Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – Happy Blogiversary Becky!

Today, I bring you a recipe…but it isn’t mine.

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It belongs to a blogger who reminds us to always TREAT YO SELF!

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Who has run two half marathons…. one without even training! (I like how in the first half marathon recap it says that it was “likely” her last!!! YEA RIGHT!!!)

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Who always seems to end up being my hangover buddy 😉 (of course, this picture wasn’t hungover but rather during our split bottle of wine….after a day of wine tasting….and cocktails….)

It comes from the brain of Becky at Olives n’ Wine!

A couple of months ago, Erica contacted me and asked if I’d be down to help plan a virtual surprise party celebrating Becky’s 1 year blogiversary. One year ago today, Becky wrote her first blog post! I was absolutely 100% down, and couldn’t believe how sweet of an idea it was…especially considering Erica ended up not being able to make it to Blend Retreat (poor thing just had to go to MEXICO! 😛 ) so we have actually never all met! 😦 Hope that changes next month when you find yourself in my neck of the woods, Erica!

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Anyway, though my inclination was to pick one of her many amazing peanut butter-chocolatey concoctions to display, I had to go with an option that’s not only seasonal (even my “mehhhh pumpkin” self loved them), but totally typically blogger-esque! In her original post, Becky talks about how this recipe has the two most typical blogger ingredients: pumpkin and coconut oil.

Go figure the night I brought pumpkin, flour, and all the other ingredients to my parents house to do some baking, I totally FORGOT all of my coconut oil. (we kiiiiind of got a lot at Blend). Oh well! Bought some more and made these cookies. They were DEEEE-LICIOUS. Though I’m usually a chewy cookie fan, these were quite cakey- but oh so flavorful. They might have made me like pumpkin…just a little! 😉

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Oh, and I was sure to enjoy some Olives n’ Wine while I baked!

If you don’t follow Becky’s blog, you should. Becky, you have achieved so much this year and have so much to be proud of! I’m proud to call you a Blend AND a friend, and I can’t wait for our next adventure together!

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies (c/o Olives n’ Wine, Adapted from Inside BruCrew Life)

Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed but not 100% melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TSP baking soda
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate minis)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and coconut oil with an electric mixer until blended. Add in pumpkin, egg and vanilla and blend until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly stir dry mixture into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips by hand. Roll cookies into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet (FYI – if you just “plop” the cookie dough on the sheet, it won’t spread nicely like typical cookies which is why my photos aren’t of pretty cookies. If you would like your cookies to have a nice appearance, roll the dough into balls prior to cooking!). Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes and then allow cookies to cool slightly on sheet for 3 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Katie’s Notes: I rolled my dough into balls and flattened them with the bottom of a small glass. I also used 1/2 white whole wheat flour, which worked out fine! My cookies were ginormous, so I barely got 24 and I had to cook ’em a little longer 😉 I also used chopped chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips. All still ended up excellent!

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Check out all the amazing recipes of Becky’s that we are showcasing today! Also check out our hashtag on Twitter & Instagram – #ONWturns1 🙂

Chocolate-Dipped Quinoa Coconut Bars from Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa
Banana Bread Oatmeal from Jan @ Sprouts n’ Squats
Mexican Sweet Potato Casserole from Jackie @ Nacho Average Runner
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie in a Mug from Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
White Chocolate-Walnut-Coconut-Butternut Squash Dessert from Holly @ Eat Great, Be Great
Easy Breakfast Cookie in a Mug from Amanda @ Running With Spoons
Pumpkin-Nutella Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze from Dana @ The Daily Moderation
Banana Bread Nutella Cookies from Katie @ Running 4 Cupcakes
Homemade Taco Seasoning  from Carly @ Snack Therapy
Skinny Chubby Monkey from Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
Jalapeno-Spiced Black Bean Burgers from Hannah @ Clean Eating Veggie Girl
Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups from Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
Biscoff Chip Cookies from Davida @ The Healthy Maven
French Onion Soup from Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
Beef and Broccoli from Alisha @ Alisha’s Appetite
Creamy Butternut Risotto from Emily @ Have Your Cake And…
Antioxidant Froyo Bars from Brittany @ Protein and Pumps
Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies from Heather @ Fit ‘n’ Cookies
Greek Spaghetti Squash from Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
BBQ Tofu Pizza from Ashlee @ His-n-Hers Happy-n-Healthy
Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting from Erin @ The Almond Eater
Paleo Pad Thai from Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty
Arugula & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza from Elise @ 9 to Fit
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie from Jennifer @ Brunette Anthem
Double Chocolate Chip Muffins from Sara @ Fitcupcaker
Andes Mint Cookies from Taryn @ Peace and Pizza
S’mores Cookie Dough Bars from Caroline @ The Trendy Trainer
Biscoff Chip Cookies from Natalie @ Free Range Human

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Blend Retreat — The Hike!

So, our time in Park City for BLEND Retreat this weekend wasn’t only about food. Mostly food. But not only food 😉

(Funny story, I told my mom I wanted to show her pictures from Utah last night and I started showing her my previous blog post…halfway through, not realizing that the post had a theme, she goes, “Did you do anything but EAT?!” HAHA!)

