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Welcome to the weeks of training for my first marathon.

Nuttzo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nuttzo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me start by saying that I do not recommend running while sick with bronchitis--it makes breathing pretty difficult.  I've been zapping the bug with my apple cider vinegar and honey elixir and am slowly, but surely, feeling better.  If you're not already on the apple cider vinegar train, I highly recommend it. It paired with manuka honey works wonders.

I'm a huge fan of holistic healing and prefer not to see a doctor if I don't have to.  Or as Alex will tell you, I refuse to see a doctor even if most people think I need to.  I mix about 1/4 cup of Braggs raw apple cider vinegar with 1-1 1/2 Tbs Manuka Honey in a 24 oz mason jar and fill it with room temperature water.   It's potent.  It falls in the same category as fish and Brussels sprouts when it comes to things-you-should-not-consume-in-the-office.  But you can have it and still operate heavy machinery.  So there's that.  And it'll kick the sickness right out of you. Enjoy. 

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, a nutritionist, or any other kind of health professional, I'm just a big ole hippie with an apple cider vinegar obsession.  

Anyway, enough about that.  Let's move on to cookies.

Workout Schedule

Friday: 3 Miles
Saturday: 11 Miles
Sunday: Rest

Monday: Legs
Tuesday: Spin
Wednesday: Arms & Abs
Thursday: Rest

In my search for "healthier" cheat foods, and other ways to use almond meal, I came across several gluten-free nut butter cookie recipes.  To my surprise, all of which did not need any flour or nut meal.  

I adapted the recipe to use Nuttzo Power Fuel instead of almond or peanut butter.  But you're welcome to use any nut or seed butter that suits your fancy like cashew or sunflower seed.  I'd image these would also be pretty darn good with some dried fruit instead of, or in addition to, the chocolate chips.

If you're not familiar with Nuttzo, it's a 7 nut & seed butter that includes flax, almond, chia, and four other ingredients.  It's delicious.  I always have the Power Fuel variety in my pantry to spread on rice cakes, thin sliced Dave's Killer Bread, or to eat by the spoonful.  I even keep one at my work desk to do just that, eat by the spoonful, and curb my cravings for chocolate bars from the office vending machine.

I get my Nuttzo from my local mom & pop grocery store, but you can find it at Wholefoods or get it shipped from Thrive.  Either way, I'd buy two since this recipe uses 3/4 of the jar.  

Full disclosure: Alex and I consumed the entire batch of 12 cookies within two days.  Again, something that I don't recommend doing but I also don't feel that bad about it.  

Nuttzo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup Nuttzo Power Fuel
1 large egg
1/4 cup light brown sugar, very lightly packed
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tbs crystal flake salt 

Method
Preheat your oven to 350F.

Crack the egg into a medium bowl and beat it lightly. Add in the Nuttzo, baking soda, sugar and mix well. 

With your spatula, fold in chocolate chips.

Using a spoon, scoop the dough onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.  Space the cookies about 1/2 inch apart, and flatten them slightly with the back of your spoon.

Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch of crystal flake salt.  I like to crush the flakes a little with my finger tips as a sprinkle them.  

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  The cookies will look underbaked when you pull them out and will begin to set as they cool.  

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two and then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.  

*I like to eat them as they're cooling on the baking sheet.  They're a little crumbly but are so delicious when they're warm and the chocolate is still melty.  

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