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This entry was originally posted on Running with Rhyno – a great blog to check out if you’re interested in connecting with some other runners!!

nutbars
Over the years I’ve learnt a few things; like chocolate is the best thing ever, and if you add hashtag #paleo to any picture on Instagram you will immediately get a ton of “likes”.

Here at mi casa, we have been observing what I like to call a “modified paleo” diet for a few years now – even before Instagram made it cool! I remember google searching for paleo recipes and only a couple sites would come up. These days, I notice that the lines separating paleo and simple clean eating are very blurred indeed. No offence, but I seriously doubt cavemen ever ate hamburgers – with or without a bun made from romaine lettuce or kale leaves!!

Anyways, I often create some strict paleo recipes (like the one below) but we also enjoy dairy and the occasional grains at home – modern day cave-people please don’t judge!


No-Bake Nutbars

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 melted coconut oil
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup dates, chopped and pitted + 2-3 tbsp water

Method:
Prepare 9×13 baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.
In a small sauce pan, heat the dates (chopped and pitted already) with 2 tbsp water over medium high heat. You may see the need to put another tbsp of water in there if it looks like it’s drying out. Basically, this process is breaking down the dates into a jammy like texture and takes less than 5 minutes – seriously – so pay attention to it! The dates are acting as the sweetener in this recipe – if you don’t have on hand, sub out for agave nectar or honey – but maybe start with ¼ cup rather than a ½ and then build up.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the nuts, shredded coconut, cocoa powder and chia seeds. In a microwave safe container, slowly melt the coconut oil & the peanut butter. Now that everything is melted/mixed combine them all in that big bowl. Press into the pan you got ready in the beginning, cover with saran and chuck into the fridge for about an hour.

Cut into 24 pieces and wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap, then chuck into the freezer. These make great pre-workout snacks! (I plugged this recipe into a calorie counter and they come out to about 137 cals and 2.5g protein per piece). These kinds of recipes are fun to play around with; you can add other nuts, seeds or dried fruit and play around with the sweetener if you like!!

If you want to check out what kind of things I’m #hashtagging on Instagram, check me out: @shannonyac.

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Are you wondering what to do with all the zucchini your garden is producing? Or in my case, wondering what to do with all the zucchini I get from my gardening friends! I spied an awesome recipe on Food Network and changed it up a little bit and came out with some seriously moist and chocolately muffins – almost cake-like!!  They freeze really well if you want to keep them around for little treats!

moist and cakey - hardly a muffin!

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

(Adapted from Food Network Recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1% plain yogurt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl whisk together the yogurt, beaten egg and vanilla until combined. Pour yogurt mixture over dry cocoa mixture and stir by hand until all the flour is incorporated.
 
 
Stir in the zucchini followed by boiling water. The mixture will be thin.
 
Fill muffin liners 3/4 of the way full, sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for 18 minutes until tops spring back and a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
 
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