Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter {FIG} Cookies

I can’t even remember how I came across The Kitchen Prep Blog.  Maybe her post for Flourless Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal <sheesh that’s a mouthful!> popped up on my newsfeed?  I click on so many recipe links these days, I am just happy that this one stayed open in my browser.  My daughter asked if we could make some cookies and I thought it was a sign to get up and give this recipe a try.  I pulled out my iPad, set it on the counter, and looked over the ingredients.  I was excited because I had everything in the “pantry” <someday I will have a REAL pantry>.  I even had Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter–YUM! The only ingredient that left a little pang in my heart was brown sugar.  I am trying so hard to make clean, whole food recipes that my husband and my daughter love.  I want to teach them that healthy food, food that will fuel our bodies, doesn’t have to be packed with factory-made sugars and fat. Granted, if this was a perfect world I would have made my own PB too but at that moment, the sugar was my culprit.  So I thought about using honey–but I didn’t have any honey.  Then I thought about the Lara Bar I ate the other day.  I was impressed–3 ingredients–dates, sea salt, and peanuts.  That Lara Bar was deliciously sweet and I didn’t even know what dates tasted like before opening the wrapper. Trust me, there is a point to the crazy roadmap in my brain here.  One problem, I didn’t have dates.  What did I have??? FIGS!  Tons and tons of FIGS!  And that my friends is how I took The Kitchen Prep’s recipe and made it my own.
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The fig puree was a deep purple color.  I never pureed figs before and I couldn’t help but to smile about how the color would blend perfectly with the chocolate peanut butter.

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 And I couldn’t keep her hands away while trying to capture a pic.  She LOVED the sprinkle of sea salt on the top too!

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter {Fig} Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

8oz of fresh figs (I used 10 figs-should measure out to 3/4 cup when pureed)

1/4 cup of water

2/3 cup rolled oats + 1/3 cup rolled oats

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

4-6 squares of dark chocolate, chopped into chunks

Sea Salt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

2. Process 2/3 cups of rolled oats to make a flour-like consistency.  (I used my magic bullet.) Place in large bowl.

3. Puree figs and water. Think baby food texture!

4.  Add fig puree, additional 1/3 cup of rolled oats, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, and the egg to bowl.  Mix well.

5.  Stir in chocolate chunks.

6. Drop by the teaspoon on a cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.  Sprinkle with sea salt (optional but definitely recommended!!)

7. Bake for 11-12 minutes until cookies are just set.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Thank you to Dianna at The Kitchen Prep Blog for inspiring me to make these cookies.  Thank you to Peanut Butter & Co. for making such amazing PBs that I can never seem to get enough of.  And thank you to so many of my healthy friends who have inspired me to wake up and learn about the food I eat.

My First Black Bean Burger!

OK, so I don’t love beans.  I’ve never been a huge fan of them in dishes or chili.  I like black beans in fresh salsa and that’s about it.  When I saw a recipe for a black bean burger on one of my go-to sites (AllRecipes.com), I was hesitant but wanted to give it a try.  Let me tell you, I was so surprised!  There is so much flavor in this recipe.  I did make a couple of changes though…I am big on texture.  I was worried that smashing the black beans with a fork wouldn’t be enough for me.  So, I tossed them in my magic bullet with some water (maybe like 1/4 cup) and gave it a whirl.  Which means I needed to add more breadcrumbs too.  But if you like beans and texture doesn’t bother you, then I would just stick to this recipe because it is delicious! Also, I didn’t add hot sauce because I wanted them to be kid friendly.  I did top mine with some cheddar cheese and smashed avocado.  I served it on a piece of toasted Ezekiel bread with Romaine lettuce and vine ripe tomatoes.  I have leftovers too…and I am thinking an egg on top of this burger will be ridiculously yummy.

Click HERE for the recipe!

How I Lost My Baby Weight






I started my P90X3 journey at 2 months post baby #2.  I weighed 152lbs.  90 Days later, I finished the program and weighed in at 134lbs and I was down 16.5 inches!  How did I finish the program?  How am I 7 pounds lighter than before I was pregnant with my second baby?  I give credit to my Facebook Challenge group.  I checked into that group every single day.  I saw everyone posting about their P90X3 workouts and I knew the team was counting on me to do the same.  We shared our results, our ups and downs, our favorite (and least favorite) workouts.  We talked about how Tony should  really talk less during his yoga routines.  We celebrated our successes and we were encouraging when someone was having a rough day or week or phase!  When you are part of a group like this, you are more likely to stick to a workout.  You are more likely to see results.  You are more likely to finish a program!


I’m in a few mommy groups online and the common theme when it comes to fitness is: “I had a baby or two or three and I just have to accept the fact that I will never have abs again or my body will never be the same.”  I used this as my “why” every single day.  And I pounded it into my head on the days I felt like stopping.  My two month old was still waking up frequently through the night to nurse and my 3 year old isn’t the best sleeper.  But I didn’t let that stop me.  I set out to prove that I can take back my body…that I can eventually have abs again! There are no excuses.  The other day, I heard someone say that “excuses are lies you tell yourself to feel better”.  And that is the truth!  On nights when the baby woke up several times,  I would tell myself that it was ok to sleep in and skip the workout.  There were many mornings when I made excuses and for about an hour, they made me feel better…then I would kick myself for sleeping in!


I did this ENTIRE program following the modifications.  30 minutes a day.  There is so much variety in P90X3.  My favorite workout is MMX.  It is a martial arts based workout and boy did it help me release my mommy frustrations!  The nutrition guide is different too.  It breaks the food groups down into categories and lists with the healthiest food at the top.  The bottom of the list is still considered healthy eating but some of the best superfoods (like kale) are at the top.  Also the plan guides you to gradually remove processed foods from your lifestyle.  I think this is a good plan because a lot of people start with huge intentions and then they give up because it is just too much change all at once.  You don’t have to take baby steps but sometimes a ginormous leap isn’t the best way to go either.


If you are thinking about starting P90X3 or any of the other Beachbody programs, then you need to join one of my Challenge groups TODAY!  You will make new friends and have fun while reaching your goals! Feel free to send me a message on Facebook (Regina Spennacchio) if you have questions or leave a comment below.  Looking forward to joining you on your fitness journey!


 

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