So the job hunt for a personal training gig is coming along. I have been talking with a few gyms and feel like I may have found a fit! I don’t want to jinx it though! I can’t wait to start ramping up my clientele here in the Monterey area. But don’t forget, if you are interested in training with me I also offer 100% customized online training and nutrition plans for anyone not in the area.
On top of my personal training venture, I have signed up to become Zumba certified next month! I started dancing when I was three, danced more seriosuly through high school (for about 20 – 30 hours a week), and continued to dance casually in college on a USC dance team. I am classically trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Even though I don’t consider myself a dancer anymore, that dancing blood is still very alive inside of me. For that reason, I have always loved taking Zumba classes. I’m a huge fan of nearly all group exercise classes, but there’s something about the energy in a great Zumba class that is unlike other. The heavy beats, invigorating instructors, and fun dance moves leaves you breathless. And the best part, it’s so fun you forget you’re actually getting a great cardio sesh in! Seriously, it’s the only exercise class where you will see about 90% of the students actually smiling and not grinding their teeth at the instructor. Ah! I can’t wait to lead a class!
Anyways, enough of my Zumba tangent. Let’s get to the yummy stuff! This past weekend Robby requested healthy chocolate chip cookies that had more flavor and less of that crumbly, chalky texture you can get from using only coconut flour, almond flour, and/or protein powder. (On a side note: I personally don’t mind the texture and taste of cookies made with these ingredients alone, I actually like it a lot.) Well, all be darned, I did it! These cookies are outrageously ooey and gooey while remaining low in sugar, butter free, and gluten-free!
The secret to avoiding the chalky texture without the gluten – oat flour!
Added bonus: these cookies seem to taste better the longer they sit in the cookie jar which is really exciting because a lot of the time you have to keep healthy cookies in the fridge to keep their freshness.
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 15 cookies
2 cups oat flour (I made mine by pulsing oats in a food processor until they get a flour-like texture)
2 tbsp PB2
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup egg whites
1 bar of Earth Balance Soy Free buttery spread
1/4 cup brown sugar (this can be omitted and subbed for more Stevia if you want to decrease the sugar content even further)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp Stevia extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil (if your oven tends to burn the bottom of cookies like mine!) and then spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
2. Combine oat flour, PB2 and salt in one bowl. Combine egg whites, Earth Balance, brown sugar, maple syrup, Stevia, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in another bowl. Blend with an electric mixer or in a food processor until smooth.
3.Gradually add in the oat flour mixture until completely combined. Add in chocolate chips and walnuts.
4. Spoon cookies onto baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown but still a little gooey in the middle.
5. Remove from oven and let cool on another sheet of aluminum foil or baking rack. Now the only thing left to do is to grab a glass of unsweetened almond milk and eat up!
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