Accept no substitutes

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I’m treating today as a Wednesday because I get to have Indian tonight—we’re having my “farewell dinner” there after spin. Baigan bhartha, I can taste you already 😉

I started this morning with the classic Fitnessista breakfast cookie:


I just wanted to say thank you (so much) to those of you who have made bfast cookies and linked back to the how-to post. I came up with the breakfast cookie a little over a year ago and it’s a creation I’m extremely proud of 😀 I hope you guys know how much I appreciate it.. especially since I’ve seen some “similar cookies” (and how-to posts) floating around the blogworld.

Today’s bfast cookie was the original oatmeal-raisin:


This beauty had 1/3 cup oats, 1 scoop sprouted brown rice protein, vanilla hemp milk, raisins, 1 tbs almond butter, 1 small smashed nanner, cinnamon and Stevia.


It was so gross, I couldn’t finish it 😉 Are there tongue marks on the plate??? I would never!

Funny how the breakfast cookie has changed over the year! I use almond or hemp milk now instead of skim, almond butter instead of peanut butter, brown rice protein instead of whey, MORE oats (!), Stevia instead of Splenda, and I don’t count the toppings like I used to.. I remember counting out 25 raisins for the bfast cookie! Now, I just grab a handful 😉

Have you tried a bfast cookie before??? What’s your favorite combo (or dream combo)?

Enjoy your morning!



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  1. Carla on September 1, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Good morning!
    I’ve never made a breakfast cookie, but will be buying some oats and Stevia to try it out.
    It looks absolutely yummy no matter what add-ins you use!
    But I have a question – do you eat it cold?

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 9:38 am

      yup i eat it cold! if you think of it more as “dough” and not a baked cookie, it’s not as weird to eat cold 😉

  2. Jess in NYC on September 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I love your breakfast cookie recipe!

  3. Em on September 1, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Love the bfast cookie! I think I’ve been reading your bloggie for almost a year now… around when you announced giving up meat, it’s fun to see how people’s food choices evolve. It’s all about how much we know, right!?
    My fav (happens to be what I had this morning!): 1/2 cup oats (I like this more than 1/3 because it has more of a cookie consistancy, it’s less soft and holds together better in my opinion:-), 1 scoop sprouted brown rice protein, vanilla hemp or almond milk, 1 TBL. AB or Sunbutter (for more of a peanutty flavor- allergic to peanuts), raw cacao, vanilla stevia, 1 med smashed banana. Then I top it with another banana, sliced and globs of almond butter and/or dehyrdated buckweat & raisin cereal. Texture girl. Oh and I also heat it on the stove top for about 5 minutes sometimes. I like mine warm and a little gooey, the chocolate tastes better.
    Try not to let the “similar” cookies bother you. I’ve had my recipes stolen too and it’s frustrating to not get credit but like they always say: imitation is the best form of flattery! I know, that quote annoys me too but just trying to be positive! Have a great day 🙂

  4. A on September 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I’ve tried B-fast cookies a few times. I don’t get to have them that much because I haven’t figured out a good way to transport it to work in my lunch bag (I eat B-fast at work). Each one comes out a little different. I usually use AB, oats, unsweetened vanilla AB milk, applesauce, sugar in the raw, cinnamon and nutmeg. Oh no…. now my tummy is growling!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

      try making them in a little circular tupperware-type container! it works like a charm 😀

  5. Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) on September 1, 2009 at 9:59 am

    LOVE me a good b’fast cookie. however, i have a question for you i pondered on my way walking to work this morning (totes a geek, i know).

    what are some of the pilot’s fave vegan/veggie/dessert recipes? i have a co-worker’s b-day coming up, and i want to either bring lunch for the office or bring a dessert that is healthy AND delish. i figured since my co-works eat like the pilot, he might have some killer insight 🙂

    happy day to you!

  6. Erica on September 1, 2009 at 10:06 am

    hahaha tongue marks…love it 🙂 I haven’t tried one myself (bad Erica) but I have made them for Josh and I think he sort of loves you as a result :). Hope you have a great “Wednesday”

  7. Whit on September 1, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I made my first bfast cookie this morning and it was totes delish! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  8. NiccisNiftyEats on September 1, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Chocolate chips on it or fruit! I actually made one last night ans it’s waiting for me right now! lol

  9. brandi on September 1, 2009 at 10:09 am

    i love using peanut or almond butter, lots of cinnamon and some good, juicy fruit on top 🙂

  10. Jenny on September 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

    oh how the breakfast cookie has evolved over the years.. you certainly amped that puppy up big time 🙂 can’t wait to make my first!

