. . . You Need to Try
Before joining the Summer Sweat Series (it’s over now, but I highly recommend it and am so glad I tried it), Ambitious Kitchen was not even on my radar. And that’s just a cryin’ shame, because Monique’s recipes are just so darn good.
SSS may be over, but I’m still exploring the recipes I didn’t get to while it was on. Unfortunately apparently I’ve been falling down in the photo department– I thought I had photos of at least some of the treats, but no, nothing got photographed. Too eager t eat, I guess. Take my word for it — they’re worth it.
I had my last blueberry muffin for a snack yesterday, so I did get in a photo of that.
You’ll notice that most of the recipes I tried are baked goods. You know how I love to bake, and I have to keep Mr. Judy in breakfasts, too. You’ll also know that a lot of the recipes use ingredients you may not have on hand — almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar. Because I like to bake and I like to experiment, I didn’t have to go out and buy any special ingredients. You can make your own almond flour (I don’t, but you can), but if you decide to try a coconut flour recipe, you’ll need to buy it.
I’ve gone on to explore more of Monique’s recipes, as well (would love to see a cookbook from her!). My latest one was the Double Chocolate Paleo Banana Bread, which, believe it or not, has no added sugar.
So today I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes with Friday Five from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run. And no, the pancakes pictured below are not the Fluffy Coconut Pancakes I mentioned previously, but I’ve made them a few times, too.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
One of the nice thing about the SSS was that there was a nice mix of recipes, with a fair amount of vegetarian options. I’m not vegetarian — I actually eat everything — but I fall more pescetarian (mostly vegetarian + fish).
There were a lot of vegetarian recipes I meant to try, and still mean to try, but this is one of the ones I did try.
I was a little disappointed in at first, but it grew on me. I’m not sure that I’ll make it again (maybe) – still quite a few other recipes I need to try.
Nutrition Rich Blueberry Breakfast Cookies
Mr. Judy likes easily portable breakfasts, and who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast anyway? I didn’t hear any complaints when I sent him into work with these, and two cookies have almost 10 gm of protein.
Coconut Flour Banana Bread
No added sugar, folks — and it tastes great! I’ve made it a couple of times already. For SSS they had you leave out the chocolate chips and add in a cup of blueberries. And yes, I did that. And yes, like I said, it was great.
I eat plenty of chocolate, but I know it’s not in my best interest to always eat chocolate.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Almost no bake: you do toast the oats and quinoa, but otherwise you just throw in a bunch of ingredients, mix it up, and boy do you come away with a treat. These served as my post workout treat quite a few times.
Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
I thought these were so good, I wanted to hoard them all for myself. Oddly Mr. Judy didn’t share my enthusiasm, but maybe that’s because he didn’t have them hot out of the oven with just a wee bit of butter on them.
I enjoyed them as a snack on their own, or sometimes I paired them with some eggs for breakfast.
Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:
Do you have a favorite type of quick bread or muffin?
If I peeked in your pantry, would there be coconut flour in it?
Sweet or savory for breakfast (or both)?