Ted Michaels, Kathleen Wynne & I ready to run ATB 2016.

It’s that time of year again: Around The Bay Road Race in Hamilton, Ontario!! ATB, is the oldest road race in North America (yup, older than the Boston Marathon). After all that hard work on foot (not to mention the months of training) us runners deserve some good post ATB grub! I’m excited to share some of my favourite post race nosh on CHCH Morning Live. From Sweet Potato & Spinach Roti, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Black Bean Brownies, Kale Chips and a thirst quenching smoothie! Happy Running and post race eating!!

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Chickpea Sweet Potato and Spinach Roti

Chickpea, Sweet Potato & Spinach Roti 


Peanut Butter Hummus

Easy Peanut Butter CheesecakeEasy Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Parfait

Click here to learn more about Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese.

Char’s Salted Caramel Black Bean Brownies

A decadent, high fibre and gluten free indulgence!!  Yes, please!

1 (540 mL) can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 eggs

1/2 cup (125 mL) quality cocoa powder

1/2 cup (125 mL) softened butter or vegetable oil

3/4 cup (175 mL) brown sugar

1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped dark chocolate (or dark chocolate chips)

1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla extract

1 tsp (5 mL) quality ground coffee

1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda

2 (100 g) containers of Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line a 8 X 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.  Place beans in food processor fitted with a metal blade.  Pulse until very finely chopped.  Add remaining ingredients (except for cottage cheese) and pulse until well combined.  Scrape down sides of bowl when needed.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Dollop cottage cheese on top of batter.  Using the back of a spoon, swirl the cheese on top of the batter.

Place brownies in centre of pre-heated oven and back for 30 minutes.  Makes 16 brownies.


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