The Best Way to Start Your Day

The smell of spring is in the air or maybe I am just being very hopeful, either way the first day of spring is this coming Thursday and I love the beginning of a new season. So I purchased a new pair of running shoes to start the season with a new stride. The new trends this season are really bright and flashy so I went for a beautiful hot pink pair. I am preparing to run in a few 5k races this spring/summer.

Along with my running I will be focusing on finding snacks that are loaded with protein and will stay with me. I feel this is a daunting task especially for me, I love snacks but most of the snacks I grab are lacking protein.

Until a friend of mine, Emily, shared this cookie recipe with me, she found it on Sallys Baking Addiction. Boy was I ever happy she shared this recipe, these cookies are by far one of the best cookies I have made in a long time. I am always struggling to find a cookie that’s healthy and tasty at the same time, these cookies were just that.

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All of the parts to these cookies make them protein packed including bananas, peanut butter, oats and almonds to name a few. On top of that they are naturally sweet with the peanut butter and natural maple syrup or honey.

I often run into problems when finding a good, healthy cookie, they seem to be too dry or taste awful. Well these cookies don’t have those issues at all, they are extremely moist and dense. There is no butter, no eggs, no flour and no sugar and you won’t even be able to tell that they aren’t there!

AKA, these are a guilt free cookie.

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It was extremely easy to make these cookies, the entire process of combining, mixing, making and baking took about 30 minutes. Which makes them ideal to make on Sundays when you are prepping for the week.

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These cookies are the ideal breakfast cookie, if you were to add a scoop of yogurt and fruit with it, it would be exceptionally delicious or they would be easy to eat on the run.

Try them out and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Mackenzy 

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Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

2 and 1/3 cups of quick oats (not whole oats)*

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup almond or peanut butter

1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey

2 large ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 sliced almonds (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Using a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. The dough will be sticky and thick.

Each cookie will be roughly 3 Tablespoons of dough.  Drop this amount onto prepared cookie sheet and slightly flatten the tops into desired thickness. The cookies will not spread in the oven.

Bake for 15 minutes until edges are very slightly brown. Don’t bake any longer or the cookies will taste dry. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets completely. Cookies stay fresh at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies can be frozen up to 3 months.

* Quick oats are more finely ground than whole oats and easier to mix into the cookies. If you only have whole oats put them into a food processor for a few minutes to make them a little smaller and easier to combine.

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Simply Delicious Healthy Pancakes

Okay, so how perfect has the weather been these past couple days? Spring is sure is our near future. I have purposely been making trips that involve me walking somewhere just to soak up the time outside. I am also back into my running, I went for a couple runs this winter, but me and the cold weather do not mix. It feels great to get my stride back.

As you all know, I love cooking/baking and I am always looking for new recipes that will equally taste good and be healthy. I have been making these pancakes for the past few months now, they are SO simple and yet so delicious. They are protein packed, so they keep you feeling full and they are not loaded with sugar. Ultimately resulting in the perfect way to start your day.

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I know some of you might feel uneasy with the idea of cottage cheese, but let me tell you, I wouldn’t eat it alone but in these pancakes you cannot even taste it. I highly recommend them!

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As you can tell I love fruit so I warm up the fruit and load the top of the pancakes up. Now this just makes you feel like it’s the weekend and you can sit back and enjoy a good coffee and breakfast.

Enjoy!

Mackenzy 

Simple Delicious Healthy Pancakes

1 500g container of cottage cheese

1 500g container of egg whites

Oatmeal

In a food processor, mix the cottage cheese and egg whites. Blend until smooth. Next, add in the oatmeal, I never measure the exact amount so I add in the oats until the consistency seems like a pancake consistency. So not too liquidy and not too thick. Finally, mix in lots of cinnamon (I love cinnamon so I add a lot). Then simply fry them up, because they are not like normal pancakes they will not bubble to tell you they are ready, so you need to watch them closely. Also, the trick is to make them thin so that they cook all the way through by the time they are ready to flip.

Suggested playlist while making these pancakes: http://8tracks.com/klee-mackinnon/coffee-books