Apple Pie Tarts (Paleo, Egg-Free)

This past weekend I had an Olympic Weightlifting competition up in Concord, NH. It was a pretty small meet and I’m lucky enough to train with most of the people that were there so it was even more fun to compete with a bunch of friends! Some of the highlights of the trip were getting to see my roommate, Chelsea, and good friend Ryan partake in their first ever Oly meet. They freaking killed it and I couldn’t be more proud of them! Flashback to when I had my first meet and I couldn’t feel my legs and hit only 1/6 lifts, HA! Another highlight was crushing some non-paleo (but still gluten-free) pizza afterwards. I think its a rule that after you almost kill yourself trying to cut weight you’re allowed to consume whatever you want that isn’t going to kill you further 🙂 After this meet my coach and I decided it was time to move up a weight class anyways… sooo ALL the baked goods are coming your way!


Oh… and I wore a poop singlet for shits and giggles 😂😂!

Apple picking is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. But then of course there is the task of trying to eat all of those apples before they go bad! So here is a pretty easy and delicious apple pie tart recipe that I hope you all enjoy!

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 5 TB coconut oil, melted
  • 3 TB maple syrup
  • 2 TB almond milk
  • 1 1/2 TB vanilla extract

Filling

  • 2 TB grass-fed butter
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 TB apple cider
  • 1 TB honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all crust ingredients and mix until fully incorporated
  • Grease a mini-cupcake pan (or if you want to get fancy use these tart tins) with coconut oil
  • Take 1-2 TB sized scoops of the crust mixture and press them into the tins to create a pocket for the filling, try to keep the thickness of the dough the same on the bottom and the sides
  • Once the dough is set, heat the butter for the filling in a large pan over medium heat
  • After the butter has melted add the apples and apple cider, cook down for 8-10 minutes or until the apples are soft
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the honey, lemon, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to combine
  • Add 1-2 TB scoops of the filling to each tart crust
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown (I accidentally over cooked mine.. oops!)
  • Make sure to let the tarts cool for about 3-5 minutes before removing them from the pan, using a toothpick to loosen the edges and wedge them out is very helpful!

You can enjoy these as bite sized snacks or make them into a decadent desert by adding this simple whipped cream:

Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whip using a hand (or stand) mixer.

Enjoy!!

two thousand sixteen

Wondering why I took such a long hiatus from blogging? Well… sometimes life happens. While I don’t believe in excuses, I do believe that at different times different things must become a priority.

The last few months of 2015 I ended up buying a house (yayyyy adulting!) For anyone who has been through this process you know how time consuming and stressful it is! Then you add the move, furnishing a new home, trying to grow your list of handy friends to help you when stuff goes wrong, etc. I’ll tell you its even more complicated when you do it without the help of someone else. While I bought this home with someone, that person didn’t put an ounce of effort into any part of it (red flag, if you are in a similar situation). This not only added daily workload stress, but also emotional stress. Long story short- I ended up finding out this person who I was with for 3 years had also been cheating on me. See that curb? It’s now your best friend- bye!! Silly me for not trusting my gut and realizing that anyone who isn’t putting in the same amount of time and effort as you are clearly isn’t worth having in your life. Lesson learned.

I have since refinanced MY house and have some amazing friends living with me. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and though I never wish hard times upon anyone, they often teach us things about ourselves that we likely wouldn’t have realized before. For instance, this was the first time in my life that I had gone through a pretty “devastating” event, and instead of feeling like my world was collapsing on top of me, I used it as fuel to propel myself forward. Let me reiterate: every panick-attack-inducing event in my life has been a huge trigger for me to revert to unhealthy ways of coping. This was the FIRST time I didn’t have ONE minuscule thought about breaking down in that way. A huge mental accomplishment for anyone who’s had a past of behavioral issues! I am thankful that I had the support of many, MANY, amazing people. I was almost overwhelmed with how easy it was for me to move forward initially, though my positive mindset started to fade after about a month or two when more changes occurred and I started to feel a bit lost.

At this time I was working a full time sales job which I enjoyed but it proved to be too inconsistent and at times very costly with the amount of traveling I was doing. My parents reached out for me for help at their store (and of course they wanted me to be around them to ensure I was OK) so i quit my sales job and started commuting back to eastern mass every week to work for them. At first this seemed fine- but then the combination of living in two places, not having any friends around my parents house, and being in a place where I had struggled in the past, seemed to get the best of me. I felt lost, confused, and like I wasn’t moving forward in my life. These things along with trying to “date” again and being let down over and over broke me down emotionally and I ended up relapsing(if you’re new to my blog you can refer to My Story for the background info).

If anyone knows me well, the standards I hold myself to are above and beyond, and to disappoint myself after the years of hard work I’ve put in only made things worse at the time. After some rocky weeks and a lot of friend-therapy I was able to finally forgive myself and start a new chapter. I’ve realized that the only person I can hold accountable for anything is myself, and well, I’m pretty fun and pretty great to spend time with. So this new chapter is pretty selfish- but in a good way. I’ve decided to devote my free time to the things that fulfill me. I have goals and things I want to accomplish in weightlifting. I have this passion for helping others- mentally, physically and emotionally. I love traveling and exploring. And last but not least I obviously enjoy cooking, baking, and making my personal journey accessible to others. I hope that you guys can forgive me for the inconsistency this past year- but it’s a goal of mine to keep sharing my story, recipes, accomplishments, downfalls, etc. in hopes that it resonates with some of you and may help to know that no matter what direction life brings you in, you are in control and you can change it for the better.

Now-stay tuned. Fall is the BEST time for baking and you don’t want to miss all the apple and pumpkin deliciousness that will be coming your way! 🙂

Photo by EricGovePhotography 

Monkey Fuel Bars

Hey everyone! Long time no post, and a long explanation will be heading your way soon, but for now I wanted to pick up right where I left off with a recipe using one of my favorite substitute ingredients: Fuel For Fire.

If you haven’t heard of FFF before, you’re welcome! It’s simply a delicious packet of fruit and protein. I regularly use these packets as pre/inta/post-workout snacks but have come to find out that they are a great baking substitute as well! If you don’t believe me, here’s your chance to try it yourself 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 Fuel For Fire Banana Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3 TB coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2oz dark chocolate, melted (topping)


    Instructions:

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    • Add banana, fuel for fire, almond butter, eggs and coconut oil in a large bowl and mash/mix until fully incorporated
    • In a separate bowl mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt
    • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until no chunks remain
    • Pour batter into greased (use coconut oil) 8×8 baking dish (I made a 1/2 recipe and used this amazing baking pan to make the mine)

    • Bake for 17-18 mins, let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
    • Once cool, melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or double boiler

    • Drizzle chocolate over each square (I use wilton decorating bags to help with this) and pop them in the fridge for about 10 minutes until the chocolate has cooled and solidified again

      Then enjoy!! These make a great “real food” pre or post workout snack containing a pretty balanced amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates! I’ve used FFF for a substitute for bananas, apple sauce, mashed potato, pumpkin puree, mostly anything that is used as a binder. The bananas add a bit more texture but the results are equally delicious either way. I made this recipe without bananas because… I didn’t have any! It pays to think outside the box sometimes, especially when you regularly stock up on things like Fuel For Fire! Check them out!