THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IVE EVER MADE

THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IVE EVER MADE

This recipe came about in somewhat of an odd manner. I've recently moved back to my home town and I got invited to a barbecue with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. CrossFitters who love to eat none the less. I went out to the garden to pick some zucchini but I knew I needed to bring a paleo treat along. That's how they know me! I had a very short amount of time to whip something up and very few ingredients in my house but I threw a few things in a bowl and these delicious creations came about. Now every time we have a barbecue they ask me where the chocolate chip cookies are! I've created a bit of an addiction.

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BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I'm really excited to share this recipe and guest post from Bob, the blogger and owner of Not So Fast Food. He's got some incredible recipes, but he was generous enough to share this epic one with me. He also has a Paleo food truck, which is pretty awesome. I think I need to plan a trip down to San Diego to try it out. Anyone want to come along? Here's a little message from Bob before he shares this delicious recipe with us: Did I say Bacon, Chocolate Chip Cookies?!?!?! You betta believe it! I mean...what's not to love here? I combined two of everyone's favorites! BACON & Chocolate Chip Cookies. The craze of the past few years has been the combination of Bacon & Chocolate and I get why! It's FREAKING delicious!!!!!! One dilemma I have on my Primal lifestyle is my sweet tooth.....I absolutely love chocolate. Gummi Bears are my other kryptonite, but, I don't have them very often anymore. Chocolate though, I can't get enough of a delicious piece of dark chocolate, especially with Coconut. Better get ready for A LOT of Chocolate desserts on this Blog. The baking time for the cookies will depend on the size you make them. I aim for a good sized tablespoon of dough!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP CRANBERRY N'OATMEAL COOKIES

CHOCOLATE CHIP CRANBERRY N'OATMEAL COOKIES

Well I've been on a bit of a cookie kick lately. Probably because I've made them for my teammates a few times now and they've started to expect them when I turn up for training. I also bribe Mark Bell with them so he'll teach me how to powerlift. It seems to be working. He helped me bench press 200lbs over the weekend and made a really nice video about my deadlift. I think he referred to my form as "a dog crapping on a front lawn" you can check it out here: Fixing Ashley Beaver's Deadlift. Other then that my life has been busy with work and training. I've been training at WarriorZ CrossFit in Elk Grove on their Caffeine and Kilos NorCal Regional team. It's been an amazing experience to say the least. The athletes I've had the pleasure of working with are experienced, knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be around. We push each other, coach one anther, and hang out when we're finished. I couldn't ask for a more supportive group of friends to be training with every day. I made these cookies for a BBQ we had last weekend. Considering the fact that they were gone in 2 seconds, I'm gonna say they were liked somewhat. So you'll probably want to make them. Enjoy and happy weekend!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD

CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD

Okay this might be one of the best things I've ever made, and unfortunately I can't take credit for it. I recently went to an event where Danielle Walker from Against All Grain was speaking and had the pleasure of meeting her and buying her new book. It's a stunning book full of delicious paleo recipes. This was the first recipe I decided to try out and it was amazing. I brought it to a Friendsgiving party and it was a hit! Honestly, this recipe is the real deal. I made a few adjustments based on the ingredients I had in my cupboard and it came out perfect. Hope you enjoy it. And be sure to eat a lot. I'd like to attribute the mass quantities I ate to the weight I've been picking up in training lately. What is that saying? Lift big, eat big.

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COOKIE DOUGH BALLS

COOKIE DOUGH BALLS

Sometimes I just want to eat cookie dough. Okay all the time. But sometimes I let myself have it. So I came up with these little balls as a form of portion control (not that I can actually say that stopped me from eating way too many) but I felt better about myself then if I had just spooned it out of the bowl right into my mouth. What else can I tell you about my life and eating habits? I've been keeping pretty busy since my last post. Working, training, oh and learning how to swim! Isn't that cool? I love it, well I suck at it, but it's a great workout and I'm getting a really nice tan while I'm doing it. So it's a win win right? Trust me if you knew how white I was you'd be happy too. My trainings been a bit off lately though. I think I need to set some goals. I miss having a coach telling me what to do (more like yelling at me to keep pushing) but I'm working on sorting that out. I know one thing for sure though, I want to compete and get better, but I also know I'm the type who needs the push from other athletes.

