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Health Warrior Giveaway Winner!

Y’all…it’s Friday.

Fist pump.

I’m a slacker and have no recipe prepared for you today.

I hope you are prepping for the long Labor Day weekend, whether that involves as much prep as pouring yourself a glass of wine, or smoking a few rack of ribs for 24 hours.

It’s your call.

I’ll go with the wine…bbq take out is always so good 😉

Anyway, I just wanted to stop in before I head off for a run this morning and announce the WINNER OF THE HEALTH WARRIOR GIVEAWAY!

Drum roll please…


Jordan D says:

Both coffee and apple cinnamon sound amazing! I’ve only tried the coconut flavor so far, and I love it.


Email me to claim your prize!


P.B. & B

I have way too many banana recipes on my site.

I don’t even want to show y’all…you can just refer to the recipe index.

So embarrassing.

Not embarrassing enough though.

Let’s add another one.


While we are at it…let’s add another peanut butter and another cookie recipe too, because we all know I don’t have enough of those. 😉


I’m pretty sure my obsession w/ bananas grew out of my love for my grandmother’s (my Italian one) banana bread.


She should really call it her “kitchen sink banana bread” because she seriously stuffs it with whatever she has in the pantry…dried fruit, coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, you name it…she stuffs it.

But these are cookies.


Cookies stuffed w/ bananas + peanut butter…two of my favorite obsessions…having one without the other is a sin.


These cookies are reminiscent of a grilled peanut butter + banana sandwich, gooey on the inside, crispy on the out side, and oh the smell…it’s pretty much like heaven.


Or what I imagine my heaven to smell like.

Add some bacon to that smell and we are set.


These babies are bite-sized.


A.K.A. snack size, a.k.a. the best size ever.


Ultimate snack-age.


Now, stop staring, and get to baking 🙂


Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 20
Soft, chewy peanut butter banana cookies sandwiched together with a creamy, peanut butter banana frosting. Gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.
  • For the cookies:
  • 1.5 large, ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ c. unsalted, peanut butter ( I used reconstituted PB2 powdered peanut butter)
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 T. melted coconut oil
  • 2 T. granulated stevia
  • 1¼ c. ground flaxseed meal (you could also substitute almond flour)
  • ½ t. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 T. unsalted peanut butter (I used reconstituted PB2)
  • 2 T. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1 t. granulated stevia
  1. For the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil until smooth and evenly distributed.
  3. Stir in the flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt and mix until a dough begins to form.
  4. Roll the dough into 1-inch sized balls, place on the prepared baking sheet, and flatten using the tines of a fork.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool completely.
  6. For the frosting, use a blender (I used my magic bullet) to puree the ingredients until smooth. If you don't have a blender, feel free to mash the banana and stir well with the rest of the ingredients. It will be a bit chunkier frosting.
  7. Spread the frosting on the bottom side up of one cookie and place another cookie on top, creating a cookie sandwich.
  8. Devour w/ a big glass of almond milk. 🙂

Nutritional Facts (makes 10 sandwiches, 20 cookies, per cookie 1/20th of recipe): Calories: 60, Total Fat: 3.6g, Sodium: 24.1mg, Potassium: 48.7mg, Total Carb: 6.2g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars 1.8g, Protein: 2.6g


The Situation.

Yesterday was not a good day.

Well, for my tummy, that is.

Long story short, cramps, water, midol, fro-yo, heating pad and reality t.v.

Not so much fun.

Men have it so easy.


Oh, and I want to eat all of the sweets in the world.


On Sunday, after baking up my fourth batch of cookies I looked at my dad and exclaimed that we did indeed have a cookie issue/situation.

It’s getting out of control.

On top of making cookies, my dad and I took a short trip to the mall on Friday where obviously we just had to purchase a 15 cookie box of our faves from The Great American Cookie Company.

There are two cookies left.

But don’t worry, we still haven’t finished off the batch of biscoff oatmeal cookies I made on Sunday.

Que sera sera…


it’s cookie time.

That’s like hammer time…


only TEN TIMES better.

These cookies are brought to you by my obsession with nut butter and jam.


Why not make a cookie out of it.


Yes, I put jam inside your cookie


and on top of it.


These cookies are seriously…the jam…no pun intended.


Crispy edges, chewy center, all almond butter + sweet strawberry jam flavor.


Almost as good as the N’sync jam from Sunday nights VMA’s.


