{Recipe} Enjoying Me Time & Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Hello all!  In case you missed yesterday’s post – I start a new job on Monday and have the rest of this week off :) .  This means I have plenty of time to spend on myself, on the blog and around the house.  Yesterday I checked off a long to do list of little items I had been putting off.  Today was all about catching up on blogs (I’m nowhere close but I’ve been able to catch up on those I favor most), studying for my AFAA Primary Group Exercise exam and cleaning the house.  There was of course a ton of Gilmore Girl and The Pioneer Woman episodes thrown in there.  Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?!

Breakfast & Blog-Reading

Even though I woke up around 7:30am, I held off on eating breakfast until 9ish when I was actually hungry.  Along with a cup of coffee I made a fresh juice that included 1 apple, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 lemon (peeled), 1 sq. in. ginger (peeled) and lots of kale.

Green Juice and Coffee

After breakfast I read a few more blogs before digging into my AFAA textbook.

AFAA Group Exercise Certification

Lunch & Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

For lunch I had another serving of the vegetable soup with lentils and black beans I made this past weekend.  As a side I had some carrots and celery with hummus.

Vegetable Soup with Lentils and Black Beans with a Side of Carrots, Celery and Hummus

When I finished lunch I wasn’t quite ready to get back to studying…I was however in the mood to come up with a sweet tooth quencher so I got on Pinterest and looked around at a few recipes before forming my own.  For these Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies (makes approximately 15 cookies) you will need…

1/2 Cup Natural, Unsalted Crunchy Peanut Butter
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp Cacao Powder (not cocoa powder)
1 Cup Gluten Free Rolled or Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseed
1/4 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (or chocolate chips)
1/4 Cup Honey (add more if needed)
1/4 Cup Water

1. Place peanut butter, salt and cacao powder in a microwaveable safe bowl – melt and stir until combined.

2. Add oats, flaxseed, coconut and cacao nibs to food processor.  Pulse a few times until ingredients are combined.

3. Add in melted chocolate peanut butter mixture and honey.  Mix until combined.  Add water if needed.

4. Form mixture into balls and then flatten with palm to make cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

You could make these into squares, bars, balls, or cookies (like I did)!  These beauties are approximately 127 calories, have 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar.  Not too shabby ;) .

Workout and Dinner

After more studying and then cleaning I decided to head out for a quick wog.  (In case you’ve forgotten, a wog is what I call walking/jogging.)  I didn’t realize it was suppose to rain but that was just as well.  If I had known I may not have gone.  I went 2 miles at a 12:16 pace.

2 Mile Wog

For dinner Josh and I decided to order food from one of our favorite local pizza places – Sony and Tony’s.  I am absolutely love their buffalo chicken pizza.  I could honestly eat the chicken right off the pizza and I’d be perfectly happy.

Sony & Tony's Pizza Buffalo Chicken and Pepperoni, Green Peppers & Black Olive

On the side we had chopped salads.  And that pretty much wraps up my day.

Question of the Day 

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

Coffee Talk {10/21/14}

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

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Sicilian Sun Chocolate Cheesecake

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Hike at Pigsah National Forest Looking Glass Rock Family Picture

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The Best Birthday Surprise!

Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries and Coffee

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Asheville 12 Bone Pulled Pork, Green Beans, Baked Beans and Cornbread

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Make Up Monday: I’ve Been MIA but I’m Back in Action (kind of)

Applewood Orchards

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Five Things Friday #14

Week of 915 Workouts Collage

TGIF!!!  Except I’m working Saturday…but only for about five hours so it won’t be too bad.  Today I figure I’d just list out five random things I’ve been meaning to tell you guys.  Today I’m linking up with Katie and Clare.  Thanks for the link up, girls! #1… I desperately need to update my About [Read On]

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