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SAMOA COOKIE BARS

SAMOA COOKIE BARS

There's so much I want to tell you, yet nothing seems to want to travel from my brain to the keyboard. I don't know what's happening. So this is either going to be a short post, or a ramble, but either way I won't be hurt if you jump ahead to this bomb recipe. A friend of mine from the gym found a photo on facebook of some insanley delicous looking samoa brownie cookie chocolately heavenly like bars and asked me if I could make them paleo. And since I love her, I did it. It was torture though because I wanted to eat all of them, but I couldn't because I'm doing the whole30 right now, but I'm on day 27! So that's exciting right? Not really when you have these starring you in the face, but it's all good. And I mean who does a 21 Day Sugar Detox, straight into a whole30? Crazy people thats who. And yes I know I'm slightly crazy, it's no secret. So anyway that's that. What else is happening in my life? Since you're all dying to know. We're doing the CrossFit open competition and luckily I'm competing on a very beastly team because I sprained my wrist last week and it's ruined my hopes and dreams of dominating the leaderboard. Okay, it hasn't ruined my hopes and dreams, but it does suck. We were working on a 3 rep max hang clean and on my third one my elbow collided with my knee sending 195 lbs of force onto my wrist. Yes it was devastating. I managed to tape the crap out of it and get 8 muscle ups on last weeks workout, but this week doing cleans was not fun. I did a decent amount, but I had to be extremely cautious on each one. So when you see me fall off the leaderboard you will know why, but like I said, my team kicks ass so I'm not worried. I'll be well rested by regionals and probably more fit than I would be if I hadn't sprained my wrist. Strange I know, but I'm a pretty crappy runner, and I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of running the next few weeks. So be scared, I'm coming for you.

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BANANA AND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

BANANA AND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

I'm back! Have you missed me? Sorry, that was a silly question. I know you have! I think I've been going through seasonal depression (caused by a year long winter) or potentially reverse culture shock after moving home from Australia. Either way I'm not sure what the heck I've been doing for the past two months, but I definitely haven't been blogging enough. I know most of you follow me on instagram though so you knew I was still alive. And if you don't follow me on instagram then I'm sure you've been extremely worried about me. Rest assured I'm okay. I wish I had more to tell you. I have been crossfitting A LOT! I'm training with the one and only Gabe Subry right now and if you know crossfit you might know him. I'm pretty sure he's determined to kill me though. My workouts are all around 3 hours at the moment, and I'll go out on a limb here and say I'm turning into a bit of a machine. Alright I have a long ways to go before I can call myself a "machine" but I'm working on it.

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CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

Well I've been a bit MIA lately. I've been making some life changing plans, so my culinary explorations have been on the back burner a bit. I do have some new recipes in the works though so I'm looking forward to sharing them with you. This weekend I did try out these yummy muffins to share with my fellow Tough Mudder competitors and thought you might enjoy them as well. I did the mud run in Sydney yesterday with about 20 others from my crossfit gym and omg was it hard! 20km of mud, obstacles, trail running and more mud. Needless to say I'm hurting today, my feet just want to fall off and my legs are screaming at me. I'm glad I can say I've done it, but I would never do it again! It was painful. If you have a team to do it with though it is a pretty awesome experience and I'd recommend doing it once for sure. Anyway, hope you didn't miss me too much. On with the recipe.

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BANANA DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COCONUT ICE CREAM

BANANA DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COCONUT ICE CREAM

Happy birthday to me! Ahh I've officially surpassed my quarter life, I feel old! A few of my friends have told me that 26 was their best year, but I reckon people just say that to make you feel better about getting older. I'm sure someone told me that last year when I turned 25. Well here's to a better year than the last (and when I turn 27 hopefully someone will tell me that's going to be my best year). Maybe I'm just like the quote "like a fine wine I get better with age". Is that how it goes? I think it's something like that. Anyway, hello, I'm 26 and this will be my best year yet! So to kick it off I've joined in on a 30 no sugar challenge my coach has outlined for us. Here's a link to The NoSugar Challenge if you're interested in participating. And if you are let me know, it would be great to have some fellow challengers. On top of my trainers suggestions I will be eating all Paleo food (of course) in Zone portions, and I will do my best to stick to what they've outline in that chart as "favourable" foods. I know this is going to be hard, but I also know I want to start 26 off with a bang, and what better way than by feeling really healthy and getting really fit?! And just in time for summer (I'm in Australia). So this recipe is quite delicious, and if you just exclude the chocolate it also works for the no sugar challenge. Feel free to make it either way that suits you!

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CHOCOLATE FROSTING

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Well today I decided to be less of a lazy ass than yesterday. So that was a good start. I met a couple girlfriends from the gym for coffee near the beach, and by the time we left it was quite warm out. I seriously just wanted to go down to the beach and sunbake, but I suppose it's still too early. Since that was out of the question, I thought, I should go for a run. Not only do I dislike running, I suck at it, so I figure, it's time to just suck it up and do it. My friends have also just moved near by and decked out their garage with weights, pull up bars, the works really. So I took my jog over to theirs and did a little weight lifting, some MUs (which I think I have now mastered properly!) and a WOD that we threw together, with more running! I'm serious about turning this weakness into a strength (okay that might be a bit ambitious, but I'll be damned if I don't try). Anyway, you're probably just wanting to get the recipe now so I'll shut up. Use this frosting for anything (and everything) it makes your paleo cakes, cupcakes, bacon (just kidding) even more tasty (I know, it's hard to believe they could taste any better, but they do).

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