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Jul 172012
 

Good afternoon! I hope you are all having a great Tuesday. My work week is pretty slow right now, which was great at first but now is starting to get super boring. Like yesterday I had fun browsing blogs, pinning on Pinterest, and sort of goofing off, but eventually I got bored and the day was just dragggging on. I think today will be a little better, but it is still off to a slow start.

Part of the reason we are slow at work right now is because many of our contracts with clients are wrapping up and we are waiting to hear if we won new business. Cross your fingers that we do so my boredom will end! Haha but really, these slow times are rare so I need to stop and appreciate them before I’m back to feeling stressed. Phew!

Workout

My workouts this week have been sorta…meh. While I did wake up this morning early enough to run a mile with Jack and complete part of an Insanity DVD, I was feeling kinda unmotivated and just went trough the movements without really pushing myself like I usually do. Don’t get me wrong I will still tired and sweaty, but I definitely was lacking my normal intensity.

I think part of this reason is because I am getting really excited for Tina’s best body boot camp next week and am just over my current workout routine. I think I should probably just go ahead and join a gym to make this boot camp easier, but I want to wait and see what the workouts will look like before I take the plunge. Hopefully I can make it through a little longer with my Insanity DVDs before I start this new routine! We will see…

In other workout-related updates, my friends and I recently purchased a Living Social deal for 5 hot yoga sessions for $15. Yay!

I should admit that I have never done yoga before so I will probably look like a total goon while taking these classes. At least none of my other friends have done yoga either so we will be in the same boat. I can’t wait!

Recipe

Ok, so as I mentioned yesterday, I did some baking this weekend that turned out some really amazing healthy (er- relatively healthy) cookies. As I was lounging around recuperating from my hot run on Sunday, I suddenly had the urge for something sweet. We didn’t have any desserts on hand, but I remembered that one of my favorite bloggers Tina @ Carrots N Cake has a large collection of healthy cookie recipes on her blog (including the one minute peanut butter cookie that I have since recreated multiple times. So good).

Anyway, I dug through my email archives where I save all of the recipes that I want to make and found her awesome list of cookies. I looked through each recipe and the required ingredients and I decided that the Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies were exactly what I needed 🙂 They came out perfectly and I have been eating way too many of them all week! Yum! Here’s how they came together:

First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Then it was time to make the dough. Into a large bowl I combined old fashioned rolled oats, almond butter, brown sugar, baking powder, 3 egg whites, and chocolate chips. I mixed everything together until I had a uniform dough.

Then I spooned out small portions of the dough onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. I think it’s important to note that these cookies don’t change their shape much in the oven, so if you want round uniform cookies you should shape them by rolling them between your palms. However, I left mine natural-looking 🙂

Then I placed these in the oven and baked them for about 15-20 minutes or until they were firm and their edges started to brown.

Then I removed the cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool for a few minutes seconds before devouring one 🙂

These were delicious!!

Enjoyed with skim milk, of course.

I think that without the chocolate chips these cookies may have tasted too “healthy,” but because of the sweet, decadent chocolate chips (I used kind of a lot…woops!) they tasted awesome. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 12
 
These cookies are made healthier by the use of oats, almond butter, and egg whites. They are so delicious, you won't be able to stop at just one!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Add first five ingredients in a large bowl (through egg whites) and mix until well combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips, and mix just until incorporated.
  5. Spoon cookies out onto parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cookies start to brown on the edges.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I am!

So tell me, what’s your favorite kind of cookie? I really liked the almond butter flavor in these, but I bet they would have worked with peanut butter too (goodness knows I love peanut butter cookies). Yum!!

Also, have you ever tried hot yoga??

 Posted by on July 17, 2012

  16 Responses to “Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Omigosh these cookies look absolutely delicious!! And full of protein and oats– so I think they definitely constitute as “healthy” cookies! I cannot wait to make them! And enjoy the slow time while you have it at work! That was me a few weeks ago and now I’m back in the craziness!

    • Thanks!! They were so easy (and delicious) you’ll definitely have to let me know if you try them! I want one right now haha arghhh I should have packed one for a snack today…

  2. Did you sign up for 5 sessions of HOT yoga or just regular yoga?? They are VERY diff. If you’ve never done yoga and you signed up for Hot yoga you are in for the ride of your life. Literally just staying in the room for the full time is a challenge during your first few sessions of hot yoga (because its 90+ degrees in the room). But you’ll prob never feel more cleansed. Seriously you sweat 10x more than insanity.

  3. I’ve been wanting to try Hot Yoga for a long time. You should let me know how it goes!

  4. I have never made healthy version cookies before as I always considered cookies kind of off limits. I have friends coming over Sunday night and may need to try these.

  5. Yes!! I think they would be perfect for that. Please let me know how you like them 🙂

  6. I love to try out new healthy cookies for snacks, but sometimes you need the real thing! haha

    • Totally!! And while I can’t justify baking a whole batch of them, I do sometimes sneak over to the bakery near my work and pick up a freshly baked cookie 🙂 Yummm

  7. mmm they look so good! ill have to give them a try soon 🙂

    i’m not a big fan of yoga. I’m just not someone who can sit there and listen to relaxing music during a workout. I always wanted to just turn on some fast fun music during classes.. which probably wouldn’t of been a good idea lol.

    • Hmmm I have a feeling I might feel the same way. If you’re going to spend time working out, wouldn’t you want it to be as energizing as possible?? We will have to see how this goes!

  8. Yuuuuuum!! Seriously oatmeal cookies are my favorite. Even better if they are loaded with nut butter and chocolate!! Will totally have to try these out asap!

  9. First of all, yum! Second of all – you’ll definitely have to tell us how hot yoga goes!! I’ve done normal yoga, but never in a true hot yoga class (although sometimes the normal classroom is sweltering). You’ll have to let me know what you think!

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