Monday, February 9, 2015

February Findings + Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

February. Can you think of a better month to get back into something that you stopped doing for a long time, like in my case, blogging? What's that you say, did I forget about January? Here's the deal, guys, I take January to reflect on the last year and get all things in order before I dive in again. And it just so happens that this January included packing and moving into a new apartment, so I knew getting this pretty little blog here back up and going was a distant dream.

Alas, here we are, the 8th of February and a new post is happening! Recap of things I want to do this year:
1. More yoga. I always feel so much more centered, focused and healthy when I practice, so it is one of my goals this year to make myself happy and get my yoga on. Plus, a friend of mine is my Wednesday instructor and she is the shit, so I need to make it a priority.

2. Be Intentional. This year, I will be focusing on being intentional in my friendships, relationships with my family members, my volunteer organizations and my professional life. We live in a world where we don't make time for ourselves to sit down and rest and although that is because of choices we all make, I am making the choice to carve out time for myself and others.

3. Keep my eyes open. Because sometimes I trip on the sidewalk when I close them. Just kidding, guys! Geez, I'm not that loony. But for real, I don't ever want to feel like life is passing me by. So this year, I am going all out, on everything. Get ready.

To get me started, I have for you protein energy cookies!! These little suckers were so good. They are such a great grab-and-go breakfast, snack, pre-workout or post-workout boost or easy treat to drop off to your local hotel in exchange for free coffee in the morning, and that's what I call a win.

2 ripe smashed bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup nut butter (I had smooth peanut)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped cashews (or whatever nut you prefer)
2 tablespoons ground flax
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Note: I added chocolate chips and cashews to this recipe, but play with it! If you prefer dried cranberries or raisins, pecans or walnuts, add them! I would have tossed in some chia seeds if I had any in my pantry too.

1. Smash up the bananas, eggs and applesauce.
2. Fold in the oats followed by the nut butter.
3. Add the rest of your ingredients
4. Scoop out into about 1 1/2 inch balls of the mix and slightly flatten them onto a greased cookie sheet. I greased my sheet with coconut oil.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I hope these give you the same energy kick that they gave me! Enjoy :)