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  • Maple Apple Spice Cake

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    Apple cake is one of the desserts I look forward to most every fall. I developed this recipe for Maple Apple Spice Bundt Cake in fall of 2013 and it immediately became my favorite apple cake. It's now a staple in my fall/holiday baking rotation. Fresh apple cake reminds me so much of my childhood. My [...]

  • Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

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    I originally shared this Paleo Banana Bread recipe in 2013. It's received hundreds of glowing reviews and remains one of the top three recipes on my blog...for good reason! It's easy to prep with no mixer required, has short ingredients list, is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly and tastes delicious. I've made this recipe over and over again [...]

  • The Best Basic Granola Recipe

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    A basic granola recipe with a short ingredients list. This granola is the perfect balance sweet and salty; chewy and crispy. Oats, brown sugar, honey and coconut oil are studded with plump raisins for a delicious breakfast or snack.  Every time I go visit my parents my dad always has a container of homemade granola sitting [...]

  • Cranberry Orange Muffins with Streusel Topping and Orange Glaze

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    document.body.id = 'noIntelliTXT'; This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I really enjoyed reading all about your holiday baking and breakfast traditions last week. It was so interesting to read about everyone's various traditions and my mouth was watering over [...]

  • Pumpkin Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Swirl

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    This recipe is sponsored by Chiquita. If there's something I love, it's a good challenge! Especially when it comes to cooking and being in the kitchen. I really enjoy creating my own recipes whether it's for a simple dinner using what I have in the fridge/pantry or something more involved to share publicly that involves [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola

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    I have a recipe to share with you today that might be the best recipe I've shared in a long time! Let me introduce you to homemade Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola! I wish I could say I'm exaggerating but I've made this granola FOUR times in the past eight days. It's that good. (And [...]

  • Healthy-ish Peanut Butter & Coconut Banana Bread

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    After going five days without peanut butter last week while I was away on the yoga retreat, it's been all peanut butter, all the time since getting back. The first thing I ate when I arrived home was an apple with peanut butter and since then it's been a steady stream of peanut butter smoothies, peanut [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait

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    To wrap up my "healthier holiday" series with ALDI I have a beautiful, festive and lighter dessert to share with you. But first...let's remember the appetizer and main courses. For the appetizer we had four bite-sized skewer combinations. The main course was pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, apples, cranberries and topped with a cider gravy. [...]

  • Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bread {Recipe}

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    This is the time of the year when everyone starts to feel pretty over the surplus of summer veggies and fast forwards to fall. My favorite farmer at the farmers market gave me an oversized zucchini a few weeks ago because they weren't selling. Everyone was starting to go for the winter squash instead. My mind immediately went [...]

  • Salted Fudge Brownies (The Best Brownie Recipe Ever!)

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    When it comes to desserts I tend to gravitate more towards fruity flavored things rather than chocolate. When I look at a dessert menu I can always pass on things like chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. I like chocolate in things but I don't like strictly chocolate flavored things. Does that make any sense at [...]

  • Fresh Peach Greek Frozen Yogurt

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    I have been soaking up peach season and stocking up on fresh South Carolina peaches weekly. My favorite way to eat peaches is peel, slice and enjoy them plain (I'm not a peach fuzz lover...I need that off my peach before eating it!) But I also love to get creative with them...grilled peaches with ice [...]

  • Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars {Recipe}

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    I have the best neighbors. They've lived on my street for 20+ years and are always looking out for me and Sullie. They help me take care of her on crazy days, check in with me on a regular basis, watch out for the house while I'm gone all day or away on trips and are [...]

  • Fresh Peach Cake {Recipe}

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    It's peach season y'all! Growing up in Georgia, peaches were a big deal...we are the peach state after all. ;) Little did I know that after moving to the Carolinas (I've lived in North and South Carolina) that South Carolina peaches are also a big deal and equally as delicious as Georgia peaches. I have [...]

  • Blueberry Banana Muffins {Recipe}

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    Good morning! I always keep bananas in the house for smoothies and sometimes they get a little too ripe before I get around to using them. I know many people freeze their bananas for smoothies but since all the other fruit I use in my smoothies is frozen, I like having the banana to add [...]

  • Olive Oil & Greek Yogurt Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

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    Good morning! It's a rainy, chilly and dreary day here in Charlotte so it seems like the perfect morning to share a baking recipe with you. I don't know about you but this kind of weather always makes me want to cozy up in the kitchen with a cup of hot tea and play around. [...]

  • Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins {Recipe}

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    I know I said I was going to post a workout today but then I made these muffins this morning and I had to share the recipe immediately. So we'll eat muffins first and then we'll do a squat workout later! :) It's no secret that peanut butter ranks is one of my favorite foods [...]

  • Carrot Cake Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting {Recipe}

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    Happy Valentine's Day! I have a delicious present for you. Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting! I was actually grateful to be snowed in for two days because it gave me a lot of time to play in the kitchen and to work on my book. On my "must buy at the grocery before [...]

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies {Recipe}

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    Watch out...I've got a delicious, easy, slightly addictive and crowd pleasing recipe for you today. Say hello to these Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies. My friends lovingly refer to them as my "chocolate balls" and I get asked all the time if I'm bringing them to get togethers. They are relatively "clean" as far as [...]

