No Bake, GF Peanut Butter Cookie & A Maybe Marathon

No Bake, GF Peanut Butter Cookie & A Maybe Marathon

Hi and welcome back!

So…

I think I’m going to train for a marathon. As it turns out, only 1% of the world can say “I completed a marathon.” I want to be a part of that 1%.

Got my Nikes ready and my game-face on!           

             

Here’s the kicker: I am in noooo shape for a marathon–aren’t those things, I dunno, over 20 miles?

So for the next several weeks (16, to be exact) I’ll be training. Hard. Harder than I’ve trained for anything in my life (except for finals week at the end of every semester. I’m like regular me on steroids pumped on steroids. Make sense?}.

16 week schedule by Marathon Rookie

16-Week Marathon Training Schedule
Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 5 Rest 15
2 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 6 Rest 16
3 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 7 Rest 17
4 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
5 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 10 Rest 21
6 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 11 Rest 24
7 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 12 Rest 26
8 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 14 Rest 28
9 4 Rest 7 4 Rest 16 Rest 31
10 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 16 Rest 34
11 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 17 Rest 35
12 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 18 Rest 36
13 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 20 Rest 38
14 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 9 Rest 27
15 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
16 3 Rest 3 Walk 2 Rest 26.2 Rest 34.2

By the end of the 16 weeks, my hard work should pay off. The main goal is to strengthen the mind; the body will have no choice but to follow.

And then I’ll run that marathon.

Probably come in last place.

Eh. A win’s a win.

I’ll document my progress on RLW, but it’s not official yet. I think at this point I’m just psyching myself up; saying the words in my head, whispering them on my tongue, and forcing this bizarre idea into a reality.

Now let’s get to the business of the post: cookies. Delicious, no bake, gluten free peanut butter cookies.

I’ll bet you’ve never seen a peanut butter cookie like this before.

Or frosting like this.

But as weird as these two appear, they were delicious. The cookies are naturally sweetened with apricots and dates, accompanied by a touch of maple syrup and brown sugar in the “frosting”. There’s no flour, just ground oats. The real kick of flavor comes from the peanut butter, so buy the best you can afford.

What’s the deal with the “frosting”?

“Banana frosting”. That’s what you see on top of the cookies. It’s a simple recipe that consists of two ingredients: 1 banana and 1 whopping teaspoon of brown sugar. Throw ’em into a processor and process until fully incorporated. Add a teaspoon to each cookie.

No Bake, GF Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • 1 cup oatmeal flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 7 dates, chopped and pitted
  • 7 apricots, chopped

Directions:

  • Process one cup of old fashioned oats until it reaches flour consistency.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.
  • Mold a few teaspoons into your hand and then flatten them (make sure they’re flatter than mine, as these cookies are very filling).
  • Add frosting.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes to set.
  • Enjoy your no bake, gluten free peanut butter cookies!

They’re fantastic with a cup of tea, coffee or, I don’t know, turmeric milk. They also make the perfect snack. 

~Live Well!

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