ChocoCoco SPLOsion NanaBread

ChocoCoco SPLOsion NanaBread [Paleo & Vegetarian]

The name for this creation is absolutely loco and that is because I am in an extremely good mood! Why? Well, why not? It’s Easter Sunday (for those who celebrate), it’s sunny out, I’ve managed to clean, do laundry, AND bake, and now I am heading off to frolic in the Berlin sun with friends, followed up by an Easter dinner with other friends! Again, I am in an extremely good mood! As I foresee late night drinking & conversation with two of my favorite Berlin men tonight, I went ahead and baked for my boxes’ Easter Monday challenge tomorrow. Yep! One of the my trainers has organized an Easter challenge for Spree CrossFit tomorrow afternoon! If any of my Berlin friends are reading this, then come on out & see what CrossFit is all about! The event begins at 12.00 with a challenge that is open to all – including friends & family members. This will be followed by a challenge for elite/pro athletes only aka members of our box (LOL I can’t even keep a straight face when referring to myself as an elite/pro athlete) – again, come and see what all of us obsess over and do for fun almost four-five days of every week. Afterward there will be food & drinks. I’m assuming there will be a price to pay unless my lovely trainer was simply bitten by the holiday spirit and wanted to cook for all of Berlin. I guess anything is possible, right? Regardless, my ChocoCoco SPLOsion NanaBread will be there!

Going to keep this blog post short & sweet and go ahead and give you the recipe. I adapted my recipe using this blog post as a base.

– 2 Ripe Bananas
– 4 Medium Eggs
– 2 TBS Honey
– 1 TBS Agave Syrup
– 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
– 3/4 Baking Soda
– 1/2 Baking Powder
– 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
– 1 cup Coconut Flour
– 1/2 Coconut Milk
– 1/4 Almond Milk
– 1/2 Hazelnut Shavings
– 1/2 Almond Shavings
– 1 or 2 TBS pure sugar free Cocoa Powder

For the bananas, I simply mash them up using a fork until they are completely soggy & then toss them into my mixing bowl. As always, go ahead and throw errrrrrrything else in at the same time or in whatever damn order you feel. Like I’ve mentioned before, Coconut Flour takes getting used to. There will come a point when you just know you have to add a splash of Milk here or another 1/4 cup of Coconut Flour there – follow your gut & do it! Once your mixture is ready, dump it into a bread pan and then pop that sucker into the oven (which should be pre-heated – the Teufel was set on 6…do I even have to tell you anymore?). This recipe should again take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to be completed. From the 30 minute mark on, just keep checking it every 5 minutes. Once you can stick a toothpick into the center and have it come out clean – it’s done!


Since it went well with my Crunchy Coconut Bread, I went ahead and put Coconut Sprinkles on the top of this bread too. I will post more pictures tomorrow from this lovely ChocoCoco SPLOsion NanaBread, as well as a review of how it actually tasted! You can expect pictures from the SPREE CrossFit event and my Easter activities as well. Enjoy!

I leave you with this ridiculously sexy song. I mean, come on. If you have this turned all the way up, I don’t see how you could possibly deny it’s sexiness. Easter appropriate? Perhaps not. Still, its just TOO damn good not to share. Wishing you all an incredible end to the weekend!


Crunchy Coconut Bread

Crunchy Coconut Bread [Paleo & Vegetarian]

Yesterday I woke up in cold sweats, hit full force by a flu. I would usually throw back some ibuprofen throughout the day to help get through the body & head aches, however, because I’ve recently had rhabdomyolysis I have been told to steer clear of pain killers. Great. Grrrrrreat. Thankfully today was much better. I was actually capable of moving around which meant I could head to the supermarket to buy some citrus. Oranges & lemons = life savers! After getting some food in my system, and sick of being stuck in my apartment, I went to meet a friend for a chat in a nearby park. (I told you once the sun is out it’s pretty much all I do…)


This park was beautiful! So spacious & green! Also, I will never agree to meet friends somewhere in the park because holy shit moly it is gigantic. While walking to find a spot to sit, we came upon a mini petting zoo! There were horses, a donkey, and huge buffalo!

“Whoa! How cool are they?!?”
“Yes. They make the best burgers.”

-_____- I can’t take my friends anywhere.

Eventually we found a spot to kick back and relax (amidst wandering drug dealers….ahh yes, Berlin, such a diverse city). While chatting about the present, the near future, and well, life in general (I know, we’re real deep) my friend mentioned he had picked up a copy of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. *ahem* I was the one who suggested it as uplifting reading. *enter smug face here* If you haven’t heard of Meditations, let alone Marcus Aurelius then I suggest you check it out. It’s a collection of his thoughts that have the power to change your outlook on life and current situations you may be dealing with. His words have certainly helped me keep my head up throughout my battle with rhabdomyolysis.

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” – Marcus Aurelius

See? Simple. To the point. Strong.

Now for my new recipe! I can only bake successfully once I’m in a good mood. After being out in the fresh air with a friend, I was definitely up for trying a new recipe. It turned out to be delicious! I made a Crunchy Coconut Bread which I adapted from the following blog post.