  11. Lizzy on September 1, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i havent tried it. but that is def on my to do list of things to try!

  12. rhodeygirl on September 1, 2009 at 10:22 am

    It is awesome to see the transformation like that!!!! I see the same thing in myself…. Now I rarely eat white bread (haven’t said no to it completely like you have, but then again you are several steps ahead of me!), refuse to buy non-organic meat for my hubby or chicken once in a while for both of us, AND PhillyBoy is now eating vegetarian meals without thinking twice about it!

  13. Little D on September 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I have 2 favorite breakfast cookies:

    #1: Oats w/ milk, chocolate protein powder, dark chocolate dreams peanut butter & dark chocolate chips

    #2 Pats w/ milk, cinnamon roll protein powder, cinnamon rasin swril peanut butter & white chocolate chips

    I have made many different breakfast cookies and don’t think I have ever made one I didn’t love!

  14. Kelly on September 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Thank you for this great recipe! I had my first today, and I felt like I was eating something so naughty and dessert-like for breakfast :)! I used your same basic recipe, but added raisins, cinnamon, stevia, no banana, whey protein, almond butter, almond milk, and my favorite, pure almond extract for extra flavor. MMMM!

  15. Fallon on September 1, 2009 at 10:45 am

    The breakfast cookie is probably only of the best inventions you ever created! It took me a while to “master” it but I think I got the hang of it. I like adding chocolate brown rice protein and cocoa powder for a richer chocolate cookie. Sometimes I’ll use honey or agave to sweeten the cookie. Then instead of adding my mix in’s I decorate the top instead. I like my chocolate cookie with fresh raspberries and raw sliced almonds. Delicious!

  16. Cali on September 1, 2009 at 10:52 am

    So I found your blog through Girl on Raw, and I love it! I just had a random question…My husband and I are from Orlando and I have been trying to get him to take me to go Cafe 118…but he’s very skeptical about raw foods. Has your husband been there and if so what did he think? I also noticed that your a military wife…so I am. (My hubs is in the Army) I’m on the other side of Georgia though…Fort Stewart right by Savannah. Anyways, just wanted to write you a comment and let you know that I love your blog!

  17. Mandy A on September 1, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Okay, that’s it! I need to FINALLY try one of these!! Tomorrow morning, it’s happening 🙂

  18. Kristen @ Simply Savor on September 1, 2009 at 11:12 am

    It’s true, your bfast cookie has taken over the blog world!! Enjoy your farewell baigan bhartha dinner tonight 🙂

  19. Jenna on September 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Hey dear! Yayyy for breakfast cookie domination. You rock 🙂

    Dream bfast cookie that I have been thinking up… including dried fruit, chocolate chips and some peanut butta. Not sure how the dried fruit would go, but could be good?

  20. Stephanie on September 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    This is def on the gotta try list – these have always looked so good – now I just gotta part from my habitual banana PB oats and make one!!! 🙂

  21. Missy Maintains on September 1, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve never made one but it has been on my list of things to make for months now!! Yours always look so good!

  22. K on September 1, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I NEED to try the bfast cookie!! I think a snickerdoodle kind would be right up my alley – mmm cinnamon 🙂

    Enjoy your dinner tonight!!

  23. Cindy on September 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I adore this recipe, had no idea you were it’s CREATOR
    Congratulations!!!! It’s a winner and a staple in my life

    I don’t bother with making it a cookie, it’s my breakfast “instant oatmeal”

    I make it up when I get to the office and by the time my stomach is growling…it’s there!

    lately mine is more of a coconut-choco macaroon variety.

    coconut butter (banana of course) my oat mix (oats, flax, hemp protein powder, flaked coconut and unsweetened chocolate) mix mix with coconut yogurt

    today’s is with almond butter instead of coconut butter and no flaked coconut.
    Since Fall is here, I was thinking an apple cinnamon or pumpkin cinnamon one is in order!


  24. Sarah on September 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I have yet to try the cookie but I keep kicking myself everytime I see it on your blog, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon! I’ll let you know when I do 😉

  25. Brenna on September 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    My favorite attempt at a breakfast cookie included peanut butter and smashed banana. So good!

