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Chewy Apricot Energy Bars

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was low key over here. I worked pretty much all day on Friday and when I finally got home around 7:30, I was POOPED! I think I passed out at 9 p.m. #grandmastatus. Saturday I worked in the morning, got a facial in the afternoon, and then Michael made freaking awesome pasta which was immediately followed by an outing for ice cream.  Yesterday we went on a nice walk before the heat was at full force to Maple Acres Farmers Market, a wonderful farm near our place that has all sorts of amazing fresh produce and meat! We bought $8 worth of produce that would have probably been $20 at any grocery store. I'm talking 25 cents for a massive eggplant. And 3 for $1 cucumbers. Shop local - so worth it! If you're in the Philadelphia area or surrounding suburbs I definitely recommend a trip to Maple Acres.

We chilled by the pool, watched the olympics and browsed properties to buy in Italy for the rest of the day. No we're not moving to Italy, but one can dream! If couch lounging was an olympic sport, we would have gotten gold yesterday. And then we had more pasta for dinner last night with homemade marinara...can you tell we really, REALLY want to go back to Italy?!? 

Lazy weekend for the win after a crazy few past weekends.

Chewy Apricot Energy Bars

My friends bought me this new cookbook for my birthday in attempt to motivate me to post more recipes on the blog and it totally worked.


You know I'm all about my power snacks. I just tweaked a few ingredients in the recipe to make it my own and to use up what I had and I absolutely LOVED this recipe. Its chewy, gooey, nutty, crunchy and perfectly sweet. 

Chewy Apricot Bars via
Chewy Apricot Bars via


1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter*
1 apple peeled, cored and coarsely grated
1 2/3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup oat flour**
1/2 cup chopped walnuts***
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, diced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper
Heat oil & sugar in saucepan over low until sugar dissolves
Remove from heat & stir in nut butter
Add apple, oats, flour, walnuts, sunflower seeds and mix well
Spoon about 2/3 of mixture into pan
Sprinkle with apricots (press them into mixture) and dot the remaining oat mixture over the apricots in a thin layer
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown
Let cool until almost cold (or else they will crumble apart!) and then cut into 16 squares
Store in fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for later

**Recipe called for almond butter, but I only had PB on hand and it worked great - could use any nut butter!
**Recipe called for brown rice flour but I stuck with oats here
***Recipe called for almonds, again adapted here with walnuts because I love walnuts in baked goods

Hope you all have a great Monday!

XO - Rach

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Berries & Cream Oats

Good morning! I have an easy breakfast recipe for you to make you feel a little fancy on those mornings when you need it. Do you ever just wake up and the weather is all dreary and it makes you want to curl up and not do ANYTHING?! That's a bit like how I'm feeling this week - the weather is sad and it's really affecting me. It always amazes me how much the weather really does affect my mood. Boy, do I really miss the Florida sunshine and heat sometimes.  Anyway, enough complaining...let's talk about this Berries and Cream oats recipe. They're delicious and so so easy. Also I've found a new love for full fat yogurt, which I dolloped on top. I don't eat much dairy. Cheese sometimes in my eggs or on top of salads or meals and that's about it. I'll go in and out of phases where I love yogurt or hate it. Lately I've been loving it I've promised myself that I'll never buy non-fat or low-fat yogurt again. You guys, once you try a full fat cream yogurt (I've been buying this one from Trader Joe's) you'll never want to go back to non-fat. For one, the taste is incredible. It tastes like straight cream and I'm totally okay with that. Secondly, it is minimally processed and it contains HALF the amount of sugar as any of the other non-fat or low-fat plain yogurts. When products are stripped of the fat, companies will add in sugar to make it taste better. NO, BAD. It also contains a boat load of calcium. Go full fat, I dare you. I promise you won't get fat. 

Berries & Cream Oats

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[yumprint-recipe id='25'] I just devoured my bowl and it was DELICIOSO. Now I'm off to go take a yoga class that I'm hoping will allow me to take a nice little nap before I go into work for the afternoon and night. I'm totally a morning person, but it really catches up to me when I'm training until 9pm at night. How do I teach myself to sleep in?!?!?

Have a great Tuesday!! 

XO- Rach

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Cinnamon Raisin Sweet Potato Bread

Good morning, happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was eventful to say the least. Michael and I had our second Rover experience and it was definitely a little different than our first. The first dog we got was perfect. Literally. Well-trained, adorable, sweet and just wanted to cuddle and sleep. This time around we got two dogs, one a puppy, who were not very house trained and very needy. I don't think I've ever cleaned up so much dog pee in my life! So for all you Rover sitters...definitely make sure that the dogs you watch are house trained. TRIPLE CHECK. That shit is not fun. BUT it was an experience to say the least. 

I'm hoping that our next Rover puppy looks like this...


Or this...


Or this (sorry last one...)


In other news this week, I'm running a little food prep contest with my clients at the gym. I'm asking that they send me photos of what they're cookin' up for the next week and the following week! I've already seen some delicious meals and I'm so proud that they're trying harder each week to be better and get healthier! 

And on that note, if you like to bake healthy snacks to have on hand I've got a delicious and healthy Cinnamon Raisin Sweet Potato Bread..

Cinnamon Raisin Sweet Potato Bread

If you can't tell, I'm kind of obsessed with the cinnamon raisin combo. For one, it's such a classic and two, cinnamon, raisins and sweet potatoes are very cheap. I've been trying to cut back on the dollars I spend on food. Therefore I eat all the sweet potatoes, cinnamon and raisins. 

Cinnamon Raisin Sweet Potato Bread via

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XO - Rach

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