By Richard King
1 cup Gold Medal white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup Crunchy almond butter (i prefer Crunchy)
1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar
1/2 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla Unsweetened almond milk (or use Unsweetened Silk Chocolate or Vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries (for a little added flavor)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. set aside.
2. With an electric or stand mixer, combine the Crunchy almond butter and Splenda brown sugar. Mix until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the Unsweetened almond milk and vanilla extract.
3. Turn the mixer to low and add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the oats, and dried cranberries.
4. Roll cookie dough into 15 balls and place on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Gently flatten the dough balls with the palm of your hand. Bake cookies for 15 minutes or until they are set and golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to mouth and enjoy your Healthy snack.
RICHARD KING BIO
I grew up in Boise, ID and have been living in Southern California since 1999. Growing up I was always smaller than most kids my age. I would do what I could to exercise and try to put muscle on my frame, but it just did not work. When I graduated high school, I only weighed 135 pounds.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1994. During my time on Active Duty, I have covered multiple campaigns with combat tours to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Being a Marine, one tends to stay competitive with their peers; but I needed more of a challenge. I became serious about living a healthy and fit lifestyle in 2009, and started taking courses to truly understand the science behind the human body, resistance training and nutrition. I have earned the title’s International Sports Sciences Association Master Trainer and Elite Trainer.
When the NPC/IFBB establishing a new Division: Men’s Physique, I saw that as a new challenge. I just couldn’t see myself being a Fitness Trainer and not setting the example for my clients, so I began competing in 2013, with a goal to earn an IFBB Pro card, qualify, and compete on the biggest stage as a professional athlete at the Mr. Olympia.