  26. Katie on September 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Mmm…I love the breakfast cookie! My favorite is 1 banana, oats (maybe a 1/3 cup…I’m not sure, I never measure), peanut butter and carob chips.

  27. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on September 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Yum! I need to make a breakfast cookie, they would break up my oatmeal routine and keep me full. Have a fun time at Indian!

  28. Ashley on September 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    my favourite bfast cookie – 1/3 cup oats, one whopper of a spoonful of natural crunchy peanut butter, a sprinkle of cocoa powder and cinnamon, and pecan pieces all mixed with a lil’ rice milk, and on top is unsweetened coconut shavings.

  29. Julia on September 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    A trainer I used to work with, would always eat oatmeal, vanilla yogurt, and PB together everyday. I thought, hmmm, that’s kind of like the b-fast cookie, and tried making my own version. The yummiest one was also the least healthy one (heehee oops) and it contained oats, pumpkin, vanilla greek yogurt, some PB (so far so good) and choc chips and pancake syrup. (haha.) it was so good!

  30. Katie on September 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    If you search “breakfast cookie” on my blog, you’d see about 593 different entries! I even have gotten Ari to start eating them. You’re a genius!

    I’m a big fan of the PB&J cookie, which is your traditional recipe + a little fruit spread. I ALWAYS top them with cinnamon, and either fresh or dried fruit.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

      i’m so glad you like them and i hope you know how much i truly appreciate your shout outs 😀

  31. Sana on September 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Gina…I have your breakfast cookies every day and here is my combo which I call “chocolate covered strabwerry.” I use 1/2 cup oats, 1 tbs almond or peanut butter, 1 tbsp carob, 1 TBSP flax, 1 mashed banana, and 1 scoop brown rice protein. I mix it and spread it on the plate and then I cut up fresh strawberries and put them on top of the cookie. So delicious!!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

      that sounds pretty much AMAZING

  32. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    There is something good about be a straggler getting to my blog reading today…I get to read everyone else’s comments and recipe tweaks!

    I feel that everyone in bloggieworld knows that you’re the Diva behind the Breakfast cookie, and I linked you the first time I made one a few weeks ago, but since then I haven’t linked you, I hope that’s ok. I am a stickler for giving credit where credit’s due. I will link you the next time I make one, too 🙂 Well, I make one daily, I just havent blogged bout it daily. I have been liking it with Chocolate Sun Warrior PP. And a schmear of sunflower seed buttah on top is nice. But honestly, I think my fave is just protein powder (vanilla), oats, nanna, cinnamon, and agave. I omit both the milk splash and the nut butter going into the mix. That would make it too gloppy for me. I guess I must really mash the heck outta my bananas or something b/c that, and about 1 tbsp agave, is plenty o’ liquid.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Alison on September 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I’m a breakfast cookie addict! I’ve turned so many people on to your creation that it’s not even funny. My fav combos are chocolate almond milk and cocoa powder for a chocolate breakfast cookie and I also love to add coconut to make it like a macaroon! Good stuff, you SHOULD be proud, it’s such a fun way to eat oats for breakfast! 😉 Thanks Gina!

  34. *su on September 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    hello from australia. 🙂 i love the cookie recipe and mashing some ripe avocado (with chocolate protein) is really yummy too!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

      hello!! SO COOL you’re in australia– i want to visit so badly!
      so glad you like the cookie 😀
      have a great night <3

  35. *Andrea* on September 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    your cookie has become o ne of my staples!!! if i had a blog i would l ink it to yours 🙂

  36. debby on September 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    LOVE the bfast cookie! I think I make the original–no banana, but it has to have cinnamon and walnuts in it!

  37. Jessica on September 2, 2009 at 4:56 am

    My favourite breakfast cookie combo is 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 warmed banana, 1 scoop hemp protein powder, 1 tbsp almond butter, 2 chopped dried apricots, and a splash of almond milk. I like to top it with jam, sometimes two or three kinds 😉

  38. Anne on September 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I have not tried the bfast cookie before but I will be making it tonight! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

    • Anne on September 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm

      Um yeah. Totally yummy.

      I made mine with chocolate protein powder and half a banana. I think I’ll make it again tonight!

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