– 3/4 cup Coconut Flour
– 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
– 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
– 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
– 5 Medium Eggs
– 1/2 cup Almond Milk
– 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
– 1/2 cup Hazelnut Shavings
– Handful of Coconut Sprinkles
– 1 TBsp Honey
– 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

As I am lazy as shit crap when it comes to combining ingredients, I simply throw everything into one bowl at the same time. LOLZ. Whatever, it seems to work just fine. So yes, combine everything within a big bowl aside from the sprinkles. Save those for last! Make sure your oven is pre-heated – as always, the Teufel was set to 6. Once your mixture is ready to go, dump it into a bread pan, sprinkle the coconut over the top, and stick it in the oven! This bread should take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. Around the 30 minute mark, keep a close eye on it! It is done when you’re able to stick a long toothpick right into the center and it comes out clean.




Since I was feeling good & craving something sweet I thought screw it. I’m going to toast a slice and slather on some Nutella. YOLO.


Yes. It was as delicious as it looks. So once you’re done drooling I suggest you go out, buy the necessary ingredients, and make your own loaf of Crunchy Coconut Bread!

Tonight’s song choice? One inspired by two friends who have shown me support, and more importantly an incredible time, during my new life here in Berlin. Sit back, turn up the bass, and enjoy.

Choco Coco Cookies

Choco Coco Cookies [Vegetarian]

There’s been a slight delay since my last blog post. Yet again, I apologize. My life has consisted of work, CrossFit, eat, play, REPEAT. The sun has also decided to finally make some appearances in Berlin, and when that happens I find myself heading to a park, sitting in the grass, and doing a whole lot of nothing. Try it some time – it feels damn good. Lucky for me, a slight country girl at heart, there are plenty of green places in Berlin. I usually head to T-Feld, which get this, is an abandoned airfield. Yes. You read that right. It is as magical as it sounds. Great for cloud watching, flying kites, and running into the sunrise before work. I may or may not pretend I am an airplane while running down the center of the airstrips. This past hungover Sunday was spent at Mauerpark with a friend. We went with the intention of finding bikes, however, were quickly swept up in the massive streams of people, the contagious celebration over sunshine in Germany, and instead ended up eating food from every stand (oh wait, that was just me) and watching karaoke-in-the-park.


Am I the only one who considers all of the junk at flea markets to be magical treasures? I mean seriously. I want it all. All of it. What do you mean I shouldn’t buy this wallet made from a milk carton? It is totally practical…


That’s right. There was swinging involved. Guess what? Swinging is a workout. This is coming from someone who enjoys throwing weights around in the Box. So worth it though. Next time you see a swing set fuck forget being worried about other people think, jump on & have the time of your life!

Okay, so back to the point of today’s blog post. Choco Coco Cookies. After visiting my parents in mid-March I came back with 8 (yes, 8) bags of coconut flour. I have been trying out ridiculous coconut flour recipes ever since. The Choco Coco Cookies are a definite winner. Posted them to my Instagram (I know, food post on Instagram – so original) and a friend of mine asked for the recipe. She went ahead and made them & they were a success! Makes me so happy to have people trying my recipes out! Needless to say, she was my inspiration to post a blog about this specific recipe. Her Halloween Spirit is quite catching. Only she will understand that last statement. Without further ado – the recipe! I adapted mine from this incredible blog post!

 – 2/3 cup Coconut Flour
 – 1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil
 – 1/4 cup Agave Syrup
 – 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 – 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
 – 2 Large Eggs
 – 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
– 3/4 cup Almond Milk
– 1/4 cup Coconut Shavings
– 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
– 1/4 tsp Baking Powder

I set the Teufel to 6 (it’s become the standard for me when baking). Go ahead and add everything to a giant bowl, with the exception of the Chocolate Chips. If you haven’t used Coconut Flour before, let me tell you now, it is a tricky little bitch ingredient. The only advice I can give is to go with your gut. You will eventually get the feel for Coconut Flour. It sucks the water out of the surrounding air. If you have mixed everything in the bowl and its still way too powdery, add some additional Almond Milk or Coconut Oil. Likewise, if your mixture is way too runny, add a pinch of Coconut Flour – keep doing so until its at the consistency you want. The consistency should be a bit more on the dry side, but you don’t want your mixture cracking when you roll out the individual cookies. Once your mixture is set, go ahead and add the Chocolate chips. Then roll little cookies, place on the baking sheet, and pop in the oven. As always, I never time this stuff. I just check in on my baking every 5-10 minutes (depending on what I’m making) and then take the item out once it feels right. I think these took about 20-30 minutes.


So delicious! They came out super soft! Maximum noms. I still had extra mixture left over, so I went ahead and got creative with my second batch. I added the following:

 – Handful of Hazelnut Shavings
– Handful of Almond Pieces
– Middle layer of SunButter

Yup. I made tiny cookies. Slapped on some Sunbutter & then put another tiny cookie on top of it. The result? Magic.


So delicious. I would suggest you make these ASAP if you are having a sweets craving. They are super quick & easy to make. Get creative and some of your own ingredients! Leave a comment below (or on my Facebook page) and let me know how it went! 🙂

 Now for my song of the day. As I am currently spending all day in bed, sick with what I can only presume to be a flu, I have been listening to the soothing sounds of Herr Redding. I give you my favorite track from him…so many feels. If this song doesn’t get your blood flowing, then you may be an automaton. Happy Easter weekend to all of you!