Peanut Butter and Oat Cookies

I had to figure out which blog to put these tasty treats on – they’ve got peanut butter and oats, which can be super healthy, but there’s also a lot of sugar. I guess that makes them about as healthy as muffins… The other problem is that they are so tasty that it’s a major challenge to eat them in moderation… Hence the recipe for these can be found on my other blog.

Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

Millionaire’s Slice

Raw. Vegan. Gluten free. Other fancy buzz words that convince you that something is healthy, and allows you to convince yourself that you are totally allowed to eat as many of these as you would like. Calories don’t count if the food is healthy, right? Right?!

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I truly wish this was the case. These tasty bars are full of healthy goodness, and no added preservatives or anything funny, and they are totally irresistible. But you do need to resist, at least just a little bit, because with all those nuts, they are quite heavy in calories because of all those good fats. And, although they are sweetened naturally using just dates, that many dates do contain a lot of (natural) sugar, so just be careful not to eat the whole tray at once.

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But again, I wouldn’t blame you if you did. If it hadn’t been for my need to share this marvellous creating with the world, I would have eaten them all myself in one go. Oh, and the fact that I am meant to be eating clean, which is supposed to include “moderation”. Whatever!

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Ingredients

Base

  • 1 Cup pitted dates
  • 1 Cup cashews

Filling

  • 1 ½ Cups pitted dates
  •  Cup pecan nuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 40-60ml water

Chocolate topping

  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method

  1. Blitz the cashews and dates together, adding a dash of vanilla essence for flavour if you like, or just a teaspoon or so of water to help it together. Press this down in a lined tray (24cm x 24cm), and place the tray into the fridge or freezer while you work on the next layer
  2. Place the ingredients for the filling in the food processor, and let the dates soak for a bit, before blitzing these together until a smooth paste/sauce forms. Pour this over the chilled base, and return to the fridge or freezer
  3. Melt the ingredients for the chocolate topping together and mix thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps. Pour this over the top, and place in the fridge or freezer to set
  4. Cut up into squares and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the fridge, especially in hot weather (like we’ve been experiencing at the moment. Trust me, these babies melt quickly when it’s hot)

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Get Lean Project Day 18

Prepping for the Halloween run tonight – totally means I can carbo load, right? On Tuesday/Wednesday, I had the bright idea of buying a Kauai wrap, getting my free smoothie as part of their promotion, and then saving the wrap for lunch the next day. It worked out really well. I tried to do this again today (nice smoothie for today, with a wrap for lunch tomorrow). Alas, I was too hungry and ended up enjoying the smoothie, then the wrap. I then proceeded to buy even more snacks. I’m putting it down to copious amounts of exercise for the day. Let’s hope there hasn’t been too much damage.

Side note: don’t let me go into Woolies. Like, ever. Especially when there’s too much month at the end of my money, and especially when I am trying to eat clean.

Food

  • 9 Bar
  • Bliss energy balls
  • Yoghurt with banana, blueberries, chia seeds and honey
  • Chocolate low calorie protein shake with a spoon of powdered peanut butter
  • Tasters of red velvet cake
  • Kauai Tropical wrap
  • Kauai Cacao Cream (LCHF) smoothie

Exercise

  • 45 minutes moderate-high intensity spinning class
  • 60 minutes light intensity yoga
  • 30 minutes Nike+ Training Club random workout
  • 2x 300m sprints
  • 8,5km night trail run

Get Lean Project: Day 1

Technically I started my program on Thursday, but I only fully committed on Monday, because that’s a great day to start any health program, right?

Food

  • Multigrain rice cakes with low fat cottage cheese
  • Leftover roast chicken breasts with raw spinach
  • Chocolate Protein shake
  • PB&J smoothie
  • Banana
  • Cocoa Hit 9Bar seed bar
  • Thyme Chicken mince

Exercise

  • 3.4km run (2 mile fast run N+TC)
  • 15 minutes core workout from N+TC