Posts made in February 10th, 2012

peanut butter coconut energy bites


Posted on Feb 10, 2012 in Food

In recent weeks, Babyface has been on a bit of a workout kick. He’s always exercised somewhat regularly (a few times a week) but a few weeks ago, he asked me to create him a cardio and strength training schedule and he’s been sticking to it. It’s interesting to see him working so hard because now he’s starting to see some of the side effects of a regular hardcore workout routine that I’ve complained about for years. For starters, at the end of the day, he’s totally wiped out. It used to be that you could count on him staying up until 1am every night, but in the past few weeks, he’s been going to bed closer to to 10 or 11 every night.

He’s also a lot hungrier! He’s eating all the time and says he never feels satisfied. I totally get that. When I was hot and heavy in the midst of my half marathon training, I felt like I could eat all day, every day and still never be full. It’s crazy what all that activity does to your body. To help him to keep some of that hunger at bay, I decided to create a high-energy snack bites that were easy to transport and super delicious. He’s trying to build muscle, so it was important to get a lot of protein in a little package and these little balls fit the bill with five grams of protein per small ball.

The original idea for these comes from my sister-in-law, Kim. She’s a clean-eating-aholic, just like me, and whenever we get together we’re always swapping recipes. She also buys me the absolute best cookbooks for gifts. When were in Canada for Christmas, after we settled in, she ran up to me with a box of energy balls and said, “You have to try these!” They were awesome. My version is a little more gooey and a lot more coconut-y, but I owe the idea to the beautiful and amazing Kimberley. It’s so nice to have family members (on both my side and Babyface’s) that are into eating the way I like to.

Oh, I forgot the most important part of these balls—they taste like peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. They are definitely delicious enough to be dessert-worthy. But clean enough to use to fuel after a hard workout. I know because Babyface’s dedication has totally inspired me to hit the gym hardcore, and I’ve been eating these energy bites like crazy to help me recover after a long session of kettlebell swinging.

Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Makes: 12 bites



  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dry nonfat milk powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup brown rice cereal


  1. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Heat on high in microwave for 20-30 seconds until softened. Stir well to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour peanut butter/honey mixture over dry ingredients and, using clean hands, stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Form into 1″ balls and store in an airtight container.
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11 things


Posted on Feb 10, 2012 in Fun

Happy Friday, friends!

There has been this blog meme going around where people share 11 random things about themselves and then answer 11 random questions from the person that tagged them. I normally don’t do these kinds of blog chain letters, but honestly, this week I feel so overwhelmed that I welcomed the easy blog content with open arms when Miranda tagged me. I promise not to make this a habit. Although, I have to admit, it was totally fun.

Oh, and come back later today for a yummy and easy snack recipe that we’re totally obsessed with. SEE BELOW.

