Treat Yo’ #strangebutgood Self [Holiday Cookie Recipes]

Happy Month of Indulgence!

You know it’s true.

A lot of people try to fight it… but this is the one month of the year when you have to indulge a bit.  I’m not saying go overboard with a bean feast, but don’t be trying to deprive yourself.  It will only drive you crazy.  Treat ‘yo self!

In the spirit of treats, today’s #strangebutgood is dedicated to some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes.  Some strange, some just indulgent, and one that’s even healthy.

Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies… 

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Apple Carrot Protein Muffins [Recipe]

I’m not big on repeats.

There are too many new things to try!

A new twist on an old recipe seems acceptable though.  Especially when you don’t have much else in your fridge!  I’ve been meaning to make my Apple Carrot Muffins for a while, actually.  They were really good, and I remembered that the originals led to a great race time.  A time I could never hit 3.5 years later…

Saturday morning had a similar results though!  I ate 2 muffins before heading to the gym and PR’d a couple of tricep exercises on sleepy, rainy morning.

Apple Carrot Protein Muffins… 

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Strange But Good Halloween Recipes

If there’s ever a time to let your freak-flag fly*, it’s Halloween.

*Assuming you ever bother to hide it.

This Halloween I’m letting my flag fly in full-on Rocky Horror fashion.  Complete with a costume I cannot believe I’m actually going to leave the house in.

In lieu of a new recipe this week, I thought it appropriate to round up some of my favorite not-so-normal recipes.  Translation: I got busy and haven’t taken pics of anything I’ve made.  Or made much, for that matter.

1. Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkin itself isn’t all that strange, but I’m willing to bet most of you have never roasted your own.  They’re delicious – 100x better than the canned stuff.  I don’t do it all the time… because patience… but you owe it to yourself to do it at least once this fall.

Roasted pumpkin… 

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Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

Have you ever eaten warm banana?

Think pie… bananas foster… breads.

When you bake a banana it becomes a gooey, caramel-y treat.  You don’t even need to use sugar.  Like in these muffins.

I’m not one to take the time to make a baked oatmeal in the morning, but I love having it for breakfast.  Especially as it gets colder outside!  Bake it in advance and you have a delicious instant breakfast, portioned out perfectly.  That’s the idea behind these.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites… 

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oreo Blondies (Recipe)

I wanted to name this recipe “crack.”

But that would be whack.

Really though.  I made 2 pans in as many days.  There was just something magical about these.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oreo Blondies Recipe… 

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Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

My inner fat kid loves baked goods.

 

So does my outer fat kid.

I really could eat baked goods all day long.  Keep your Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids, I’ll take the homemade oatmeal cookies.

Sadly, cookies aren’t exactly on my training plan.  Until now.  I strange’d it up in a storm of “use everything in my pantry.”

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

 

I balled up a version of one of my favorite cookies because everything’s better as balls.  I also altered the ingredient list a bit so it can be eaten guilt-free.  Not that I feel guilty about eating dessert… but sometimes my abs do.

These chocolate chip-laced treats are just as good as the real thing.  Really!  My boss ate one and said “oh my god… these are good!” with a only slightly suppressed tone of  surprise.

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

 

You could probably use any flour here – try coconut flour to make it gluten free.  They can easily be made vegan with a flax egg.  And, if you’re not ready to bring back pumpkin yet, try mashed sweet potato or banana!

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Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

  • 1 C almond meal
  • 1 C rolled oats
  • 1/2 C spelt flour
  • 2 scoops (62 g) vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals rice protein)
  • 2 T  brown sugar, packed
  • 2 T Stevia (or more brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C water
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 3 T egg white (or flax egg)
  • 2 tsp NuNaturals simple syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp maple pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C sugar-free chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.

In a small bowl mix coconut oil (softened in micro if necessary), syrup, egg white, water, and extract.  Pour wet mixture into the dry.  Stir until well-combined (you can use your CLEAN hands).

Fold in the chocolate chips.  Make balls of ~2 T of dough, place on cookie sheet and and flatten with your palm.

Bake for 10-12 mins at 350 degrees.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Makes about 30 cookies.

*See notes in post above for gluten-free, vegan, and other options!

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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.

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I’m thinking I need to finally try a clean(er) cheesecake of my own next!

Baked goods or candy?

