Hello SCF!!!! I will be your slightly irritating but generally lovable blog contributor.

My name is Ellie. I love food, and crossfit. I enjoy curling up to read a good cookbook, and romantic walks through Whole Foods.  Lifting heavy things above my head makes me happy and I feel most confident when I’m covered in chalk and sweat.  I eat primarily paleo…except when I don’t, so I will be sharing recipes and tips that reflect that and just chatting about crossfit life. Because who doesn’t want to talk about Crossfit?!?

Paleo Banana Coconut “cakies” 

Okay, you ready for this?? What do you call a cake-like cookie?….a “cakie”! I know, I know, your mind is blown. In reality that term is neither original nor mind blowing, but these cakies are pretty darn close to mind blowing (especially a couple weeks into eating paleo when you start having dreams where your in a prison made completely of cookie dough and your only escape is to eat your way out…oh you don’t have that dream… me either, that would be weird.) If your still reading this, my apologies for the wicked long run on sentence. Please except this recipe as a way to make ammends.

Paleo eating means your body is feeling, working, and probably looking it’s best. Even so, as humans with our insatiable instant gratification seeking minds we sometimes are tempted to fall off the wagon and down a bag of oreos. DON’T DO IT!!!! Yup, I yelled at you. Instead eat these.

INGREDIENTS:
1 ½  cups Almond Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ripe bananas mashed (about a cup)
2 tablespoons almond butter (creamy)
1 tablespoon coconut butter softened (see note)
A dash of cinnamon
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut (if your not a fan of coconut flavor you can omit this and the cakies will not taste like coconut they will only taste delicious)

These are your optional ingredients: I love me some Enjoy Life chocolate chunks in these cookies…they are not strict paleo but they are dairy, soy, and gluten free. Still a much wiser choice than a bag of oreos. If you want to stay strict add whatever delicious unsweetened dried fruit you desire, I love chopped dates. Fresh mountain blueberries would probably be really good…haven’t tried that…I know what I’m making this weekend.
Note: coconut butter is not coconut oil. Artisana makes a really good organic coconut butter, you can find it at Whole Foods. It’s not complicated to make at home but it’s a bit tedious, dump 2.5 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor and blend it until it becomes the consistency of creamy almond butter. It will take some time amd you will have to pause it and scrape the sides down over and over again but it will get there.

DIRECTIONS:
1)Preheat that oven of yours to a toasty 350 degrees.
2)Mix your bananas, almond butter, coconut butter, baking soda, and cinnamon. I like my emersion blender for this job, any hand mixer will do.
3)Now stir in your amond flour and fold in whatever optional ingredients you chose.
4)Once its all combined scoop heaping spoonfulls onto a partchment lined baking sheet. I press them down a little bit into about 1 ½-2 inch mounds. Bake them for 12-15 minutes or until desired doneness. Let em cool. They will NOT be crispy, remember these are cakies.
5)Consume. Try to share, it will be hard.