Tuesday, August 27, 2013

my hunger games

I'm running and running and running these days.
Lots of miles.
Dirty, beautiful, hard, hilly miles.
So at almost any time of day, I am hungry.
Always. Hungry.
When I'm running I crave carbs (who are we kidding, I crave carbs all the time), and I'm always looking for hearty snacks to fit my cravings and tame my hunger.

a few phone snaps from my saturday run
Over the weekend I made oatmeal cookies and we I ate them so fast.
Too fast.
I was thinking about how good they were today, and decided to make another kind of oatmeal cookie--one minus the flour and sugar and butter, so it could count more as a SNACK, and not as dessert
(and breakfast dessert, like sometimes happens).

So without all of those things......it's technically NOT a cookie.
at all.
Don't make these when you want cookies.
Make THESE. Our favorite oatmeal cookie....you will eat way too many.

Make these when you need something to tide you over until dinner.
I would even have one of these pre or post run.
They are very lightly sweetened, I really wanted them to be full of only good things.
Play around with the honey amount if you want to make them sweeter.  
Good For You Chocolate Chip Oatmeal "Cookies"
makes 20-24 cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup raw honey (this makes them very lightly sweetened--add more honey if you want more of a sweet cookie)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
3 cups rolled oats 
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flax
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
edited to add
lately I've been adding:
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
extra almonds

preheat oven to 350°

In an electric mixer, combine coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat on high speed for a few minutes. 
In a separate bowl combine, oats, coconut, flax, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix. 
Slowly add in dry mixture to peanut butter mixture, mixing slowly. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds. 

Drop by the spoonful onto parchment, and then smash down with a spoon 
(these don't spread while baking)

Bake for 8 minutes.

Now as tempted as you will to eat these straight out of the oven......don't do it! They LOOK like a cookie. They SMELL like a cookie. But they aren't a cookie, and need to cool first, I promise. 

My kids devoured these after school and begged to take them for their snack tomorrow....so I think they passed the test. 

What are you favorite snacks to eat 
when you are always hungry?


julie said...

Trying these out for sure!

Sophie said...

Yum! Love skinny cookies :) After runs, I always crave something cold. So I usually end up chugging a green smoothie :) Other times veggies and hummus!

summer said...

THANK YOUUUUU! I've been dreaming of a recipe like this. They look perfect!! (But I'm also going to try your favorite oatmeal cookies, too. And eat way too many.)

Katie said...

I've been making your no-bake chocolate cookies every 5-7 days for the past month or so! Excited to try these out!

Unknown said...

Ooo I wanna try these out! Yum. Thanks for sharing

Haley Southey said...

These sound so good!! I am making them right away! (:

Katie said...

Made them today - delicious! I put a heaping 1/2 cup of honey in and they were sweet enough for me.

Tina Vega said...

Made them, too... DELICIOUS!!!

Unknown said...

These are AMAZING!! I freeze them and eat them for breakfast... so good!

Unknown said...

I also substituted almond butter for peanut butter... also good!

Meghan said...

Should the coconut oil be the kind that's some what solid and opaque at room temperature or the liquid version?

rachel said...

this may sound silly, but why use raw honey if you are just going to bake them? i seem to save my raw honey for recipes that don't require heat and instead use regular honey for baking since it won't be "raw" anymore after baking. no?

Debbie said...

We made these last week and they were a hit! Thanks for such a fun and healthier recipe!