S’mores Blondies

Before I get down to the good stuff, I want to take care of business quickly.

Workout of the Day: Treadmill 5k shake out run

Easy and done.  Felt surprisingly good besides a few moments in the beginning, but I’m not too worried about that.  Race, here I come 🙂

The Good Stuff 🙂


Alright — so you all have seen pictures for the past few days about these blondies I baked Zach as a treat for coming home from his business trip.  My inspiration came from pinterest, and specifically this recipe.  I used it as inspiration and ran with it.

Now I am a huge fan of s’mores and most things even hinting at the flavor, so I was pretty confident this one would be a good one.

S’mores Blondies

yields 24 blondies, or two 8 in round pans


  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup of AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 s’mores pop tarts with the crusts cut off
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 3 graham crackers, crushed
  • 3/4 cup vanilla mallow bits


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and prepare pan(s)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk or combine the flour, baking soda and salt
  • In a large bowl, combine applesauce, sugars and vanilla.
  • Add egg whites and mix well
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients from medium bowl into the larger bowl
  • Stir in the pop tars, chocolate chips, graham crackers and mallow bits, slowly incorporating them gently into the batter
  • Pour into prepared pan(s)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes
  • Cool and enjoy!


Now, I’ll be the first to say I was baking with ingredients that I never have, or thought I would


But I was open minded…

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I did healthify the mix a bit (like I Do), but even Zach admitted you couldn’t really tell that the batter was healthified much.  His first response to these treats was

You definitely got the s’mores flavor.

If you like s’mores, you will definitely like these.

I’m going to be completely honest with you and say they weren’t my absolute favorite treats in the world, but they were good — I mean I’ve been eating them for 4 days straight :), so trust me, it’s not that I DIDN’T like them.

I think it was just that I’m picky with baking and I the artificial ingredients threw me off a bit.  BUT — I do think these would be a  hit at any Fall part of bon fire!   

Somebody else should definitely try these and let me know their thoughts 🙂  I’d be very curious 🙂


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Why Are Races on Sundays?

I would like to petition weekends either:

  1. get extended a day

With that said, Happy Sunday all :).

I left you all yesterday with a pretty severe case of Runner’s High….which was awesome.  A great 10 miler was exactly what this lady needed to get my head back in the game and be ready to show up to Saint Louis ready to give it my all.

The rest of our afternoon wasn’t all that exciting.  We made a Sprouts trip that was pretty small since Zach’ll be gone the next few days, and we’re both gone by next weekend.

I did pick up my first pumpkin beer of the season though :


TommyKnocker small batch — It’s a little heavier on the seasonal favors like molasses than pumpkin, but still a really good fall beer.  A good way to celebrate a good long run.


Along with some serious compressing


And snacking

For whatever reason — after long runs I have very little appetite, and yesterday I had ZERO appetite after my run.  Not like I felt sick, which is good, just not hungry at all.

I did try a new form of fueling (the week before a race, of course).  I ate my normal Larabar pre run with coffee, but then also took another Larabar to break into pieces during my run and eat every 4 songs after my first 4 miles.  It ended up not upsetting my stomach and I never felt like I bonked on the run, so this may be my fuel of choice for next Sunday.

We watched a lot of FRIENDS and college football for awhile before the Notre Dame game and Detroit Tigers games came on, which we watched until 7 when we had reservations with friends at the Ale House near our place.

My friend we met up with last night is also running her first half marathon next weekend (but on Saturday, which I’m totally jealous about.  Does anyone know why races are on Sunday?), AND she’s getting married in December, so we had lots to talk about :).

By the time we got home, we watched the rest of the DVR’d Detroit game (bummer) then managed to fall asleep on the couch.   We’re cool like that :).

And now — I’m getting ready to head out for a quick shake out run (just a 5k) then relax for the afternoon.  I definitely think there is a pumpkin latte in my near future.

Question of the Morning:  Does anyone know WHY races are on Sundays? OR does anyone else just wish they’d be on Saturdays?

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