There were also two Boot Camps scheduled for Saturday and Sunday mornings, hosted by GPP Fitness.

I heard it was great {and exhausting! They did the Deck of Cards workout in 7,000 ft altitude, whew}…but I didn’t go.

photo cred: Heather (Kiss My Broccoli)

You see, I got back to the hotel room around midnight after grabbing a drink {and playing some Buck Hunter, obvi} on Main Street in “downtown” Park City. I was all set to wake up at 6:45 and drowsily walk down to the ballroom where Boot Camp was taking place. However, my body decided to freak out and wake up once an hour, every hour, during my fitful 6-7 hours of sleep. I decided to let my body recover for a little bit so that I could definitely enjoy the rest of the weekend, and went for a short run instead.

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Or…attempted to anyway. It was so rainy! I ran up and down a few hills and sets of stairs and got super winded, super quickly. Must have been the 7,000 foot elevation!

I’m so glad I let my body recover, because I was feeling quite a bit better after we had our Laughing Cow/Muesli Fusion Breakfast and it became time to go on our hike!

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Check out all those girls gathered in the lobby ready to hike!

For those who didn’t want to participate in the hike, a Zumba class was held in the ballroom. I really wanted to try it, but I decided my belly was too full of bagels and muesli to jump and dance around!

The hike was sponsored by PROBAR, who provided us with their CORE energy bars and BOLT energy chews to get us through the hike. We all loved the energy chews, which had a good ingredient list and tasted like fruit snacks!

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As for the hike, it started out a little shaky…

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The mud on the road leading us to the trail was REALLY bad. You see, it drizzled on and off most of the weekend that we were in Park City, which created some pretty wet conditions. Quite a few people turned back after seeing how treacherous it was just to trek through the mud (I swear my feet weighed an extra 5 pounds!)…but I definitely already felt guilty for skipping the morning workout, so I trudged along.

And I’m so glad I did!

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And the views were spectacular!!!

There was even some snow on the ground still:

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It was crazy to me that, even though there was still snow on the ground, everything looked so lush and spring-like.

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Hi Ashley and Becky!

Eventually we made it to the top, and of course gathered to take pictures.

Me, Carly @ Snack Therapy, & Becky @ Olives n’ Wine {photo cred: Becky}

photo cred: Ian from Muesli Fusion {their first Instagram pic!}

I loved how everyone’s workout gear was always so bright throughout the weekend. I am all.about wearing obnoxiously bright clothing to work out!

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Back down we went!

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By the time we got back to the Canyons Resort area, the clouds had lightened up a little bit and I realized my face was actually a bit sunburned. WTF? Although, am I really surprised?

The trail itself was supposed to be about 3 miles, but here’s how long it ended up being total, including our muddy little jaunt to the trail:

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I’m very glad I decided to stick with the hike, because history repeated itself on Sunday morning…I missed Boot Camp again.

I know, I know. I went to a healthy living blogger retreat and didn’t go to EITHER of the workouts.

Let’s just say on Saturday night, we got plenty of ab exercise by how much we laughed! But that’s a story for another post 🙂

Stay tuned for more about all the SWAG we got (you think all these sponsored meals sound awesome? Wait until you see our SWAG BAGs!) and some stories and tips from the Canyons Resort area and Main Street in Park City! I’ve also been busy incorporating all the swag into some recipes (Muesli Fusion/Silk/Bobs Red Mill overnight oats, anyone?), so I should have a recipe for some protein muffins to share by the end of the week! I mean they definitely gave us enough.

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My giant container of protein bars, and bag full of protein powders!

Where is your favorite spot to hike?

Do you ever talk yourself out of workouts? How do you know when to convince yourself to stick it out, and when to give your body a rest?

Leaving on a Jet Plane – to Utah!

Hi everyone! If you’re reading this, I’m probably currently on a plane; either boarding, or sitting in one while it flies through the sky and I grip the armrest while praying it doesn’t fall out of the sky.

I love traveling, and am a weirdo who actually adores airports, but the act of flying actually makes me so nervous!

Regardless, it’s worth it for the result:

I’m on my way to Blend Retreat!

I’m quite excited, even though there are scattered thunderstorms on the horizon, because check out where we’re staying:

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Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City

Pretty swanky, eh? A couple years ago, I spent the better part of a day hanging out in Salt Lake City on an extended layover, but I am pumped to travel a bit further east and check out a real mountain town! I’m hoping the altitude doesn’t kick my butt during one of the boot camps {or during the Cocktail hour, for that matter…}.

There are a ton of great sponsors and I’m really excited to learn more about ALL of them and try out new products! Here are just a few that I’m especially looking forward to:

{I’ve been wanting to add a protein supplement into my diet, but don’t know the first thing about them!}

{Silk is sponsoring the Cocktail Hour, and will be serving some of their their Silkology creations!}

{or as they’re called en France, La Vache Qui Rit!}

To get in on the fun, make sure you follow me on one of my too many social networking sites:

Instagram – @krhanzlik

Twitter – @_blondeambition

Facebook: Blonde Ambition

Be sure to check out my roomies Carly and Becky’s feeds as well!