Thanks for all your lovely comments on my interview with Ali. I had such a great time interviewing her, and I loved that you enjoyed reading about it!
Yesterday was a whirlwind, emotional day – one which I pretty much stayed off the internet completely (unheard of.) We mourned someone and celebrated someone. As sad as it was, it was a nice remembrance of that person.
Today I’m back at it, and about to head to the gym to train myself and then train a client. But first. Breakfast.
Actually, first let’s talk about our bodies for a minute. No, not “love-your-body” or “body confidence” or self-love, but instead how they work. Our bodies like to achieve a dynamic homeostasis – they do it to survive, meaning we need a certain amount of calories, nutrients, vitamins, water, etc. When we don’t eat enough calories for an extended period of time, our bodies adapt by clinging on to the fat we have for dear life, thus lowering our metabolism so we don’t burn it all away.
Conversely, when we eat calories in excess, it stores those extra calories as fat stores to rely on in case food isn’t plentiful in the future.
I like to think my kitchen is also a dynamic homeostasis.
I have a problem. I made the above granola bars for my dear friend this last weekend. There’s two batches in the picture above because I burnt the first one and had to make a second batch. Guess who has two thumbs and got the first batch in all of its burnt glory…
They are these chocolate pretzel peanut granola bars (say whaa) and they are fabulous. Since I’ve eaten half the burnt batch in a mere 48 hours, I put the rest in a Tupperware container and delivered them to Shane’s office downstairs, where they will surely be eaten in half that amount of time. And now I’m free from being a slave to the beckoning granola bars.
Except now the homeostasis is off because I have no baked goods in the kitchen. This shouldn’t be a problem! But apparently, it is in my house. Almost like clockwork, last night I cooked up another baked good. This time I blamed it on the fact that I had a friend staying over for a couple of days, and fresh-baked muffins is the ONLY way to welcome a friend, right?
Especially when it’s this friend!
She knows where it’s at!
Anyway, I saw these on Pinterest the other night and haven’t been able to get my mind off of them. They call for coconut flour, with which I seem to have tumultuous relationship. Meaning anytime I bake with coconut flour it turns out to be dry, bland, and destined for the trash.
Still, I longed for the day I baked a stand up treat with the healthy flour and deemed this recipe to be my turning point. I followed the recipe to-a-T, and said a prayer as I pushed them into the oven.
Clearly, I’m not well practiced enough in using coconut flour, so I didn’t recreate or “adapt” the recipe much at all. I basically used her recipe, and her recipe only. The only changes made were for the muffin tin size.
If you make them, be prepared for a buttery, honey-y, cinnamon flavor that just melts in your mouth.
I ate this morning’s in a little plain Greek yogurt with some crunchy peanut butter on top. Delicious
OK…off to the gym!