Kitchen Homeostasis

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…IMG_7382

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?

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Clearly.

Especially when it’s this friend!

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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.

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Justice. Coconut flour justice.

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.

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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 Smile

OK…off to the gym!

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  1. Sable@SquatLikeALady says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your hyper-emotional day =( Those are freaking exhausting! <3

  2. I am so glad that you took the day off. All life is special and should be remembered and celebrated :)

  3. Looks delish! Have a good workout :)

  4. I’m sorry yesterday was rough for you. E-hugs. :)

    I really want to start playing around with different kinds of flour. Coconut and peanut flour, specifically.

  5. I just bought coconut flour for the first time and have been looking for recipes that uses it, I will make these for sure. For some reason I am a muffin addict these days!

  6. Those granola bars look so freaking delicious. You’ve been busy!

  7. I have to say, the nerd in me LOVES the title! LOL! :D

  8. Those muffins look so freaking tasty! I would probably eat them up in a heart beat. I’m so sorry that you had to mourn someone, but it’s good to hear that it was a nice remembrance! I hope you have a great weekend :)

  9. These look delicious!

  10. I have never baked with coconut flour but I would like to start trying some gluten free options as I think gluten may upset my husbands stomach a little. And I LOVE coconut!

  11. I’ sorry about your emotional day of the loss/life celebration of a friend! Sometimes in these situations its best to stay off the internet, and be with your loved one’s around you. I have that problem with baked goods, I see something bake it don’t want it after 1 or 2 and make something else…oopsy, lots of leftovers in the freezer though! I currently have an obsession with coconut flour, it is so tasty! Enjoy your weekend!

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