11 Random Things About Me

  1. I’m a workaholic. In high school, I wasn’t satisfied until I was in almost every club and every advanced class possible. My senior year in college, I had five jobs, a full class load and I was doing my thesis. Now, I have a day job, three distinct “second” jobs and I’m in culinary school. I feel the most satisfied when I’m over-scheduled, but sometimes I wish I had the ability to just turn it off and relax. Especially after reading articles like this.
  2. I have a tattoo. I got it a month after I moved away to college. It’s a little black and gray flower on the left side of my back. It doesn’t mean anything other than it represents me exercising my independence for the first time and thinking it was pretty. I still love it for both of those reasons. Side note: if you haven’t noticed in pictures, Babyface has a tattoo of me. It’s amazing and flattering.
  3. I don’t think I’m a great cook. I think I get lucky a lot and I think I work hard at it, but most of the time I don’t feel like I’m all that great in the kitchen. Babyface tries to convince me otherwise…
  4. I proposed to my husband. We were a long-distance, international couple. We were on the phone. The conversation went like this: Me: Um, I think we should start filling out the paperwork for a fiance visa. Him: Uh, did you just propose to me? Me: I guess I did. Him: Okay, let’s do it! Also of note, we’d only seen each other in person for six total days at that point. When you know, you know. If you want to read our full story, you can:part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, part eight, the conclusion.
  5. I’m not always confident in my body. I talk a big game on here about loving who I am and embracing the body I have, and usually that’s the place I live, but sometimes I get the overwhelming urge to go on a crash diet and be skinny. I’m definitely not immune to society’s pressure to conform to what is “beautiful”. I’m a work in progress.
  6. I’ve been to the Indianapolis 500 16 times. I went for the first time with my Dad when I was 11 and have been almost every year since. We already bought our tickets for this year. I love the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and open-wheel racing . Heck, I love almost all sports. I’m definitely the girl who would prefer to go to a sporting event and drink beer over going to a spa. Sometimes I can be such a boy (see #4).
  7. I’m a Mac. I haven’t touched a PC in…I actually don’t even know the last time I worked on a PC. We have two MacBooks at home. At work I have a Mac Pro. I have an iPhone, iPod and iPad. I’m totally one of those Apple junkies that jumps on whatever they sell. They could sell me a shopping cart and I’d be all over it.
  8. I can quilt. My Mama taught me how. Right this very second, I’m typing this from under a quilt I made for Babyface when we were dating. The middle patch is one I designed that is half a Canadian flag and half an American flag. It’s pretty badass, if I do say so myself.
  9. I don’t like Chinese food. Yuck. Disgusting. Yucky, yucky, yucky.
  10. My nickname in high school was Bubbles. It was actually given to me in an off-handed comment from a teacher (yes, it was a totally inappropriate comment for a teacher to say to a 15-year-old) and some of my friends overheard and it stuck. Years and years went by where no one called me anything but Bubbles. I’m sure some people didn’t even know my real name. People even bought me Powerpuff Girls merchandise because one of them was named Bubbles, too.
  11. I am the worst proofreader on Earth. I’m sure you’ve noticed this already. I think my mind moves more quickly that my fingers do. It’s not just that I’ll make typos, but I’ll leave entire clauses out of a sentence or swap words. I’m just trying to get my ideas down so quickly that muscle memory takes over and my fingers get out the closest word they can muster. I read my posts 3-4 times before they get published, so if you think it’s bad now, you should read one of my first drafts. Holy cow. I should really start having Babyface read them before I press “Publish”.

11 Questions I Have to Answer

  1. What’s your favorite TV show that’s currently on air? True Blood will forever and always be my TV love. Funny, sexy, dramatic, far-fetched, ridiculous. Love, love, love.
  2. What’s your favorite kind of cheese? I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. I can’t choose.
  3. What was your favorite thing your mom cooked for you as a kid? She made slow roasted beef and rice which was amazing. And spaghetti pie! And paprika chicken! And oven-fried chicken! And her meatloaf! My Mama is an excellent cook. It’s hard to pick.
  4. How many places have you lived since you were born? Cities/Towns: 3 (Pekin, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky) Dwellings: 11 (there was a lot of moving in college)
  5. If you could be sponsored by one company, what would it be? Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Some place that would give me lots of free healthy, organic and natural food.
  6. Tell me about your favorite pet you’ve ever had. I’ve had a lot of amazing pets in my life, but Puppyface is the first pet that I’ve had on my own and there is something really special about that. She’s amazing and her personality is so happy and full-of-life. I love her.
  7. How close are you to your parents? I’m the youngest child by quite a few years, so I had almost a full decade of being an “only child” with my parents. It was the three of us doing everything together. We’re close. And I’m very, very lucky to have that.
  8. Do you use reusable grocery bags? Yup. I made my own!
  9. If you could choose free food for the rest of your life or free clothes for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Free food. I spend a crapload more money on food every year than I do on clothes.
  10. What’s one thing you missed out on growing up that you wish you would’ve been able to do? Travel more with my family. There was a lot of penny-pinching in my family (and for good reason, my parents set up my siblings and I with college educations, cars, nice weddings, etc.) but it would have been nice to get out and see more of the world as a family.
  11. Who’s your best friend in the whole world? Cheese-ball alert: my husband. There is no one in this world I’d rather see or do something with. In fact, we don’t really have many other friends because, we’d always rather spend time with each other than other people. Co-dependent? Maybe. But he makes me happy, and I’m okay with that.

And now it’s your turn! I’m not going to tag anyone because I want everyone to have a bit of fun on this Friday. Feel free to answer on your blog or answer here in the comments. If you do answer on your blog, make sure to come back here and share the link so I can check it out.

My 11 Questions for YOU to Answer

  1. What’s on your favorite pizza?
  2. Who is your all-time favorite band or musical artist? Why?
  3. Do you like your name? If not, what would you rename yourself?
  4. What would be your last meal?
  5. What countries have you visited?
  6. What was the last book that you read? Did you like it?
  7. What super power would you most like to have? Why?
  8. If failure wasn’t possible, what’s the one thing you would try to do?
  9. What is usually your first thought when you wake up?
  10. What are your pet peeves?
  11. Vanilla or chocolate?