Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bars with Cherry Ganache

Every once in a while you just get this insatiable craving for chocolate that only something like a brownie can satisfy, and then you realize you have cherries in the fridge that need to be used soon – and who the hell doesn’t like chocolate covered cherries? – so you just have to make chocolate cherry brownies to be happy.

At least, I hope there are more people who suffer from this once-every-few-months problem.  It probably speaks volumes about the fact that I need to do a Whole30 or 21DSD.  Oh well.  I made double chocolate cherry fudge bars with a cherry ganache, and they are amazeballs.  That’s the only possible way to describe these brownie/bars.  Oh wait.  “Bomb” is another satisfactory, hip descriptor.  Or we can get old school and call these “decadent”.  “Mind blowing”.  “Bliss”.  I don’t know.  Pick one of those and be happy.

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Paleo Banana Bread (nut free) |

Banana Bread

This last week has been an important one for me.  Last week I celebrated my 1  year anniversary at CrossFit 701.  It was a great opportunity to look at how far I’ve come, and what my goals are for year 2.  But first, check out this simple infograph I made comparing my lifts from the beginning to now:

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Blueberry Protein Muffins

Heads up! I’ve completely revamped this blueberry protein muffin recipe, and I now have a totally paleo version available here!

Paleo Blueberry Protein Muffins

This blueberry muffin recipe turned out awesome on my first try. As a result, I now feel like a Paleo baking goddess. So of course I had to share, so you can feel that way too!

I’ll admit, this recipe is a little more primal than paleo due to the protein powder. I use high quality, crap-free protein powder (SFH – Stronger Faster Healthier) that is made from grass fed whey as an occasional supplement for CrossFit. Whey is technically derived from dairy, so it’s not strict paleo. However, it doesn’t bother my stomach and it’s fantastic, quick fuel for my workouts. If you aren’t using protein powder, just add a couple more tablespoons of coconut flour or tapioca flour and you should be good.  (As a note, I’ve never tried them that way before, so I don’t know if it works).

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Hearty Beef Stew

I like smiling.  Smiling is great.

Life has been great.  I’m still unsatisfied with my job and looking for something new, but there’s not much I can complain about (except for the ever-growing stack of dishes in my sink).  It’s just great when you can take a look at your life and really feel like you’re on the right path.  I can look at myself in the mirror and smile, and not feel like I’m forcing a smile.  I certainly don’t have everything figured out yet.  But dang, what I do have is pretty good.

Okay, enough of that.  On to the recipe!

Paleo Crockpot Beef Stew
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