Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you in a wonderful place, especially with the holidays just right around the corner. Speaking of the holidays coming up, this can be a time where we let ourselves lose focus of taking care of ourselves, and maintaining healthy decisions with the food we eat.

I have another interview that I want to share with you. Kyle, a friend of mine, does live the average, everyday lifestyle like most of us. Being in a band, he is constantly on the road. It took me a long time to get over treating every road trip, or mini vacation as a time to splurge, and eat whatever I want, and to not be consistent with my workout routine. Being on the road quite often like he is, I can imagine it would be extra hard. I think Kyle has made a huge change in the way he has been living just from what I have seen of him, and I thought it would be great if he could share how he manages to keep himself healthy.

1.) Tell me a little bit about your self, and your what you do.

K: Hi I’m a Kyle and I am 25 years old. I graduated from UW-Eau Claire a few years ago and have since spent most of my time working in the music industry and playing with The Millenium. Recently I have developed quite the passion for fitness and health and I enjoy finding ways to blend my passions of music and health together.

2.) What does self-care mean to you?

K: To me, self-care is really about learning how to educate yourself and practice habits that really benefit your mental, emotional, and physical health. I’ve learned that it’s so important to embrace a healthy lifestyle as it correlates with so many other things in your life that you don’t necessarily realize. It can really improve all aspects of your life.

3.) How do you practice self-care, especially while being on the road?

K: I really try my best to eat at least half decent on the road. Obviously there’s a line when it comes to convenience or price but so long as you’re conscious about it, it’s not incredibly difficult. Additionally, I try to sneak in workouts whenever I can, whether that be by myself or using a guest pass at a friends gym. It can be tough to fit these in due to schedule issues and just general exhaustion, but something is always better than nothing. Sleep is also really important. Know your limits and know when you need to put yourself to bed!

4). What’s your favorite part about being in the music industry?

K: I have really grown to love the traveling aspect of it and getting to meet new people. I’ve been blessed to meet so many individuals through music that live in all parts of the country whom I can call my friends. Not a lot of other people have that privilege. Experiencing other cities, cultures, and people is something I think everyone needs to do in their life.

5.) What’s your favorite “fall” food?

K: I really like pumpkin bars. Ever since I was a little kid they were my favorite. I’ll eat a whole pan if you don’t stop me! OR pumpkin spice lattes, I’m obviously a white bitch.

6.) Anything else you would like to share on the blog about real food, or self-care?

K: Learning about self-care and health, fitness, & nutrition isn’t easy. It takes a ton of work, time and research. Especially this day and age in the world of the Internet where there is a wealth of information and not everything is accurate. You really have to sort through it, compile results, cross-reference information, and validate sources. There’s a lot of trial and error across the board, and that’s the number one way to learn. I’ve spent years doing it, and I’m still doing it. So don’t be afraid to ask questions for people with information. Dive in and be willing to learn, and stick with it for a while. Nobody becomes a master overnight. 10,000-hour rule. Malcolm Gladwell. Look it up.

I love what he says about doing your research, and finding what is credible, because it is so true. So many article out their give us misinformation, which makes it even harder to reach our goals. Along with that, just giving our bodies time to adjust to the changes we are making. You are not going to see results over night, or even in a week, no matter what the magazine covers tell you.

Going back to helping yourself stay on track during the holidays, I don’t know about you guys, but my holidays are always filled with so many desserts and treats around. Offering to bring a dish is the best thing you can do! If they do not want you to make anything, make something anyways because it allows you to know there will be something you can eat, and not feel bad about eating it. You’ll be able to enjoy dessert at the same time as everyone else, and not feel like you are depriving yourself, or getting those comments from family members about choosing not to eat. It also gives other people a chance to try your recipes, and see how good they are! I’m bringing these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies bar with me to Thanksgiving on Thursday, and I can’t wait to see what others think of them!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Servings: 16 bars
  • Difficulty: easy
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6 Tbs Grass-fed Butter
1/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1/4 Cup Honey
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
2 Eggs, Room Temperature
2 Cups Almond Flour
3 Tbs Coconut Flour
1 1/2 Tbs Arrowroot 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Churn together the butter, coconut palm sugar, and honey until smooth.
3. Add in the vanilla, and pumpkin.
4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, arrow root, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add it to the mixer.
6. Once flour is all combined, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
7. Grease an 8×8 cake pan, and even spread in the dough.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is dark brown, and sightly firm to the touch.

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