Oatmeal Cookie Butter Cookies

Oh MAN do I have a good one for you all today!

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That’s right.  Trader Joe’s is a brilliant man — and he made a smart lady out of me last night int he kitchen with his Crunchy Cookie Butter.


These cookies remind me of the cookies you get from a really good bakery (specially Latecia’s in my old Chicago neighborhood).  This batch made one LARGE cookie for me (plenty to share if you’re  nice) but the proportions are EASY to translate into a much larger batch.


Oatmeal Cookie Butter Cookies


  • 2 tablespoons of Crunchy Cookie Butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oats
  • 1 tablespoon of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of applesauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • small handful of Reese’s Pieces


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a cookie sheet evenly
  • Begin by mixing the cookie butter (room temp), oats, flour and applesauce in a bowl
  • Mix the baking soda, vanilla and milk together in a small container before adding it to the mixture
  • Carefully fold and combine the ingredients together until it looks like they are evenly distributed
  • Add the Reese’s pieces
  • Put the dough onto a greased cookie sheet (I baked one large cookie)
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes

Notes:  You’ll notice these proportions are VERY easy to multiply in order to make a batch of cookies.  You could easily double or even quadruple the recipe and make a bunch of smaller cookies! YUM!

Please, I cannot recommend this cookie enough.  Give her a shot — and thank me later.

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Taking Good Care Of Myself and a Recipe

You know what day it is today?




Midway through my first full week in almost a month and I gotta say, I’m doing pretty well.  I’m not saying work is all smiles and roses, but who expects that.  I get through my 9-5 and have been taking full advantage of my time OUTSIDE of that.

Ever since last week’s scare I have been constantly evaluating and reevaluating how I feel and what my body is telling me.  You all know I love being active, but just like everything in life there can be too much of a good thing and sometimes we need to find balance.  With snow on the ground, it makes it easier to find creative ways to utilize my small apartment gym and not focus so much on running as I had been.

For me, this balance has been:

  • More YOGA
  • More strength training (Hello NTC app.  LOVE it)
  • Lots of walks
  • Shorter, fewer runs

So far, my body feel strong and I think it’s appreciating the extra love :).

Kindness Yoga

Speaking of taking care of myself . . .

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I gave my body a special treat last night. I took my first class at Kindness Yoga Studios here in Denver (click on the picture for their link, this computer is being a little funny). The class was challenging but perfect in oh-so-many ways and was exactly what the doctor ordered.  I plan on doing a full recap of my experience later today, so stay tuned!

It was past 7 by the time I got home so needless to say I was hungry!  I was so thankful that I had taken some extra time in the morning to prep my meal.

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On the menu last night was Curried Chicken Salad for one!  Served on a toasted pretzel bun with a side of Whole Foods tortilla chips :).


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HEALTHY Curry Chicken Salad for One


  • 3-4 oz of plain, 0% milk fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz grilled chicken
  • 1 teaspoon (or a couple pinches to taste)
  • Handful of grapes
  • 1 small celery stalk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of dried cranberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Put the yogurt in a small mixing bowl and mix in curry until well distributed
  • Add the chicken to the mixture
  • Halve the grapes and small chop the celery
  • Add the chopped vegetables along with the dried cranberries to the mix
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Enjoy!

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I of course toasted a little bun to go with mine, but you can serve this on top of any bread of choice or even greens! It was surprisingly delicious and EASY!  I let mine sit in the fridge all day and I think that did a lot for the flavors all coming together.  I will definitely make this again!

Treat of the day



I enjoyed more of the Immaculate Baking company cookies last night for my treat.  Seriously, if you have these in your local grocer, get them.  Super easy, gluten free, and delicious.  There really is nothing like a fresh baked cookie. . . and these are the best drop cookies I’ve found (you  know I’ve done my research).

This Morning

I had two anxious furballs vying for my attention well before 6 this morning — so it wasn’t TOO difficult to talk myself out of bed for a quick and dirty workout before the sun was up.

Workout of the Day: 3.16 miles in 30 minutes



I did an easy warm up mile and was feeling better than I have in awhile so decided to try and slowly integrate speed work back into my routine.  After my first easy mile, I did 400 repeats at 7.0-7.4 with 400 recovery in between until I reached 3 miles (4 sets).  I felt good at the end and walked it out until I hit 30 minutes.

I was surprised how strong I felt both this morning and at yoga last night. . . but I guess that shows I am doing something right with taking care of myself lately!

Be back later with a full recap of my Kindness Yoga experience 🙂

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Umm — hello heaven.

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To say this cookie was a success would be an understatement :).  I found myself continuing to return for “just one more sliver” and couldn’t stop.  Dangerous, let’s just put it that way!  At least I healthified it a bit!

My original inspiration for this cookie was from a fellow AWESOME healthy living blogger,  Sarah @ SweetMiles.  She posted this late in January and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The ingredients are simple, and I had basically all of them on hand.   This cookie was the PERFECT way to treat myself during a crazy week!

Cast Iron Skillet Cookie


  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of natural applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup of Whole Wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 5 caramel pieces cut into quarters


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Butter your pan with the wrapper from your stick of butter OR with butter itself
  • Combine softened butter and sugar and applesauce until well incorporated

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  • Add egg, vanilla and salt to the mxture
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
  • Incorporate the dry into the wet ingredients
  • Add the chocolate and caramel

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  • Bake for 25-27 minutes at 350
  • Enjoy!

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Yes, this is a healthified cookie — but it’s a darn good one.   Zach and I were discussing it and using the Whole Wheat PASTRY flour still gave it the a bit of the whole wheat flavor, but the “pastry” density.  I loved it!