Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies – Oatmeal and Applesauce

My name is Maggie and I am a chocoholic who is bound to bring you a new chocolate cookie recipe at least once a quarter.

This is not a joke. I seriously don’t think I can stop at this point.

I don’t think I have to though as long as I have recipes like this (and my everyday chocolate smoothie with spinach and flax-seed.) Sure there is sugar in this skinny chocolate chip cookie, but with applesauce and dark chocolate it’s not as bad as it could be.

And at this point, that might be as good as it gets for me.

I found this recipe from MuddyBoots that served as a great base. I only changed up the chocolate chips to 2 cups of dark chocolate chips and all-purpose flour to whole wheat. Between that and the oatmeal (yah! good for breastfeeding!), the cookies are rich and thick enough that one or two is plenty. These cookies are soft and great with milk. The whole wheat flour takes away a little of the “fluff”, but with the oatmeal, you don’t miss it.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or lay down silpats.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce and sugars until well blended. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour and oats, then fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottoms are golden. Cool on wire racks.

What is your favorite way to sneak in healthy ingredients in not-so-healthy treats?

We Won a Liebster Award!

This is cool! Truly, Margaret Mary has been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award, Version 3.0 by Sun of Eat. Host. Run. Style. Thank you Sun!!

Liebster AwardFor those of you not familiar with the award, it’s an online award that is given to bloggers from other bloggers. It’s meant to help generate attention for new and upcoming bloggers, generally those with 200 followers or less.
Here are the rules for participating:
        1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
        2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
        3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)
        4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees
        5. You must go to your nominees’ blogs and notify them of the award

You’ll find my answers to Sun’s questions below and then see who I picked.

1. What is your favorite type of pie?

You’d expect it to be something fancy, but French Silk pie from Bakers Square (particularly on Free Pie Wednesday) takes the cake. Er… pie.

2. Tell me about your favorite pair of jeans – the ones you’ll wear forever.

Oh gosh, what a delicate subject for me right now. I have no jeans that fit since I’m between maternity jeans and my pre-pregnancy clothes. I did have a pair from American Eagle that were my favorite for like 15 years. I had to finally throw them away because the belt loops started fraying. Seriously wore those pants all of the time!

3. What is your favorite place to eat in MKE?

Yen Ching on the northwest side will always have a special place in my heart, but I’ve never had a meal at Meritage that didn’t leave me singing. That place is delightful!

4. Are you always early or never on time?

NEVER on time. If you want me there on time, you should tell me to be there 15 minutes before then. At least.

5. What’s your favorite workout?

Zumba or a long, sweaty but stretchy yoga class.

6. What type of shoes do you workout/race in?

Saucony Hurricane Shoes reviewI just got a new pair of Saucony Hurricanes. Funny story – I was fitted for these shoes at Performance Running Outfitters and after trying on four pairs picked these, the new version of my old sneakers. I guess I have a type.

 

7. What is your typical coffee shop order?

Hot chocolate. I’m five.

8. Who is the first person you call when you have good news?

After my husband, probably Nikki #1.

9. What are three words your best friend would use to describe you?

Dedicated, funny, anxious

10. What is one current fashion trend you would like to see disappear?

Skinny jeans. Just like the big bangs of the late ’80s, this is a trend that I just can’t make work for me.

My Favorite Up and Coming Blogs

And with that, I would like to nominate my favorite blogs for the Liebster award! (Disclaimer: I think some of these have (significantly?) more than 200 followers, but they aren’t (yet!) the Style Me Prettys of the world.)

Blissful and Wishful

Mansquees from Polleydan

Smiles n’ Snuggles

Brew to Bay

Atypical Christian Talking Scripture

Maple Hill Foodie

Diary of a Mad Crafter

The Nardiello Family

Burp Blog

Married in Milwaukee

And finally, my questions for you fine folks!

1. At age five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

2. Sweet or salty?

3. What are you going to do when you retire?

4. Mountains or beach?

5. What is your favorite TV show?

6. Horror or comedy?

7. It’s 9pm on a Tuesday. What would you be doing?

8. Music or talk radio?

9. What is your favorite thing about your hometown?

10. Puppies or kittens?

I can’t wait to read y’all’s responses to my questions. Thanks again, Sun for getting this party started!

