When Cookies Call

September 29, 2010

What’s going on!?!?!

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The past few days I’ve had a craving for a wholesome cookie. Something dense and chewy. Something that is only a "cookie" because of its shape. Something made with real food, minimal butter and sugar. Basically just clumps of superfood baked into hand-held bites!

I went to the master of "throw real food in a bowl and bake" cookies and made Tina’s Banana Oatmeal Chip Cookies!

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I didn’t have any flax, so I used chia. I didn’t have agave, so I used honey. I also used coconut oil instead of canola. OH, and I added 1/4 a tsp of kosher salt, which I recommend because it was detectable and delicious.

And I halved the recipe, because who needs two dozen cookies calling for them day and night!? One dozen will do just fine.

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Scharffen Berger makes the best chocolate chunks!!

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My dozen turned into 8.5 cookies, some of which were pretty small! Maybe I do need two dozen :)

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Afternoon snack (plus one more hot off the pan)

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‘Cause every good cookie could use a little frosting

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We hosted Karen for dinner tonight and made Succotash with Millet.

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I searched high and low for dried big butter beans at Whole Foods and couldn’t find any! I really wanted big dried ones to soak and cook, but all I found was a measly can so I decided to figure something else out. Much to my surprise, I forgot that we had gotten some fresh beans at the market in some gross looking shells – and there were big buttery beans inside! We just had to shell them to get to them.

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The Succotash was a sauté of carrots (which went in first because they take the longest to cook), beans (second), organic chicken bratwurst (third), and canned corn + peppers, and celery (last). They were all cooked in Garlic Gold oil and season simply with black pepper.

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Served with millet cooked with Creole seasoning!

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While we cooked, Matt brought me some his Pumpkin Beer to try – fresh out of the keg!!

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I am a tough critic when it comes to beer, ESPECIALLY pumpkin beer. I give his an A-. It’s got a bit of a yeasty aftertaste that I’m not crazy about, but you can detect the cinnamony aromas and it’s got a great body to it! Can’t wait to drink more than a thimbleful :)

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For dessert, the cookies came out – what was left of them 😳

Karen liked them, but Matt said they were too "congealed" for his liking. He wanted buttery!

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Man I love doing our budget. I’ve been putting off blogging to play in Mint and with my big old spreadsheet of financial planning. I love Excel so much!

You know what else I love? Reading in bed!! The Help is chugging along – still like it a lot!

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm

i agree, great cookies have frosting! yum :) and the creole seasoning on the millet sounds amazing…what an awesome combination!


2 Whitney @ Whitinspired September 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Mmm. Those cookies look delicious. Sometimes, you just need to make cookies!


3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Those cookies look really good!!! I always make big batches and then freeze the extras. I’ll stick them in the microwave for a late night snack!


4 Tina September 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I always fall asleep when I read in bed. I need to make more time for reading though. I have The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo calling my name.


5 Jillian Bean October 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I fall asleep too. I have a long drive to work-have been listening to The Help on my ipod during the commute. I love audible.com! Also great for listening while cleaning-makes the time fly by!


6 Jamie @ Food in Real Life September 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Ahhh now I need cookies! Those look so good. I love chewy, hearty, oatmeal cookies. I actually think they are my favorite cookies. I need raisins in mine though. So how did the chia work out? What is the texture like in the cookie?

I also need to get millet. I’ve never tried it and I looove me some grains!


7 Kath September 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

They were just like chia embedded in there


8 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Yum I’ve made those cookies before and I love them! Tina is the best at throwing together yummy recipes :)

The pumpkin beer sounds great- I’ve never had pumpkin beer but am thinking I should try it being as I love anything pumpkin!


9 Mads September 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Those look insanely good!

Whenever I make awesome cookies, I just freeze 1/2 the batch. Then I can take them out 1 at a time or 5 at a time…whatever the day brings me.

Sometimes the freezer becomes a carb den :)


10 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Mmmm those cookies look good! I had succotash for lunch today. It’s one of my favorites!


11 Heather September 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Those cookies look great! I always freeze extra cookies so they are there if I ever get a craving. Often times I forget about them and then find them when foraging for something else.

Love the idea for the nut butter frosting as well! Have a great night!


