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Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Bars

You didn’t think I would let Fall pass without putting out at least ONE pumpkin recipe, did you?!  I came home from work Monday evening feeling super ambitious for some reason, which is odd considering I spent the previous three hours teaching off-the-wall children.  After dinner, I got out my canned pumpkin puree and went to work creating a sweet, pumpkin concoction.  Into a bowl went some pumpkin puree, oat flour, pure maple syrup to sweeten it up, chocolate chips, some spices, eggs and voila…chocolate chip pumpkin pie bars!

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I have to admit I was expecting the bars to come out with more of a bread-like texture, but they ended up coming out with more of a pumpkin pie texture, which is totally fine!  They were still delish, just not what I expected to happen. Ahh, the joys of experimenting in the kitchen. :)  But they’re so much better than pumpkin pie because they have joyous little chocolate chips in them. They also lack the crust, making it automatically healthier and less calorie-dense.  They’re a little bit gooey, moist, and sweet (but not too sweet) with some spice.  Damnit, I love Fall!picstitch-5

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. oat flour (simply ground oats in a food processor if you don't have oat flour)
  • 1/4 c. + 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • 1/4 t. cloves
  • 3/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 baking dish with coconut oil, ghee, olive oil, PAM, or whatever else you prefer to use.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Pour mixture into the baking dish, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Insert a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean before removing from oven.
  4. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Serve chilled and store any leftovers in refrigerator.
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WIAW at FitBlogNYC

Welcome to another What I Ate Wednesday at Blondes Have More Run!

Today’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday is brought to you by FITNESS magazine’s FitBlog event I attended last Thursday in New York City. Don’t worry…I’ll be sharing more than what there was to eat at the event later in the week.

Breakfast

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After talking with the woman representing The Squeeze, she recommended I try the “Get Your Juices Flowing” flavor.  Apparently, it’s many people’s favorite, and I can see why!  It is the perfect apple flavor for fall and with the ginger and cinnamon, it tastes like a cold apple cider.  The taste of turmeric makes itself known last and leaves such an interesting, but good, flavor in your mouth!  I would definitely recommend this one!image7

I also had some fruit salad and picked up one of their gluten free blueberry muffins.  I’m a sucker for blueberry pastries.  I love that their muffins and scones were all vegan and gluten-free though.  I’m not one that requires a gluten-free diet, but I do like to limit my intake of flours, wheat and carbs, so I was happy to see this option! FITNESS mag knows what they’re doing.

 Lunch

 I can’t tell you how many great ideas I got for my Thanksgiving menu from their lunch buffet.

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image15If you’re looking for a new way to eat quinoa, this is it. If you can’t read the sign, this salad has herbs, pomegranate seeds, picked red onions, cucumbers and pecans in it. Take me back!!!

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So this was my plate after raiding the buffet.  On my plate is:

- squash, zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes and peppers from the antipasto dish

- lemon and herb chicken with a greek yogurt sauce

- arugala and butternut squash salad

-  previously mentioned quinoa salad

They must have known I have a sweet tooth and always have something sweet to finish off my lunch.

image9This was some kind of apple parfait with granola, cooked but chilled cinnamon apples, with some kind of yummy whipped vanilla topping. Holy hell…amazing. I’m not too sure if there was anything healthy about this other than the apples.

 They were also passing around these little green smoothies made with their featured blender from Oster.

image18Unfortunately I have no idea what was in them. Obviously some kind of green, and I’m pretty sure I tasted some apple and banana in there.  They were so good I had seconds.

Shortly after, the event concluded, and I was on my way back home returning with many fun new snacks to try thanks to the event sponsors :)

Nothing beats a great day with great blogger friends and great food.

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Runner’s World Half Marathon Recap

This weekend was the Runner’s World Half & Festival! Last year I ran my first 10K in this festival, and made the goal to do the half this year, and it happened.  My goal for the race was to simply finish, but I actually finished with a decent time of 2:05!

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Saturday I went to pick up my race bib and check out the expo, which to be honest I didn’t find as entertaining as last year.  Although, that may be because I went towards the end this year and towards the beginning last year.  After the expo, my boyfriend, Alex, and I went for drinks at Tapas on Main.  Tapas on Main is known for their amazing sangrias, that you can buy by the pitcher.  We heard they were offering some seasonal drinks for the Fall.  Because I love everything Fall and Pumpkin like any other blogger out there, I had to try them.

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Alex would kill me if he knew I spilled the beans on his drink choice on here, but I’m going to anyways.  Too bad.  He got the pumpkin spice martini and I got the pumpkin spice sangria.  I thought the pumpkin spice martini was better.  There was a very slight pumpkin taste in the sangria.  It was more so just sweet, or as Alex described it, “It tastes like a gummy bear.”

Afterwards we walked over to the best Italian restaurant in Bethlehem, Mama Nina’s, for a pre-race pasta dinner.  I got plain old spaghetti and meatballs, which was still delicious.  We also enjoyed the complimentary glass of wine that comes with the meals.

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After a big pasta dinner, I was ready to go home and get ready for the race the next morning.  My morning started early at 5:15am.  I got up and got dressed into my new Eddie Bauer Incendiary 1/4-Zip Pullover  from FitBlog (Thank you, Eddie Bauer!) and my Athleta running tights, which you’ll see in pictures below.  The pullover we the perfect top to wear because it kept me pretty warm in the early morning hours before the sun came up but was light enough for later when I was running and the sun was out.  I quickly made breakfast and coffee, and ate on the way to the Steel Stacks Arts Quest center, where the race took place.  Breakfast was 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1/2 a banana melted in and a big scoop of peanut butter on top.  image_6Sorry for the repeat picture from a few weeks ago.  I didn’t remember to take a picture race morning…I was too busy wrapping my head around the fact that I’d be running 13.1 miles in a few hours.

I got to the Steel Stacks around 6:30, and waited in the warmth of the Arts Quest building with Alex and family among other runners for the next hour or so. Around 7:30, a half hour before race time, I ate half of a banana for extra fuel since it had been about 2 hours since my oatmeal.

From there, I split from my family and headed over to the starting line as the nerves began to kick in.  I used the walk to the starting line to really focus and get in my zone.  I felt really good up until mile 10. Then, an annoying ankle pain began.  It was nothing too painful at first but got continually worse starting at mile 11 through the finish.  Still, it was nothing too debilitating.

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Doing the princess wave at 11 miles

I finished with a time of 2:05, which was better than I had planned for.  I figured with a 9:55 pace that I usually keep, I’d be done around 2:10, but my average pace was actually 9:33, so I’m pretty proud of that!  It’s all that adrenaline.

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Obviously, after your first half-marathon, you go have a feast.  Billy’s Downtown Diner was a must.  They are known for their breakfast.

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So after I finished my first half marathon, everyone was asking me what I was going to do now.  My answer?  Obviously go to Wegmans buy all kinds of pumpkin beer, and relax for the rest of the day.

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