a ton of stuff to get done, but I also had way too much coffee this morning.  I think that is where the craziness is coming from.  Oh well, at least I’m typing really fast.

So back to the cookies then I’ll give you a quick weekend recap.  Ah cookies, I can just picture the caveman sitting around the fire enjoying his dark chocolate, grain free cookies.  Yeah no.  Paleo treats are there for us to have an occasional treat that will not mess us up like everyday white flour desserts.  They are not something you should eat everyday nor should you eat a dozen in one sitting.  When you do take the time to make yourself these delicious little gems, enjoy yourself, share with your Paleo buddies and revel in the “I get to have dessert without the unappealing stomach issues” feeling.  Also, they do have a lot of ingredients because we wanted them to taste good.  The good news is, it is ingredients you have to buy once that will last you forever if you store them properly.

Now, I know you’re dying to hear about my weekend.  I’m dying to tell you anyway.  Lets do a weekend of pictures.  First, Friday night was Halloween so my kiddos got to trick or treat around the neighborhood.  It was fun.  RoanHalloweenI got this picture of my littlest one that shows exactly what I’m dealing with.  Trouble. 

 Then I got up early, in the cold, Saturday morning to run an 18 mile run with my buddies.  MeHeatherKaraSelfieIt was a good run.  We met at a new location so the sights were new and the company was good.  Only little glitch was maybe we chatted too much but our pace was slower than normal and it felt like we came up on three hours pretty quick.  Crazy right.  Anway, it was getting late and we were starting to limp so we cut it at 15.  Next weekend WILL be 18.

After a long run I stuffed my stiff legs and kids into the minivan to drive to East Texas.  We saw this burning RV on the way.  Talk about wheels on fire!  Huge fire!  Thankfully, no one was hurt.  It was a sight to see.RVonFire

We visited my mom for a while.  Poor thing is sick as a dog so I did a little work around the house for her.  Say a little prayer that she gets better.  She’s normally a spunky little thing.  From there we headed to my Dad and Stepmom, Carolyn’s house.  Guys, she is the baker!  Surprise!  She’s a little skinny to be trusted right off as a baker, but her and my Dad follow the Paleo lifestyle and she can seriously bake.  Awesome! 

She loves this action shot.

She loves this action shot.

 After baking most of the day.  Well, she baked, I ate and took pictures.  feettothefireWe sat around the fire pit.  I love fire pits, but my shoes kept smoking.  I need to work on them to quit. 

 Monday morning I loaded up the kids and the best part of the whole weekend, my newly processed grass-fed cow!  Do you know how happy it makes me to have this beautiful beef in my freezer.  Not only did my mom watch this little darling grow up nice and happy, but that cow sure does taste good and it is so much better for my family.  Once I have you over for a steak you’ll want to be my friend forever!frozenbeefAny big weekend stories from you?

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 48
Paleo chocolate chip cookies that are actually good.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup + 2 Tbs Potato Flour
  2. ¼ cup Coconut Flour
  3. 3 Tbs Arrow Root Flour
  4. ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
  5. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  6. ½ tsp Sea Salt
  7. Wet Ingredients
  8. 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  9. ¾ cup Date Sugar
  10. ¾ cup 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  11. 1 Tbs Unsweetened Applesauce
  12. 3 eggs slightly beaten
  13. 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  14. 2 cups Dark Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl mix butter and date sugar
  4. Blend in maple syrup and applesauce
  5. Slowly add eggs and vanilla
  6. Add the mixture of dry ingredients a little at a time
  7. Take a teaspoon of mixture and roll into a ball
  8. Place on lined cookie sheet and press ball until it forms a thin disc
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes
Notes
  1. You can use a hand mixer or food processor to blend ingredients.
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