12 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Those cookies look DEE lish.


13 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Those cookies look really good — I baked muffins tonight. I love having a nice warm kitchen :)

I also make 1/2 batches (or even less) because I can’t have cookies in the house for longer than a day. I make smaller batches, keep a few for myself and give the rest away.

I have yet to have a pumpkin beer this year!


14 Food & Other Things September 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

The cookie with the hazelnut butter looks delicious!


15 Evan Thomas September 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Mmm, tasty cookies! I love that hazelnut butter, too; such rich flavor!


16 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

You lucky gal! Getting to drink fresh beer 😉

Have a great night!


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Cookies are always tricky to satisfy everyones taste. They look delicious, as does dinner!


18 aubrey September 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Kath! I read that you wanted something cookie like but healthy and minimal butter.
Well, the other day I made Chocolate Chip CHICKPEA Cookies. They are chewy, a little sweet and totally fixes a cookie craving.

Here’s my recipe: http://italktofood.blogspot.com/2010/09/confession-and-then-some-cookies.html

– Aubrey


19 Erin September 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I was totally in a baking mood tonight but was sucked into Glee instead. Ah well, that’s what the weekend’s for! I might need to bake these along with some pumpkin bread. 😀


20 barefootgirl September 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

we had millet tonight for the first time ever ( truth behold,, I forgot to label my grains & attempted to make couscous for lunch ….lesson learned & mistake fixed = millet with dinner 😉

yay for cookies!


21 Tina September 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Yumm! I like your modifications. I might make these babies again tomorrow! :)


22 Natalie September 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I love Excel! At one point last year when my husband and I were both doing data analysis on a daily basis we spent an entire hour talking about functions and formulas…then realized what had just happened and decided we were huge nerds! It was funny :)


23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Those cookies sound delicious! And with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut on top? Can’t beat that!


24 Kim September 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Nikki’s Healthy Cookies are absolutely the best.. I make little mini tbsp size cookies and keep a batch in the freezer. They’re unbelievable, and so minimalist.



25 Courtney (The Tasty Balance) September 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

It was a cookie week for me too! That spread looks delicious, btw!


26 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Those cookies look so good! They definitely look like they hit the “wholesome cookie” type you were looking for :)


27 kat September 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

ok, excuse my stupidity, but is the millet meant to be crunchy? I cooked and cooked and cooked some up yesterday but it never really softened….some grains exploded a la quinoa but beyond that….nada! Can anyone help me?! Thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!


28 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

No – it’s soft! Did you add enough water?


29 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I love that green shirt! Where did you get it??

Cookies look delicious and I’m now craving cookies myself. Thanks a lot 😉


30 Sarah September 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Hey Kath, I have noticed that you are substituting coconut oil often but wonder if you have any reservations about the very high amounts of saturated fats in that type of oil? I would love to know you “professional” thoughts on this :) thanks!!


31 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

Not all saturated fats are created equal. Coconut oil is high in medium-chain triglycerides, which can be used for energy and absorbed directly into the blood stream.


32 Sarah September 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

Oh wow! I did not know that! Is this true of Palm oil also? I stopped eating my favorite cereal b/c I saw the saturated fat and thought it was bad news.


33 Jentree September 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

I think the same is true of palm oils…I believe I read that somewhere but you may have to look it up on a search engine.


34 Paige @Running Around Normal September 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Love the idea of those cookies. It really is just a bunch of real, good foods in cookie form with a sweet taste to them! Gotta love that:)


35 Bridget September 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

your cookies w/ the hazelnut butter looks AMAZING. oy. yum!!

can I ask where your adorable green striped shirt is from?? i just love it! thanks for taking the time to answer. much appreciated!


36 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

Old Navy!


37 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Oooh everything looks delicious! I’ve looked at Mint as well but as far as I know, it’s only links into US banks.. booo. I could definitely use it though!


38 Hannah September 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Teehee, I love that making cookies is rare for you whereas it’s something I do every week. And I always eat the two dozen myself in that week 😀


39 Emilyeatsclean September 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Ahhh I love Justin’s chocolate nut butters. I no longer buy the jars, only the individual packets, because I would sit down on the sofa with the jar and a spoon. Ooops!! 😉


40 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Cookies! I have the baking itch, too, and I’m and I’m not much of a baker! Yummy :)


41 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Cookies call me so often. Today, two bowls of ice cream covered in peanut butter called me. Ouch.


