Feb 27, 2013

Crossfit, brah.

So!  I haven't talked about crossfit in awhile (on here at least--IRL, that's another story).

We finally have a schedule!  We've been following Reebok Crossfit One's WODs.  They're pretty awesome.  And they throw in some strength cash outs, too.

We bought some whiteboards on Woot! a few months back, and have been recording the WODs/weights/times through that.  Time isn't an exact science, but I'm not really worried about it. ;)

We've been trying the 3 days on, 1 day off approach, but since that's not consistent every week, we've just been taking off Sunday/Wednesday.  It's close enough.  It's been a month now, and except for one week where we were sickly and had to rearrange the days, we've followed this pretty strictly.  Whoop!

Here's last week (don't act like you're not impressed):

And earlier this month:

Sean pounding out some back squats.  275# for reps.  Bro.  #hashtagcrossfit

How obnoxious are hashtags?  I love them.  Naturally.  


Because he's not spoiled. At all.

Yes, I did just hashtag my blog.  What?

Feb 18, 2013

Paleo Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

That title long enough for you?  I've decided that I can (if I had to decide...) label myself as Paleo plus Peanut Butter.  I don't eat it a lot, but when I do, I just can't do almond butter.  It's a pain in the ass to mix.  Don't mind the taste, but can't be bothered with mixing it and getting oil all over EV-ER-Y-THING.  Andddd I can tolerate PB, no problemo.  SO! Peanut butter it is!

This weekend I was plagued with the dreaded (sarcasm) brown banana issue.  What to DO?!?

Banana bread? Banana muffins? Banana cookies? Banana cake? Banana cupcakes? Banana pancakes (don't worry, this happened)? Freezer? Chocolate?

Decided on bread, changed it to muffins.  It's how I roll.  I also had to add peanut butter and chocolate, because, well, I'm obnoxious like that.  And how can you have one of these without the other?  They like to party.

These muffins are AWESOME.  I ate three in one day.  Sean had the rest for breakfast this week.  Make them!

*They seriously taste like regular banana bread muffins.  No weird Paleo treat sponge-y taste.  Sub almond butter or another nut butter if you don't do peanuts.

Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins
(inspired by Multiply Delicious and PaleOMG)
1 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 cup almond flour
3 medium ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 tbsp honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup choc chips, plus more for topping muffins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Food process bananas with peanut butter until smooth.  If you don't have a food processor, and hand mixer/blender should work.

Whisk your eggs, then add your peanutbutter/banana mixture along with almond flour, baking soda and powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine until you get a batter.  Fold in your chocolate chips.

Spray a muffin pan, or add liners. I used liners.  Fill 12 cups 3/4 of the way.  I used a medium cookie scooper, about 1/4-1/3 cup of batter.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool and remove from pan.  Makes 12 muffins.


If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge.  You can reheat when ready to eat, but they're also good cold. :)

Feb 5, 2013

Cookie Butter Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes.  This sounds ridiculous.  It is delicious.  And not at all good for you.

Have you ever browned butter? You should do it.  It's tricky, but it's worth it.  And cookie butter?  Yeah, try that, too. Trader Joe's has it, but it's basically biscoff spread. I recommend you eat it by the spoonful.

For this recipe, scoop out some spoonfuls and stick them on a plate.  About 1/2-1 tsp full.  Throw that in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the cookie dough.
You're going to brown your butter next.  Heat a small saucepan over medium low heat and toss the butter in.     When butter melts, whisk constantly until tiny brown bits appear at the bottom of the pan, about 4-7 minutes.  Remove from heat immediately to prevent from burning.  Set aside and allow to cool 10 minutes or so.

Cookie Butter Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp) of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk @ room temp
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups + 2 tbsp AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup cookie butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  

Add cooled butter to bowl/mixer.  Mix in sugars until smooth.  Add the egg + egg yolk, vanilla extract and mix.  Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until a dough forms.  It'll be a little dry, but it comes together.  Add chocolate chips.

Using scooper, spoons, or hands, roll 2 tbsp of dough into a ball, and stuff frozen cookie butter inside.  Should be a little smaller than a golf ball.  Place on a baking sheet, and bake for 12-14 minutes.  Let cool, then remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.  Try not to burn your face ;)

I made these cookies for our superbowl party.  Unfortunately, since there was OMGSOMUCHFOOD, they are still left in my kitchen.  I say unfortunately because that means I'm going to eat them. LOL  Sending them into work ASAP.  That is, if I can pry them from Sean's sticky fingers!