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About chocolaterunnergirl

Just a girl who loves to workout and enjoy a little chocolate along the way! My fitness journey, the good, the bad, and the chocolate!

Chocolate Covered Kiwi Bites

Happy Friday friends!
It has been another super busy week. Between teaching, taking extra classes, work projects, tons of work on the Hubs music business, trying to get back to more sleep, it has a little crazy!
But not too crazy to do a little experimenting in the kitchen! October is better known as Choctober! What a better combo of my favorite month and my favorite food group!!
I love adding chocolate to other yummy food, especially fruit! It is a delicious way to add some bonus nutrition to lovely treats! This time I added another bonus of some collagen for some bonus protein.

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some choctober recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 4 kiwis
  • 3/4 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp collagen
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  1. Cover a baking sheet with a silicon sheet or parchment paper.
  2. Peel and chop the kiwi into bite size pieces.
  3. Using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate.
  4. Add in the coconut oil and the collagen till well blended, then remove from heat.
  5. Place a toothpick in each piece of kiwi and dip it in the dark chocolate.  Use a spoon to cover each piece of kiwi.
  6. Once covered, place each piece of kiwi on the baking sheet.
  7. Once all the kiwi is on the baking sheet, place in the fridge for at least 20 min to let the chocolate harden.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge- they will last 2-3 days.
  9. Enjoy!

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

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May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Apple Strudel Cheesecake Bars

Happy Friday friends! Fall is FINALLY here in Houston! It was 59 glorious degrees yesterday morning! Most importantly, the humidity is down and I feel like I can breathe when I go outside!

I am still ALL over apples this week! I have been enjoying them as well as the kiddos! Apples just make me happy and can be used for SO many things! I literally ate apples all the time in college! It was one food that didn’t cause any allergy issues to flare up! Since then I still love apples and eat them almost every day!

I know last week we did an apple theme, but today I am sticking with it as this recipe still falls under our new theme. I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some vegetarian recipes!
Although I used some dairy products in my version, you can always substitute them out with non-dairy products 🙂  Also this recipe is a little more labor intensive than usual, but it is SO worth it!

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

Apple Layer

  • 2 large apples
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

Filling

  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs

Strudel Layer

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup butter

Other

  • parchment paper
  • caramel sauce if desired

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl place all the crust ingredients.  Use a fork to mash the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.  I also used my clean hands to ensure the mixture was fully combined.
  3. Place the crust mixture into the baking pan.  Press down till an even layer of crust is formed.  Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 min, or until lightly browned.
  4. While crust bakes, peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces.  Place in a bowl and add in coconut sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Mix to coat the apples well.
  5. Using a stand mixer, place the cream cheese and sugar into the attached mixing bowl.  Blend well.  Add in the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  6. In another bowl, blend together the strudel ingredients until crumbly.
  7. When the crust comes out of the oven, let it cool for 5 min, then pour in the filling, spreading it out evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the apples on top of the filling, covering the entire pan.
  9. Add the strudel topping over the apples loosely.
  10. Bake for 40-50 min or until the center is set.
  11. Let it cool.
  12. Enjoy plain or with a caramel topping.

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some choctober recipes.

 

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Baked Apples

Hello friends!
I would love to say ‘Happy Fall,’ but it has been SO warm and humid all week I am not sure if it is still August or October! Haha
Even though it feels like summer, I am still in the mood for fall foods! One thing I miss a lot about living in Texas is not getting to pick apples at an orchard.  They just don’t have them around here.  However, I am very thankful that the local grocery stores have tons of beautiful apples that I can purchase year round! I love apples and how versatile they are!

