Jan 16

Chewy Granola Cookies

Some might call these Oatmeal Cookies.



Yup – I’m finally posting the recipe for these lovelies I mentioned on WIAW last week.

These Granola Cookies aren’t as sweet as yer mamma’s cookie, and the goji berries makes me think of granola rather than oatmeal.  You can call them whatever you want.  At under under 100 calories, I call them awesome.



These chewy cookies have a hint of molasses-y sweetness from the brown sugar.  Walnuts add a great crunch, and I loved the punch of cinnamon.  The whole wheat flour and oatmeal make them more filling than a “typical” cookie.

If you use the flax egg and Earth balance, these make a terrific vegan treat.  Plus, you can eat the batter without fear of Salmonella (as if that’s ever stopped me before…).



Tasty crumbled atop Greek yogurt for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or dipped in milk for dessert. They also freeze really well.

Recipe at end.


Weekly Fitness Recap

My knee is still jacked, but I’m keeping up with the modified Mile-a-Day Challenge.  I went to kickboxing (like I was told NOT to) and that really didn’t help matters.  Oops.



I did a lot of P90X this week.  Then caught wind of Body Rock “Fit Test” to begin their 30 days of fitness.  I took it and am going to make an effort to do these workouts fairly regularly and see how I progress with another fit test at the end!

Workout Recap (1/9 – 1/15)

  • Monday - P90X Biceps/Back, 1 mile run
  • Tuesday – Ab Ripper X, Elliptical (intervals), 100 push-ups
  • Wednesday - P90X Tris/Chest, Stationary bike (intervals)
  • Thursday - Kickboxing, 10 mins StairMaster (intervals)
  • Friday - This BodyRock, Stationary bike (intervals), 100 push-ups
  • Saturday – P90X Core Synergistics100 jumping jacks
  • Sunday – Elliptical (intervals), 100 push-ups



Chewy Granola Cookies

  • 1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter or Earth Balance, softened
  • 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 C light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 C xylitol (or other sugar-substitute)
  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flax + 3 T water), or 1 regular egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 C rolled oats
  • 1/4 C goji berries (or raisins)
  • 1/2 C walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, applesauce, sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, goji berries and walnuts.

Scoop cookies onto parchment-lined baking sheet leaving ~2 inches between. Bake them for 10-12 mins, until golden. Let sit on baking sheet for ~5 mins before transferring to a rack to cool.

Makes 24 cookies.

Approximate nutrition: 74 calories, 2.6g fat, 12.2g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 3.1g sugar, 1.3g protein.


It’s another week of travel – very conducive to rockin’ out some Body Rock.

Do you like super-sweet desserts or something more savory?

Have you done the Body Rock Fit Test?  What did you think?



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  1. Tya@note etc.

    looks yums.. I love oatmeal and walnut, and i have been searching oatmeal cookies that isn’t too sweet bookmark this recipe :)


    1. Laura

      These would certainly fit that bill. Thanks for stopping by! Do let me know if you try them. :)

  2. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    I was dreaming of making breakfast cookies last night. These cookies are inspiring me even more. And…damn… you are working it!

    1. Laura

      I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I’d like to use this base and try one with a hint of citrus.

  3. Lisa @ Healthful Sense

    Loving these cookies… I’ve never used xylitol before.
    I might just have to check out the Bodyrock fitness challenge. I love workouts you can do at home!!

  4. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    Mmmm these look great!

    You look fierce in that picture ;)

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Rawr. :)

  5. Sara @my less serious life

    dude, you look hardcore in that pic. love it!

  6. Parita @ myinnershakti

    You look hardcore in that pic!

    I’ve seen the BodyRock 30 day challenge on multiple blogs now and I think I’m going to check it out. I could use a challenge!

    1. Laura

      Yessss… you would love it! Great for those mornings you’re in a rush or don’t want to travel to the gym.

  7. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Cookies look amazing – I’ll have to add those to my list! I tried the bodyrock fit test and first workout last week – WOW did that kick my butt. I felt very out of shape, crazy! I can’t fit it into my schedule very often, but I’m going to follow along at my own pace – maybe one or two a week. We’ll see if that’s enough to make progress or not. :)

    1. Laura

      Just the test kicked my arse. I’m sure you killed it though. I did workout 1 today – not bad!

      1. Heather @ Better With Veggies

        Definitely didn’t kill it – I’m glad to hear it kicked your butt too!

  8. Linda

    Sounds like breakfast, snack, mini lunch and dessert to me!! I could so eat these all day; I’d have to share and give some away tho not to be overly tempted! I don’t always buy the gojo berries as they seem costly, but when I buy them again, I will definitely be making these!

