Woot woot for summer in May! The trails were absolutely perfect for riding and running- not too wet and not too dry. Perfect grippy goodness under foot and tire made for big smiles and flowy single track.
I did have a pretty close call flying downhill 1 hour into a 4 hour run/ride this weekend, that no amount of grippyness could prevent. I opened it up on a sweet steep downhill trail and one of my toes got caught on a rock sending me literally flying through the air...over a nasty gnarly rock face... somehow I managed to fly myself away from the rocks and onto some nice soft moss that I spotted during the 'slow-motion-your-going-to-bite-it-and-break-something', flight through the air. Crazy how the whole slow mo thing kicks in during those critical moments... Hit the moss and actually tucked into a ninja roll! I have always dreamed of crashing like a ninja and finally it happened! Popped back up, more than lucky, with nothing more than a cut knee and a couple of sprained fingers. Good as new and back on the trail we went for another few hours of dirt:) I am one lucky girl...haven't bit it that bad while running in many, many years...I figure I am good for a few more years now:)
We kicked off the ELM Off Road Half Marathon Clinic on Sunday morning and I baked up some treats for all of the Moms who got up early on Mothers Day to come out and run:) Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes with Peanut Butter and Honey kisses on top. Apparently they were a hit, so I have promised the recipe...here goes!
Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes with
PB & Honey Kisses
*Props go to ELM instructor/Membership Co-ordinator Kathy Penner for this recipe! No flour! Gluten free peeps rejoice!
Preheat oven to 350, prepare 2 muffin tins or 2 cake pans
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup of milk or substitute ( used almond milk)
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup butter melted- would coconut oil work the same? Let me know if you try it!
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Combine milk, eggs, vanilla and quinoa in food processor or blender until smooth.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Add liquid to dry and mix well.
Bake for 20-30 minutes - test with a fork. They should bounce back when pressed. Do not over cook!
PB & Honey Kisses- Just combine equal parts natural peanut butter and honey (a little vanilla is nice too) until smooth. Pipe a 'kiss' on top of each cupcake...or smother them like icing if you are feeling crazy!
Without kisses for 24 cupcakes:
Sunshiney weekend in pics...
Post ninja roll carnage...my biking buddies Gen and John soaking up the sweeeet sunshine...