Monday, May 14, 2012

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

This weekend was a high energy weekend. There was an 8.5 km run in the beautiful weather along the Don Valley Trail. There was an hour or two of gardening, an hour or two of organizing the garage. There was a long walk to the dog park, and an hour or so of throwing the pup her ball.

And then, there was the hour or two of sitting with my feet up, a glass of wine in hand on the front porch, watching the world pass. I love our front porch. Perhaps I'm nosy, but I'll admit it: I like watching our neighbours, seeing what they've done with their front lawns these days, waving across the street in a distant moment of neighbourly connection. My front porch makes me feel a part of this place, this street. 

Sunday evening, I pulled out my mixing bowls, a few ingredients, a baking sheet and set to work. I've tracked down a few healthy cookie recipes for the week, something I can make up and pack for snacks, lunches, grab for breakfasts, quick things that are low in calories and high in nutrition. Things made with applesauce and bananas and no oils or added sugar.

I know. These don't look like they fit that description, right? A chocolatey oatmeal cookie? Turns out these are kind of deceptive. As the Husband chewed through his first, he looked at me with this almost hurt expression on his face. Where was the coat-the-mouth sweetness? The rich chocolate delight? They look promising, but the tastebuds tell another story.

Until you have a second one.

And then a third.

And your brain starts realigning its expectations and your stomach reconsiders its cravings and suddenly you're five cookies in, starting on the sixth and you realize that, really, these will do just fine, thank you very much.

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

I didn't adapt these in the least. I didn't even change the somewhat silly name that grows on you in the same way these cookies grow on you. I mean, just say it a couple times: skinnychunkymonkeycookies skinnychunkymonkeycookies. Fun, yes?

For the recipe, go here!

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