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random groceries & protein blondies recipe

 

I would love to show you a picture from kickboxing yesterday morning (it was so fun!) but I finally upgraded my iPhone over the weekend and lost a couple of photos in the process.

The whole phone transfer thing is never a smooth process for me which is why I put it off as long as possible!

It’s a good thing I don’t put off my grocery shopping though. I really do try to get it done on Friday afternoons in order to free up my weekend time for things like, you know, sitting in Verizon on two separate occasions trying to understand the cloud.

Does anyone really understand the cloud?

My grocery shopping was weird for this week. I didn’t need much and what I did need seemed to be random odds and ends from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

My first stop on Friday was Whole Foods, mainly for my favorite Rudi’s Organic Spelt English Muffins…

whole foods groceries

  • Frozen blueberries <- same price as Trader Joe’s but I wanted to try these to see if they were the same
  • kidfresh was on sale <- my son has always loved their meals. I reviewed kidfresh from time to time when I first started blogging. They are terrific frozen meals- hormone/antiobiotic free meat and poultry with hidden veggies which my son knows about and still likes every variety available.
  • ONE Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Earth Balance

Then I went to Trader Joe’s.

trader joe's groceries

  • Organic Spinach
  • Frozen broccoli <- for roasting!
  • Bananas
  • 100 Calorie Dark Chocolate Bars
  • Jelly Beans <- for my long runs
  • Chia & Flax Peanut Butter
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • TJ Medium Roast KCupsmy favorite coffee at the moment
  • Chicken Nuggets

I don’t know why I didn’t need anything else but something tells me I will have to run to the store early this week.

If you are wondering why I only bought one dinky cup of greek yogurt, it’s because I hardly eat the stuff anymore and I think it has something to do with my Skoop obsession.

I never thought I would become a protein powder girl but Skoop B Strong Viva-Nilla converted me.

I am adding Skoop to just about everything these days, including using it in my post-run oatmeal in a jar instead of greek yogurt 99% of the time.

oats-in-a-jar

Last week I got a bit creative (creative for me that is) and whipped up some protein blondies so that we would have a fresh, satisfying and healthy sweet snack on the counter.

chocolate chip coconut protein blondies made with Skoop

I had super ripe bananas on hand so one landed in my bowl along with chocolate chips because everything needs a little chocolate… and coconut. I rarely use coconut but had a bag in my pantry so I figured why the heck not.

These blondies are real simple to make, bake in a flash and my son even liked them which means they are delicious.

By the way, if you haven’t tried Skoop or need to order more, right now you can get 25% off your order!

Skoop

I have the A Game too but if you want to know which I recommend if I had to pick one, I advise the B Strong for the 16 grams of plant-based protein.

B Strong contains lots of vitamins, minerals and ever important antioxidants. It also has prebiotics to help with digestion which I was never a true believer in but I must admit, my stomach feels flatter, less bloated and well digested since adding Skoop to my daily diet.

I realized this on my own and then read the back of the package to see that B Strong is actually designed with absorption in mind, meaning that they purposely combine the vitamins, minerals and prebiotic fibers to help the gut break down and absorb the nutrients effectively.

Well how do you like that. It helps to read the packaging I guess.

dairy free gluten free chocolate chip coconut protein blondies

This recipe is dairy free if you use nondairy chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is real good) and Skoop is always gluten free, dairy free and soy free too without artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.

I used a 3 cup rectangular Pyrex glass baking dish (7 x 5 x 1.5). You can use a little bit bigger, the blondies will just be a little thinner in size (or you can easily double the recipe).

Chocolate Chip Coconut Protein Blondies
 
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These chocolate chip coconut protein blondies are protein-packed, easy to make and bake in a flash! Perfect any time of the day when you are looking for something sweet yet filling and healthy.
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Ingredients
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 scoops of Skoop B-Strong Viva-Nilla Protein Powder plus 2 tablespoons*
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter (I used PB & Co. Crunch Time but you can use any nut butter)
  • 1 mashed banana (ripe/overripe)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup nondairy chocolate chips**
  • ¼ shredded coconut***
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash banana in a bowl.
  3. Add in eggs, peanut butter and cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Add Skoop and baking powder, mixing until well combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips and coconut.
  6. Lightly grease a pyrex baking dish and evenly pour in your batter..
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes until firm (all ovens different so start watching at 15 minute mark).
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting.
  9. Store blondies in airtight container.
  10. Refrigerating the blondies will extend their shelf life and also give them a bit of a fudgy-like texture!
Notes
Cab sub these two tablespoons with PB2.
*Using dairy-free chocolate chips makes this recipe dairy free. You can use regular chocolate chips if you are not looking to keep the recipe free from dairy.
***Can leave out coconut if you want - won't affect recipe

Looking for more Skoop recipes?