  • A Cookie Swap with Cascadian Farm {Recipe Post}

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    One of my favorite traditions about my family Christmas is my grandmother's appetizer table. We always gather at her house for our gift exchange and Christmas dinner. The first thing we always did growing up was to check our stockings and then check the appetizer table to see what there was to snack on. She [...]

  • Paleo Sweets & Treats: Paleo Chocolate Cakie Cookies

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    One of the members of Metro CrossFit is a blogger and Paleo chef. Meet Heather Connell of Multiply Delicious! I blogged about and gave away a copy of her e-cookbook back in February and today I'm here to tell you about her new print cookbook, Paleo Sweets & Treats: Seasonally Inspired Desserts that Let You Have [...]

  • Spiced Peach Carrot Bread

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    Here is the first of the recipes from Bakin' and Eggs. Some recipes I will actually be remaking, rephotographing and reblogging and others I'll just be reposting. Today is a repost because I wanted to get this recipe up before the last of the peaches are gone and I'm happy with the photography here. Some [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

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    Behold peanut butter and chocolate greatness. I have been making these peanut butter chocolate chip bars for three years. I have sent them to blog readers, baked them for parties, taken them to co-workers and even brought them to yoga as a treat for my students on multiple occasions. I have never received a single [...]

  • Overnight Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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    Hola! I'm back in Charlotte where it's sunny and 80 degrees. That's how we do things in the South. It was 40 degrees and sleeting this time last week. Now we've fast-forwarded right into early summer. It will be 90 degrees before we know it. I LOVE IT. Okay, the real reason for this post [...]

  • Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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    I can count the number of the times I've tried to bake desserts that skew more towards healthy than sinful and my experiences have mostly led me to believe that when you want a sweet, you just need to go for it. There was one incident where Pintest led me to believe it was a [...]

  • Weather Talk, Egg Talk, A Healthy Cookie Recipe and More…

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    Hola! (Seriously, hola...I so wish I was back in the Caribbean right now. It's so cold and windy in Charlotte. I shouldn't complain though as some of you are digging out from snow...again.) But really, when is spring going to actually arrive this year? It's going to be a cold Easter and the 10 day [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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    Baking is my favorite. Baking with peanut butter is even better. Baking with peanut butter AND chocolate is over the top heavenly. Some of my all-time favorite peanut butter and chocolate recipes are these peanut butter chocolate chip bars and these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Today, I have a new peanut butter and [...]

  • Make-Up Cookies

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    I have failed you and I am sorry. I was so excited for the first yoga Monday post yesterday. I wanted to do a post-workout/run stretching video and that turned into a giant mess involving the video cutting off halfway through, a second video that I was going to merge with the first, over 200 [...]

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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    I love to bake but it's something that I have not been able to do nearly as frequently since I gave up my 9-5 and transitioned into a career in the fitness industry. It's not that I can't do it from a nutrition and calories perspective but more from a there is not time and [...]

  • Butterscotch, Pretzel and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Do you know what's boring? Salad...salad for lunch... Salad for dinner. I am over salad. I inhaled this chicken dinner last night after teaching BodyPump. If I ate one more bowl of leftover soup or another salad I was going to cry. I blazed into the grocery store at 8 p.m. praying that they still [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Bars

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    I think many of us have heard of Ann Byrn, better known as "The Cake Mix Doctor." She's published multiple cookbooks sharing how to turn a traditional boxed cake mix into something special. Since cake mix is the cornerstone of most of Ann's recipes it seems only logical that she would create her own brand [...]

  • Coconut Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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    How's that for a recipe title? It could also be known as "open the pantry and fridge and throw in everything that you have banana bread."  I had two bananas that were destined for the trash can if I didn't find a use for them yesterday. I am a little over traditional banana bread so [...]

  • Home Cooked + Cast Iron Cheddar Cornbread Recipe

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    It was too much to combine the family love and food love into one post yesterday. Especially given that I whipped up the best corn bread that I ever baked. I am very fortunate to come from a family that enjoys planing and preparing meals. Growing up my dad did most of the cooking (he's [...]

  • Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    My Sunday activities consisted of sleeping in, making brunch, baking cookies, blogging, hot yoga, house cleaning and a meeting at lululemon. While I did keep myself busy, none of these were "have to do's" and everything was done at a relaxed pace. It is still weird for me to wake up on Sunday morning and [...]

  • Blueberry Crumb Bars + A Dilemma

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    Some of you might know this but I didn't get my start with blogging on Peanut Butter Runner. I actually had my food/recipe blog, Bakin' & Eggs, for two years before launching Peanut Butter Runner. I posted recipes there 3-5 times a week. I started PBR because I was constantly asked how I could bake [...]

  • Cookies And Babies

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    Monday has been a much better day. Full of work, yoga privates, babies and cookies. That's good stuff. I was up early to put together a meal for Caitlin. She just had a baby boy and I offered to bring them dinner. Nothing like sauteing onions and baking cookies at 7 a.m.! Cooking for other [...]

  • Strawberry Nutella Muffins

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    I did manage to finally peel myself off the couch and do something last night. I am a little sore from yesterday's Fight Gone Bad workout but it's not nearly as bad as I anticipated. First, I headed over to our new location for a quick meeting about our wall murals. We are having some [...]

  • Easy and Healthy Banana Muffins

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    I’m popping in with a lunch break update for you because I have a recipe to share! I buy bananas every week at the store and sometimes I end up with bananas that are a little past their prime…even for oatmeal. (I prefer bananas with brown spots for oatmeal because they are sweeter and mix [...]