Cold Brew Coffee and WIAW

Since going off sugar a month or so ago, I have really come to appreciate the flavor of coffee. I always said I liked it, and I did, but I thought it also needed to be sweet. Since getting off fake sugar, I’ve been putting just almond or soy milk in my morning brew. I have developed a new taste for dark brewed coffee, and my latest love, cold brew.

Cold brew coffee is a stronger, more concentrated form of the stuff. It has more caffiene, but is less acidic and has a smoother taste. I am a total decaf person, but the velvety texture of cold brew is really refreshing. The past couple mornings I’ve been switching from my iced decaf to the cold brew and can now say I appreciate good coffee.

I understand why people don’t like Dunkin’ coffee as much. Now, it tastes watery to me. I’ll take my coffee iced, and concentrated.

Something else I’ve wanted to try is nitro brewed coffee. My roommate has it at her work so I’ve been meaning to get over there to give it a go, but have failed to do so. Challenge: accepted.

Although my morning brew does not make an appearance in my WIAW, it is there each morning, iced usually and with milk. I’m linking up with ArmanLaura and Jen for a full day of eats.

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Be sure to check out yesterday’s post for a delicious ice cream recipe using COOKIE BUTTER!



Carrot waffle with almond butter, coconut butter and syrup. Apple on the side.



Chana Marsala with quinoa and salad.



We call this drink the Big Foot (iced hazelnut coffee, almond milk and chocolate)



Cashew cheesy quinoa with tomato sauce and pumpkin seeds, side of green beans.



Triple Layer dessert I made up and have yet to name.

Are you a fan of cold brew coffee?

How do you take you brew?

Marshmallow Fluff Cookie Butter Banana Ice Cream

Marshmallow fluff pairs nicely with cookie butter in this slightly healthy, but still indulgent banana ice cream recipe. Great for both kids and adults, this recipe is really fun to make and reminiscent of fluffernutter sandwiches. Try it today! 

I really love cookie butter. It’s honestly a frosting, but because it’s sold next to peanut butter in most stores, that makes it a breakfast food.

Actually, side not, can I talk about Nutella for a second?

Nutella is frosting. Seriously it’s sugar, milk powder and nuts. It’s frosting.

I’m not hating, but why is it accepted to put it on a sandwich or eat it as a healthy snack, but I get the side eye for doing the same thing with funfetti frosting? I think we need universal standards here!

Ok, so back to cookie butter, the health spread.

I eat banana ice cream every night and love all the different stuff to add. This recipe was created after I visited Trader Joes and realized that the cookie butter sandwich cookies were not vegan. I was sad for a whole three minutes, until I realized that I could just make something similar with stuff at my house.

Ginger snaps, marshmallow fluff and cookie butter were all things I could find vegan. The kicker is the butter extract. It adds that rich enhancement reminiscent of butter cookies. This whole bowl is like a cold cookie butter sandwich, with ice cream and fluff…so it’s better.

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Try it and tag me on Instagram!

Marshmallow Fluff Cookie Butter Banana Ice Cream

From at

Prep: Yield: 1Total:

You'll Need...

  • 2.5 frozen bananas
  • 1T butter extract
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 1/4c almond milk
  • 4 ginger snap cookies
  • 3T cookie butter
  • 2T marshmallow fluff


  1. In a food processor, grind the bananas until a mealy texture is achieved.
  2. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and add milk, butter extract and cinnamon.
  3. Blend until smooth scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Scoop out half into a bowl.
  5. Swirl in cookie butter and ginger snaps.
  6. Spoon out the rest of the mixture.
  7. Stir in marshmallow fluff.
  8. Stir everything together for until you get equal distribution.
  9. Eat immediately or store in the freezer.
  10. I would recommend eating it the night you make it.

Do you put frosting on sandwiches?

Team sprinkles or team whipped cream?

I am a Barney Butter Ambassador! #HealthyBBSummer Contest

Good morning all! Just a quick Week In Review before getting to the fun part of today’s post! Thanks to Meg for hosting!

This past week was very eventful, so just like Friday, I feel happy just writing them down!

1.) I finished the fundamentals, module 1 and half of module 2 for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am almost caught up!

2.) I took time to read this week. Like a magazine. Seriously, it’s been a while!

3.) I visited my sister at her job, it was nice to see her.

4.) I sat down and really thought about what I want out of life. What brings me joy. What my passion is and how I will use my certification from IIN to get there. My brain is a working on that one!

5.) I made lentils, quinoa, mac&cheese, quesadillas, black bean brownies, and a new dessert I need to name (go me for the food prep!)

6.) I used my brain. Man, it feels good!

7.) Oh, and I posted some blogs…and a recipe for White Chocolate Carrot Scones…CHECK THEM OUT!


Ok, now to do my job as a Barney Butter Ambassador!


When I think of almond butter, a certain company always comes to mind. I always see that bright blue labe and brown font that provides an iconic taste. I am, of course, talking about Barney Almond Butter.


A couple months ago, I connected with the Barney Almond Butter company and provided some information about me. I had no idea what their social media team was cooking up, but quite honestly, I was very excited. Imagine if Nike asked for your picture and bio.

Kind of the same thing for me. Y’all know I love my nut butter!

A few days ago, I was offered the chance to be a Barney Butter Ambassador!

BB Ellie Picture

I am beyond thrilled because I love Barney Butter and want to share the ways this company is magical to you all. Small nut butter companies are important to me because of what they represent. Barney Butter is a California based company and uses almonds from right down the street.

All their butters maintain 6 basic promises:


Vegan (except for Honey and Flax)

Quality (blanching the almonds eliminates phytic acid)




I am so passionate about Barney Butter simply because it is a nutrient dense, chemical free energy source that fuels my 80-90 mile per week training. I eat a lot of nut butters during training, so quality matters. I can’t constantly put chemicals and fake ingredients into my body because it will eventually affect my running.

Barney Butter takes all the worry away. I feel safe fueling my body with this handcrafted butter.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, this company can’t possibly get better.

Well guys, it does!

Not only do they make smooth and crunchy plain almond butter, they also have a few delicious flavors for the nut butter eater who likes to mix it up.

Vanilla Bean & Espresso
Honey & Flax
Cocoa & Coconut
Raw & Chia
My favorite is probably vanilla espresso. It is a completely new to me flavor and I finished the jar in two days. These flavors are spoon worthy but I also love to put them on waffles and bananas.


Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, my favorite recipe for this almond butter is stuffing it in a date. Serve that at your next party #fancy

On August 1st (TODAY! Welcome to August!) Barney Butter is offering you, yes YOU the chance to win 2 $250 gift cards, one for you and for your friend. And I know whichever one of you wins will want to give the gift card to me, but sorry my friends, I cannot win. The contest is called the #HealthyBBSummer contest.

To enter, submit a photo using the hashtag #HealthyBBSummer on Instagram or Twitter, or submit a photo through Facebook. The photo must show a Barney Butter product outside.

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Go get your tan on! Explore your city! Share your nut butter with your dog (it’s hilarious!)!

More contest details can be found here.

I am excited for this partnership to ensue, and I am excited to share it with you!

Check out our Ambassadors page, get yourself some Barney Butter and tag us in some pictures!

What flavor do you want to try?

What will you do with $250?