Once again, I was honoured to be a part of the JQ Fitness Charity Boot Camp.  This huge group fitness event was organized to raise funds for Free_Them who are working towards a goal to end human trafficking.  This was my second year volunteering at the event with the help of my husband, Perry.  I baked my heart out for the week prior to the event and then Perry helped me to man the food and beverage tables along with Liz, another lovely volunteer.

This is table with my assortment of baked goods.

The coffee and baked goods donated by Starbucks.

One lovely volunteer stayed up very late boiling all those eggs and another got up really early to cut up oranges!

I’m happy to say I had lots (and lots and lots) of requests for my recipes.  Since I made a few favourites, some of the recipes were already posted after last year’s event so you can check them out here.

Quite a few people commented that they really liked the dehydrated fruit and nut cookie recipe I developed for the #fatblast50 challenge

so I wrote a blog post about it here

Dehydrated Fruit and Nut Cookies.

Another item the boot campers seemed to enjoy was the banana chocolate chip muffin tops.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops.

This was a remake of a recipe I’ve been making for some time.  I usually make it into a banana bread, but decided these would be easier to handle than slices would.  So I changed it slightly to make the batter more pourable.  I doubled it, using 7 bananas and 5 eggs.  I also added chopped stevia-sweetened chocolate and used less cinnamon and nutmeg.  I baked it in a muffin top/whoopie pan for 25 minutes at 375F. You can check out the original recipe here.

These Maple, Flax & Chia Cookies were a big hit with the kids.

 

I’ve shared this recipe in the past, but this time I swapped out the whole flax seeds for chia seeds, which I think was a nice change and makes more sense since whole flax seeds generally pass right through the digestive system.  Chia seeds don’t need to be ground to be digested.  So here’s the recipe for these sweet treats…

Maple, Flax & Chia Cookies

1/2 cup (60 g) whole gluten-free rolled oats
1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut oil, solid at room temperature
3 Tbsp (45 ml) pure maple syrup (look for B grade)
1 tsp (2.5 ml) pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp (30 ml) finely ground flax seeds (don’t buy already ground seeds…do this yourself in a spice or coffee grinder immediately before using)
3 Tbsp (45 ml) chia seeds
1/4 tsp (1 ml) baking soda
1/4 tsp (1 ml) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1 ml) Celtic sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F (180C).  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a food processor, blend the oats until they resemble a coarse meal.
Add the coconut oil, maple syrup and ground flax seeds.  Blend until combined well and smooth.  Set aside for at least 2 minutes.
Put all of this into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir well.
Using a teaspoon-sized cookie scooper (or 2 teaspoons), drop the mixture onto cookie sheet about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.  Do not flatten the cookies as they will spread on their own.
Bake 10-13 minutes, until slighlty puffed and lightly browned.  Allow to cool completely before removing from sheet (they will firm up as they cool).  Makes 8-10 cookies.  May be frozen.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies.

 

I love these Oatmeal Spice Cookies because of the crunch.  I know some people love a soft, gooey cookie, but for me it’s all about the crunch.  These are incredibly easy to put together and cook up so quickly using ingredients most of us have on hand.  They’re the perfect thing to make when someone calls to say they’re dropping by.  In a pinch, you could sub. brown sugar for the coconut palm sugar although I’d recommend replacing your brown sugar with coconut palm sugar all the time because of its lower glycemic load.

Oatmeal Spice Cookies
1/4 cup gently melted virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1/3 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1 large organic, pastured egg
2 cups whole rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons dried cinnamon
2 teaspoons dried ginger
Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well-combined.  Dollop by teaspoonfuls onto  parchment-lined cookie sheets.    Bake for 15 minutes and then allow to cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes.  Remove to cooling trays to firm up.

 

These Seed Cookies are my favourite healthful cookie.

These Seed Cookies are my favourite healthful cookie.

 

I love these Seed Cookies as they’re almost like a meal in themselves.  I find a couple of these can keep me going for hours.  They’re full of some really great ingredients like antioxidant-packed raw cacao nibs and protein-packed pumpkin seeds.  Not to mention they taste pretty darn yummy.

Seed Cookies
1 1/2 cups whole rolled oats
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well-combined.  Onto 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets, dollop mixture using a tablespoon-sized cookie scooper.  There’s no need to leave space between cookies as they do not spread.  Bake for 16 minutes, rotating trays halfway through baking time.  Remove to wire cooling trays and enjoy.
Sesame Cookies.

Sesame Cookies.

A new (and popular) addition this year were these sweet and crispy sesame cookies.  These are also filled with good-for-you ingredients like calcium-rich sesame seeds, organic eggs and ground almonds.  I’m going to keep this recipe to myself for now as it’s one I plan to demonstrate in my Healthful Treats Workshop.  I’m still ironing out the details of these workshops but please stay tuned as I’ll be making an announcement about the dates, times and costs very soon.

Here are some more photos of the wonderful things that went on during the charity boot camp event…
There was a photo booth!

There was a photo booth!

And lots of dressing up in cute outfits.

And lots of dressing up in cute outfits.

 

Hilarity ensued :)

Hilarity ensued 🙂

There were free massages and I can vouch that they were wonderful.

There were free massages and I can vouch that they were great. I received mine from the wonderful Erynne Williams, RMT.

This is the Free_Them booth.

This is the Free_Them booth.

These lovely ladies were selling raffle tickets for some pretty sweet prices like court-side basketball tickets!!

These lovely ladies were selling raffle tickets for some pretty sweet prizes like court-side basketball tickets!!

These were this year's swag bags and they were filled with amazing goodies.

These were this year’s swag bags and they were filled with amazing goodies.

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And there was face painting for the kiddies as Johanna’s adorable little munchkin is proudly displaying here 🙂

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