Baking Inspiration: Living Healthy with Chocolate

First and foremost, the other fitnesscrEATure and I ran another half marathon this weekend!!! Woohoo! And neither of us died. Double Woohoo!!

I know, I know, all of you amazing runners out there who run the distance of a half (or longer) every other day are wondering why this is newsworthy. Let me rephrase. Did you hear that I, Rebekah – the girl who hates running and did not train properly for this race in the slightest, ran a half marathon and didn’t die? <—See?? Super newsworthy. Anyway, Meghan will fill you in on our race tomorrow because she’s the one who rocked it. And she has all the pictures 🙂

Although, I do have a couple from our ride over to the race start in the “shuttle,” a.k.a. janky old school bus, a.k.a. Swagger Wagon.

swagger wagon

swagger wagon passengers

Ok, rewind to Friday night. I got home from work and immediately wanted to make something sweet. What I really wanted was Blissful Brit’s Blueberry Banana Bread that has been calling my name ever since she posted it. (I’m pretty sure I’ve ogled at the pictures in that post like half a dozen times. It’s some serious food porn. Aaaaand that’s the end of the creepy comments about another blogger’s food.)

But, here’s the thing – I was being extra lazy and didn’t want to go back out to the store to get flour, so instead of butchering her delicious recipe in trying to make it Paleo, I opted to find a recipe that used only the ingredients I already had on hand. Very diligent laziness if you ask me. Here’s what I found:

Living Healthy with Chocolate’s Coconut Flour Banana Muffins.

cc ban coco

cc ban coco 2

Ok so, admittedly, I went wayyyyy overboard with the chocolate chips – especially considering this recipe didn’t even call for chocolate chips in the batter (only a few on top after baking). I didn’t have the macadamia nuts, so I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips instead. Then I added at least 15 more on top of each muffin before I put them in the oven. Umm…But, it’s ok, you guys, they’re Paleo. Ah, if only that were a legitimate excuse. Anyway, these were effing delicious. Definitely a contender with those Luscious Lemon Bars for my favorite Paleo dessert.

Now, fast forward past the race and into Sunday night. Head to toe I was feeling the after effects of our race, so my lover convinced me to stay home while he went to the gym. Probably a wise decision. With my down time, I decided to bake some Paleo bread I’ve been wanting to try. Conveniently enough, the recipe was located on the same blog as the muffins: Living Healthy with Chocolate.

Here’s her Paleo Bread Recipe. She has tons of great Paleo breads, muffins, cookies, and other treats. I want to try every single one of them. Honestly, I could probably dedicate one post each week just to this woman’s recipes. I’m glad she knows how to bake, because if I were responsible for coming up with the recipes, I think people would rather starve than eat whatever brick-like science experiment I took out of the oven.

Wanna see pictures?

paleo bread

paleo bread 2

paleo bread 3

This bread is delicious, grain free, and tastes like traditional bread. My bread pan is a little wide for this recipe so the slices weren’t as large as I wanted them to be. So, when we made dinner Sunday night, we improvised and made two baby-sized sandwiches instead of just one.

paleo bread sandwich

paleo bread sandwich 2

On our sandwiches:

  • pine nut hummus
  • organic spring mix
  • organic ground beef
  • goat cheese
  • avocado
  • grape tomatoes
  • bacon

To say this was good is the biggest understatement of the century. Well, probably not. But this shit was amazing. So was the thick slice I topped with almond butter and banana for breakfast this morning.

I highly recommend making some of this bread. I know I’ll be making another loaf once this one is gone. Just know that when I tell you I’m filing for bankruptcy, there’s a very high likelihood that I’ve spent all my money on ingredients for Paleo bread. Also, larger bread pans.

Ok, I’m sick of watching myself write. I’m sure you’re sick of reading it.

What kind of workout did you do this weekend?

Did you bake anything? Do you follow recipes like me or are you smart enough to actually create your own and have it turn out perfectly? If the latter, please teach me your ways.

– Rebekah

28 thoughts on “Baking Inspiration: Living Healthy with Chocolate

  1. Yay for not dying! Haha. You girls looked so pretty on the Swagger Wagon. 🙂
    I’m impressed with that bread. I had no idea how small it was until I got to the last picture with the sandwiches. How cute! Looks like it worked out just fine.
    I baked oatmeal this weekend (that counts, right?) and it was fab!

  2. Those muffins looks amazing! and i beg to differ, you did not go overboard on the chocolate chips, it looks like you added just enough. i am a recipe follower through and through. whenever i even try substituting, something goes terribly wrong, so, making up my own would be disastrous.

    • Thanks! You’re almost as good at validating my unhealthy decisions as Meghan is, haha. Yep, same here. Maybe one day I’ll surprise the world with something edible, but until then I’ll safely rely on the people who know what they’re doing.

  3. those things need to get in my belly NOW! i’ve made some great recipes from skinnytaste.com (seriously, go there for awesome low calorie flavor explosions in your mouth).

