Okay, let’s face it. Cookies are amazing. I don’t allow myself buy them at the grocery store because I will eat them all.
I rarely make them either, as they definitely aren’t the healthiest food option in the world. I usually feel super thirsty/dehydrated after eating them, anyway. So delicious, but too much sugar and fat for any kind of consistent consumption, that’s for sure.
Today, though, I wanted a cookie. I decided to grab every possible item in my house in order to make the healthiest version possible. I think it worked! These are definitely not your standard chocolate chip cookies…sugar lovers would likely be disappointed. However, healthy people who like to eat well (with a side of chocolate chips) WILL definitely enjoy them.
Oatmeal Energy Cookies
- Rolled Oats- 2 cups
- Mixture of Seeds or Chopped Nuts- 1 cup
- Raisins- 1 cup
- Dark Chocolate Chips- 1/2 cup
- Fiber Seeds (flax seeds would also work)- 3 tbsp
- Chia Seeds- 3 tbsp
- Cinnamon- 1 tbsp
- Almond Meal- 1 cup
- Whole Eggs- 3
- Honey- 2 tbsp
- Apple Sauce- 1 cup (or a little more for more moisture)
- Natural Peanut Butter- 5 tbsp
1. Preheat oven to 180º.
2. Combine oats, seeds/nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, fiber, chia seeds, cinnamon, and almond meal in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the rest of your wet ingredients (the last 4 listed) and mix thoroughly.
4. Form 12 very large cookies on a very large cookie sheet (I had to go back and make 3 more after my 1st batch).
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
6. While putting away supplies, consuming some stray chocolate chips is totally acceptable.
7. Allow to cool in refrigerator for 1 hour.
8. Eat cold!
VERY easy (as always), and such good snack that you can feel quite happy about consuming.
After doing my first Group RX RIP class this morning, I enjoyed one of these oatmeal marvels as a mid-afternoon snack (along with some red grapes) and it gave me enough energy to power through a chapter of biomechanics without falling asleep!
RIP is basically like Les Mills Body Pump, using a barbell and various sized weights, but I found it to be a lot more difficult. In particular, the triceps and shoulder tracks! I’m definitely going to feel the effects tomorrow…but it’s amazing to switch up the weight workouts. A nice (and necessary) shock to the system. Plus, I like how the instructors can mix and match the various tracks, so each week is different. Still love my Body Pump, but happy to find another resistance training class to add to the workout fun!
I really liked this move in the back track (hahaha, sorry…this is the best video I could find).
It’s the 1-arm barbell row. I usually do it with dumbbells in the gym, but have never done it in a resistance class before. LOVE! It’s a good alternative to the typical 2 handed barbell row, as it isolates specific muscles on both sides.
I’m off to make some dinner- BBQ chicken w/ roasted potatoes, carrots, and green beans! Then lots more studying tonight…followed by a bed-time cookie snack for good measure
Do you have any go-to healthy cookie recipes? I would love to hear about them!