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Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Bites

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  • Tina Muir May 18, 2015, 6:30 am

    I hope you are joining us for MM with your recipe! This would be perfect, PROTEIN blondies, thats definitely a win win! Did you say you went kickboxing? I LOVE that!! I have always wondered what that would be like! So cool!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 6:43 am

      Yeah, I mentioned kickboxing last week – it’s been real fun to take it again after not taking a class in almost two years! You would like it I bet!

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe May 18, 2015, 6:43 am

    We had quite the grocery haul yesterday because we are on vacation and so we are starting from scratch down here! Skoop is one of the best cooking/baking protein powders I’ve ever tried. These are definitely going to have to get made (once I get back home).
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 6:49 am

      I am glad you like skoop too because I don’t have a ton of protein powder experience but I really love it! Starting from scratch with the groceries is always a good time because you really get a good restock going!

  • Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete May 18, 2015, 6:45 am

    I sometimes feel so awkward when I only have to buy random things. But I never feel that way when I go to TJs — It’s always random…and lovely…and delicious.

    I’m trying those blondies this week!
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine May 18, 2015, 8:09 am

    I made my first trip to Trader Joe’s this weekend! I have a feeling Im gonna love it there, but I was a little lost my first time. I think Im just gonna go ahead and order some Skoop…Ive been saying I am going to try it for like a year so I think its about time!
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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma May 18, 2015, 8:21 am

    I love this recipe! I’ll probably sub almond butter but will definitely try it, as you know about all the Skoop I have to burn through 🙂 I’m going grocery shopping today and I’m going to try roasting frozen broccoli this week. Might even try it with brussels if I really decide to go wild. I usually try to shop Mondays for the week and then Fridays for the weekend. We’re always running out of something though. And no, I don’t understand the cloud and never will!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. May 18, 2015, 8:24 am

    Today is my main food shopping day… but that’s mostly because I have nothing in my fridge after being away for the past few days 😆 I usually tend to make a few small trips during the week, though, because I’m not a huge fan of the really big hauls. Mine always end up being super random, too… which reminds me — I need paper towels.
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  • thesimplepeach May 18, 2015, 8:32 am

    Those Blondie’s look great!

  • Jamie May 18, 2015, 9:19 am

    I get my upgrade in June, but will probably wait until the fall to get my upgrade. Sundays are grocery shopping days for sure! Those blondies look delicious! : )
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  • Arman @ thebigmansworld May 18, 2015, 9:43 am

    I upgraded just before I came here and realised I lost an entire photoshoot…which just means I need to recreate the bites lol! I STILL need to do a TJ’s haul…this week.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 6:00 pm

      Ugh, I would not be happy to lose all of those pictures! But sadly, it happens. YOu must get over to TJ this week, just must.

  • Suzy May 18, 2015, 11:19 am

    I almost HAD to upgrade my phone when I dropped my iPhone 5c into the toilet about a month ago but for some reason, it didn’t get wrecked! I do my main grocery shopping on Wednesdays because all six kids are here every Thursday morning until Monday.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 5:59 pm

      That’s a lot of kids for a lot of days, I can only imagine the amount of food you stock up on! I had the 5c too and I am surprised I never dropped it in the toilet.

  • Miss Polkadot May 18, 2015, 2:05 pm

    Those blondies look positively gooey – trying to avoid the ‘m’ word 😉 – and I’m sure coconut chips would be great as a sub, too. Or maybe I’m just craving the chips right now.
    Sunday is never an option for grocery shopping because stores aren’t opened that day over here. I’m a completely random grocery shopper, though, making multiple smaller trips throughout the week. A big haul wouldn’t be possible without a car in anyway 🙂 .
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 5:56 pm

      I try to do one shop a week but it rarely happens. I am always running back to the store for something at least once more during the week!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 18, 2015, 2:48 pm

    I just got back from Blend last night, and I am debating whether I need to go to the grocery store today. The Hubby picked me up bananas so I’m thinking I might be able to make it through the week. Perhaps I’ll even start to eat the stuff that’s been in my panty forever.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 5:54 pm

      Sometimes I think about not going food shopping and actually using up what I have in the house. I am sure I would survive much longer than I think.

  • Hayley @ Full of Life May 18, 2015, 3:37 pm

    Those blondies look super good. I’ve actually never made normal blondies, let alone protein ones! I am not typically a protein powder girl either but have had a few that I like and now want to try Skoop!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 18, 2015, 5:52 pm

      I definitely recommend Skoop. Definitely. And blondies too. Both regular blondies and protein blondies 🙂

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner May 18, 2015, 7:05 pm

    I usually do my grocery shopping on saturday or sunday. Mostly sunday, but this past weekend was saturday because I am going out of town on Thursday and wanted to make sure I would go through all the food before then.

    That recipe sounds delish!
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  • Shannon May 18, 2015, 9:11 pm

    I had banana bread muffins on the way out the door running to school. Having muffins prepped is always good for when you are short on time.
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  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch May 19, 2015, 8:53 am

    You just reminded me I really have to get my Skoop on! I love that stuff 🙂
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