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1 photo I forgot from Easter…Kenna always attacks when pictures are being taken.  Another nick name we have for her is The Destroyer, for obvious reasons ;)

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I’ve read a lot about these instant oatmeal cookies but have yet to try one.  They haven’t looked that good to me and I like my creamy fluffy oats SO much.  I guess the cookie is a good “to go” option…or a good option if you don’t like the consistency of goopy oatmeal like my mom!

She says she doesn’t know what to do with it in her mouth…chew…swallow…mush around..I think it is quite hilarious.  She has tried many times but just doesn’t like it.  However, she was more than willing to give this oatmeal cookie a shot.  I think it originated from Tina first…but I’m not sure.  


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I prefer stovetop to microwave any day…but I’ll give it a shot at some point…it smelled pretty fabulous!  It’s also a little easier to eat in the car than a bowl of oats, if you’re in a rush in the AM :)  My mom picked out all the add-ins she wanted and I “cooked” it up for her.

Mom’s 3-Minute Oatmeal Cookie [original recipe]

  • 1/4c instant oats
  • 1 egg white [or 1/8c]
  • 1/4t cinnamon
  • 1/4t baking powder
  • splash of vanilla ~1/2t
  • 1T dark chocolate chunks
  • ~1T+ chopped walnuts
  • ~1T+ chopped dried cranberries
  • 1.5t pure cane sugar
  • 2t flour
  1. Mash everything together until combined.
  2. Pat down with the back of a spoon in a bowl.
  3. Microwave for 45sec on high. 
  4. Let cool for ~30sec and slide out of the bowl.
  5. EAT!

I thought it came out looking pretty delicious.  My mom really enjoyed it and said it was WAY better than she was expecting. She said the texture was very cookie-like and is excited to make them before she leaves for work in the AM.

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Chris wants to try it out too.  He’s not a huge fan of creamy oats either…what the heck people!? ;)

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I had a general check up at the Doc today and had blood work done.  I’m excited to find out how all of my levels are…especially since [besides yesterday] I haven’t eaten meat in about 2-3 months.  I had to fast for about 13hrs and I thought I might pass out.  I was CHUGGING water to try and trick my only worked so much.  I got pretty grumpy for the last 2hrs before leaving the for appt.  SO so so hungry.

I stashed this in my purse and then smashed it in my face as SOON as I walked out of the office :)

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When I got home we decided to go out for a late lunch to Watercourse.  It was my third time there and I was impressed again.  This was probably the best meal.  It’s a vegetarian/vegan restaurant with a HUGE menu [much larger than what they show online].  My mom and Chris both raved about their meals.  I had a big egg scramble with smoked portabellas, artichokes and broccoli with a side of fruit + sweet potato home fries.  YUM.

It was SO sunny eyes literally would not open!

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We wanted to show my mom the rock climbing gym.  She always likes seeing the things we do in person.  It was nice to get a good climbing workout in too.  My mom brought her camera…here are a few of the pics!

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I had my 2nd flavor of Siggi’s.  It was quite tart!!  I finished it but not my favorite in the flavor department.  

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I added some [hiding] almonds + kamut puff cereal.  Kamut puffs are really tasty..they are pretty bland but kind of have a nutty flavor with a good crunch.  They are super cheap 1c is a serving with only 50’s fun to snack on at night instead of popcorn.

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Dinner tiiiime!  Crunchy salad – baby romaine + carrots + cucumbers + avocado

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Homemade quick + easy dressing. 

Olive oil + apple cider vinegar + balsamic vinegar [appx. equal parts]

oregano + salt + pepper + garlic powder [few shakes of each]

Whisk or use a hand blender to combine.  Taste and make changes accordingly.

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Garlic bread.

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Amaaaazing pasta from my Clean Food cookbook.  It came from the SPRING section on page 83.

Medditerranean Pasta with Greens

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This took about 20-30min from start to finish and was just perfect.  The flavors worked perfectly and it had such a fresh taste to it.

whole wheat pasta + garbanzo beans + kale onion + garlic

with a sauce made from whole peeled tomatoes with their juices + tomato paste

There are a TON of leftovers and I can’t wait to DIG in.  My mom + Chris both loved it!

