Chocolate chip coconut crispies

*Try saying that 5 times fast πŸ˜‰

Hey hey hey πŸ˜€ How’s your weekend going? Hope it’s been lovely so far.

Last night, I met up with some friends to take a High Heel Fit class.

My heels of choice:

flip flop

Rainbow flip flops πŸ™‚ {Taken off when I got into the studio}

I decided to dance barefoot because it was my first time and knowing my luck (and clumsiness, haha), I would be the one to eat marley. <β€”the type of dance floor

Here’s the premise of the class:

-SO many types of dance require the women to dance in heels: ballroom, LA music videos, Broadway, etc.

-Each week, they focus on a different style of dancing and choreography so that you can become more comfortable dancing in heels

It felt so amazeballz to REALLY dance again. From the stretches we did in the beginning, I was mentally transported back to college dancing days and we did the splits to warm up. Um, it’s been a while haha πŸ˜‰

Last night, we did a lyrical-style Lady Gaga dance to β€œEdge of Glory”, using free-standing ballet bars to crawl and reach in between, kick over, etc. I loved it.

Here’s a video from one of the previous Heel classes so you see what it’s like πŸ™‚


This morning, I woke up early to make some healthy treats to take to work. These would be perfect for a holiday weekend BBQ or party, and took about 10 minutes to put together.


Chocolate Chip Coconut Crispies

(gluten-free; contain honey, so not totally vegan- but maple syrup could be used instead)

Some ingredients:


1. Spray a 7×11” baking dish with nonstick spray


2. In a mixing bowl, combine:

– 2 C crispy brown rice

-1 C gluten-free oats (or regular old fashioned oats)

-1/3 C unsweetened coconut

-1/4 t cinnamon

-pinch of sea salt


3. In a small saucepan heated on medium, add:

-1/2 C cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)

-1/4 C honey (or maple syrup)

-1/4 C coconut oil

-1 t vanilla

Stir until smooth and foodgasmic


4. Add the cashew butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in 1/3-1/2 C mini chocolate chips –if you put them in the freezer for a while first, they won’t melt like mine did- and press down into the baking dish.

5. Set in the fridge or freezer to harden, cut into squares and feast πŸ™‚

I’m off for my marathon Saturday (salsa, level 3 cardio-strength and ZUUUUUUMBA!) and then it’s the weekend for me too πŸ™‚

Enjoy your day and I’ll see ya later!



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  1. Carla on July 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    that class looks fun and those treats look so yummy!!!! I think its going to be a winner with my kids <3 thanks!

  2. Sara K on July 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What a fun way to work out! I love workouts that incorporate the ballet bar- I do this program up in Portland at a studio called Barre3 which combines the ballet bar with pilates for a fun and full on toning workout.

  3. Kilee on July 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    These look so amazingly delicious!!! Have a fun weekend!

  4. The Teenage Taste on July 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Mmmm…those chocolate coconut crispies look delicious! Have a great weekend, Gina! πŸ™‚

  5. Jess@atasteofconfidence on July 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Class (and the dance) looks like a lot of fun!

  6. Abby on July 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    What a fun idea–dancing in heels sounds hard! Those chocolate coconut crispies sound yummy! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Hillary on July 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I miss dancing so much, and you just made me miss it even more with that video!

  8. Chelsea on July 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Ahh that class reminds me of my cheer days and learning routines (except in heels and not sneakers ha!)! Looks like a blast =D

  9. char @ char on a mission on July 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    What a great idea for a dance class. I used to dance when I was younger and I miss it a lot. I feel like I don’t have the rhythm or even memory to catch on the dance routines quickly, like I used to be able to when I was younger. I guess the best way to improve on that is to get back in it! That really makes me miss dancing now!

    I hope your class was fun!!!

  10. beccah on July 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    that looks like so much fun!!

  11. Namaste Gurl on July 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    You definitely know yummy dessert πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    That class sounds great! Happy weekend!

  13. Stephanie on July 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I can barely walk in heels, let alone dance in them! I love watching So You Think You Can Dance, and I’m always stunned at the fact that they do all of that IN HEELS! It looks like a really fun class.

  14. Moni'sMeals on July 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    it is all about having fun and that class nails it! I hear ya on the shoes…I am all about comfy shoes when dancin!

    This recipe is great, works for me, No corn syrup or preservatives (as you know bars like this always have garbage in them, even Fiber One!)…yours are a win-win. πŸ™‚ I have a similiar recipe too. πŸ™‚ People always love em. πŸ™‚

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Gina that recipe looks and sounds STELLAR!! I love that it’s nobake, too!

    The the cashew butter mixture….I could just pour that into a glass and drink that. For.Real.OMG.

    I have a variety of no bake bar recipes that start out with melted PB, butter, some sort of syrup like agave/maple/honey, vanilla, brown sugar…and pour that over some dry ingredients. I love recipes like that and like what you made.

    And I have been wearing Rainbows for about 10 years! I buy a new pair every year or 18 mos…as I literally wear the bottom to a paper thin layer. I live in them year round!

  16. Nanette @ Making Me New on July 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve taken classes very similar! It doesn’t feel like exercise, it feels like fun!

