Hi Everyone and Happy Tuesday! I was SO sad yesterday I couldn’t write a post but there was simply no time (if sleep was going to be on the agenda). Paul finally came home after 5 days in Washington DC yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims of yesterdays shooting. Once I picked him up from the airport it was wedding wedding wedding stuff. Before we knew it was 6 o’clock and the only meal we had eaten was Costco samples. Usually food trumphs everything for me, so you know we had a lot going on (including trips to TWO post offices to try and get “wedding stamps.”) Okay, but let’s start from the beginning.
My day started off with a 4 mile treadmill workout alternating sprints and running at 7am. This is why I usually always work out in the morning, in case life gets to crazy at night. The first 30 minutes I followed this treadmill workout from pbfingers.com. The next mile I started at 6.0 and increased .1 to 6.5 then decreased .1 every minute.
When she talks about feeling like Phoebe flying through central park, I totally know what she means. She is right, 10.0 is NO JOKE! I literally felt like my legs were going to fly out from underneath me! I actually wasn’t sure I would even be able to run at 10.0 for ANY amount of time, but I surprised myself again and was able to do the whole workout plus 1 mile!
So that was a solid start to the day which was followed by a dollar store greek yogurt.
Then I went to the chiropractor, came home and had a real breakfast. I had a piece of Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bake, I think I’m obsessed with the combination of apples, quinoa and nut butter. I don’t know what it is about it but I LOVE it, and this bake is the best yet! A note, the recipe was inspired by two posts from the leangreenbean.com (Quinoa Breakfast Bars and Apple Cinnamon Bars), I wanted both so I combined them!
Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bake
• 1 unsweetened natural apple sauce individual container(4oz)
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg
• 1 egg
• 1/3 c Peanut Butter
• ¼ c honey
• ½ c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (could use any milk)
• 1 cup grated apples (about 1 apple grated squeezed to remove excess moisture)
• ½ c whole wheat flour (or chickpea flour if GF)
• 1 c cooked quinoa
• 1 c rolled old fashion oats
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ¼c walnuts
1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, peanut butter, almond milk, grated apples and honey in a small bowl and mix well.
3. Next add in the grated apples, then the remaining 5 ingredients, mix until just combined and consistent.
4. Spoon into a greased 8×8 pan and bake at 475 for 20 minutes.
5. Let cool completely (at least 30 minutes) then cut into bars (6-8).
6. Store in refrigerator.
I started by grating my apples with the food processor. I would have done this by hand but I was going to get it out and use it anyways so I might as well use it more than once.
Once I squeezed all the moisture out of the apple, I started combining all the ingredients. For applesauce I use individual cups for any recipe. I used to get jars of apple sauce but it would always sit and go bad in the fridge so I stopped doing that. Now I get unsweetened natural individual packs to use whenever I bake (from the dollar store) and they don’t go bad.
Then I added in the remaining ingredients and stirred that up.
That’s it, easy peasy and it’s time to bake!
Finally, I cut them up and stuck them in individual baggies for easy grab and go for my fiance in the morning.
Can be enjoyed cold or warmed, and if you have time can be topped with more goodies like peanut butter or I’ve been drizzling honey on mine. I had so much fun playing with this recipe and they turned out so good, I hope you enjoy them too. They are an easy thing to make on Sunday and enjoy all week. They are moist, super satisfying, slightly sweet and nutty, and full of super food ingredients! Actually, I am going to go have one RIGHT now! Have a good day everyone!