Back on the Bike and Blondies

On national running day, I should probably be sharing stories of a fantastic morning run, but Wednesdays is typically my day off.  If you’re looking for a running post, this one about my running history is one of my faves!  Instead…I am going with biking and a blondie recipe.  A fair second choice, I promise : )

 

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Yesterday morning, I was up and back on my road bike for the second time this year.  Typically I swim on Tuesdays, but I have been getting into the pool a lot (for me anyways), and I am fairly certain that the lake will be freezing and I will panic and no amount of practice can help at this point.

 

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I know…not my usual positive attitude, but considering yesterday morning’s bike wear, it’s fairly realistic to think that this is going to be my coldest triathlon yet!

 

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My ride on the other hand gave me the pre race confidence boost that I needed.  I rode 15 miles around the path in an hour.  I felt much more confident on my bike and had less wrist discomfort.  Plus, I felt super speedy on my road bike even with a head wind.  The only bad news is that my bike computer is broken (or needs a new battery), so I need to fix that stat!

 

After my bike ride, it was off to work for Treat Day…

 

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Like I mentioned with these brownies, I decided on recipes based on what I had in the house.  In the pantry, I found a bag of Reese’s peanut butter chips just waiting to be used!  Or eaten by the BOY…

 

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Peanut butter blondies with peanut butter chips sounded perfect!

 

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This recipe make a thick peanut butter dough enhanced by the creamy chips.

 

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I baked the blondies as recommended.  Then pulled them out, sprinkled them with chocolate chips, and returned them to the oven for 3 minutes. 

 

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When they came back out, I used a spatula to spread out the chocolate chips for a gooey chocolate frosted layer.

 

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Yea…I said it…the only thing better than peanut butter blondies is peanut butter blondies covered in chocolate!

 

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Yum!  The perfect dessert for after your daily bike ride or run!

Or to take to the office where they disappeared within minutes!

 

 

Ya’ll gave me some awesome brownie recipes, so I have to ask…

What is your favorite blondie recipe?  Did you run today???

 

 

Peanut Butter Blondies

From About.com

 

Ingredients

6 tablespoons melted butter

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup peanut butter morsels

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

 

Directions

Grease and flour an 8- or9- inch square baking pan. Heat oven to 350°.

In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat melted butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Slowly beat in flour, soda, and baking powder. Stir in peanut butter chips.

Spread/pat evenly in the baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until set.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and return to the oven for 3 more minutes.

Using a spatula, spread the chocolate over the blondies until covered.

Let cool or eat warm and gooey!

Store in an airtight container or freeze.

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23 thoughts on “Back on the Bike and Blondies

  1. Can I fly you to San Diego to bake for me?! I swear all your goodies makes me gain weight through the computer. Luckily I did run today. It’s a runners holiday after all. I’m pretty sure it should be a national day off 🙂

    • Now if I had the day off (as opposed to working 11.5 hours) then I would have run for sure. Instead, I am off to the track now for an another indoor workout (yes it’s raining!). You can fly be to San Diego ANY DAY!

  2. I didn’t run either (had to be at work at 6:30) am so it wasn’t in the cards. I did take a 4 mile “hike” as DH called it with him later in the day.
    I made the breakfast quinoa bake after a trip to Mariano’s (which by the way I fell in love with) and it is a hit in my house especially for DD for a quick breakfast.

    • Debi, I’m so glad that you liked it!
      Where do you guys go hiking? I”d love to find some other local trails! I am heading up to Wisconsin for a camping trip this weekend and can’t wait to do some hiking!

  3. I DID run yesterday, nothing crazy though! I would have much rather ridden a bike. Which is probably why I also went to spin class last night haha. Those blondies look SO GOOD!

  4. Those sound SO tasty! Definitely better than a running post in my opinion 🙂
    I’m glad your biking is feeling good! It’s nice to have some confidence for the longest portion of a tri.
    I didn’t run either. I went to the pool and, although it was a recover swim, had my slowest swim ever!

  5. Yay for cycling! So happy to hear you felt more comfortable on your road bike! You’re gonna rock your tri! 🙂 Also, I didn’t run yesterday, either… it was a swim day!

    I hear ya on the weather… I haven’t swam outside yet and have a race on Saturday… eek!

  6. peanut butter blondies with chocolate topping? genuis!! My favorite blondies I’ve made have been blondies with heathbar mixed in…but I think yours are going to top them for sure!

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