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Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Don’t get any ideas… I haven’t joined basic b***h #pumpkinspicenation. I’m just capitalizing on the opportunities at hand, i.e. fall. And we do a monthly feature called Seven Things We Love on the AEO blog and of course, I choose “what we’re eating/drinking”. It’s turned into me asking my team what they want me to make and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies came up… also I wanted pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. There, I said it.

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Full of real ingredients, unlike that #PSL you’re holding.

Pumpkin is so good for you, though. It’s full of beta-carotine and fiber and is a vegetable. You can easily add veggies to your normal breakfast with pumpkin pie oatmeal or a two-minute pumpkin quinoa breakfast muffin. So, I’m a fan of all things pumpkin, when it involves actual pumpkin of course.

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A way to get your pumpkin spice fix while also not ingesting things that cause cancer.

These cookies aren’t super sweet because I don’t typically eat refined sugar so I have a really sensitive sweet tooth. You might want to add a couple more table spoons of maple syrup if you want them sweeter. Did I mention these are gluten free, refined sugar free and oil free?

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Gluten free, refined sugar free, oil free pumpkin spice cookies.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Sugar Free
Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼ cup unsweetened carob chips (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp pink himalaylan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with coconut oil.
  3. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, maple syrup, applesauce, almond butter and pumpkin puree.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Fold in carob chips.
  7. Spoon out 1 TBSP of batter 1 inch apart until cookie sheet is full.
  8. Place in oven and bake until top is bounces back when touched and begins to brown.
  9. Store in airtight container in the refridgerator.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 65 Fat: 2.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 9.7 g Sugar: 2.0 g Sodium: 15mg Fiber: 0.7 g Protein: 1.7 g

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What is your favorite way to eat pumpkin… or pumpkin spice things? What is the most ridiculous pumpkin spiced thing you have seen? (Toss up between pumpkin spice vodka and pumpkin spice Pringles for me.)

Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes

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I know… Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes is a mouthful (pun not intended) of a name, but I couldn’t trick you by leaving out some delicious component or another. Plus, this is probably my last chance to post a peach recipe because summer is unofficially over and peach season is close to unofficially over.

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Way more delicious than creepy IHOP pancakes.

Funny story about mouthfuls of names… my middle name is Jo, after my father (Joseph). My grandmother told my mother that Cassandra Pisone was already a mouthful of a name for a little girl so I needed a short middle name. My mother wanted to call me CJ for short but my grandmother started calling me Cassie and it stuck.

I’m currently obsessed with goat cheese. I had to stop by the Strip District for coffee a the Saturday before last after my long run. Yes, I’m such a snob I buy speciality coffee from a coffee store in the Strip. Anyway, I decided to wander around to see if there was anything delicious I couldn’t live without. There was a goat cheese stand with fresh goat cheese. I went through an entire container in barely over a week. It was insanely delicious.

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Breakfast decadence.

These Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes were my breakfast a few Sundays in a row. I basically was full all day because they are so high in protein and healthy fat from the almond meal, almond butter, coconut and goat cheese. The first time I made them I didn’t intend on adding any of the toppings but I’m so glad I did.

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Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Pancakes
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp pecans
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Topping
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 oz goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat a griddle on medium low heat.
  2. Mix all pancakes ingredients in a small bowl and allow to sit for five minutes.
  3. Spray griddle with coconut oil.
  4. Pour pancakes on griddle, making them about 2" by 2". Leave a corner of the skillet empty for the peaches.
  5. Place chopped peaches on skillet and stir frequently.
  6. Once pancakes begin to bubble and bottom firms and turns brown, flip carefully then cook for another 1-2 minutes, until cooked through.
  7. Plate pancakes and top with ½ peaches, ½ the almond butter and ½ the goat cheese.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 457 Fat: 33.8 g Saturated fat: 6.9 g Carbohydrates: 24.4 g Sugar: 14.6 g Sodium: 290 mg Fiber: 6.2 g Protein: 19.8 g

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites

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Another energy bite recipe? I know you’re probably sick of them but guess what? I make a batch every two weeks or so, I can photograph them at any time, and people love energy bites. (Right? You love these, right?)

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Or, alternately, Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites.

I had been thinking abut making oatmeal raisin something for ages now. I needed energy bites as I had eaten my last Chocolate Antioxidant Energy Bite (recipe coming soon) before yoga the day I made these. I was playing around with ingredients and they needed a little more stick. Enter raisins. They have about the same nutritional value as dates, so they don’t really alter anything from my normal recipe.

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These got me out of bed for my run this morning.

The Recipe ReDux challenge for July was using alcohol and vanilla extract technically counts as alcohol. If you’re looking for a cocktail recipe though, you can add vodka to my Mint Arnold Palmer and make it a John Daly. Don’t worry, I won’t tell. Also, is it phoning it in to just use vanilla extract?

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Gluten Free and Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites: gluten free, vegan and raw! Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabar recipe for a fraction of the price.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dates
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for 30 minutes.
  2. Add dates, almonds, oats, and peanut butter to food processor and process until a sticky ball forms.
  3. Add in vanilla and sea salt and pulse a few more times.
  4. Add in raisins and pulse until combined.
  5. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 50 Fat: 2.3 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.0 g Sugar: 4.6 g Sodium: 26 mg Fiber: 1.0 Protein: 1.3

More energy bite recipes (aka the reverse evolution of my food photograph):

Coconut Energy Bites (too ashamed of my photograph to put it on this post)

Chat with me: Are you sick of energy bite recipes? Have you made any of my energy bites?

Peach Overnight Oatmeal

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Meet my new obsession: Peach Overnight Oatmeal. I don’t remember a time in my life before overnight oats and I don’t think I want to remember it. This has been my breakfast for the past few weeks and I wake up so excited to eat it (as if I don’t wake up excited to eat every breakfast).