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Since EVERYONE asked or commented about the tea steeper I thought I would send you a link of where to get it.  It’s from the Avon catalog and only costs $4.  There is also a strawberry version that is super cute as well!

   You can find it HERE!

Not sure what’s on tabs for tomorrow..the weather is going to be chilly the next 2 days…lame!  So many things I want to show my mom are outside here!

Also, Mama Pea figured out the mystery as to why the Key Lime Pie [from yesterday] didn’t “set” like hers did.  So apparently “agar agar” [a natural gelatin] comes in powdered AND flaked.  I used flaked and MamaP used powdered.  The powdered is much more potent, so I didn’t use nearly enough of the flakes.  hehe  I’m so glad she figured it out!

She emailed me a conversion chart when using agar agar.  Thanks MP!!!  I was WAY off, haha.  I gobbled down more of the pie tonight and realllly love the flavor, especially with the coconut cool whip.  Chris tried it and thought it was awesome as well.  Can’t wait to make it again with the right ratios ;)




Reader Comments (43)

This may sound weird, but I actually want to have a full blood panel done so I know what all my levels are if I am truly putting the right amount of each nutrient into my body.

The garlic bread looks so good and yet so simple!

I've never had a oatmeal cookie either. It does look delicious. And YES to stovetop oats. So good. :)
Love your photos!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

rock climbing!! love it! you guys look like such pro's too! :)

kamut puffs are so great! I get the kashi puffs, they are only 70 calories in 1 cup and I love adding them to yogurt or my smoothies!!

I had that siggis flavr too, it is very bitter, but I liked it! it was sort of different from the normal chobani or fage I get! trry the vanilla, that was my fav flavor!!

MMMM i want that oatmeal cookie!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi (onefitfoodie)

I must try this no-bake cookie. Me and baking are not very good friends, but the microwave is something I can handle! :)

Girl, look at those guns! You are totally rocking the climbing! :)

So happy you are enjoying the time with your family. It all sounds wonderful.

Take care hun!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I haven't tried an oatmeal cookie yet and your's is the best I've seen!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Rock climbing is so fun!

Don't worry hon. Dad's in the "creamy oats" fan club. About 4-5 times a week, usually with granola or cracklin oats on top. I haven't tried steel cut yet though. Better soon, huh?

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I just discovered Kamut puffs....delicious!

serioously, what is up with people not liking creamy oats?? I'm baffles. But I'm excited to try your version of the microwave cookie!

I'm glad you survived until your blood draw. I'm curious to hear the results.

My mom always likes to see things we do in person too. cute moms. :)

I bought that same flavor of Siggi's too (of course) I'm not that excited to try it. Maybe I'll douse it in quinoa granola. :)

Seriously, isn't that pasta dish awesome?? I loved it!!

Have a great day girly!

I love your rock climbing pics! It makes me miss the wall and the carabiners and the rubber shoes! Man, I have to get back into it. Have a great day!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie @ Fit.Fun.Food

how fun! i bet your arms are from all of your climbing :) there are a couple of gyms here in boulder that we want to check out, especially because Nate misses climbing a LOT! looks like you guys are having a GREAT time! let me know if you head up this way!

awe. your pup is a sweetie! i am with you and prefer cooked oats to an oat cookie, but they do taste good. the pasta looks awesome!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanetha

Lol, you know what's funny? I saw your tea steeper and thought it was so cute.... And I sell Avon, but it hasn't been in our catalogue up here in Canada.... Ahhh, so sad. Maybe it's just like everything else and I'll have to wait a year or so to get it. Lol. You keep tempting me with the clean eating cookbook, I really need to just go get one. Everything you make from it looks so yummy.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I love Kamut puffs! I mix it with Nature's Path Heritage bran and the Fiber (worm-like shape) cereal from TJ's for a great breakfast cereal. They definitely add a lot of volume, without all the calories.

I love that oatmeal cookie idea! I'm definitely going try that out asap...great quick dessert idea too ;)Do you have the nutritional info (just curious)?

