My Moonie Pie + Roons For a Cause

Hey guys! How’s your day going?? I am blown away by your amazing donations to my aunt’s relay page—thank you so much <3  (More info + Roons For a Cause at the bottom of this post)

So today, I had a little bit fun with Heather’s Moonie Pie Challenge. 🙂

Behold, the Almond Butter Crunch Moonie Pie

moon pie (6)

(I still have to cover it with raw chocolate ganache, but they’re in the freezer waiting to be frosted!)

Edited to say: Here’s the finished version!

moonie pie

The gist of the Moon Pie Challenge is that you purchase Heather’s ebook (which has the recipe), make your own variation of it, and post about it on the blog.

I couldn’t wait to get started 😀

First, I put the cashews and dates to soak:

date and cashew

Then made the dough:


I added in some coconut flakes to give it some “crunch” and made the bottom layer.

moon pie

Next, the almond butter “fluff” (added 3 T almond butter, 1/2 T nutritional yeast and nixed the lecithin)

moon pie (2)

2nd layer of goodness:

moon pie (3)

3rd layer:

moon pie (4)

Ridiculous, right?? 😀

All cut up:

moon pie (5)

If you’re wondering if I had any, I think we all know what the answer to that is 😉 Quality control is muy importante.

Today has actually been a super productive day. I moved all of the furniture out of one of the guest rooms (by MYSELF. I feel like a little hardcore, haha) so Ashley and I have room to do the Insanity workouts in there. I did the Fit Test today (which made me feel extremely out of shape, but it was a lot of fun!) and also took the puppers on a base trail walk.

I even gave corn chip a bath:


She smells like a baby coconut now 🙂

Time to head to work for a little while and then teach Zumba.

Enjoy the rest of your day!



Roons for a Cause: Your amazing donations to my aunt’s Relay page brought me to tears earlier (I’m a giant mush, but that still says a lot!)- thank you <3 I am so grateful to those of you who donated to my aunt’s cause, that I thought it would be fun to send one of ya’ll a batch of macaroons. If you donated to her relay for life page, forward me a copy of your receipt and I’ll pick one random macaroon winner tomorrow at midnight. $5 donations will get one entry and $10 will get two entries 😀 The amazing thing is that 100% of these proceeds are going to an amazing cause. If you’d like to donate and possible get some macaroons sent your way, please make a small donation *here* and forward the receipt to fitnessista at gmail dot com to be entered. THANK YOU!!! <3

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  1. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I was curious what kind of KitchenAid mixer you have. I want to ask for one for my birthday, but didn’t realize there were so many models. Do you like the one you have or would you suggest something else? These treats look amazing!!! (as usual)

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on April 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    That moonie pie seriously looks amazing! Wow! You are brilliant in the kitchen!

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      thank you! <3

  3. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    i can’t wait to hear what you think about the insanity workout! a lot of times when i was training i’d hear about these extreme workouts that kill people to get them in shape, but they’re so hard to stick with because they’re so difficult! i’d love to hear your thoughts…

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      i can already tell that i probably wouldn’t recommend them to the average jane. i think they’re geared for already very athletic people… if i tried these when i was first starting on my weight loss journey, i would have been so discouraged. i’ll definitely post a full review when we’re done with the program

  4. kristin on April 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    i cant wait to hear about your success with insanity. I am kind of jealous, because i would love to do the program but literally have no space in my tiny nyc apt to work out. when i move to a bigger place, i think i will definitely have to get the dvds.

  5. Ana (AnActive Adventure) on April 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Oh girl that looks sooo good!! How do you make time for so much!?! Good luck with insanity, right now I am actually doing Jillian Michaels “Making the Cut” program and though the workouts are pretty insane I am seeing awesome results!!! Can’t wait to hear about you Insane results!!

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      i usually plan my days out in the morning, just so i have time to do everything i want to do 🙂 it keeps me from slacking around, too 🙂

  6. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    WOW…You are quite talented, lady!!! 😉

    In my “perfect world” I will win a Noble Prize in Medicine then use some of my winnings to hire you as my personal chef.

    …We can all dream, right?? 😉

  7. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on April 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    That is so fabulous to hear the response for your aunt’s efforts. There are some good people out there. 🙂

    Oh Insanity FIT TEST…it killed me as well! I started the full blown program this morning. Today was a wee bit painful but it felt incredible to complete.

    I’ll be posting each day on my blog about my Insanity journey. Oh it shall be grand!

  8. Krysta on April 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I’m just in transition phase to a new workout, can’t wait to see what you think of Insanity, maybe I’ll give it a try too!

    As selfish as it sounds, I’m glad you’re back home. My favorite posts are always daily living posts… 🙂

  9. VeggieGirl on April 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    SO SO SO stoked to see you participating in Heather’s challenge!

  10. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on April 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I can’t believe how DELICIOUS those look! I definitely wish I had a stand mixer….it is on my wish list 🙂

  11. Katalina on April 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I do remember when a raw chocolate cheesecake was sent to you, you said you will give it a fry on Easter day, I didnt see any posts about it, but I am really interested in the review, if you liked it or not! Thank you! Katalina

  12. Becca on April 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Whoa, I can’t believe how good this looks.
    Not something I should recreate at home, if I don’t want to eat the entire batch in one sitting!