Five Reasons You Should Join Me For Barre Burner Class

Barre Burner at downtown WACI’m back! Seriously, I am ALL back. Somehow I’ve lost a lot of the weight around my belly, but my hips and bum still think they are supporting a pregnant waistline. That’s the only explanation for all the leftover weight hanging out there. My chocolate intake and never-ending supply of protein bars couldn’t possibly be the reason, right??

I’m going to put that back to work as I jump back into teaching at the Wisconsin Athletic Club. Starting Tuesday, April 29th, I will be leading a 55-minute Barre Burner class at the downtown club from 6:45 – 7:40 pm. It is a premium class, open to nonmembers, too.

“What is barre,” you ask. Barre Burner is a total body workout that incorporates different techniques utilizing the ballet barre, free weights, and mat work. This workout will lengthen, stretch, tone, and sculpt to give you that long and lean dancer body that you have always wanted without feeling like you have two left feet!

Sounds like fun, right?! In case I haven’t won you over yet, here are five good reasons you should join me:

1. You miss your weekly dance lessons from when you were a kid.

If I were having it my way, we’d have this class on Thursdays since that was always my dance night. I did tap, ballet and jazz lessons from 3-years-old to 16-years-old. As a matter of fact, this was even the first place I was a teacher. I  taught ballet to little preschoolers when I was in high school. (Side note: those girls would be reaching legal drinking age this year. Meanwhile, I need to find some kids to yell at for being on my lawn.)

2. You are strong, but not flexible or flexible, but not strong.

Rarely do we spend the appropriate amount of time on both strength training and stretching in a workout. Either we spend too much time lifting weights, leaving us with just a few minutes to do a couple shoulder rolls and quad stretches or we enjoy our run (spin, swim, elliptical, step class, etc.) and jump right to the stretches, skipping any strength work entirely.

Barre Burner will be a great combination of both strength and stretching (with a bit of cardio thrown in for good measure). Over the seven week session we will have some weeks that are more strength-, flexibility-, or cardio-based, but I would let you know in advance so you can plan your other workouts accordingly. Also, I plan on tailoring the class to the peeps that join me in week one.

3. Fashion magazines tell you you’re fruit-shaped, so you might as well focus on your core.

This pregnancy took me from being considered an apple to a pear. I don’t know how I feel about being compared to fruit (tell that to Eggroll since all the pregnancy web sites compare your fetus to produce all through pregnancy…), but I do know there is a strong center in this piece of fruit! I’ve just got to find it using some butt-kicking (literally) moves that use body weight and the fun gym toys like SPRE balls, dumbbells, straps, and tennis balls. Yep, tennis balls – my new favorite gym toy!  All of these props will help us get to those deep down muscles around the waist, hips, and thighs that you may not touch otherwise. Trust me when I say your abs are either going to hurt or really hurt the day after class! There is no other option!

4. The only thing missing from your Zumba class is strength work.

It is a documented fact that I love me some Zumba. There is no better way to shed calories than flailing about like an idiot like this class allows, neh, requires! By the time class is over, it’s guaranteed I’m a big, sweaty mess who feels like she got a good cardio workout, but the one minute song where we focus on squats just isn’t going to cut it.

When doing my own workout I prefer cardio to strength. How about you? Unfortunately, I have bad news if you think like I do. Strength training is more beneficial than cardio if you are only picking one or the other. Muscles burn more calories than fat, so…

Moral of the story – still go to Zumba (and invite me to join you!), but take this Barre Burner class as well to still have the dance environment, but hit those areas your other workouts are missing.

5. You tried Pilates or yoga, but the lack of sweat makes you think you weren’t getting a good workout.

Don’t get me wrong-my heart belongs to yoga, but I appreciate it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The same goes for Pilates, probably more so.

Randy doesn’t believe that a workout can take place if you don’t sweat. I’ve challenged him to a Warrior III dual, but I see his point. To quote a wise chef from the southern states, Barre Burner class will “take it up a notch.” The quicker pace and additional repetitions will leave your muscles all fired up and screaming for a break. (Which they will get, too. I can’t stray too far from my yoga roots. We’ll use some quick-moving or longer holds of yoga poses to get the length you see in ballerinas’ legs.)

Have I sold you now?! I sure hope so. There is only space for 10 people in this class, so do contact the Wisconsin Athletic Club ASAP to reserve your spot. If you can’t commit to the full seven week session, the downtown club is now offering drop-in passes for members.

See you there, ladies and gents!