Thanks for your advice on when to run after an injury (more advice? Hit me up in the comments section!). The Achilles is still bugging me, so I’ve put my plans to run on hold for now (sad face) and continue to keep cross training.
- Sunday: 40 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes spin bike, lifting/core work, stretching and PT. PM: 90 minutes Bikram yoga (great class!)
- Monday: 62 minutes elliptical, core work, stretching and PT
I’m just trying to take it day by day, and hopefully a run can happen at some point this week. It’s been almost a month since I’ve run, and trying to stay positive is getting
extremely a little challenging (I MISS RUNNING). So I decided to make some cookies – cookies always make things better, right?
Well, a gal has got to try…
My friend and grad school partner in crime Natalie adapted a “healthy” oatmeal cookie recipe from a recipe on a Quaker oatmeal container. Even though I’m definitely down with indulging in cookies and treats from time to time, I also think baked goods can be fairly healthy. These cookies are a perfect example – full of oats, whole grains, raisins, carrots, walnuts, and less sugar/butter. Of course, some chocolate and peanut butter chips were added because they’re delicious (it’s all about balance!).
Creaming butter and sugar is challenging when you don’t have a mixer – very soft butter and lots of elbow grease are necessary!
Tons of great stuff – chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts, peanut butter chips, oats, carrots…
I’m not very neat when it comes to perfect shapes…
They turned out great anyways 🙂
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar (slightly not a full ½)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup white flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 ½cups uncooked oats
- ½ cup grated carrot
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup peanut butter chips
Heat oven to 350F. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir in grated carrots. Combine flours, soda, salt and cinnamon and add to egg mixture. Stir in oats and then add walnuts, raisins, and chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown (my oven is wonky, so I suggest checking them at 10 minutes). Let sit on cookie sheet for 1 minute an then cool on wire rack. Enjoy!
Question: Are you a fan of “healthier” baked goods?