Sunday Sweetness

by LCCotter on February 10, 2013

Sunday sweetness. Okay, it’s just a play on Sunday scenes but this time I have a recipe involved.  That equals sweetness to me, yes?

This weekend I DID NOT WORK! Yep, no work.. okay maybe a little. But the rest was spent doing the following.

Completing my first “longish” run since 2011. I ran 80 minutes and it felt awesome. It also helps that I am 20lbs heavier now. Thank GOODNESS! And the only reason I am running longer is for the Zooma Half Marathon in March. Can’t wait! It’s gonna be fun!

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Then there was some kombucha cocktails and celebration time Friday and Saturday.

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We celebrated my oldest brother’s 40th birthday out at Jester King Brewery and Stanley Farmhouse Pizza. I was dying to try their Buddha brew, made with local kombucha and their sour wheat beer, but of course it’s not gluten free.  Good beer is never gluten free. Ahh bugger. Looked like a winning combo though! It’s a very relaxing atmosphere and we just caught up with family and friends. Great time! Well minus the kiddos getting soaked and falling in mud. Kids will be kids though, yes? Winking smile

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And let’s not forget the Nuttzo recipe. Another great highlight and sweetness to the weekend!

Yes, the obsession remains strong, and I think even more so after this recipe.

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I was just playing around with extra ingredients I had from making Mint Chocolate Chip Healthy Bites and came up with these. I only made a few, just to sample. That was a BIG mistake. More is always better! Winking smile

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Recipe: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patty Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp protein powder or other flour of choice (PB flour, coconut, etc)
  • 1 tbsp 100% cocoa
  • 1 tsp mint extract or 4 Mint NuNaturals drops
  • 21 grams cream cheese
  • 1 egg or 3 tbsp egg whites
  • 1 heaping tbsp dark chocolate Nuttzo. Or regular, just add in extra cocoa powder.
  • 1 tbsp almond meal
  • stevia (optional)

Instructions

  1. mix everything dry ingredients first, then add in egg, nuttzo, etc. Mix until batter is somewhat smooth.
  2. Pour into greased muffin pans.
  3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  4. If you are using egg, i’d add in extra baking powder so they will rise.
  5. This recipe on makes about 2-3 so feel free to double it up!

Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 10 min Number of servings : 2

Happy Sunday! If you are on the East Coast, I expect some SNOWY SUNDAY SCENES soon, k? Oh and be careful!

What’s your Sunday sweetness?

Cheers,

LC

p.s.

You’re gonna wanna come back tomorrow afternoon for a giveaway. It’s probably the best giveaway I’ve EVER done. SUPER PUMPED!

UPDATE: Guess what? Just got the go ahead to give a discount on NUTTZO! 50% the original Nuttzo till the 17th!! Use coupon code  CotterCrunch42 at checkout.

{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather February 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

excited about the giveaway! Love the photos looks like fun times! Congrats on the run.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

thanks friend! and congrats on you PR!

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Danica @ It's Progression February 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

Glad you could rest and get away from work for a little while this weekend!
And I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but I LOVE the look of your new header.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm

thanks Danica! Jenny from PB jenny does all my designs. Love her!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) February 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

Yay for just enjoying the weekend! And those muffins look so good. I need to bookmark this – Jason really likes muffins and I never think to make them.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

i bet you could use egg replaces and vegan tofu cream cheese! so good; Jason will be happy

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Stacie @ Snaps and Bits February 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

What scrumptious looking muffins! Happy Sunday :)

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

happy sunday! are you all warm and cozy in your blizzard? hope so! stay safe!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

So this recipe looks even better than I’d imagined. Cream cheese and chocolate Nuttzo?! I need to get my hand on that flavor. Stat.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

yes you do. it’s dangerous though, just warning you.

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Glad you took time off to enjoy! Now I want to enjoy one of those muffins. Yum!

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Jan February 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Glad you’re having a relaxing weekend! They should allow doctors to prescribe that as sometimes I think that’s the best cure for almost any ailment! My current Sunday sweetness if lounging in my pajamas…still (it’s 12:40 P.M.).

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

i really think that would CURE all! you need to be a doctor Jan! ;-)

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jobo February 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I love that you are counting your runs in minutes run, not miles. It’s refreshing to read :) Because ultimately, that’s what you need, right? To get accustomed to running longer, no matter the miles racked up. I try to switch my focus that way too, especially now, as I try to get adjusted to running longer as I eke along post ITBS ;) So I love that, and congrats friend, nice nice run!!
And I SO SO want to jump through the screen into those muffins. hi, PMS cure-all!!! ;) happy weekend friend!

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

so wish we could run together, sigh… thinking of you each run!

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Jess February 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I LOVE that you didn’t do much in the way of work this weekend. I think you’ll be proud to know that I did LESS this weekend than I ever have. The blizzard helped matters, but STILL, that counts right??

