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Power Cookies

After running my first half marathon, I had cookies on the brain.  I wanted to make a cookie that was hearty, and even a little bit healthy.  And since it hurt to sit down (thanks hills), I decided it would be best to just stay standing and make some power cookies instead.

power cookies goji berries chia seedsI call these power cookies because they have lots of good stuff in them.  Chia seeds for your omega-3s, goji berries for your antioxidants, coconut oil for your healthy fat, and chocolate chips because chocolate chips just make everything better.  I made the cookies with almond flour and was pleasantly surprised with the results!  I think next time I will add in some coconut flakes and nuts to these power cookies for an extra powerful punch.

So if you are looking for a cookie that’s not too sweet and has lots of good stuff in it, then make these.  You could almost call it a healthy snack, but I prefer the term power cookie instead.

almond flour power cookiesPower Cookies (makes 12 cookies)


1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup goji berries
2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
3 tbsp coconut oil (softened)
1/2 tsp vanilla


Preheat your oven to 350F, and lightly grease a baking sheet.

In a large bowl mix your flour, baking powder and salt together.  In a smaller bowl, blend your egg, coconut oil and chia seeds.  Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture and continue to blend well.

Add in your chocolate chips and goji berries (and any other ingredient of your choosing) and mix until the batter is sticky .  Gently spoon the batter onto the baking sheet and create small balls.

Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Remove cookies from the oven and enjoy them in all their powerful goodness.

Gluten-Free Pineapple Coconut Muffins

The other day I had a mad craving for pineapple muffins.  Well, I wanted this pineapple upside-down cake to be exact, but I was missing all the necessary ingredients (like the rum), and didn’t feel like running to the store.  I found an open package of gluten-free flour from Trader Joe’s and decided I would make gluten-free pineapple coconut muffins instead.

gluten-free pineapple coconut muffinsI find gluten-free baking to be a bit tricky.  Many of my recipes have not turned out because they were too dense, or too much flour, or just not rigjht.  I also don’t like to use xanthan gum which is found in many gluten-free recipes.

I am happy to say that this recipe is xanthan gum free and came out delicious!  These muffins are made with pineapple Chobani (my current fave), coconut oil and have toasted coconut on top.  If you are a bit afraid of gluten-free baking like I am was, then this is the recipe for you.

Sure, these muffins may not be exactly the same as pineapple upside down cake, but they are tasty!

glutenfree pineapple coconut muffinsGluten-Free Pineapple Muffins (makes 12 muffins)


2 cups gluten-free flour of your choice
6 oz pineapple Chobani yogurt
2 eggs (I used egg whites and they turned out fine)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2.5 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes


Preheat your oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a muffin tin or insert paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl add your flour, baking soda, vanilla, salt and brown sugar.  Mix until well blended.

In a smaller bowl blend your yogurt, eggs, almond milk, coconut oil and water until the mixture is nice and creamy.  Fold your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and continue to mix until well blended.

Gently spoon your muffin batter into the muffin tin (be sure to fill each muffin only halfway).  Sprinkle the coconut on top and place in the oven.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

glutenfree pineapple chobani muffins

Remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy!