Apr 25

Strange But Good Trials

I have some strange friends.


In the most delicious sense of the word.

One of my favorite things about #strangebutgood every week is all of the fun ideas I get from all of the link ups.  I pin them to the #strangebutgood board for safe keeping until I can make them.  Last week’s links were so good I’ve already tried two!

Exhibit A

Chocolate PB Pancakes

Arman’s Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Waffles Pancakes.  I basically followed his recipe, except I reduced the milk so they would work as pancakes and I replace the sugar with Xylitol.  They were the fluffiest rounds of deliciousness I’ve made in a while!

My topping was peanut flour sauce (peanut flour + stevia + coconut milk) and the following strange creation…


Exhibit B

Cocoa-Maca Pancakes

Christa’s Chocolate Maca Hemp Seed Spread has been my topping of choice lately.  It was so easy!  I just dumped everything in my Vitamix and blended away.  I left mine a little chunkier than Christa – I’m a fan of crunchy nut butters, so I thought this should be similarly treated.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted chocolate spread or a little #yolkporn atop my protein pancakes yesterday.  So I had both.

Other things this is good on: ice cream, protein bowls, apple slices, carrots, sweet potatoes… your finger…


Then there’s the honor of having someone actually brave MY #strangebutgood recipes!  Both Megan and Heather braved my Creamy (Raw) Red Pepper Soup and gave it the Instagram post of approval!

Red Pepper Soup

Raw Red Pepper Soup


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table



Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


Speaking of strange… I’m headed to a crawfish boil tonight.  Those little bugs creep me out!

Have you made any #strangebutgood recipes?

What is your favorite thing to top with a seed/nut butter?



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  1. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Those pancakes sound delicious!! I missed that post, good thing you made them. Happy Weekend!!

  2. Linz @ Itz Linz

    nut/seed butter is like my favorite thing ever! i eat it straight from the jar!

    1. Laura

      It’s a problem… (not really).

  3. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    So stoked you tried them out, my friend.

    Um…even a finger is the perfect vehicle for nut butter.

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Nut/seed butter – all day every day! Pancakes look amazing!

  5. Jennifer F

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I have a friend who swears by putting nut butter on a fudgsicle

    1. Laura

      That’s a brilliant idea!!!

  6. lindsay

    dang, i need a strange but good sample day!! or WEEK! Nutbutter ALL DAY EVERY DAY! –> christa’s recipe also looks delish

    1. Heather (Where's the Beach)

      Lindsay – we all need to get together and have a day (or 2) in the kitchen making all the amazing strangebutgood recipes!

      1. Laura

        That would be my dream day!

  7. HappinessSavouredHot

    You got me drooling here! LOVE breakfast. If only it could be served in bed every day… (sigh)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I wish I could have it appear to my bed too. *sigh*

  8. Susie

    I put nut/seed butter on oats and ice cream every day. One is melty, one not so much, but both fantastic. Those would be my favorite. The weirdest things I have ever topped with nut butter was a fish filet. That was pretty darn good, actually. Thanks for hosting, as always!

    1. Laura

      I did a PB Salmon once – it’s definitely #strangebutgood!

  9. Sarah @ The Smart KItchen

    One of the highlights of my blogging life was when you made a pizza crust of mine—and made it better and more beautiful. :)

  10. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    YAY! I loved your soup and will definitely be making it frequently!! Thanks for sharing!
    OMG … crawfish boils. I want to like the idea, because it’s outside, having fun, enjoying good food, celebratory … but I’m sorry, I just can’t get into the tearing off the heads thing. Makes me shudder! Hope you have fun anyway :).

    1. Laura

      I’m with you – I avoided the mud bugs like the plague!

  11. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Somehow I missed that soup! It sounds delicious. And not really all that strange :-)

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you try it! Some people thought the raw thing was strange… it was good though!

  12. RavieNomNoms

    yolk porn again!!

  13. Christa @ Edible Balance

    This just makes me SO happy! Sharing the nut/seed butter love… is there anything better? But seriously. I still need to make that red pepper soup, I best get on it!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you do! I’m on round 3 of the hemp spread – you rock!

  14. Megan @ The Skinny-Life

    Christa’s hemp seed butterr looks so yum! Thanks for sharing those!

    1. Laura

      I hope you try it – it’s amazing!

  15. purelytwins

    craving pancakes right now!

  16. Kim @ FITsique

    Thank you for sharing that Hemp and Maca spread!!! I have Maca but I never know what to use it for besides just adding it to my oats! I am going to make it this weekend!

    1. Laura

      I add it to smoothies and yogurt bowls too. It was definitely an acquired taste for me though!

  17. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    That’s awesome. It is fun when people make your stuff! I could go for some pancakes right about NOW

    1. Laura

      It’s the best feeling! And now I’m craving pancakes again… ;0

  18. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I think having someone make your dish AND love it is the ultimate seal of approval. It makes me grin ear to ear when it happens. Oh and I still want to try that raw red pepper soup. It’s not warm enough here yet, but come summertime I’ll be trying it.

    1. Laura

      You should just come here. It’s hot. That’s hot. #twss

  19. Khushboo

    I need to still try Arman’s recipe- glad it turned out as good in pancake form :)! Recently I’ve been adding salt as an oats topping- it balances out the overall sweetness & adds a nice kick to it. I’m starting to think that a runny egg might be a delicious topper too!

    1. Laura

      YES! Runny gas are so good on oats – crazy-awesome texture! add some salsa too!

  20. Allie

    I always love your strange but good creations! Oh, those pancakes. They look SO good!

  21. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Ok, I just have to say WHOA! Because I totally read that as yolkporn is good on ice cream…I was like, what the hell, woman?! THIS is where I draw the line! Lol! But it’s good to fiiiiiiiiiiinally be able to catch up with you and figure out what the heck this hemp seed spread business is all about…I’ve only been seeing it plastered all over your IG for the last month! Oh and look at that, my mug made the blog! ;)

    1. Laura

      That would be strange even for me! There is a place in ATL that is serving raspberry + lard ice cream right now though… I dunno…

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