I have made these apples a few times and they ended up exploding, so I decided to cut them in half to see if that helped to relieve the pressure, and it worked! They came out SO much better than the test batches!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some apple recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 4 Large apples (I used pink lady, but any should work)
  • 4 Tbsp gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter, very soft
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2.5 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash apples and chop in half through the horizontal middle
  3. Scoop out the seeds to make a small space for filling and place them in a large baking dish, skin side down
  4. Blend together the breadcrumbs, the sugar, spices and the butter till well combined
  5. Scoop the sugar filling into each apple (about 1 TBSP)
  6. Mix together the lemon and honey in a small bow
  7. Drizzle the honey mixture over each apple
  8. Bake for 30-40 min or until apples are tender
  9. Allow to cool slightly before eating.

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some vegetarian recipes.

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Chocolate Almond Blossom Cookies {Gluten Free}

Hello friends and happy Friday! It has been a crazy few weeks over here in CRG land.  My plate has been a bit more full and that balancing act sometimes wears me out…lol
The last 2 weeks my site has been going through some issues, but they are all fixed now (yahoo), so I am finally back for a Foodie Friday!
A few weeks ago the Hubs was wanting a cookie.  I didn’t really have time to make my sugar cookies, or have all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, so I did a little digging around pinterest and got inspired to make my own version of peanut butter blossom cookies.  The hubs was wanting something with chocolate in it, and I decided to try using my homemade chocolate almond butter (you can also use store bought).
They came out better than expected! I was really pleased with the texture and the flavor was a nice balance of almond butter and chocolate.

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate almond butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon sheets.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  5. Add in the almond butter, then each egg and the vanilla, bland well.
  6. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  7. Using a cookie scooper or a Tbsp measure, scoop 2 Tbsp and roll into balls.  Place each ball on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  8. Using a fork, make a # symbol on each cookie.
  9. Bake for about 9-11 min.
  10. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes before placing them in a wire cooling wrack.
  11. Store in an air tight container.

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some apple recipes.

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Pumpkin Oat Protein Bars {gluten free}

Hello and happy Friday!

I want to start off by saying a HUGE thank you for the outpouring of love and support from my posts on Wednesday! I am so thankful and grateful to have such wonderful people in my life (both in person and via social media).  My heart is overwhelmed by the kind and generous outpouring of words and comments.

I don’t know about you, but Monday holidays always seem to make the week feel off.  I could not remember what day is was for most of it! But I am was thankful for an extra day off that helped me get a lot accomplished around my house.
September is upon us.  It still feels like summer here in Houston, but I am going to pretend that fall is on its way with some cooler temps and less humid! It is one thing I don’t mind too much in the summer when we can spend the day at the pool, but once school starts back up, I am ready for some fall temps.  That is one of the few things I miss about living in the north.

I am not a PSL girl, but I do love me some good pumpkin baked goods!  I could make pumpkin things all year round, but it is sometimes hard to find in the grocery store.  I am that girl who buys a tons of canned pumpkin near the end of the holiday season so I can savor pumpkin items a little bit longer!

This recipe today does NOT disappoint! It is packed with flavor from the pumpkin and the spices.  It kind of melts in your mouth when it is still warm from the oven! I made a test batch and within 12 hours there was only 3 bars left! Kids and several adults approved so I know it is a win!  With a little added bonus of collagen peptides, I even had a slice for breakfast as my pre-workout fuel!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for fall flavor recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon (for added flavor)
  • 4 Tbsp collagen peptides
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • Optional add ins- chocolate chips, nuts, dried cranberries)

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*.
  2. Line a 13 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the butter and the sugar.
  4. Add in the pumpkin, eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  5. Mix in the oats.
  6. Sift in the baking soda, spices, collagen and flour, mix until just combined.
  7. If adding in an option, gently fold it into the mixture.
  8. Scoop the mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly.
  9. Bake for 15-20 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some sandwich recipes.

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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September goals & what is on my heart

Hello friends!
Happy Wednesday!

This is a bit of a vulnerable post here folks.  If you saw my Instagram earlier today you may have already seen this.  I wanted to write a little more about what has been on my mind for a while.


I’ve spent a lot of my life being ashamed at my appearance. No matter what I have done in terms of eating, working out, and self care, I have always been in a larger body. I spent so many years killing it in the gym or running mixed with not properly refueling myself and going nowhere fast! Thankfully I learned to dial it down with how much I exercised and learned a lot more about fueling my body properly and listening to my body and taking rest when I needed it.

