Here is one of my favorite workouts for stability and total body mobility. This one will have your legs, abs and core burning by the end! This is a great holiday workout if you’re staying with family or at home and don’t have access to a gym because there is minimal fitness equipment required. (just a swiss ball and your good ol’ body weight)

STABILITY-WORKOUT

Last night I got the urge to make some paleo Christmas cookies. I found a recipe in my favorite cookbook, and gave it a go. Luckily, I had all of the ingredients and only had to run out to get some festive cookie cutters! (By the way, I am officially DONE shopping at Target until this holiday season is over – what a mad-house!)

Anyways, once I had the cookie cutters, I was ready to go. The great thing about sugar cookies (even the paleo kind) is that the ingredients list is fairly small.

Here’s what you need:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour – for dusting
  • Parchment paper
  • Dough roller (if you don’t have one, I’ve used a wine bottle in the past)
  • Festive cookie cutters
  • Kitchen Aid standing mixer (You CAN mix the dough by hand, but the mixer is always better)

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Add all the ingredients into the mixer, except the coconut flour (which is for dusting your cookie dough and cookie cutters) until the dough forms a ball. Between two sheets of parchment paper or siran wrap, roll the dough into a 1/4 inch flat disc, and place in the fridge for 20 minutes to cool. While the dough is cooling, make your frosting.

HERE IS WHERE I FAILED.

I won’t share the frosting recipe with you, because honestly it was a disaster. I tried to make a simple frosting out of confectioners sugar, honey and a little bit of coconut milk (Instead of regular milk and corn starch – I thought I was a genius) – WELL, it looked great, and tasted great… so I put it in a ziploc bag, and set it in the fridge until I needed it later after the cookies cooled off. 

BACK TO THE COOKIES….

When the cookie dough is ready, take your cutters and dust them with coconut flour, and cut out your shapes. Peeling back the excess dough to re-roll and cut more shapes later. Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

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NOTE: If your cookie cutters cut out small cookies like my stars keep a close eye on your cookies – you may need to cut your time to 6 or 7 minutes for smaller cookies. My stars were a teeny bit crispy on the ends!

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These cookies were great! They were slightly sweet and delicious – they would have tasted amazing with frosting… BUT my frosting never hardened and I didn’t realize it after it was too late, and I had frosted ALL of my cookies. I waited, and waited and waited some more… and the frosting never hardened. It stayed very sticky – like honey. I was so bummed.

I’m still on the hunt for a great paleo frosting recipe, but these cookies are definitely approved. 🙂