Homemade Cookies and Football

18 Oct

After hitting the gym this morning, we decided to make homemade cookies- Almond Butter Chocolate Chip.  I had never made these but they sounded great.  I did make some changes to them to up their protein content and also to reduce the sugar.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 24 cookies

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup Stevia sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or Sucanat (I might skip this the next time I make them to cut back on the sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 oz dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa or greater) broken into small pieces
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl combine almond butter, Stevia, brown sugar, 1 egg, baking soda, sea salt and protein powder.  Mix together until all ingredients are blended together.  Stir in chocolate pieces.  Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool for five minutes before eating! 

 

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They turned out really good.  A great high protein and low sugar cookie!  I think my next batch I am going to skip the brown sugar all together.  The protein powder and Stevia are enough to sweeten them.  Plus eliminating the brown sugar will cut back on their calories and sugar.

After the cookies were made it was time to get some appetizers out for company.  We had a variety of foods that were good for snacking on during the football game. (Vikings won!  Yay!  : ) )

Fresh cut cantaloupe

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Veggies (sorry for the blurry pic)

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Fresh crusty bread

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Olive oil, balsamic and parmesan cheese for dipping

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Adam brought over freshly homemade pico

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I reheated the wings for the boys

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Shrimp in a garlic sauce

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and cookies for dessert!  :  )

After the game and after company left, we had  some wine and played more games!

The Husband and I shared one very large glass of wine (I think I am officially wined out- my body needs a much needed break.  I’m sure the next few nights will be cranberry + water for this girl!  My liver is already thanking me!)

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Game time!

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We played Scattergories!

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Morning Meditation

Motivation for Today:  Detox my liver from all the wine we have been drinking

Three Things I am Thankful for Today:  1-  Having my Mom still in town 2- Beautiful fall weather 3- My amazing Sister!

My goal for today:  Eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can

Motivational Quote of the Day:  Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have was once among the things only hoped for.  Epicurus

The orange fall tulips we bought on Friday are looking so beautiful I have to share some pics!

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On the agenda for today- pumpkin spice coffee, running errands- I need to get some birthday stuff for the Husband, laundry and hanging out all day with my Mom! 

What are your plans for this beautiful Monday?  What is your favorite flower?  Do you have a favorite quote?

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7 Responses to “Homemade Cookies and Football”

  1. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Hope you have a great day! Mondays are days of errands for me too. And tutoring.

    Those cookies look delicious.

  2. Stefanie October 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Yum, yum, and yum!!! My plans are school ALL day long! And hopefully a workout in the form of Turbofire later!

    Have a great day! xoxo

  3. Maren October 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    I never would have thought of making almond butter cookies! They look delicious.

  4. Angela October 19, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    did you know that Lindt is THE BEST chocolate ever??? (just checking. :))

    Scattergories is such a staple in my house! well, my parents’ anyway. whenever the family gets together we always take it out.:)

    • Balanced Healthy Life October 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

      I hadn’t had Lindt chocolate before until I bought it for the cookies, I have to agree with you on it being awesome! : )

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