Almost 😉

Almond Butter Jam Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 24
Crispy, chewy nutty almond butter cookies swirled w/ strawberry jam and topped w/ extra strawberry jam. 3 ingredients, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and refined sugar-free!
  • 1 c. unsalted, no-stir, all-natural almond butter
  • 1 flax egg (1 T. ground flaxseed meal + 2 T. water, mix, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 c. coconut sugar
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ c. of organic strawberry jam, divided
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the strawberry jam inside a large mixing bowl and mix until evenly incorporated and a large ball of dough is formed.
  3. Fold in 2 T. of the strawberry jam.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto the baking sheet.
  5. Use the tines of a fork to gently press the top of each cookie dough ball flat onto the baking sheet.
  6. Drop about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of strawberry jam onto the top of each cookie.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden.
  8. Let the cookies cool completely so they can crisp up once removing from the oven.
  9. Devour w/ a big glass of almond milk. 🙂

Nutritional Facts (per cookie 1/24th of recipe): Calories: 80, Total Fat: 6g, Sodium: 2.0g, Potassium: 79g, Total Carb: 6g, Dietary Fiber: 1.1g, Sugars 4.0g, Protein: 1.6g


Health Warrior Review & Giveaway!


I can’t even remember the last time I did a giveaway.

I know, what a slacker.

It’s Monday.

Monday is totally better w/ a giveaway.

Especially a delicious, healthy, fun, and fantastic giveaway.


This giveaway is brought to you by Health Warrior.

Please tell me you’ve heard of/tried these bars.


It’s totally okay if you haven’t because I’m about to tell you about them.

In short, Health Warrior bars rock.

These bars are super duper healthy…built around the almighty chia seed, one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!


Well…at least that’s what I call it 😉

Chia seeds are packed w/ omega-3, calcium, fiber, and protein.

Each bar is packed w/ 1000mg of omega 3, 4g of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and only 5g of sugar.

Oh, wait…all of this greatness for only 100 calories.

You know how I feel about SNACK food.

It rules my world.

Plus, healthy snack food…this is my kind of bar.

Guess what, they made me my own personal flavor too…


Chocolate Peanut Butter…they know me so well 😉

They also have 5 other flavors.

All of them are super delicious.

The Apple Cinnamon is perfect for breakfast and pretty much tastes like a warm, hearty, inviting bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter day.

The Banana Nut flavor reminds me of biting into my grandmother’s banana bread…simply delicious. I put mine in the microwave for about 10 minutes and I’m in heaven. 🙂

Coconut…this is my fave. It’s like being on a tropical island.

Coffee…a coffee lover’s dream.

Last but not least, Acai Berry…hello sweet/tart berry flavor town.

Guess what? Health Warrior is offering one of you fine people an entire box of the flavor of your choice!

To ENTER THE GIVEAWAY please leave a comment telling me which bar you would love to try 🙂

For additional entries please do one or all of the following (leave a separate comment for each):

Like Health Warrior on Facebook.

Follow Health Warrior on Twitter.

Follow Mangia on Facebook.

Tweet about the giveaway: ” I just entered @misschelsmangia @Health_Warrior Giveaway! You should too!”

I will announce the winner Friday morning!

Happy entering!


Model Food.


My model cousin is in town.

He’s a model but he’s totally not a model if you know what I’m saying.

He’s got the looks, but you’d never know.

I love him to the moon and back.

He’s the only one who really gets my peanut butter obsession.

That’s because he’s the guy version of me…at least when it comes to the peanut butter obsession.

We both know what it means to be in love with the beloved peanut butter.

This boy has jars upon jars of different flavors/brands of peanut butter in his pantry.

Seriously, if there was an episode of Hoarders entitled “I have a peanut butter addiction,” he’d be on it.

I’d probably be on it too.

I’ve got nothing to hide.

I have had an awful peanut butter tooth lately.




I’m selfish that way.


Around lunch time yesterday I wanted something quick and sweet.

Enter the no-bake peanut butter land.


No bake peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies, that is.


More of like these babies should be called pinky print cookies because they are so tiny I used my pinky to put a little indent in them instead of my thumb.


Seriously, it took me 5 minutes to make these.


My peanut butter tooth was on fire!


All peanut butter w/ a hint of sweetness from the strawberry jam.


This is my new fave sweet treat.

But don’t hold me to that…you know I have a five second rebound rate, then I’m on to the next favorite thing.

No Bake PB & J Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
No bake peanut butter thumbprint cookies filled w/ sweet strawberry jam. Gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.
  • ¼ c. roasted, unsalted peanut butter ( I used ¼ c. PB2 powdered peanut butter + 3 T. water and mixed)
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia (or you could use coconut sugar)
  • 1 T. + 1 t. coconut flour
  • ¼ t. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • strawberry jam, as needed to fill the cookies
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until a dough forms.
  2. Roll the dough into teaspoon sized balls, place on a flat surface, and using your pinky, make a small indentation on the top of each dough ball.
  3. Fill the indentation with a bit of strawberry jam.
  4. Devour.

Nutritional Facts (per cookie 1/8th of recipe): Calories: 27, Total Fat: 3g, Sodium: 23.5mg, Total Carb: 4.2g, Dietary Fiber: 1.2g, Sugars: 1.8g, Protein: 1.3g