    SO AWESOME that the both of you did the half!!!! and totally celebrate the fact that you both did well even though you said you didn’t train enough <–hello? NSV right here!!

    love you guys!!!!! xoxoxoxox

  4. Hi my friend! First – congrats on your race! I thought about you guys all weekend and was crossing my fingers for awesomeness! Second – WHEN CAN I COME OVER? I tried to find coconut flour at WF last night…no such luck. Can you also come grocery shopping with me? Actually – just come everywhere with me ok? See you soon?!

    • Thank you, ma’am! Aww you’re so sweet. Haha, come over now! And all the time! Hmm, strange. I think I got mine at WF. Not many places carry it. To answer your questions: yes, yes, and yes. 🙂

  5. Ahh i love to bake! I used to bake all the time when I taught preschool, but I don’t do so nearly as much anymore because the boys I nanny for are allergic to dairy and soy products and I’m the only sweets lover in my house. As much as I love brownies, eating a pan by myself does not sound wise 😛 I did get stuff to make pumpkin banana bread this week, though! Now just waiting for those silly bananas to ripen!

    • Eating a pan of brownies by yourself sounds extremely wise. If you still don’t think so, then we can split them 50/50. Let me know how your bread is! Yum!

  6. Congrats on not dying! That’s typically a good thing. 😉 No amount of chocolate is ever too much, and if anyone ever tells you otherwise, you have my permission to punch them. (Although I will not testify for you in court if said person chooses to sue. :P) That bread is making me really crave homemade bread of my own…if only we had flour in the house. (Who doesn’t have flour in the house?!…we don’t.) I’m pretty decent at cooking in the sense that I can usually trust my taste buds to find the correct combination of ingredients on their own, but when it comes to baking, I’m most definitely a recipe follower. I have no idea how much of anything to put in anything…unless it’s chocolate. The more chocolate the better. 😉

    • Haha thanks girl! You’re seriously absurd and I love it. Girl, I don’t have flour in the house either. But you know I wouldn’t bc of the whole Paleo thing. Yep, same here with cooking. Baking is a different story.

  7. I’m like you are, I can’t make up a recipe if my life depended on it. I would die lol. So to all those kind people who make up recipes and post them, Thanks a million, I don’t know where I would be without them. Chocolate on anything is good!!! But it’s a good thing your man to convince you to stay home, you just ran 13 miles!! You earned some relaxing points! Congrats on your race btw, I’m super impressed 🙂 I know I couldn’t do that!

  8. Your half marathon IS TOTALLY WORTHY OF A POST!!! I know at times it seems like in blog land half marathons are no big deal, but you have to remember how small this community is (ok at time it seems big) anyway what I am saying is half marathons are HARD work!! BE PROUD!! Your bread looks DELICIOUS!

    • You’re the best! For real. Great perspective, thank you 🙂 I agree – it’s so small but so massive at the same time! I can’t keep up sometimes.

  9. Oh my goodness – you guys and all your yumminess food and baking!! I feel like such a slacker. And I was impressed that I actually cooked something – okay made spaghetti 😉 CONGRATS on your race, that is awesome!! Did you hate the running still after the race?? Curious to hear how it went!!

    • Haha, no you’re not! I bet your spaghetti was muy sabroso! Thank you! Yes. I still hate running, haha. I get a runner’s high after about mile 5 or 6, then I can run my little heart out, but getting up to that point is tough for me. I’m slow, too. But I could have kept running after I crossed the finish line. I’m definitely a long distance runner if I had to choose.

      • Haha it was pretty tasty I’ll say! I’m even more impressed that you did that half all while STILL hating running. Maybe someday it’ll be able to sweet talk you into finally enjoying running. And distance…hmm maybe a marathon in your future?

  10. Pshhh, I’m sure you did so good! I honestly couldn’t imagine running a 1/2 at night so that makes up for any questions you had.

    I never tried Paleo bread, but I hear so many good things about it. I’ll have to check it out!

  11. I have made paleo banana muffins before and also added those enjoy life chocolate chips too! I can’t remember who’s recipe, but I found it on Pinterest! I finally tried out a yoga class at a local yoga studio on Saturday morning and totally loved it! I always get nervous when trying Paleo baked goods recipes because I have had a lot of fails. So, when I try out a new one I always follow it exactly by the recipe. When it comes to paleo cooking I tend to use the recipe as a guideline and add or subtract ingredients that I know will or will not work. 🙂 Those muffins look really good!!

    • Yes! Paleo besties! Good for you for liking yoga. I’m almost there…kinda. Haha. Girl, me too. I have failed many a times and eaten that crap anyway. So gross. But the ingredients are so expensive, so I have to eat it or I feel super wasteful.

  12. Congrats to you both on your half, yay! I ran 3 miles after being on a plane for 36 hours…Its not a lot (especially compared to 13!) but i was so stiff it helped so much!

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