Stepping Up the Runs, Crafts and Coconut Chips

 

Workout so far today:

Ran 5 miles on the treadmill. First .5 mile warm-up, then 4.5 at 8:00/mile pace.

Taught a spin class. Sweated it out like a mother.

 

We’re stepping it up around here this week in a few different ways.

First of all with running. I’m a little nervous. With the Runner’s World Challenge training plan I have my first week of Yasso 800s. I’ve heard about them, but have never done them before. It’s on the schedule for tomorrow.

Eeeekkkk…..

 

 

Second, we are so going to make this sometime this week.

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How cool is that? You know Beaker is our favorite around here, right?

 

And fourth, well, we’re stepping it up in the snack department of course.

We’re making cinnamon roasted coconut chips. Yep.

 

Yesterday I roasted pretty much anything and everything throughout the day. I managed to burn quite a few things while it was over 90 degrees outside. Who does that?

Anyhoo….

I bought these plain coconut chips from Sprouts the other week.

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They’ve been sitting in my pantry so I decided I wanted to try to roast them. I got the idea from the book Well Fed (which is an awesome paleo recipe book by the way).

My first attempt didn’t turn out so well.

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They roast quicker than I though.

But, luckily my second one did.

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Phew.

These are fabulous. There isn’t any sweetener added. It’s not needed as the natural sweetness of the coconut comes out a bit as they roast. They can be eaten on their own or used in granola or as a topping. Whatever.

 

I’m sure you can make a big batch and store them in an airtight container, but I like to do the single serving thing because sometimes I get confused with huge batches and eat them all in one day. Ha ha.

Here you go.

What’s my favorite?

Oh, I made my own trail mix with roasted plantains and a mixed nut mix from Trader Joes.

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Oh yes. Brilliant, I know. Brilliant and delicious.

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You know what’s even better?

Putting that trail mix on top of a chia applesauce concoction.

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Cold Apple Pie Non-Oatmeal

In the bowl-

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tablespoon chia

1 tablespoon coconut flour

splash of vanilla

apple pie spice (just cinnamon and nutmeg will do)

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

 

I combined the above and let sit in the fridge for a couple hours. It was like a cold bowl of apple pie non-oatmeal if that makes sense. It was good.

 

Okay, well, I just wrote this post in record time. I apologize for any grammatical or spelling errors. I’ll fix them later.

 

Oh, and I’ll leave you with a little Monday afternoon motivation.

Smile

Hope you’re having a marvelous Monday!

 

Do you like coconut? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Um, crafts…… have any good ideas to share that are toddler friendly. We’re trying to find our creative side over here.

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Comments

  1. 1

    I really want to try baking with coconut oil or flour but it is not in the budget right now. Hopefully if a job comes along soon I can try it out! These look delicious to try out one day as well! My easy run day is tomorrow and I am so looking forward to it – I did a 10 mile progressive tempo today and I am beat!

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    Love coconut every way!
    Paper bag puppets are always a hit :)

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    Lauren says:

    I need to try those coconut chips-I bought a couple bags of some from trader joe’s but they were gone in a flash! Love the beaker paintbrush, as a chemist I have a soft spot for him!

  4. 4

    Toasted coconut is so amazing, I imagine it is even better with plantains and trail mix (aka crack and crack).

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    Laura says:

    I do love coconut. Pretty much in any form! I used to work at a preschool…I have tons of craft ideas. I’ll have to send you an email :) But if you keep looking on Pinterest…I am sure you will find millions of ideas!!
    Oh, love Yasso 800′s!! That’s my fav. kind of speed work. I really don’t care for/am not too good at mile repeats or running most of the run at race pace. But Yasso 800′s, those I can do!!! Enjoy them!

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    elizabeth says:

    I always see those toasted coconut chips for sale in the store and have been tempted to buy them, but figured I don’t need to be eating extra saturated fat, but since I need to use the chips in my pantry, I’ll have to try your recipe!

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    I need to make these coconut chips ASAP! I bet they’d be pretty good with cocoa powder too : D

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    Michelle Kim says:

    Yum! Sounds delicious. I’ll have to make it if I can find a bag of coconut chips like that!
    Crafts… I’m thinking something with cookie cutter shapes, sponges, paint, and some kind of big canvas (or a cardboard box). Those are usually fun, but can get messy ;)

  9. 9

    OMG, love the recipes!!!! I might add protein powder to that last one! :) I so get that last quote & so true – thank you!!!!

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