Month: May 2015

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars 3

 

Hi there!

How’s your week been so far? Mine has been buuuussy! It’s been one of those weeks where everything happens or has to get done at once and at some point you just have to laugh because the volume of work is ridiculous and you know next week isn’t going to be half as busy.

I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll just say that I was up at 4:30 this morning and got home from work at 9:30 tonight.

So these bars were necessary.

 

Blueberry Lemon BarsI decided to make these Blueberry Lemon Bars Sunday night after I finished my usual meal prep for the week. I’m so glad I did.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 9The chef was glad I did too 😀

I always consider it a win when I bake something that we both agree is delicious. He has a huge sweet tooth and he doesn’t care whether his treats are healthy or not, so when I bake something I feel good about and he chooses over an oreo, I’m happy.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 4Blueberries and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combinations. It’s just so summery. The lemon zest adds a pop of brightness to the juicy sweet blueberries and a touch of coconut sugar and vanilla just do magical things to these bars.

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Like make me feel okay about a 17 hour day.

 

Blueberry Lemon Bars 8Blueberry Lemon Bars

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 12 bars

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp ground flax seed

2 tbsp oat flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 heaping cup blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Soak the rinsed beans in water while prepping other ingredients. Grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with coconut oil.

Add all ingredients except blueberries to a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Mix in blueberries and pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and slice into 12 squares. Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 7Yup, they’re that good.

 

What is your favorite summer fruit? Mine is a tie between blueberries and blackberries.

Any Memorial Day plans? Not gonna lie, mine might involve making another batch of these bars ;D

 

With so much love,

Sam

Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 1Hey there friends,

Happy Friday, first beautiful week of Spring, belated Cinco de Mayo, whatever else you have to celebrate.

I have a lot to celebrate this week. This past Monday my good friend and former roommate got engaged! A bunch of us were part of the surprise and it was so exciting and perfect. She laughed, she cried, she hyperventilated.

They are one of the best couples I know and I am so happy for them!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 2Then there was Cinco de Mayo. Before last year I didn’t really celebrate this holiday except with an occasional margarita. But, last year on May 5th my sister gave birth to, no joke guys, a Mexican-American baby boy! My nephew’s birthday is my favorite thing in the world. You can’t make that stuff up.

His first birthday was full of drinkage for the adults :) Can you imagine his 21st birthday!? I kinda can’t wait.

Margarita’s for everybody!!!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 3Lots of celebrations call for lots of delicious treats, and what’s more treat-like than cookies for breakfast!?

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 4I ‘m so guilty of getting in a breakfast rut. I have no problem eating the same breakfast for two weeks straight. Lately, its been protein pancake cashew butter roll-ups with chia seeds and blueberries, and while I’m still not sick of them, I thought it would be fun to try out a new portable breakfast option.

The breakfast cookie was born!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 5I wanted these cookies to be healthy and something I could feel good about eating first thing in the morning. Does anyone else feel that what they eat in the morning sets up the rest of their food choices throughout the day?

So, healthy was a must and so was filling. I needed something to keep me going through my morning training sessions. I need to be focusing on my clients and not my stomach, so protein, healthy fats and fiber were also a must.

Lastly, they needed to taste great. A healthy cookie is worthless if it tastes like sawdust. These had to be chocolatey, moist and have some kind of texture. Coconut flakes and hemp seeds did the trick there.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 6These cookies are such a great breakfast option. Two keep me satisfied for a full four hours!

They also only took one recipe test to get right, they only take one bowl for easy cleanup, and the ingredients are nicely interchangeable. Don’t have hazelnuts? No biggie! Use walnuts, cashews or just more almonds. Play around with add-ins like dried fruit. Don’t worry if you don’t have hemp seeds or are allergic to coconut. Just leave them out.

Should I stop talking now and give you the recipe!?

OKAY!

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Makes 12-15

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup hazelnuts

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp ground flax

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts onto a baking sheet and toast in oven for 8-10 minutes. Keep the oven on. In a food processor, blend nuts until completely smooth. Add protein powder, maple syrup, vanilla, flax, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the processor and blend for about 2 minutes. Remove the blade and mix in chocolate chips, coconut and hemp seeds.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon onto a prepared baking sheet and flatten to desired thickness. These cookies will not spread in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 8COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST!!!

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday? If so, how did you celebrate?

Would you ever eat cookies for breakfast? Or have you? 😉

With so much love,

Sam