A Different Type of Chocolate Chip Cookie

I experimented a little yesterday afternoon in the kitchen. Everyone wanted some chocolate chip cookies, so I thought, “How about some semi-healthy chocolate chip cookies?”

So I saw a recipe and tweaked it a little and got 12 cookies out of it that were soft and delicate but still thick, not flat and hardly there.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar (Would have used stevia if I would have had some)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup corn starch (I didn’t have arrowroot starchSad smile)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp strawberry applesauce (can also use plain)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, flaxseed, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add the coconut oil and apple sauce. Then add the vanilla and stir. If the dough is not thick enough add more brown rice flour. If it needs more liquid, add 1/4 cup more of coconut oil. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop TBSP sized balls of dough onto  the cooking sheet. 1 1/2 inches apart. bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes!!! (Important!!)

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Breakfast

This morning I wanted one thing…a green smoothie. Weird? You bet. But this one was realllllllly good! I actually can’t believe it was this good because I put celery in it! Celery!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk + a little water
  • 2 big handfuls of raw spinach
  • 1 small granny smith apple
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 4 frozen strawberries

AND BLEND!

Lunch

I completed a 30 minute workout consisting of Zwow#26 and a new arm routine I came up with that is definitely going to make me sore tomorrow.

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Then I came to my kitchen to begin making lunch. I sliced up half a cucumber, sliced some carrots, sauteed some broccoli, heated up half a baked sweet potato, and sliced a boiled egg.

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Now, I have to get ready to run a few miles tonight. Fun!

Have a good day Smile

Auto Lap

Yesterday morning I went out to run my 9 miles. I wanted to average a 9:30 pace because that’s what I needed to do. So what I did was trail behind my dad while he averaged his 8:20ish (really fast pace) pace. I ended up averaging under 9:30! And I wasn’t completely tired on mile 8.

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And I found out that my watch has Auto Lap for every mile, so I got to see all my lap paces

  • Lap 1 (warm-up): 10:38
  • Lap 2: 9:11
  • Lap 3: 9:11
  • Lap 4: 9:09
  • Lap 5: 9:05
  • Lap 6: 9:23
  • Lap 7: 9:02
  • Lap 8: 9:32
  • Lap 9: 9:20

When I got home I did a quick workout consisting of:

4 Rounds

  • 20 Jump Squats
  • 30 Side Jump Lunges
  • 10 One legged Pushups
  • Stretching

Breakfast

This morning I made a big batch of protein pancakes for the family

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I ended up burning mine on one side…I lost track of how long it had been on there and I’ve had some bad experience of flipping an uncooked pancake and it turns into a flop Sad smile

But I mixed peanut butter, greek yogurt, and stevia together to create the topping for my pancake. So good! And we thawed out some frozen strawberries and sliced those. And I drizzled a little molasses over mine.

Here’s what I put in my protein pancake batter this morning:  (Made 4 large pancakes)

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup of egg whites
  • 3 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 4 scoops of protein powder
  • lots of cinnamon
  • A little bit of almond flour (not sure about the amount) (Optional)

Place all the ingredients in order. Mash the bananas first. Pre heat a pan on medium and make sure it is hot and that you have sprayed it with olive oil spray or PAM.

Flip after it begins to bubble all over the pancake (usually about 3 minutes)


Have a good Sunday!

 

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Experiment

I’ve been drooling over Brittany’s cauliflower pizza since she posted it, and decided I’d make it tonight! Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake also made the pizza and she said she loved it. So I had to do it!

First, I chopped and pureed the cauliflower in a blender. Then I sautéed the cauliflower.

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I did just like the directions said on Brittany’s recipe but the toppings I put were:

  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped Bell peppers
  • Chopped onion
  • Feta Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Tomato Sauce

I sautéed all the vegetables first while the pizza crust was baking in the oven! Yum!

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While that was cooking, I pan-seared a small apple in coconut oil and cinnamon (Idea from Tina) and ate that with some peanut butter. I was starving because I hadn’t had anything since lunch…and it was 5:30 already.

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Then I put all the toppings on the pizza, and let that broil for a few minutes.

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And this is how it came out:

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You like?

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I think its a genius idea.

I really recommend this pizza idea to anyone out there! It tastes so delicious and I think it’s well worth the time. Plus, it is always fun trying out a new recipe, right? Even my little sister said it was the best healthy food she’s ever eaten. Laughing out loud

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I ate some of the leftover vegetables along with the pizza and had two slices plus half a piece more. Lydia (my sister) and I both did. This pizza tasted just how I thought it would and I’m pretty proud of it. YumSmile

 


This week’s runs have been really good. Wednesday I got in 5 miles plus a little bit of speed work as well and Thursday I got in 6 miles. Today has been a rest day since Ive ran all week and have 9 miles to run tomorrow! Long run Saturday comin’ right up! Whoop, whoop!

XOXO Audrey