What childhood favorite would you like to health-ify?

 

#MoveHappy 4: Fudgy Plantain Protein Muffins

I’m high on my #MoveHappy this week!

 

I’m in Colorado… what were you thinking?

This week I get to do my #MoveHappy challenge with Heather in Colorado!  In case you missed it, Heather and I are co-hosting a challenge to have FUN with fitness in July.  You can read the details here.  We have a lots of prizes and 5 chances to win some of our favorite fitness-related items.  Last week’s prize was announced on Heather’s blog, and this week I have the goods again!

First let’s talk about how awesome is is to be here for Heather’s 2nd bikini competition!  She decided to start competing almost a year ago this week when we were on vacation in Napa.  I told her if she did, I’d come to Colorado and do a competition with her… this time she’s competing in a different organization and I’m taking a year off, so I came to spectate.  Doesn’t she look great? 

We celebrated a great show with lot of tasty food at Session Kitchen.  The server was amazing – she even brought out a special dessert for Heather!  Chocolate Chip Blondie S’mores with streusel sucre and White Russian gelato.

2014 WBFF Denver… 

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Dips, Dessert, and a Drink

Happy 4th of July!

 

aka National Sunburn Day.

I have a tradition of running the Peachtree Roadrace (the world’s largest 10K) and enjoying the sweltering heat sunshine.  Since I’m off doing that, today’s #strangebutgood is a round of of things you might like to enjoy during your weekend festivities.

Some are stranger than others, but I assure you they’re all good.  And they’re relatively quick and easy – especially the oh-so-addicting S’Mores Brownies!

Chipotle Corn Hummus

Chipotle Corn Hummus

 

Cilantro Hummus Salsa

Hummus Salsa

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats (Lightened Up)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

 

 

S’mores Brownies

Smore Brownies

 

Piña Mezcalita

Piña Mezcalita

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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.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

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



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I may have to cool off at the mall.  There are sales… all the things… this won’t end well.

What are your plans for the 4th?

What is your favorite poolside treat?

 

Bread, Breakfast, & Jackson Pollack

Weekends are for wandering.

 

But don’t get lost.

I did lose a car key… but I had a spare!  I have no idea where it is.  This is not at all relevant to this wandering post.. My weekend started out strong with an attempt at homemade bread on Friday morning.  I had bookmarked Sarena’s gluten-free bread recipe when she shared it on Lindsay’s blog weeks ago.  I have a fear of making yeast bread, but I’d had bread made by Sarena before and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

The flavor was great, but I think the chef was to blame for the too-dense texture.  Sarena’s recipe says to use a mixer.  I used my hands.  Next time I’ll try whipping the eggs first to get some air in!  Or I may crash my mom’s house to use her mixer. ;)

Gluten-Free Bread

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Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Elvis had it right.

Except for the whole dying on the toilet thing…

The King was known for banana and peanut butter sandwiches.  And music, of course.  That classic combo has been one of my favorites for years.  My mom used to make those sandwiches for us… with mayonnaise.  #strangebutgood from an early age!

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin stack

 

I left the mayo out of these muffins, but added chocolate.  They also contain protein.  Probably not strange to many of you, but my co-worker called me a “nut bag.”

(She calls me this In an affectionate way – she’s my tater tot-eating work wife.  Sometimes I steal a tot, but she never steals my food.  I win!)

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin insides

Anyway, eat these.  The bananas, Greek yogurt, and nut butter give these a rich but not-too-sweet taste and a velvet-like texture.

Once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Inspired by Ari’s muffins

  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 T Xylitol (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg whites (6 T)
  • 3 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 C nut butter (I used Onnit Cashew Walnut Butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 C flour (I used spelt)
  • 2 scoops (62g) vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice Protein)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 C chocolate (or carob) chips 

In a large bowl, add banana, sugar, yogurt, egg whites, milk, nut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil in a bowl and whisk together until combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add the dry to wet ingredients and stir together until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick come out clean.

Makes 10 muffins.

Approximate Nutritionals (per muffin): 131 calories, 5.8g fat, 38.6g sodium, 12.2g carbohydrates, 2.2g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 8.6g protein
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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. :)


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Now I have “Love Me Tender” stuck in my head.

Are you a banana and peanut butter fan?

What’s your favorite Elvis song?