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Sounds like a lovely weekend! Can’t wait to read about the giveaway!

P.S. My husband says Estrella Damm Daura is a great beer that is gluten-free. :)

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

no way! where do i find this beer?

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Just asked my husband . . . he’s not sure specifically what stores near you would have it, but just to look around. He has found it in regular grocery and liquor stores. Here’s what it looks like: http://www.estrelladamm.com/en/daura_gluten_free_beer/

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Jody - Fit at 55 February 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Those look delish even though I am not a peppermint person… Good thing I don’t have all the ingredients at home! ;) I so have to see how much the brown jar of Nuttzo is at Whole Foods – I so wish that stuff was less expensive on this budget over here. I love it! :)

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

oh i just posted a 50% off discount above! the Nuttzo Gods are on your side today! hehe

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Kanoelani February 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

OOh those look SOO GOOD!!! I now have to try Nuttzo since I keep hearing how awesome it is LOL! And obviously I’m obsessed w/ nut butters in general. No snow here in VA thank God but I am praying for other friends of mine who got tons of snow for them to be warm & safe. Happy Sunday friend! :-D

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

nuttzo is a great obession, bring it! hehe

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Lisa February 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Major yum to those muffins! I wonder if they can be made without eggs….hmm;)
I’m glad you took the whole weekend off working!! (well almost ha) it’s nice to get in a goo break sometimes, right! We all need that downtime.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

yes!! I use the egg replacer once too. Or you can try chia. You’d like it lisa!

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Brooke February 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

A super big giveaway??? My interest is peaked! Also, I will be making these muffins today. Don’t have any Nuttzo yet :(, so I’ll go with some Justin’s for now. And now there’s another restaurant I need to visit in Austin!

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

justin’s will work too! but look above now, just posted a 50% off discount for nuttzo! WHOOP!

and the giveaway… it starts with B ends with D and is not a food!

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Brooke February 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Wait. What?! No, it can’t be. Can it???? (Insert squeal!!) Yikes!! Fingers and toes crossed!!!

And I am SO on that discount right now. You are quite the bearer of good news today!!!!

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Katie February 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Starts with a B and ends with a D? Am I stupid? Guess I’ll have to be patient…..not my strong suit.

These muffins look awesome. I wish Nuttzo weren’t so expensive. Even at 50% off, I’m on a tight budget these days. Saving up for a new computer since mine isn’t happy right now.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

but youre so crafty, you could make youre own version of nuttzo and i’m sure it’d be addicting like crack. no joke!

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purelymichelle February 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

sound amazing!!! anything with chocolate and mint is a win-win combo

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

oh yes, i remember! now i know what to send you all next time for healthy bites. My mint chocolate chop cookie dough!

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HEAB February 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Woo-hoo. So making these tomorrow! Mint chocolate one of my favorite combos. Thanks for posting the recipe. My Sunday sweetness involved lunch with my mom at one of our favorite restaurants. We split the cast iron cookie dessert. Sweet indeed. :)

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm

oh that is some sweetness for sure! mama time too! Let me know how these turn out. ;-)

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice February 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I’ve been meaning to tell you I love the new look on the blog – sorry for delay! and my absence!
This recipe is awesome! mint chocolate yum!

I can’t wait for the giveaway tomorrow.
Also one of the best beers I’ve had recently happens to be gluten free Celia Saison by The Alchemist Brewery

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

no way! where is this beer?!! i need to come visit you! k?

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Bre February 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Love the weekend fun and you know the long run makes me especially happy. What makes me even happier is that you are 20lbs healthier :) You are going to rock the Zooma run! I’ve got a 30km race in March so this is good b/c I’ll be needing the motivation to get out and run in the 2ft of snow we just got dumped with!! ;) happy sunday friend.

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

wish i could come do the 30 k with you! You’ll do great!and thank you for ALL your support!

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She Rocks Fitness February 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

My Sunday sweetness was oats in a jar with big blueberries and strawberries! The perfect way to start my redunkulous productive Sunday…This is a great discount and I’m totally going to use it. THANKS! XOXO

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

ahhh love it, and love YOU!

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Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife February 10, 2013 at 9:18 pm

The muffin looks so good! I need to get myself some of that nuttzo!

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

yes you do! it’s a good addiction, promise!

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Jody - Fit at 55 February 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

So excited about the discount!!! Forgot to say congrats on your running!

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Jody - Fit at 55 February 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

OH, only on original though & not the other flavors – still good but just checking….

