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More Almond Butter, please

Well, lets start with the good news!

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I’ve been working on improving my average pace and sub 8 minute miles have been a goal for a while now- Joey watched Gabs for a bit this morning so I could leave the stroller behind. I don’t mind running with the stroller, but sometimes it’s nice to run & be able to move my arms!

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I was back around 7:30 and now we are awaiting the Internet guys to come fix us up. Until then, let me tell ya- Gabs is getting sooo big. And loves to talk. And loves to have her cheeks squished. And loves stories & songs. Actually, sometimes she sings along!

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Not sure she’s a true fan of baking yet, but we’ll get there. Apparently the dish soap seems more fun so far- maybe she’ll volunteer to do the dishes? For now, you can just enjoy your pretty little reflection, pumpkin.

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She sat with me in her Bumbo while we whipped up a batch of scones a few mornings ago- my little sister was staying with me for a couple days while Joey was in Washington D.C. for a dairy politics trip, and I wanted to wake her up to the smell of something delicious. Is there a better way to wake up, I ask you??

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Linds didn’t think so, either. These scones are so flaky and melt-in-your-mouth that its hard to tell that they are pretty low-fat in the scone world. Ok, maybe I just tell myself that to condone having one with almost every meal, but hey- I ran fast this morning ok?

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Check these out and tell me what you think! Only thing I’d change about the recipe is to add more almond butter, please!

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What’s your favorite way to wake up in the morning?

~M

Whole Wheat Almond Butter Scones

Ingredients
1 cup AP flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 stick COLD butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
3/4 cup almond butter (original recipe called for 1/2 cup)
1 bar (chopped) Dove dark chocolate (original recipe called for 1/2 cup choc chips)
Optional: 1 TBSP butter’ melted with 2 tsp almond butter for brushing on scones

Make your own healthy buttermilk!
Mix 3/4 cup almond milk with slightly less than 1 tbsp lemon juice. Let sit for 5 min before using!

Directions
Preheat oven to 400, and grease a large cookie sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Cut the butter into chunks and put into flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until it looks like pea-sized chunks. You want the butter to stay as cold as possible, so touch it with your hands as little as possible! The colder the butter, the flakier the scones.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond butter milk and 1/2 the egg (half the white, half the yolk) until combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry flour mixture and add the almond butter. Mix til incorporated, and add chocolate. Mix but don’t over knead!

Pat into a large circle on a floured surface and cut into 8-10 triangles .

Bake for 18-22 minutes and enjoy warm!

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free Option}

Between figuring out how to thread a sewing machine and watching the latest Top Chef last night, it’s amazing I have any hair left. I know, you can’t believe how stressful my life is. Me neither!

It's all fun and games, until THE WRONG CHEF GETS ELIMINATED!!

It’s all fun and games, until THE WRONG CHEF GETS ELIMINATED!!

In all seriousness though, I did figure out how to thread the machine and am SO excited to show you what I’ve been working on lately! It involves 1.) a sewing machine. Obvi. and 2.) these cute fabrics!

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I will report back when my project is complete for all the details. Until then, back to my ‘stressful’ life! I am definitely exaggerating, but wowee… I have not been so proud of accomplishing something so menial in a very long time. The moment I finally figured out how to insert the bobbin into the sewing machine and get the thread to come up through the base? I may have been dancing around the kitchen whooping and hollering. I kept thinking- everyone always digs on our generation for not having common sense and being steady-minded enough to figure simple things out, so it was a matter of principle that I figure this out. So, I watched about 7 YouTube videos until it made sense. *Cue older generation rolling their eyes.*

After hours of intense concentration, I made myself take a break and the first thing my eyes set on in the kitchen was some cookies I had made a few days ago. And man, did they hit the spot.

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This is my first attempt at using coconut oil in a recipe and it will not be my last! Technically, these could be gluten-free cookies if you used a special kind of oats, but I love gluten so I used the real stuff. So either way- if you’re one of those unlucky people that needs to avoid gluten- this is your cookie! If being gluten-free is not an issue, you can still enjoy these slightly ‘better for you than the typical cookie’ cookies with regular oats.

You can see how chewy and moist the center still is - and this is 5 days later!

You can see how chewy and moist the center still is – and this is 5 days later!

Somehow, these cookies remain incredibly chewy and delicious for DAYS! There is no flour, butter, or eggs in this recipe- normally things that make a cookie so scrumptious, yes I know. For missing those normally essential cookie ingredients, this cookie is incredibly light AND indulgent all at the same time.

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I almost considered saving half the dough balls just to leave raw and deem them “Energy Balls”- since they held together really well and had no raw eggs in them. No raw eggs= guilt-free snooping for this preggo lady! Plus, these babies have flax, oatmeal, and a little protein powder in them.

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Do you guys remember when I said I typically add double the amount of chocolate chips that the recipe calls for? I was going along my merry way adding double the amount of chocolate chips to THIS recipe, and the dough rejected the extra chocolate. How dare it?! I know, I was mad too.

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I tried to use 3/4 a bag of mini-chocolate chips- and the top picture shows you all the little chocolate pieces that I couldn’t knead into the cookie dough. If I tried to force them in, the dough had too many chips and it wouldn’t hold together- believe me, I tried! I was flabbergasted at the amount left over, so I measured it and it was a WHOLE CUP of precious little chocolate chips that didn’t make the cut.

This cookie is so healthy it won’t let you even think about making it unhealthy. Rude.

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End result? Still chock full of chocolate, and still good. Even the guys liked these!

~M

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free option}

makes about 2 dozen cookies

adapted from Eat, Live, Run

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt

3 cups old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)

1/2 bag mini dark chocolate chips

1 cup almond butter

2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp warm water (called a flax egg)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp soy protein powder (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the coconut oil, almond butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Add vanilla extract and ground flax + water water mixture. Keep beating until everything is combined.

In another bowl, mix together the oats, baking soda, protein, salt and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips. Mix until just combined—be careful not to overmix!

Roll small balls of dough and place three inches apart on a silpat or parchment paper-lined sheet tray. Do not flatten dough balls. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffy. Let cool for 5 minutes on sheet tray before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.

Time:

30 minutes

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