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

your arms are looking A MA ZING! perhaps i need to pick up rock climbing!

i took the plunge and bought some siggis today at WF... I always see it on both your blog and KERF. it looks fantastic, but man is it pricey! Looking forward to giving it a try tomorrow.

that oatmeal cooking looks delicious, must try. i wonder if i can use steel cut...

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

I just wanted to say how excited I am to make whipped coconut cream someday. Thanks for trying it out. :)

I am also a member of the haters of creamy oats club. I should try the breakfast cookie idea...although I also wouldn't mind having a creamy oat-lover like you make some for me someday! Maybe I just don't make them right.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Hahaha thanks! Siggi's is expensive..I've only tried it twice now and caught it on sale..but it's still pricey! I probably won't buy it frequently at all. I do not think steel cut would work with the cookie at all! I'm hoping regular rolled oats do...but they might be a bit chewy/tough.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ohhh it's so good and could be used as a topping on SO many things. Like creamy oats! ;)

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yummm love snacking on the Kamut!! Hmmm, I don't have the nutrition but could work it up...

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is pretty funny!! Yes, you need the book :)

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I JUST made the microwave cookie with Bob Red Mill's extra-thick rolled oats! However, I just made mine a oatmeal-currant version. It definitely worked (and wasn't too crunchy) but I had to cook it for probably 20 more seconds than your recommended time (not sure if it was the microwave or the different kind of oats). It looked slimy and not totally cooked though after 45 sec...

Anyway, just thought I would share! :)

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

Oh yeah..we went to Movement a few times and it's just AMazing!! Plus they have spin classes and official yoga classes, cardio equipment and a huge weight room. It's pricey but not when you consider all of that. It's less than joining an unlimited yoga place. If we lived in Westminster or Boulder we would have joined there FOr sure! We belong to Rockin and Jammin's probably about 20min or so from where you live.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Girl..I'm right there with you! Hahaha, the flavor was just different...I still scarfed it down! The pasta was FANtastic!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah but you're still using quick oats ;)

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I made one for the huz this AM and had a was actually pretty good!!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely good for the non-baker! :)

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahahaa we are soooo not pros! I love that I can eat a hole CUP of them, or two cups for that matter..low calorie and a few grams of protein and fiber...great to snack on at night while watching TV. I do not like chobani [too sweet!!] and fage was way too sour tasting...I'll have to try the vanilla!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for the post! I love it!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWatch Supernatural

Lovely photos as usual! ;)

Oh no! I might have to get a lemon steeper. It seriously is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I made the 3 minute oatmeal cookie and loved it! So excited to try something new - I am not a big fan of creamy oats either, I prefer something a little more solid in the am - this was perfect!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Oooh so glad you like them! I have yet to make one for myself!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] ok, ’cause I’ll stop slacking now and get posting!   I did try Ashley’s oatmeal breakfast cookie again.  If you remember, the last time was a bit of a struggle and didn’t turn out so good.  [...]

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnd we’re back…

I love porridge for breakfast but whipped one of these up for afternoon tea to share with my mum. We loved it. I used spelt flour and xylitol instead of sugar. Had no craisins so used raisins but next time I'll get some cranberries for the tartness. I'll also see if I can get away with using vanilla stevia drops in the eggwhite instead of xyli. I'm also going to experiment with pecans, slivered almonds, cocoa powder, coconut, dates...oh the possibilites! Thanks!!!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOatCookieFan

[...] read her blog, please do– I get so many ideas from her!), I had COOKIES for breakfast. Mom’s 3-Minute Oatmeal Cookie, to be [...]

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookies and Cuban « Pret

I made the oatmeal cookie for breakfast this morning. I doubled the recipe and use a whole egg to make 2 and added some ground flax. It was delicious. I only had old fashion oats, but it came out great. Thanks.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanesa

So glad you liked it...I always forget about those but they're so delicious!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Loved this idea... with a few tweaks i've just made a version of my own for the perfect weekend breakfast indulgence! It worked perfectly and is up on my blog now, so thanks for the inspiration.

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjo@includingcake

Thanks for letting me know!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] Good stuff!  Check out the recipe for the breakfast cookie. [...]

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBreakfast Cookie | Jax House
girl this looks amazing!
October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg @ A Dash of Meg
I did this one and it was really cake like :(
October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

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