42 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I made these Banana Bread Oat Bites a couple weeks ago. They are basically as real food/wholesome as you could possibly get. They were originally called cookies but I renamed them bites because they are not cookies (Matt prob. wouldn’t like them haha).



43 notyet100 September 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

cookies look too good,..


44 Camille September 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Oooh, these look so good! I was craving cookies today, but we are going out of town tomorrow so I can’t go about making a ton of cookies :(


45 Katie September 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I love just throwing cookie ingredients into a bowl, baking, and then seeing what happens. Most of the time, it works. Because, really, with sugar and all that goodness, what can be bad?

I love excel. I spend my days on it. SPreadsheets call to me all day long. It’s kind of sad, really.


46 Kristina @ spabettie September 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

those cookies look FAB.

I love Excel also (I used to be an accountant!) I call it my computer game. 😀


47 Heidi - apples under my bed September 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Yummy cookies! More wholesome goodness :) thanks for the link!
Heidi xo


48 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Ooohh, now I really want to make those cookies!!!


49 Katie @ peacebeme September 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Unrelated to your post, but I have been browsing the ‘real weddings’ on theknot.com a lot because my boyfriend and I have been talking about marriage a lot and I am compiling ideas for our future wedding when he gets home from Afghanistan. Every time I read a ‘real wedding’ story, four more random ones pop up at the bottom of the page to choose next. Tonight I found yours in the random pile! I read your blog every day and I thought, “wow that is crazy!” :)


50 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:53 am



51 S @ extremebalance.net/blog September 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm

True story: all I could think of was Sylvester the Cat saying “suffering Succotash”… it never really occurred to me *what* succotash is. Hello, Google…


52 Mama Pea September 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I’m guessing the chia gave the cookies that “congealed” effect. I’d recommend the flax, or of course my Anytime Cookies. We eat ’em for breakfast.


(sorry for the link…I couldn’t help myself. Plus there is a KERF sighting on the page and some very tiny Peas, sniff sniff.)


53 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

Tiny Peas!


54 stacey-healthylife September 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I love real cookies like that. Somethings that healthy and hearty.


55 Marina September 30, 2010 at 12:23 am

Everybody is making cookies, I should make some too :))


56 Ashley September 30, 2010 at 12:45 am

It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten a cookie….that needs to change!


57 Dorota September 30, 2010 at 1:26 am

These look yum yum. Great pics + post.


58 JL goes Vegan September 30, 2010 at 5:12 am

The cookie improvisations sound delish! I’m now in the mood for baking cookies this weekend (not sure if that’s good or not!) :)

The succotash looks very, very good (I’ll use a vegan sausage from Trader Joe’s) and I have some millet on hand. Looks like you’ve give me a weekend meal and dessert plan! Thanks!


59 Lauren September 30, 2010 at 5:17 am

Mmmmm cookies. Dreena Burton’s Super Charge Me Cookies would definitely satiate your craving for healthier cookies – they’re a go-to of mine! I recently made (and will post in a few weeks) caramel apple granola cookies, which are like a cross between caramel apples, oatmeal cookies, and granola bars. No butter (applesauce instead), a low amount of sweetener, dried apples, peanuts… yummy!


60 coco September 30, 2010 at 5:35 am

hahahha… I spent a day doing financial too. I tried with Mint.com but it didn’t recover all the transactions from my credit card no matter how much times I tried, so I gave up. I use Number (mac) and It’s sooooo much better than excel. I’ll post about it! :)


61 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 30, 2010 at 5:43 am

hahah. you’ve got to be kidding me! i should have checked your blog last night — my husband needed to make cookies to bring into work. he was debating what to make over and over. then he said “let’s make banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!” so he tooled around in the kitchen for a while . . . and though our recipe has no flour, baking soda, baking powder, agave, flax, etc. — they look EXACTLY the same!!!! anyway, we’ll be posting our recipe soon, too. it’s like the simplified version of this one. just thought that was funny :)

great minds really DO think alike!


