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.
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.
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?
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.
On our sandwiches:
- pine nut hummus
- organic spring mix
- organic ground beef
- goat cheese
- grape tomatoes
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.