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 “Granola” – So Good…

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Oh man, I’m excited about this one.  I have been a snack monster lately so I decided to make my own Paleo granola.  This is not necessarily original, there are tons of “granola” recipes out there, this one is mine.  It is so good!  Really it’s more like a dessert but I like it as a snack, or breakfast, or lunch or when I’m awake.  I’m chomping on it now.  For all of you local people I got most of the ingredients at Get Healthy in Rockwall.  The cool thing is, I just bought the amounts I needed out of their bulk bins so it didn’t cost much at all.  Now I have to go back though.  I have to make more!

So you know how I’ve talked before about the way I eat…I mean I’ve mentioned that a couple of times right?  Anyway, I told you that I work better going “strict” Paleo for a while, then letting myself off of the hook for a couple of weeks, then getting back on.  Well, last Monday started Paleo time for this girl.  Which means until June, no cheat meals.  I have a couple of little things I eat that are not 100% strict but that’s another post.  I’m logging food as well.  I like it when I’m not cheating.  I feel 10 times better and there’s no room to create special occasions for myself.  For instance, my nieces birthday is this weekend.  I will not have any cake.  It’s her birthday, not mine.  I’ll eat cake for both of us on my birthday. 

It’s sort of weird that I sit here and chat away about what I eat and you guys are interested.  I do this and tell you all of these things because in the past when I was trying to eat right (whatever that looked like), I felt like I was on a diet and I was the only stinking one.  Well, if you are in that place know that you’re not the only one passing on that cake.  Also, I’m not on any kind of “diet”.  I eat food that makes me happy and makes me full.  Ask my family, no one likes hangry mommy.  Seriously.

On to the other part of my life…I CANNOT find a series I like on Netflix!  No, I don’t NEED a series to binge watch but I sure like to have one.  I’ve started a few and I just can’t get hooked.  You know I need to be hooked on a time waster.  Leave me alone, I like TV.  Anyway, I started Gilmore Girls.  I thought, if I like it at least it will last me awhile.  I’ll keep you posted.  I know you’re on the edge of your seats. 

 

Chocolate Paleo Granola
Sweet and salty paleo granola.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup whole unsalted almonds
  2. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  4. 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  5. 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  6. 1 oz. 85% dark chocolate
  7. 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1/4 tsp. coarse ground sea salt
  11. 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
  12. 1/8 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. In a food processor pulse almonds until they are chopped. You want them a coarse consistency. Not too fine. Then pour onto cookie sheet.
  4. Chop the coconut flakes, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds separately and add to cookie sheet.
  5. Add the sunflower sees and walnuts to the rest of the pile.
  6. Stir all of the seeds and nuts together to combine.
  7. Pour in the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt.
  8. Mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated.
  9. Using your spoon spread the mixture out flat onto the cookie sheet. You want it to be about half an inch thick and spread out but all of it touching. (Similar to spreading out dough.)
  10. Bake in oven for 15 minutes then stir the mixture, redistribute and bake for another 15.
  11. When it has baked for 30 minutes remove from oven and let it cool completely. You can even put it in the fridge to cool.
  12. Once cool to touch the mixture will pull away from the foil and break into pieces.
  13. Store in refrigerator in an air tight container.
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Pink Powerhouse Smoothie

beetsmoothie1Oh you guys have to trust me and try this one.  My kids loved it!  You will be healthier for it, I promise!  Why is it so pink??  Well, silly, because it’s made with roasted beets!  I really love the little suckers.  They are cheap and super good for you.  And they make gorgeous smoothies, duh.  Roast a bunch the night before, then the next morning it will take you about 10 seconds to have this ready to go out the door.  Also, before you have a heart attack and think it will taste like weird health food, really it tastes like mellow bananas, with a sweet beet undertone.  So there. 

This week has been a little different for me.  I HURT MY FOOT!  Yep, 19 days out from the marathon I’m limping myself home 2 miles into a 10 mile run.  I think it’s going to be ok though.  I have this awesome chiropractor who fixed me right up on Tuesday.  My cuboid joint in my foot was out of whack.  (Who even knew I had one of those?)  It seems much better but I’m laying off of running until Saturday to give the soft tissue time to heal.  Boo!

coldcrossfitmorningIn the meantime…Crossfit!  Man it was 16 degrees this morning!  I’ve said it once before, no, there is not heat there.  Those bars are seriously cold.  I believe Monday I referred to the toes to bar workout as a cold day in hell.  Thankfully today we stayed far away from them with our gloves on. 

 

The wod (workout of the day) was:

6 Min AMRAP (as many reps as possible):
-6 Wallballshots,  20/14#
-6 Goblet Squats, 53/35#
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-Double Unders
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-6 Burpees
-6 HSPU (Hand Stand Push Up)

I rowed instead of doing double unders with the bum foot and all.  That stinks.  Double unders are the only good thing I have going for me there.  Whatever.

So, my Crossfit box is changing.  The new name is Form and Function Fitness.  We are still having the typical Crossfit wods everyday but he’s also added power lifting, the running club on Wednesday morning and I’ve heard rumors of yoga.  It’s all very exciting.  For those of you in this area, there is a pretty good promotion going on now.  If you’ve wanted to try it, now is the time.  By the way, he didn’t put me up to this little plug.  It’s my blog, I do what I want.  However, I love to see new people come through the door.  It’s made a big difference in my life. 

Well, peeps I need to get back to my day job.  Let me know how you like that smoothie!  Oh, and I know I had some technical issues with the comments section of this blog.  I fixed it so comment away.

Pink Powerhouse Smoothie
Simple smoothie full of nutrients
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cup roasted beets
  4. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  5. 1 tsp raw honey
  6. 1/2 frozen banana
  7. 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
To roast beets
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets to clean then cut off both ends.
  3. Coat in olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  5. Once beets have cooled remove remaining skin.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use in smoothie.
For the smoothie
  1. Add beets, coconut milk, honey, banana and protein powder to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
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