For 5 years I said I wanted to be a Body Pump fitness instructor but would look in the mirror and tell myself that I could never do that till I reached a certain size and ‘looked’ like a certain way. Thankfully over the past 2 years I had 2 amazing mentors who encouraged me to take the jump, and I am SO glad I did! I love teaching my classes each week and encouraging others along their wellness journey! It has taken me out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways, and I am blessed to have AMAZING people in my classes who have become like a little family! They have been a huge support in my teaching experience and are always happy to see me when I am teaching! I know I still have room to grow, but I think I am a pretty darn great instructor!

Through all this I still felt like I was broken inside. I was asked all the time why I was not losing weight and what was wrong with me? I have had every blood test in the book done to see what is ‘wrong’ with me with no real ‘answers’ while my body stumped many doctors. I have heard harsh words and even a few doctors who judged me simply on the number on the scale while my blood work remained perfect. I even had a doctor tell me I needed to have bariatric surgery!

The past 6 months or so I have been on another journey of healing my mind and my love towards myself. I had finally reached a point where I grew 100% tired of not loving every part of myself!

I stumbled upon some really helpful books and podcasts from amazing people who continually remind me that I am not broken! That I am enough just as I am! That I don’t need a certain diet or to look a certain way or have the scale say a certain number to love myself. I am just hitting the tip of the iceberg with my self discovery and the array of tools that speak the truth that I AM enough!

My mind has already shifted in incredible ways! I don’t think about food & exercise the same way. I don’t look at people’s weight loss photos and long for my own revealing moment! I don’t stand in front of my classes and tell them they are here to burn calories. I don’t try be be anything less than authentic with my life. I’m not on the hunt for any magic pill. I speak more positive words to myself. If I hear you speaking negatively about your body or someone else’s, I will say something. I am here to share what I am learning and hopefully encourage others to dig deep and find more love within themselves as well!
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These books above have been very encouraging and empowering. I will continue to share what I glean, but I recommend you go order Body Kindness to start! Check out the podcast too!

So my new goals this month are simply

  • Move daily
  • Nourish & hydrate my body and soul
  • Connect with those I love
  • Get great sleep!

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If you ever had any questions or want to chat about any of the above information or books feel free to message me!

Now go show yourself some love!

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap and  AnnMarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites

Hello and happy Friday friends! The last Friday of August! It has been another month that has flown by! I can hardly believe it!
School is back in full swing and around here that means I have some hungry kiddos after school! Anyone else feel like kids just need lots of snacks after school?  They seem to need more fuel these days after a long day of school! I was trying to come up with some snacks that are not so time consuming so they actually get a chance to rest after school before any activities or chores! It has not been an easy task! An old recipe of mine popped into my head while I was at the store the other day and I knew I needed to try it out for the kids.  I whipped up a batch of energy balls while they were at school and they were a HUGE hit!  I love that you can pretty much change around some of the ingredients to make it work for your family and different preferences that kids have!  One kid loves chocolate and the other is not a fan, so I can easily customize them! These bites are even great for adults!  I am a fan of them pre or post workout, while I am running around doing errands, if I need a little pick-me-up while I make dinner of just need a little something in between meals.
I also got a little tool this week that has helped make them so much easier, and a little less messy! I am not sure why I never had one before, but it has been a fantastic tool (and not just for the energy bites).  I picked this one up at Target the other day, but also have seen them at other stores for around $12-18. (not affiliate, just what I bought)

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I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for kitchen cleanse recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats ( I have used rolled oats and steel cut, they both work well)
  • 1 3/4 cups sunbutter (any nut butter also works)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup collagen peptides
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips ( I prefer to use Enjoy Life chips)

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture out of the bowl.  Form mixture into balls.
  3. Place in a storage container with a lid.
  4. Store them in the refrigerator.

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some Fall Flavors recipes.

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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