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Summer breakfast perfection – peach overnight oatmeal.

At work last week my boss and I did this video where we were asked questions and we had to write down what we thought the other person would answer (she got every single one of mine right!). One of the questions about me was “favorite food”. I didn’t know what to answer – I love so many foods. She wrote oatmeal and truthfully, she is probably right. It wouldn’t be my Death Row food (probably) but my day is better if I eat oatmeal.

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The best post-morning run treat.

Even though I have a degree in marketing and work in marketing, I’m so susceptible to marketing. I’m a marketer’s dream sometimes – I see a product on a blog and I have to have it, I fall prey to every Piperlime and Madewell percent-off e-mail and whenever peaches are in every recipe, I end up buying peaches. Good job, Peach Association of America, you did your job.

I’ve been craving crunch lately so the crisp, crunchy peach is really great at solving that. I also recommend adding in some shelled pistachios and unsweetened carob chips on top to make this a truly decadent – and satisfying – breakfast.

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The almond butter on top totally makes this.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peach Overnight Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 peach, chopped
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a mason jar or other container, mix oats, chia seed and cinnamon.
  2. In a small bowl, mix protein powder with Greek yogurt.
  3. Pour almond milk over oat mixture then add yogurt. Shake well to combine.
  4. Cover and let sit in refrigerator overnight.
  5. In the morning, top with cut peach and almond butter.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 jar Calories: 373 Fat: 12.6 g Saturated fat: 1.4 g Carbohydrates: 50 g Sugar: 11.4 g Sodium: 190 mg Fiber: 13 g Protein: 21.2

 

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Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker Smoothie Recipe

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I have a very special guest for you today! My friend Emily is helping me out while I’m in Portland this week  by blogging about her famous Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker Smoothie recipe! This brings a lot of search engine results to Almost Getting it Together so I didn’t want to disappoint all of the people coming to my blog looking for it. (Look at that, you get a blogging tip and a recipe – this post is a two-fer!) I’ll let Em take it from here.

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Green Trekker main ingredients: blueberries and spinach.

Hey everyone! This is Emily and I’m making my blogging debut with a green smoothie recipe that will rock your world.

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My blogging debut – my recipe for a Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker!

Cass and I discovered the Green Trekker on a weekend trip to Miami last summer and it’s been love ever since. This thing was my saving grace after too many Cuban sandwiches, mojitos, champagne cruises, and sweltering morning runs around South Beach. We would crawl into Whole Foods dripping in sweat every morning to order one. (And always paid with some seriously drenched dollar bills from the key pocket of my running shorts – so gross.)

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Cassie and me on said champagne cruise in Miami last summer!

I promise you, this thing is the best. You have to try it. Unfortunately it couldn’t heal my horrific sunburn from day one of the vacation, but that’s no surprise. Nobody expected me to handle the Miami sun well. I’ve never been tan a day in my life.

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This won’t cure your sunburn, but it will cure basically everything else.

So here it is! I made a few modifications from the Whole Foods Market recipe (I added almond butter and chia seeds), so feel free to modify as you please.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces coconut water
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or ½ scoop chocolate protein powder)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1-2 cups baby spinach
  • Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients (except ice cubes) until smooth.
  2. Add optional ice cubes for thickness or consistency.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Entire recipe Calories: 383 Fat: 14.8 g Saturated fat: 1.9 g Carbohydrates: 63.3 Sugar: 37.5 Sodium: 78 mg Fiber: 14.0 Protein: 10.8

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How do your stay balanced when traveling or do you throw everything out the window? Also, don’t you just love Emily?

Gluten Free Bagels with Chocolate Almond Cream Cheese [Product Review]

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When I initially cut gluten out of my diet, it was a bit of a struggle for me to fuel properly for runs. I was used to eating toast with nut butter before a longer run in the morning or a sandwich for lunch if I was running after work. Before races, I would eat a bagel with peanut butter or almond butter, sliced banana and honey (extra glucose stores).

Despite really not caring for simple carbs for the most part (I’m Italian and would choose to eat pasta maybe once a year, if that), I for some reason really missed bagels. I think the ritual of eating a bagel before a race – a food I would never eat on a normal day – is what I missed most. Also I really love getting bagels when I’m visiting Carly at Bagel Boy.

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Two rituals I don’t want to give up: coffee (always) and pre-race bagels.

The lovely ladies at Sweet Note Bakery were kind enough to send me their gluten free bagels to try. I had been having success with oatmeal as a pre-long run food so I wasn’t going to mess with that, but I thought they would be great to eat for breakfast the day before a race to carb-load with.

I haven’t tried any other gluten-free bagels as a disclaimer, but I have had gluten-free bread (not super into it) and gluten-free English muffins (kind of okay with them). These bagels had a very bagel-y texture and tasted like the ones I could get at Bagel Factory in Pittsburgh (but not NYC bagels – nothing compares to NYC bagels, except Montreal bagels which I would gluten myself for). I definitely enjoyed them and despite my lack of preparation otherwise, I’m going to assume these guys helped me out in Pittsburgh.

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Toast your gluten free bagel, top with my Chocolate Almond Cream Cheese and sprinkle with cinnamon.

I wanted the full-on bagel experience but only had plain cream cheese (ew) so I mixed a few of my favorite things (nut butter and chocolate) together to get Chocolate Almond Cream Cheese.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Almond Cream Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Spread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese, almond butter and cocoa powder together.

 

They come in plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, everything and cinnamon raisin (my fave!). If you’re looking for a delicious gluten free bagel, definitely give Sweet Note Bakery a try!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but I did receive bagels to try for this review. All opinions are my own.

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