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GiGi Eats Celebrities February 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

No Sunday sweetness for me… I got in a car accident! :(

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LCCotter February 10, 2013 at 10:25 pm

oh no!! i’m so sorry! are you ok?? xxoo

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Trish W February 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

LOVE this recipe and your blog. Can you pin this recipes to Pinterest? I would love to have it so I can refer to it many times in the future. I tried, but it would not work. Thanks!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

i usually just click the pin it button a the bottom to pin the post. did it work? let me know!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies February 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I actually survived my stupid idea to run a half marathon while still a little sick. Stupid, although I did finish the distance and I’m sure I would have quit earlier had I just been running. :) You should have seen the “hill” they wanted me to run up at the halfway point!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

oh goodness, i can only imagine! hope you are recovering today!

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Chuck February 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Everything on this post made me SO happy to read! I’m glad you are doing well, running long because you enjoy it, and doing it at a healthy weight! Your post are always an inspiration and help me on my tough days.

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

oh i am so glad chuck! It’s always nice to know that we can be there for each other! Yes! xxoo

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 11, 2013 at 1:30 am

I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying long runs again, Lindsay! Following you over the past two years has been truly inspiring, and your story is a testament to the fact that rest and nourishment (both physical and emotional) are the keys to reclaiming our health! I’m excited for you to run the Zooma half–I’ll be cheering!! <3

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 11, 2013 at 1:32 am

p.s. I know I’m late saying this, but I LOVE the new layout!! <3

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

gosh sara, that makes my day! Thank YOU. You are on a similar journey, we all are! to live to the fullest, yes? p.s. sorry i’ve not been commenting on your posts. I read,just know that. Just hard to get to the computer more these days. love ya!

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Jess February 11, 2013 at 4:38 am

Good job on the long run!!! Sounds like a nice weekend!!!

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Nichole February 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

Suh-weet! Happy belated birthday, bro:)

Glad you’re running up a storm, whoop!

After running around all day Saturday, I piled up with the mens and relaxed. Ahhh.

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

oh i love how you called them “mens.” hehe cute!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

Mmmmm, I’m a muffin monster for sure! :) Thanks for the recipe.

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

i shall call you MM for short. ;-)

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Jessie February 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

Oh My Goodness… um 50% off??!! I just went to their site & guess what.. they DO ship here to our APO address! Amazing right?? :) && I can hardly wait for this giveaway!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

yay! so glad you got some nuttzo! And can’t wait till you can come get it in the states!

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Melissa February 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

I can’t wait to make those muffins.

Started my first batch of kombucha yesterday. I hope it works. I am scared my pantry isn’t warm enough this time of year!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

you did?! that’s awesome! keep me posted on the progress!

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beka @ rebecca roams February 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

Whoa! 50% is awesome! Thanks :) I’m excited about what this giveaway is too…. I have chocolate mint protein powder- I wonder how that would work as an alternate ingredient?
I love breweries – they are my favorite place to eat/drink/be merry. Congrats on your great run – Zooma will be a blast!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

oh that would work great! Let me know how it turns out becca! and thanks for the encouragement

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

You know, I’ve never tried Nuttzo? I feel like somethings missing from my life now. These look amazing! Congrats on the run! I’m so happy for you!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

you need nuttzo.. wait, don’t listen to me. I mean you’ll be hooked, like in the best possible way. Just warning you! okay do listen to me. hehe

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Kalli February 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

Love your weekend! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun and love your nutzo recipe too :)

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm

i love your weekend more! hehe

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Chels R. February 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

Had to read the first few lines over cuz at first I thought I read that you ran 80 miles haha! Need more coffee!! Glad you had a good wknd!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

bahahaha 80 miles would have been tough. I don’t think i would be walking today if so. LOL!

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Beth @ Miles and Trials February 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Sounds like a great weekend. Way to go on the long run! I ran my longest run for the last 2 weeks of 8.5 miles, since I’m working on recovering from my calf injury. I wanted to do more, but am trying to be smart!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

yay!! so happy for you Beth! slow and steady progress

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige February 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Whoa! 50% off Nuttzo is…nutso! haha :-P
Nice job on the run, and glad to hear you took some time off of work this weekend :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Looks like you had a great weekend friend! Sometimes it is best not to work and just live… right??

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

yes!! and i need to do it more. sheesh. how’s your job? i need an update.

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Congrats on your long run!! I was just talking to Tricia this weekend about that Zooma run… really considering it, but it’s also my hubby’s birthday… we’ll see.
Love that your muffins are for two, not twelve. I need to cut recipes down like that more often… not everything stores well in the freezer. Looks delish!

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LCCotter February 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

i agree, 2 is perfect, okay maybe 4. hehe. Maybe your husband wants an austin getaway??

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Bonnie February 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Family time, good food, a good run and a delicious-looking recipe…thanks for sharing! Would love to try some Nuttzo – heard such great things! Also pumped for this giveaway…wonder what it could be?! :D

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Yay for long runs and kombucha cocktails!!!

I am so jealous of all this Nuttzo everywhere. I have yet to taste it. Good thing I have so much Nutty Butter. :)

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