Oh dear, I’ve been a slacker blogger. I feel like that’s the worst kind of blogger; the other unfortunate kinds of bloggers include annoying bloggers and offensive bloggers… but you as a reader don’t have to be affected by them, you can just avoid their site. A slacker blogger, on the other hand, may cause a reader to return to their site to be disappointed over and over. How cruel.
Can I make it up to you with cookies?
These cookies are from the magazine Vegetarian Times. They are titled “The Heart-Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World” because they use ground walnuts and a little canola oil instead of butter and eggs (resulting in no cholesterol and minimal saturated fat) and include both oat flour and rolled oats (resulting in lots of fiber, including soluble fiber which helps remove LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from your blood). Of course, there are plenty of of studies these days about how it’s saturated fat, not the dietary cholesterol you consume, that raises the cholesterol in your blood, or how you need a little saturated fat to keep everything running right… But the only thing I was really thinking about when I made these cookies was that anything bound together by ground up walnuts couldn’t be bad.
They are especially good about half an hour after they come out of the oven, when they are chewy but a little crisp around the edges. As they aged, they became just chewy, kind of in the way a chewy granola bar is chewy. In fact, I basically used them as granola bars, taking them to work for quick energy and carrying them on long runs. At this point, they are improved when dipped in tea.
They are super easy to make. You can find the recipe here. The only changes I made were to use 1 cup almonds and 1 cup walnuts (since we didn’t have enough walnuts) and to grind my own oat flour in the food processor. It’s super easy: you just stick the oats in and turn on the food processor until they become powder. And for this recipe, you need the food processor anyway to grind the nuts, so you don’t even dirty and extra dish! I think I actually didn’t grind my oats enough… the cookies would probably have a little less granola bar chew if I had made a finer powder.
Here are the dry ingredients…
Here is the nut “butter”, combined with the melted brown sugar/water…
Everything getting mixed up…
I like to use pieces of random chocolate bars we have lying around in cookies… these ones contained some dark chocolate with espresso along with the chocolate chips. I also did some with raisins instead of chocolate.
So yes, speaking of running…. I did my longest run last week! 20 miles. It went well; my biggest complaint was thirst around mile 17, but conveniently I was approaching a gas station at that point, so I stopped there to drink some water. Maybe in the future I’ll carry water on long runs, especially if I do them on trails where gas stations are less frequently encountered. Now, though, I’m in taper land. Today was just a 12 mile run and it went smoothly. It was a sunny, warm Fall morning. Time out in this weather is an added bonus to running; I’m really glad I chose this season to train!