  13. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on April 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Can’t wait to hear how you like the Insanity program! It sounds intense!

    I just started the Physique 57 DVD program, and I love it so far! It’s really fun AND effective! I love changing up my at-home workouts, and I don’t think it’s possible to have too many workout DVD’s. 😉

    Your moon pie looks awesome! I’ve never had a real one, so I wouldn’t even know where to start! But I’m pretty sure I’d like your version more than the traditional one anyway!

  14. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Oh man those look amazing! Seriously. I think I might just make those ASAP.

  15. Diana on April 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    That moonie pie does look REALLY good!

  16. Mo on April 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Your moon pie looks fantastic! I think it is so funny how to refer to your pupper as “corn chip”. That is truly the smell, isn’t it? My pup’s feet are the strongest – and I always ask him if he’s been walking in Fritos! Or I simply call him Frito Feet.


  17. ellie on April 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I love that you call your dog corn chip (she looks like velvet now, by the way!) I call my dog Frito when she smells like chips – why is that dogs smell that way when they get dirty?

  18. Angela @ A Healthy Fit on April 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I’m not a ‘roon fan, but that looks amazing. I’m doing Insanity tonight. I’ll let you know how the fit test goes!!

  19. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing. I wouldn’t even know where to begin making a healthy treat like that but you’re so skilled. It looks like something I’d buy at a bakery.

  20. LisaG on April 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    You never cease to amaze me with your cooking creations!

  21. Jenny on April 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    WOW! The pilot is one lucky guy- those look delish!!

  22. Kristin on April 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Those moon pies look AMAZING!

  23. Tara @ on April 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Cannot wait to try that, YUM!

  24. Lauren @ Lauren Loses It on April 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Your moonpie looks so delicious. That sounds kinda dirty.
    My trainer incorporates some Insanity moves. So crazy!


    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      haha why are you looking at my moonpie?!
      and yes, insanity is intense stuff

  25. S on April 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I made a donation to help your aunt reach her goal, but I do not need any macaroons (although I am sure they are amazing and am dying to try some haha). I just want to say that I really hope that we find the cure for cancer, and that all of these donations help that and help families who need it in their time of need. We have been fighting hard for so many years- we have to find the cure soon, right?

    Keeping you all in my prayers.


    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      thank you, lovely <3 i appreciate it so much

  26. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    That moon pie looks incredible! All it is is dates, cashews, coconut, AB and nooch?!

  27. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    those look tasty, a little giveaway is a great idea!

  28. Krystyn on April 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    That moon pie looks ahhhhmazing!! I wish I had your talent in the kitchen:)

  29. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on April 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    If you felt like you were out of shape doing the Insanity Fit Test, then I’m double scared to try it. 🙂 I’m so happy that you are giving it a shot…can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. I love your honesty!!

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      i’ll definitely be honest about it 🙂

  30. Heather on April 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Ahh!! Girlie! Your moonies look wicked – love your variation! Can’t wait to see how you liked it with the choccie covering too! 🙂

    Love you and your blog!

  31. Lindsay on April 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    WOW, that looks AMAZING. I can just taste it through the computer, haha!

  32. Marianne on April 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I know how your feeling. I felt ridiculously out of shape after doing the insanity fit test too!! And I know I’m not…it’s just something new that we aren’t used to but it’s good to change it up once and awhile 🙂 I think the exact words out of my mouth after one insanity workout was “running 13 miles is easier to me than this is!!”

    And your moon pie looks so yummy!!

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      that’s so true! it would be so much easier to chill on the elliptical for 3 hours or run a half marathon than those 25 minutes of craziness

  33. Donca on April 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Thats looks amazingggggg. I was interested to see your thoughts on insanity. I know they say that no matter how fit you are it will give you a crazy workout, I guess ‘they’ were right. ok off to dream about moonpies.

  34. Nora@LiveLifeEatRight on April 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I. LOVEEEEELOVEEELOVEEEE this. I tried warmed dates stuffed with almond butter yesterday and was thinking about making something JUST Like this haha. I wanted to make a date crust with some sort of almond fluff. I wasn’t sure how to go about it, so this is perfect! Love the combination!

  35. sarah on April 12, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Your moon pie looks amazing!

  36. shannonmarie (Rawdorable) on April 13, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Nice substitutions. I think that’s the best moonie pie entry I’ve seen so far, even while it’s naked. You need to put a chocolate robe on that bad boy 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2010 at 9:43 am

      thanks girl! yes, i will do that this week.. they taste amazing without it, but it’s going to be out of control covered in chocolate

  37. elizabeth on April 13, 2010 at 9:37 am

    those moonpies look unbelievable-especially the filling!
    how are you liking insanity?

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2010 at 9:44 am

      thank you!
      i’m loving it so far.. it’s the most challenging workout i’ve ever done, but not to the point where i’m dreading it, ya know??

  38. Erin W. on April 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    That moon pie looks de-lish! I want one (and your macaroons, and your kale chips). We need you to post your recipes. Pretty please!!

    My dog also has corn chip smelling paws. We say his day job is working at the Frito factory. 🙂

  39. Jennifer on April 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I have a Shiba Inu also and I am always telling people that she smells like Fritos!

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