I woke up this morning to the unforgiving blare of my alarm more than a little groggy. A crappy night’s sleep and too much on my mind combined with tired legs almost made me skip my run and burrow under the covers.
But like always, I’m so glad I didn’t. A few miles after I set out the legs loosened up and I took in the gorgeous cherry blossoms in Central Park (they always seems to bloom overnight, yes?) in a balmy 65 degrees.
7.1 miles later and I’m ready to start the day. The Achilles is feeling great, and I’m hoping to start some speedwork next week and finally sign up for some May/June races, hooray!
Now that I’m finally running a bit more was an excellent excuse to do some experimenting in the kitchen for some healthy-ish post-run treats this past weekend. When I was telling my sister about my baking plans, she asked, “You know there are other things you can bake with besides pumpkin, right?”
But really, I like pumpkin, and I still have a few cans that I’ve kept slash hoarded from the fall and want to use them up before it’s totally spring-like outside and I want nothing to do with it.
Enter: pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
I kind of just went with it and added ingredients that seemed to make sense – oats, whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, you get the idea.
The fact that I wanted to lick the bowl clean was definitely a good sign, and they turned out delicious.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup pumpkin
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups uncooked oats
- ½ cup chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350F. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir in pumpkin. Combine flour, soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and add to egg mixture. Stir in oats and then add chocolate 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: Do you have any favorite baking or cooking ingredients?