62 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

That do :)


63 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 30, 2010 at 6:07 am

sometimes i also crave wholesome cookies, but when you want the real thing (ie butter), nothing else will do:-)


64 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 30, 2010 at 6:25 am

Those cookies look good…I never even saw them on Tina’s blog before. LOL! :-)


65 jenn September 30, 2010 at 6:57 am

I am in need of help. Do I get a Le Pliage large tote bag or a medium one? I want something that is “big” but is a purse. Any thoughts?


66 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

I’m not sure what that is!?


67 jenn September 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

It is the large Longchamp tote bag :)


68 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com September 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

Those cookies look great, and so does the succotash! I wish I liked butter peas/beans, though. Those and lima beans are the only bean type food I don’t like…weird.


69 rachael September 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

I love butter beans! You love doing your budget? I hate doing it, to the point that I just ignore it. Any tips on how to make it “fun”?


70 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

You gotta get a fun spreadsheet going and plan it all out.


71 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

Agreed. I find it can be pretty fun to budget, and to check out all my spending.


72 Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon September 30, 2010 at 7:31 am

I love spreading a little Nutella on peanut butter cookies…just makes ’em a little better, doesn’t it? :)


73 Vanessa September 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

I just finished The Help! It was pretty good! Enjoy it!


74 Ashley September 30, 2010 at 7:44 am

Those cookies look amazing. I made brownies and blondies this past weekend for a party and then pumpkin ginger date muffins (WHICH ARE ON MY BLOG!) but now I need to make some kind of COOKIES!!! :)


75 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

I almost made a very similar dish for dinner last night, but my MIL gifted us with some delicious stewed tomatoes (which have a lot more to them than just tomatoes), so that became our dinner instead. I’m fine being flexible when it means an easier dinner :)


76 Nanette September 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

Our dinner was very similar! Carrots, green beans, apples, chicken sausage, butternut squash and I added a touch of agave syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. YUM! It was delicious and I’m sure your’s was too!


77 Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

I’m glad somebody else loves spreadsheets as much as I do :) Of course, I hate following what I put in them…I just like making them :)


78 [email protected] September 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

Beautiful looking cookies! I love versatile recipes like this when you can use substitutions.


79 Julia September 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

If you’re looking for a great wholesome oatmeal cookie, Angela from Ohsheglows has the most amazing vegan oatmeal cookie recipe! Most of the fat is derived from toasted walnuts; they really are some of the best cookies (vegan or not) that I’ve had. :)


80 Jentree September 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

I’m very interested in Mint! Have you been using it for a while??


81 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Yeah, it’s fabulous. It’s best for searching for old things. Like a deposit or the amounts of water bills throughout the year. Also looking at the pie chart of trends is great.


82 AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon September 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

Wow. Those cookies look so good! I’ve been searching for Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter, but I have yet to find it at our grocery store…I mean, they have it, but it’s always sold out when I get there!


83 Clare @ Fitting It All In September 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

I’ve been wanting to bake cookies like that too! I think I have most of the ingredients for the famous Super Charge me ….but maybe I’ll consider some other recipes!


84 Kenbenn September 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Cute shirt! :) Is ground flaxseed ok or does it need to be flaxMEAL? Just curi. Gonna make for the hubs tonight, woohoo!


85 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Ground flax and flaxmeal are the same! Perhaps the meal is a finer ground, but you can def. use ground flax in the recipe


86 Amber K September 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Those cookies look amazing! Tina’s recipes rock. Even if you make a bunch of changes. 😉


87 Jennifer @ Frost BItes September 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm

‘am gonna have to try that recipe…looks good especially with that frosting!


88 The Healthy Apple October 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

Your cookies look ‘perfect’…absolutely incredible and so chewy…the Justin’s Nut Butter is the best way to top off any dessert…I’m addicted to all of his fabulous nut butters.
Enjoy your weekend, Kath!


89 Lisa October 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I make some pretty mean oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! They are the only things my boyfriend will eat oatmeal in! He hates oatmeal (weirdo). :)


90 Kenley October 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Tried ’em. So easy and twice as tasty as they are easy! Thanks for posting!


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