  17. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    That class sounds so fun and the protein bars look AMAZE! Gaaaah! I just love cashew butter!

  18. Annie@stronghealthyfit on July 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Looks like fun! I’d love to take a dance class.

  19. Jenna on July 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I actually tried to say “flip flop fit” five times fast. It did not go well.

  20. fittingbackin on July 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    That looks so fun! Thanks for the video – I was having a hard time envisioning it!

  21. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on July 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    That class looks super fun!

    I almost wish I hadn’t just baked some peppermint chocolate chippers, or else I’d make that dessert! Looks fab!

  22. Fallon on July 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Those treats look yummy!!

  23. Lindsay Loves Veggies on July 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I loooooove Rainbows! So comfy!!

  24. Nicole on July 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    hahaha loved that you just used amazeballs! Do you read PerezHilton??

  25. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on July 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Those squares/bars look tastearama! I hope you had a good day at work πŸ˜€

  26. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    That class looks like so much fun πŸ™‚ And those bars sound really good…I love a new gluten-free treat! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Hayley @ Oat Couture on July 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Wow that class looks absolutely terrifying to me! But very cool! πŸ™‚ Dancing is definitely not my forte! I’m telling myself it’s just because i’m tall but I think it’s more down to my utter lack of coordination! πŸ˜€

  28. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on July 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Looks like a super fun class!

  29. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on July 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    WOW, those crispies sound incredible!

    side note: have you seen the Rainbows w. crystals? My roomie just got a pair — so cute — and I think they look Fitnessista-ish πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      what?! i haven’t seen them! on the prowl…..

  30. mary on July 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Were your’s bars? I made it and mine came more like cereal. I think it would need something like marshmallow creme or something gluey to hold it together, maybe? It was easy, quick and it’s good, though! I pressed the frozen choc. chips and some almond slices on the top, with some extra coconut. It looked terrific, it just didn’t slice but more crumbled. But it was just for home so no biggie! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      did you chill it? i put it in the freezer and they hardened really well

      • mary on July 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        I did, but only in the frig. Maybe that’s the difference. I also used Coach’s Oats, which might’ve made things different, too.
        I made three blog recipes yesterday. One went straight in the trash (a Mama Pea recipe, oddly), the other (Dr. Furhmans’ Anti-Cancer soup) was a major fail but I’m going to choke all 1.5 gallons of it down because it has too many veggies to throw out, and this one. So being crumbly was minor! Like I said, at least it was quick, easy and tastes great!
        Hey, totally unrelated, but when I put on my makeup I always think to myself I should thank you for the Buxom and Nars recs. LOVE them! And then I think I should suggest you wear high SPF sunscreen on your face through your pregnancy, if you’re not already. I think we have similar skin and I got terrible melasma from pregnancy (also in AZ) and it’s still here 12 years later.

        • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

          good to know that mine was the least of the fails πŸ™‚
          so glad you’re liking the makeup! i’ve been wearing origins spf 25- do you think i need to go higher?

          • mary on July 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

            You’re probably ok if you watch for dark splotches, and if your mom didn’t have it. I’d wear hats for long periods in direct sun. TJ’s sells a cheap, zinc-based (no chem.) sunscreen, if you do decide to step up the SPF. If you do get melasma, CoverFX brand at Sephora has great products to hide it.

            Half my pan of spoon-bars is gone.

          • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

            thank you!

  31. Carolyn (Life in the postcard) on July 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    That video made me miss your class. I have my month at Breakout to use – I need to get in there! Of course I will probably end up standing there like a dork and watching in awe all of the amazing dancers.

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      whatever! come to zumba with me πŸ™‚ you’ll love it

  32. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 3, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I would for sure fall on my face too. Cashew butter makes everything better. End of story

  33. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 3, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Dancing in heels is so painful! My feet are always numb after a night out of dancing. πŸ˜› It sounds like I need that class!

  34. Brenda on July 3, 2011 at 8:38 am

    The bars look delicious. I can’t believe how long your nails are lasting. Mine lasted 2-3 days. What is your secret? I think I’m really rough with my hands πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      mine have been lasting about 2 weeks! do you put clear polish on after?? also, do you clean your nails w nail polish remover before you stick them on?

  35. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    oooh that dance looks like loads of fun. It’s kind of like the Pussycat Class at my studio Sedusa Studios. Though we haven’t used chairs in any of the classes I’ve taken, unless it was the Chair Lap Dance lol.
    Quick question. I love wearing flip flops, but lately I’ve noticed that they have been hurting my feet (ankles, heels, arches). I was wondering if you knew of any flip flips that were stylish but comfy to wear for both pregnant and non alike?

    • Fitnessista on July 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      my rainbow flip flops are the comfiest ones and i love the arches in them

  36. Heather on July 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    these look delish! do you need to store these in the fridge?

  37. Christin@purplebirdblog on July 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Just made my own version of your crispy bars with Rice Twice cereal, flax crunchies, peanut butter/sunflower seed butter, and peanuts instead of shredded coconut (only because I’m out!)… they’re in the freezer now! πŸ™‚

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