  9. Stacy @ Stacy Eats

    Your cookies sound delicious and you look like your ready to kick some booty in that pic. Get ‘em girl!

  10. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    i love making granola cookies and actually using homemade granola! ps…you look like a badass in that pic!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… great idea! I’m long overdue for a batch of granola.

  11. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    I love oatmeal cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And I’m with Stacy haha you look fierce in that picture! Hope your knee is feeling ok!

  12. DeskSnacker

    Looks great, but yikes, half stick of butter?

    1. Laura

      You could use another 1/4 cup of applesauce or coconut butter. I split the difference of the normal 1/2 stick of butter in cookies with 1/2 & 1/2 applesauce and butter. I figure 1/4 C butter spread among 24 cookies isn’t so bad. ;)

  13. Julie at Burnt Carrots

    These look delicious! I love it that they aren’t very many calories too. For sweet or savory, it 100% depends on my mood. I’ve been known to have massive cravings for both!

    I’ve never heard of the rock body fitness test but am now very curious. We are big cross fit junkies, so hopefully I don’t score too low!

    1. Laura

      If you like crossfit, I think you’ll love BodyRock. They are perfect for those days where you’re short on time or if you travel!

  14. Christin@purplebirdblog

    You are such a badass… I love the pic of you in the gloves… er, glove ;)

    I saw you’re registered for Blend… me too, chica! :D

    1. Laura

      Thanks, love!

      You are?!?!?! This is going to be the best weekend. I’m finding out all my favorite people are going. :)

  15. Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    I really miss kickboxing. :( My mom and I used to go all the time..it was SUCH a great workout!!

  16. Kiri W.

    Holy cow, you are ripped!
    The cookies look fantastic – regardless of granola or oatmeal, chewy makes me happy :)

  17. RavieNomNoms

    Look at you!! Bad maamajamma! The bodyrock stuff is REALLY intense haha. I actually just started doing Insanity a week ago, I really like it. I am not doing the crazy 60 challenge. Just 2-3 times a week on top of my normally going to the gym and dancing routine. Love the interval cardio stuff though!

    Your cookies look really good!

    1. Laura

      I reallllly want to try Insanity. And the new P90X2. I don’t follow the prescribed plans either – I like to shake my stuff up more.

  18. Cucina49

    The cookies look wonderful, and your workouts have been hard-core! I need something to shake up my usual gym/marathon training routine.

  19. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    These sound yummy! I just made a trail mix granola bar/cookie yesterday that is very similar to these. (Great minds think alike.) Love the badass photo of you. Please tell me you are flexing your arm and they don’t just always look like that. Because if they do I’m going to have to hate you. :)

    1. Laura

      LOL! I was flexing a ‘lil. ;)

  20. Hannah

    Those cookies look good, and I am not even a fan of oatmeal! haha I hope you knee gets better!:)

  21. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I LOVE a cookie under 100 calories – and I’m not needing things to be so sweet anymore! I like food that is functional too, and these are filled with great ingredients!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! It’s funny how you don’t need desserts to be a sugar-y sweet once your body gets used to eating less sugar/processed stuff.

  22. Heather @ Run Eat Play

    Your granola cookies look awesome – I can’t wait to try them out! I love desserts that are sweet, but not too rich.

  23. Corey @ Learning Patience

    I am going to check out this body rock challenge..thanks for the heads up…BTW – you LOOK HOT!

    xoxo from Trinidad

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! Let me know how you like Body Rock. It’s addicting!

  24. Hannah

    You’re just smoking hot right there, aren’t you?

    Mmmm, cookies! Love the vibrant gojis!

  25. Baking Serendipity

    I love breakfast cookies! I’ve never added goji berries to mine before, but I love the inspiration :)

  26. Professor Vegetable

    Those cookies look so good. I want.

    Also, Damn girl, you got some serious muscles. I’m impressed.

    1. Laura

      There’s nothing like vegan breakfast treat!

      Thank you! :)

  27. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    I love that these are vegan and have all of that goodness packed into a cookie.

    Seriously goji berries and walnuts DEEEE-LICIOUS!

  28. Corinne

    Hi there! I just found your blog recently and man do these cookies look awesome! I’m always down to try a new cookie recipe, especially one that is less than 100 calories. usually means i eat two… :)

    1. Laura

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! These cookies definitely warrant having two… or three… ;)

  29. Geraldine Saucier

    I love your recipe for the granola cookies. I am always looking for healthy recipes for my family.

    1. Laura

      Thank you! They would be a great, low-sugar option for kids. Let me know if you try them out!

  30. Alyce@culinarythymes

    Wow these look great.

  31. Ally

    Girl, you’re an inspiration! Killer arms. So toned! Fabulous cookies. Yum.

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