Monday, April 2, 2012

a recipe for the F minus team.

the soccer season is upon us.

we jimmy rigged layne's outfit. shinguards from his uncle's ninja white tube socks...regular tennis shoes. no cleats. but when we got there, everyone was hardcore. people straight up buy soccer gear for their kids in kindergarten. my B! i thought this was just for fun... what was i thinking.

and then layne gets out on the field and is all slide tackling children.


i'm like...oh, hey. i guess he didn't get my soccer skills. which means he's not going to be on the F minus team in high school. good for him. i'm still not sure why i tried out for sports in high school. but i kept doing it. and i kept getting on the worst team. why didn't they cut me? i think they felt bad and also marveled at my sheer determination. also, i ran like a kangaroo with my arms up by my chest so maybe it was for laughs.

on the other hand, nato played on the A team his entire life and even in college. he is incredibly athletic. which could be because while i was playing boggle in my basement, he was practicing being awesome at all sports.


anyway, the kids are more active and i need some healthier treats around here. so here is a healthy version of an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a ton less fat than my normal oatmeal cookie GO TO recipe. now if you're having guests over and cookies are your dessert, let's get one thing straight: don't serve a healthy treat. that's offensive on so many levels. that's like telling people you don't like them in  roundabout way. unacceptable.

 but if you're making an everyday cookie(i pretty much really and truly do make cookies every day), this is a good change up. still has sugar in it so i mean, let's not kid ourselves and say these are "diet cookies". or that they will keep you from having a muffin top. although i think...if you ate 100 apples, those would give you a muffin top too. wait, what? i know, i made that up. but it could maybe be true. or something.

anyway, here's the recipe:
i will call them...
offensive oatmeal cookies. 


ok no. i will call them 
skinny oatmeal cookies
modified from david lebovitz's chewy oatmeal cookie recipe

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 

2 heaping teaspoons ground flax if you have it (optional)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup applesauce( i had a peach applesauce mix)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups oats
1/3 cup raisins 

1/2 cup of chocolate chips

ok now here's where i do things a little different from bakers. i throw everything in the same bowl...i don't really separate dry from wet. so sue me.

cream together your butter applesauce, vanilla and sugar.
then add egg. mix.
then the soda, powder, flax. mix.
then the oats. mix. flour. mix (you get the point right?)
then raisins and chocolate chips. mix.

people over mix their cookies. and it makes them tough. you want to just mix until whatever you've added is incorporated. especially once the egg is added...easy on the mixing, people.

spray a pan and load the cookies on the pan. i make the cookies gigantic because it's how angels make cookies in heaven. what?

so then bake these at 375 for 10 minutes. 

they are so delicious. seriously. i don't put things on here that i don't LOVE. but i really didn't notice the missing fat one bit. they are so chewy and so good. even nato was like, i can't really tell the difference. 

i will eat these for breakfast and not feel bad. not one bit. 

nor will i feel bad serving them to my little athlete. 


sorry lila, these are not gluten free. sad face. Photobucket


  1. i always look forward to reading your posts. i get so excited when i see a new one in my google reader. i wish i had 1/2 of the talent you have with writing. you are amazingly awesome.

  2. I sorta want to steal your ruler. Weird? Yes. True? Also yes.

  3. you make me belly laugh so often.
    these cookies look yummy.
    we would've jimmy rigged wilder's uniform just the same.
    i played boggle. i sucked at sports.
    still do.
    so i was the basketball "manager" so i could go to the away games and kiss boys on the bus.

  4. my soccer coach used to MOCK MY limp-wristed kangaroo run, I'm not even lying.

    love these sweaty faced warm weather pics, amen?!

  5. oh my goodness...i loved reading this.
    glad to know other moms rig the sport's outfits.

    two weeks ago i sent Niamh to basketball practice in mary janes. i was embarrassed for her. more for myself as a mom. your skinny cookies. and agree, on keeping desserts true to their unhealthy nature for guests. also for myself:).

    you are a giggle every time! thanks, friend.


  6.'s a yard stick! the people who lived here before us left it. and it's so cute. i heart it.
    @lori, i'm not sure if it's good writing to write like you talk...but that's what i do. :)

  7. a. F minus?? i think not! you are on the A team girl!
    you always give us the best recipes, and i giggle out loud almost every time i'm here. score!
    b. i have a muffin top. :/ AND...i'm not an athlete in the LEAST.
    c. i always look forward to your recipes, because unless someone shows me healthy ones, my kids go cookieless{because i would eat them all}. they thank you from the bottom of their little hearts. and so do i.

  8. We jimmy rig sports outfits too :) Your posts always make me smile.

  9. yum! those look so good! i never separate wet and dry ingredients either...too many dishes. sometimes if i'm making cornbread i just dump everything in the pan and mix it right in there. lazy.

  10. FYI when there's that much oatmeal in a recipe, I usually replace the flour with almond meal and it works well for a GF cookie!

  11. thanks for the recipe.. will try this for my kids... and the good version for me! HA

  12. Nom!
    Ah, my oldest was ALWAYS rigged up on the fly for sports. I'd be embarrassed, but what's the point?

  13. @therese that's such a good idea...i maybe will try it!

  14. Oh man, you just make me laugh. Totally agreed, making health-food desserts for company is hateful, but 10 points for "healthful" everyday cookies for cute little people - they do look very yum. : )

  15. oh my gosh, those cookies look amazing! i'll definitely have to try them.
    good luck with your little future soccer star ;)

  16. the wee soccer player and the cookies are nothing but A-team material!!

  17. Ah, shinguards and the whole "outfit" (as I like to call it... much to my husbands dismay) were all part of the sports team package. We were told the cleats were optional. Our son was the only one on the field minus cleats the first game (also to my husband's dismay). Guess what we went shopping for the second we left the game. Oh, you know it! Hope all the others want to play soccer too so we can get some real wear out of those tiny little things that he too quickly outgrew!

    PS. Your original oatmeal cookie recipe is my new favorite go-to cookie recipe. I'm not sure I'm ready to trade it in for a healthier version... even if it does mean I gain another 60 lbs with this pregnancy.

  18. yipee! I can't wait to try these! Thanks for the re-creation!

  19. I'm new here and you are tons of fun! Found you from Mom4Life :)

  20. hey, jami!

    just had to come back and tell you that i made these cookies today for my crew and they LOVED them. i used brown rice flour{because i had it} and they turned out great! couldn't be easier or nummier!
    i also wanted to say that i know i sound like a broken record,but i have been so encouraged and blessed by you. praise the Lord for leading me to your little spot here in cyber space. i think of you often and pray for you, too.

    have a wonderful week!

  21. Mary, I'll have to try that w brown rice flour fOr a gluten free option!

  22. I need to try these! I make your original oatmeal choc chip cookie recipe ALL THE TIME! I even make dough ahead of time to freeze so that I have it on hand. It's becoming an issue...


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