Quickie post today.
My upstairs neighbors hosted a pretty kick-ass Oscar party last night, so instead of reading/writing, I enjoyed some good food, good beverage, and great company! So due to my fantastic neighbors, you guys are getting a lot less of my time. Sorry!
First off, yesterday I went to a hot yoga class for the first time in about a month. Life has just been too hectic to go lately, but with an entire Sunday free, what better way to start my week than with 90 minutes of full-sweat posing and stretching?! The fact that my right wrist is missing about 10 degrees of extension due to an injury right now didn’t exactly make it blissful, but hey… no pain, no gain, right?
(No, stupid, if your wrist is injured, you probably shouldn’t go to a class where a good 50% of your time is spent with your full body weight bearing down on your wrists.)
Wrist pain aside, my hips and hammies feel great! Yay for Downward Facing Dog, and my personal favorite, Eagle Pose.
Now on to the sweet Monday treats!!
I present to you:
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies.
I saw these sweet delectables over at Chocolate Covered Katie, and they are so freaking delicious (and healthy!) that I had to share them with you folks! I made a few mild adjustments, and also have started plotting for my future endeavors with these delicious balls of peanut-buttery heaven.
What you need:
1/4 C Peanut Butter (I used organic creamy, with salt)
1/2 C Raisins
2 T Roasted, unsalted peanuts
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/8 Tsp Vanilla (I would actually use a little bit less than this next time)
(Gluten-free for all you gluten-freebies out there)
What you need to do:
Throw everything into a food processor and blend until smooth. Roll into balls, smoosh into bars, or however else you would like to eat these precious little PB treats.
*Note: I don’t have a real food processor, only the all-mighty As-Seen-On-TV Magic Bullet. Unfortunately, the MB, in all of its magical glory, isn’t quite strong enough for the full peanuts… soo…. if the Magic Bullet isn’t meant to work so hard that it starts smoking… that’s my bad. A real food processor is probably necessary to avoid unwanted house fires.
What I added in:
I ended up topping each one with a raisin (because to me, the combo of raisins and peanut butter is too good to resist) and added about 1 tsp of coconut to the batter. I also added a little bit of coconut to top a few cookies, mostly for looks, but also for the yum factor (I’m a bit of a coconut fiend). Needless to say, once I ate one with coconut on top, the rest of them got coated with it too
Next time I might try using dates instead of raisins, because I really like their consistency. Or maybe a mix of dates and raisins? If anyone tries them like that, let me know how they turn out! I’ll also probably try adding in a scoop of protein powder to the mix just for a little extra protein kick, but that may require adding in a little bit of water or they may be too dry.
As for this time around, all I have to say is…
Addictive. Truly addictive. This recipe makes a glob of batter that is enough to make about 5 small cookies. Believe me though, they are rich; I couldn’t eat more than one at a time. The dough keeps well in the fridge (and in my opinion they are a little better after setting in the fridge for a while!) so you can keep them around for a great pre or post-workout snack during the week.
Again, I DID NOT make these up. I take no credit. I do, however, take full credit for eating them and enjoying them 100%. You can thank Katie for the recipe and for the fact that I found these too irresistible to keep from all of you! (You should also check out her blog for some WAY better pictures of these than I took, and for some other ridiculously good looking treats as well!)
That’s all for now. Have a great start to your week, and I hope you get to enjoy some great healthy treats today!