Sometimes naps are necessary.
It’s the end of “Dead Week” and I’ve been averaging 6 hours of sleep a night. When I found myself scuffing my feet around Target after having 2 cups of caffeinated coffee this afternoon, I drove myself home and crawled into my unmade bed immediately. My roommate asked me when I had last taken a nap. I honestly do not know. What I do know is that I need to sleep more. We were taught in my Human Physiology class that less sleep is associated with increased obesity – no good.
Now the Christmas tunes are playing, the candles are burning, and I’m ready to share my most recent recipe with you… a healthier cookie to add to your holiday cookie collection.
Salted Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe Adapted from Carrots ‘N’ Cake
- 1 c. rolled oats
- 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. brown rice syrup
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 egg
- 3/4 c. chocolate chips – I used bittersweet.
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
- sea salt
In a medium bowl mix oats, flour, and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, mix butter, sugar, and syrup. Add egg and vanilla – mix thoroughly. Fold in chips & nuts. Roll in balls. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 350* for 12-14 minutes.
Makes 18 cookies.
1. I replaced the original 1/4 c. of maple syrup with brown rice syrup. I think the next time around I will use maple or perhaps regular sugar. I think the rice syrup did something to the texture.
2. I also added vanilla extract and baking powder to the recipe, which weren’t called for in Tina’s recipe.
The last, lone cookie [now gone]. 12 cookies consumed by yours truly in 3 days. Sea Salt, you win – yummm!
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Holiday Hustle Challenge Update
I created a new page to record my exercise [click image below].
So far, so good! Though, I’ll admit… today’s a.m. workout was mentally tough. Usually by the fourth day in a row at the WREC, I’m a bit burnt out. It was a challenge to keep myself running on the treadmill for 30 minutes today. If it weren’t for the HH Challenge in the back of my mind, I might have called it quits early. Fatigued legs and little sleep don’t make a great combo.
Feather bed here I come!