I eat dessert every day. Every. Damn. Day. More often than not, I’m home when it’s ‘dessert time’ so that means I’ve got to make something. And we aren’t the type of people who keep our kitchen stocked with snacks … Continue reading
When it comes to desserts, I’m kind of over the whole let’s-try-to-healthify-it-to-make-it-less-sinful thing. To be honest, if I was to splurge on a dessert, I want the ACTUAL dessert. If I eat chickpea brownies or something else with a hidden healthy ingredient, chances are I’ll be back in the kitchen soon after looking for the real deal.
I recently made these flour less, no added sugar oatmeal banana raisin cookies to have as part of my weekday breakfasts (paired with greek yogurt and fruit. YUM!) and they do not disappoint.
Moral of the story: I’m having cookies for breakfast but they’re so dang good for you, that I’m still dipping into my Nutella jar at night. WIN WIN.
I *guess* if you want to make these and use them as actual dessert cookies, you could. Pff, Your choice!
Flourless No Added Sugar Oatmeal Banana Raisin Cookies
(Adapted from food.com)
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/4 c cashew milk (or other, but this is what I had on hand)
- 1/2 c raisins
- 1/3 c chopped walnuts
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 t cinnamon
-Mix all ingredients/drop spoonfuls (about 1 T) onto parchment covered cookie sheet/bake at 350 for 15-20 min (I did 17) until cookies begin to hold together and brown. Makes about 2 dozen.
My favorite way to eat these babies were broken up and mixed into a bowl of greek yogurt and frozen fruit. It kept me full for a LONG time and actually warded off some of those late-morning/early-afternoon sweets cravings I sometimes get.
Question for you: Would you eat these as a dessert/snack/part of a meal?
I’ve been meaning to start typing this post for the last 30 minutes but I’ve been having waves of the nastiest hot flashes that I couldn’t focus.
You don’t care about my hot flashes though.
This past week has felt crazy busy between Christmas prepping, house prepping for my parents visit, and more house renos/improvements.
Woof, I’m tired just thinking about all of it.
But I am SO excited for Christmas, my parents and getting this house in ship shape!
We finally had the carpet installed in our basement and living room. Guess what? Layla threw up on it shortly after the installers left. Then Reggie pooped on it. Good dogs. We also sold a ton of stuff on Kijiji. Then bought MORE stuff from Kijiji. I think our house is finally coming together which is super exciting. But I’m willing to bet that once everything is finally done, we’ll be ready to move. Womp womp.
I’ve also been a baking MACHINE. Mmmm, I can’t wait for my mom to get here so we can team up and bake bake bake! So far I’ve made Peanut Butter Blossoms, Apple Crisp, Iced Oatmeal Cookies, and Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had another recipe I was planning to put together tonight, but I forgot one of the main ingredients while I was at the grocery store! Pooo.
I also went to Market Collective with my friend Susie. It was a pretty neat shopping experience- all the vendors were really unique (but a tad too rich for my blood). I managed to snag a few small goodies but I can’t tell you what they are because some of them are gifts!
Ah, I’m so boring because I don’t feel like adding any pictures. And I totally forgot what else I was going to type. Better get back to catching up on my recorded episodes of Kourtney and Khloe, My Five Wives, and AFV. Quite the variety if you ask me!
Tell me, what are you baking around the holidays? I’d love some ideas for something new to add to my list this year!
- Barbell Bosu Squats
- Single Arm Kettlebell Clean & Press (alternating arms)
- Bosu mountain climbers & box jump burpees (alternating)
- Single leg step ups (alternating)
- Overhand grip cable row
- Spin Sprints
Right, so two posts in one day. Basically, it’s a long episode of The Bachelorette, and Tyler is playing video games. Soooo yeahhhhh…
Just two things I NEED to share. Number one: The workout I did today. Consider this your Monday Moves post for the week. It was a great mix of strength and cardio and I was super sweaty and ready to hit the showers by the end. (Note: I completed the workout nearly 3 hours ago and I have yet to shower. Cue the gross factor.)
Number two: The cookies I baked today. I don’t know why I never thought of making these before, but DAYY-UMM they are yummy. I almost didn’t want to share, but realized I probably should since it would be rude to tell you about them, but not tell you how to make them and be all Cookie Monster-esque like me:
K, onto the stuff. Might as well give you the workout first.
I did this workout with a 5 minute warmup on the row machine, 20 min spin after Circuit 1, and 15 minute run after circuit 2. I would have completed extra cardio after the third circuit, but I had already made a trip to the dog park earlier in the day AND I needed to get to the grocery store for dinner stuff before Tyler got home. There’s my excuse. Still a great workout, though!
Browned-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3/4 c butter
- 1/4 c sugar
- 3/4 c bown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 2 c flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- dash salt
- 1 c chocolate chips
Here’s what you do:
1. Place the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Continuously stir for several minutes until butter bubbles, then begins turning light brown.
2. Immediately place the browned butter in a mixer (or bowl if using hand mixer) and cream with both sugars.
3. Once they are fully incorporated, add the egg and vanilla.
4. Then add flour, soda and salt and mix until just incorporated.
5. Hand fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Place mixture in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare baking pans. After 30 minutes and once oven is ready, spoon blobs of the dough onto the baking sheets and bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will be soft to touch upon taking out of the oven, so allow them to cool on cookie pans for 5-10 minutes before moving to wire racks.