It’s been rainy here for several days which means no good natural light to take pretty food pictures for all of you. We need the rain but rain is not good for a food blogger who needs to take pictures. Especially to take pictures of my newest and possibly new favorite cakie recipe! Are you excited! I’ve been so excited to share but darn this weather! It’s lead me not to be able to get this post out sooner. I had to actually break out some of my “natural” light lights to help to get these up on the blog. So they may not look as pretty as they would normally but I’m telling you these are super tasty in my book.
Before I get to the recipe I have to tell you that this past weekend the Southeast Regional Crossfit Games were held in my backyard. Well not really in my backyard but my neck of the woods. Exciting! Also exciting was the fact that my box was one of the teams competing and we also had two of our coaches in the men’s division! Woot! They did awesome too! The family and I headed out Saturday to get a couple hours in of watching and cheering everyone on. Note to everyone with toddlers….the attention span is limited for little folks so if you are lucky enough to go to the other regional’s coming up and the kids come along expect to not to see key moments. I can’t tell you how many times I had to run to potty breaks and missed something awesome. Not cool! But the little ones did tell me on the way home that they wanted to do crossfit when they grew up! Cute…and awesome! Sunday I was able to sneak away on my own to watch the team make it to the final cut and also one of our coaches! AJ Moore, is one of the coaches at our gym and he did awesome! He is an amazing athlete and a great coach but most of all a stand up person. He finished in 6th place after a tough WOD on Saturday afternoon set him back from a top 3 spot. There were strong competition out there, but everyone did amazing! The team ended up in 12th place…they rocked it. I’m hoping to get pictures up on the random side of the blog soon. As always life is crazy and hectic so again…hoping is the keyword! Anyone who is close enough to catch some of the other regional competitions…..it’s super awesome and makes you fall in love with Crossfit and the community even more (if that is even possible). I HEART CrossFit!
Ok, let’s get to these cakies. I’m sure your tired of me talking and rambling on with my random thoughts. Right? Oh my gosh wait though….I’m sorry one more thing I forgot to tell you!!! I’m a huge lover of Steve’s Originals and they had a booth at the regional’s and guess who was there at the booth and I got the privilege to talk to!? Liz from Cave Girl Eat’s!! Pretty freakin awesome and she was super cool. We talked Paleo and holistic nutrition. I told her I wanted to be like her and Diane from Balanced Bites when I grow up. Anyway, it was pretty awesome and made my day that I got the chance to chat with her. She is super nice! And Steve’s Originals pretty much rocks! I ordered a bunch on Monday because the hubby ended up eating all the packs I got over the weekend. Ok cakies….I promise this time I’ll shut up and let you read on to another version of my little Paleo indulgence! Enjoy guys!
Apple Spice Cakies
6 organic medjool dates, pits removed
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon apple pie spice (or cinnamon)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of sea salt
1 ¼ cup blanched almond flour
½ cup shredded apple (about 1 small apple)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a microwave safe dish, place dates and 1 tablespoon water. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove and mash dates with fork. Microwave for another 30 seconds adding ½ tablespoon water or maple syrup and remove and mash again.
In the bowl of a food processor place date mixture, unsweetened applesauce, almond butter, apple pie spice, and vanilla extract and process until smooth.
In a small bowl combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix date mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine together. Add grated apple to bowl and stir until well incorporated into batter.
Using a ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto prepared baking sheet. Once all cookies are on sheet slightly press down on the tops with damp fingers. Sprinkle with additional apple pie spice or cinnamon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Makes about 10 to 12 cookies.
Note: I used a honey crisp apple in my recipe but you could use just about any apple of choice. Gala, Fuji, and Granny Smith would all work.