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

1-Year Blogiversary

I mentioned on Monday that Cinco de Mayo marked the anniversary of my “1st” recipe post (and 2nd post ever) on this blog. Well, my “first” post was back on May 4th, 2012…so I’m a bit off. But I figured I’d commemorate the event anyway.

I keep on using quotations because I have actually been blogging much longer than just one year. No, I’m not talking about Xanga or Livejournal (though…okay, yes, I had those too). But I started blogging at this address when I came back from France in September of 2010 as a jobless college grad. For a little more than 6 months, I blogged about living at home, setting goals for myself in my job search, and eventually I started posting recipes I was trying and creating myself.

my first soup created from scratch!

{oh my god you guys, i just found my Xanga. it is so bad. my username is sPeLLeD LiKe tHiS. i wrote in it until i was a sophomore in college. WTF?!}

When my internship started picking up and I was hired at my current job, I didn’t really have much to blog about anymore. Life was good, I got a boyfriend, and started making new friends in Sacramento outside of those I already had. It was about 1 year ago, when Hanna and I were preparing to move into our apartment, that I decided (finally heeding T-Man’s advice, I might add) to re-start my blogging, but with a different focus: food and healthy living!

1 year later, I took on an entire Cinco de Mayo meal!

Before I started blogging, I had been reading blogs and acquired quite the list of bookmarks on my bookmark menu at work. When I re-started my blog, I finally started commenting on those blogs and clicked through to fellow commenters’ sites to find more blogs to read.

While I definitely had unrealistic dreams about how many visitors I’d get and ad revenue possibilities I could utilize (My blog has netted about $15 profit this year, thanks WordAds), what I found was so much better. There is a huge community of bloggers who may not have the most Facebook likes or Twitter followers, but who diligently comment, like, and re-tweet! I feel so grateful for all the followers I have, and the friends I’ve made.

This time last year, I read about the Blend Retreat and thought it sounded so fun – I never dreamed that I’d be attending Blend 2013! But next weekend I will be in Park City, Utah meeting tons of bloggers in person, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Enough of the cheesy stuff. In honor of my 1-year Blogiversary, here are my top 5 posts and top 5 recipe posts!

Top 5 Posts
  1. Skinny vs Attractive vs Healthy — In which I pontificate on the need to be “skinny” and urge my readers not to compare themselves to others.
  2. Healthy Weight Loss: My Story (And Tips!) — A chronicle of my post-college journey to lose a few pounds.
  3. Throwback Thursday: My Weight Loss Before & After Photos — Written just last week, this post was clearly really popular.
  4. An Ode to my Cast — A silly rhyming post with pictures of me and my cast. I expected to be free of it the day after I wrote the post, but ended up in a removable half-cast for an additional 3 weeks.
  5. Making a Meal Plan, Part 1 — I’m laughing because this was called “Part 1” and there was never a Part 2. When T-Man was working on a busy political campaign, I helped him make a weekly meal plan that he…kind of…followed.
Top 5 Recipes
  1. Tomato Sauce from Scratch: Who Needs Therapy?IMG_1394This blog post was featured on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed, sending me over 2,000 views in 2 days (my best traffic ever!) Some lovely photos on Foodgawker have kept readers coming back.
  2. Meatless Monday: Spicy Black Bean BurgersIMG_2482My first foray into homemade veggie burgers remains my best to date. Another Foodgawker favorite!
  3. Post-Thanksgiving Banana Bread MuffinsDSC_0114Perfect muffins for when you need something that is healthy, but doesn’t taste healthy.
  4. Meatless Monday: Curry Chickpea FrittersIMG_2526Totally forgot about these bad boys! Based on a delicious Curry Hummus recipe from EdiblePerspective.com, I am totally going to revisit these soon.
  5. Meatless Monday: Chickpea and Red Pepper Veggie BurgersDSC_0391Chickpeas again! Apparently a lot of people are looking for chickpea recipes. These are definitely more “burger” like than the above recipe. Tasty too!

Again, thank you for reading my blog. Here’s to another year!

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