Almond butter chocolate chip cookies

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Today was one of those weird days where I know I did a lot, but feel like I didn’t do anything! Maybe because there’s so much to do? Our house still hasn’t fully recovered from our trip back from OKC, and that in conjunction with getting that new thing up and running, starting to teach aerobics again and working, things have been cuhrazy over here.

And to make things even more exciting, we have two separated dogs:


We’ve been keeping them apart during the day while I’m home –I can walk them together and they’re fine- and then let them be together when the pilot is home from work and when we go to bed. We figured out that about 5 of the 7 times Viesa’s attacked Bella have been when only I’m home and the pilot is at work. Guess I don’t lay the smack down like I should 😉 So we’re doing this for the time being until we can find a home for her in the family, so we’ll still be able to see her. Why can’t they just get along?!?

Bfast was a tropical sludge after I walked the puppers:


Almond milk, pineapple, mango, banana, spinach, spirulina, sea salt, stevia and foodgasms.

I started on my to-do list but got the baking itch.


I have a surplus of almond butter and some amazing vegan chocolate chips and decided to make some cookies with an impromptu recipe. Lucky for all of us, I wrote it down 😉

Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

Dry ingredients:

-2 C. spelt flour

-1/2 t. sea salt

-1.5 t cinnamon

-2 t baking powder

-1/2 t baking soda

Combine all dry ingredients until thoroughly mix, and then add:

-1/2 C. vegan chocolate chips

Stir to combine.

Wet ingredients:

-1/2 C. Raw almond butter (crunchy or creamy.. I used TJs creamy)

-1.5 T vanilla extract

-1/4 C canola oil

-1 t molasses

-3/4 C pure maple syrup

Combine all of the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the dry ingredients. Stir to combine but do not overmix. Put parchment paper onto a baking sheet, form ball-shaped pieces of dough into slightly flattened cookies on the baking sheet. The mix will be sticky, so do what you can 😉 Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 11 minutes, allow the cookies to remain on the baking sheet for 1 minute longer and then transfer to wire racks to cool.

-The Fitnessista ©2009

Look how FLUFFY and decadent they came out!


Even though I taste tested some dough, I had to try one of the finished products.


Dipped into almond milk, it was pretty much the best thing ever. Whole grain, no refined sugar, and vegan. Winner, winner, cookie dinner. Let me know if you give them a whirl– I think you will enjoy 😉

Since I ruined my appetite with dough and cookie, I went to the health food store to get a cocktail.


I had about half of it. It totally still gives me bitter beer face, but in the weirdest way, I love it.

Next I went to Publizzle and got ingredients for goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms for the wives coffee tonight, came home, made phone calls, did a little yoga, practiced Zumba, made the mushrooms, and realized I have a crazy amount of kale.


I took care of that problem pretty quickly


and am counting down the hours until kale chip extravaganza 2009.

It’s showa time and then I’m off to the wives coffee. I’m totally looking forward to seeing everyone I’ve missed since I was away! I’ll take lots of (sneaky) pics, since some of the wives don’t know about the bloggy, and sometimes I just don’t really feel like explaining it 😉

Have a great night!



Something to talk about: Do you tell people that you read blogs and/or have a blog ?? For the most part, my family and friends are beyond cool about it, but I’ve also been told by quite a few people that they think it’s super weird. Have you encountered any blog haters??

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 13, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I have only told 2 friends that I have a blog! And I haven’t told my family…I think everyone will think I’m super weird…

  2. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Cookies? Yes please!
    I recently “outed” myself to my coworkers because SO MANY people have asked me for recipes, and its easier to just give them links. So far, no hating, but some “aren’t you worried there are creepers out there?” Thats’ why I keep info on the downlow… Do we have a recipe for kale chips yet? I’m dying to try them!

  3. Julie on October 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Those cookies look awesome. I have everything to make them excpet molasses, do you think agave would work?

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

      you can skip out on the molasses 😀

      • Julie on October 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm

        Nice! thanks 🙂

  4. Julie on October 13, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    To answer your question, the only peorson who knows I blog is my sister. My friends and the rest of my family aren’t into/don’t understand healthy living so they would think I’m crazy.

  5. Heather on October 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    YUM COOKIES! I’ve told some of my friends- mostly the ones who are totally okay with my whole “healthy eating” thing, but a lot of people don’t know. I don’t know if I’m afraid to tell them or I just simply don’t want them to know. I’m kind of weird like that.

  6. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 13, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Ah I always feel like I’ve not done enough! No fun.

    And almost all of my friends are beyond supportive of my bloggin, as in I get angry texts when I don’t post on schedule haha… but I have felt weird telling people I’m not very close with because sometimes it’s just annoying to explain. And you can sort of tell which people are open to it and which aren’t cool enough to understand haha 😉

  7. katie on October 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    your recipes are always delish…i just made the cookies oh my god good!! can you post a recipe for your kale chips they look great!! thanks Katie

  8. VeggieGirl on October 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    HOOOOOLY YUM cookies and kale!

    My family & friends love the blog.

  9. Dori on October 13, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    My problem is everyone knows about mine — including my mom and my boyfriend’s mom! I could never hide something that I am this proud of but I see why people do.

  10. Breanne on October 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I have told alot of people and they think it’s really cool! But sometimes I do feel embarassed in certain situations and I would rather not explain the whole blog thing…so I know how you feel!

  11. Katie on October 13, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Kale recipe? I made some but yours look
    like they’d turn out better!

  12. Mellissa on October 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I have told a few friends but not my family, and only a coworker or two know as well. I am a private person by nature so I don’t walk around telling people about it.

  13. Melissa S. on October 13, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    my family knows and so do most of my friends. they still think it’s weird though. 🙂

  14. Leah on October 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I haven’t told anyone I know that I have a blog…but I kind of like it that way so they can’t be creepers…also, I think they would think it’s just plain weird…
    also, those cookies look amazing! I am going to have to try them for sure! Do you think they would come out ok if I substituted applesauce for the oil? I do this in non-vegan recipes with success, but sometimes in vegan recipes they tend to come out too soft when I do this.

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

      they were already pretty soft but it’s definitely worth a whirl 😀

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    great job on the cookies!

    blog haters? none of my family will even look at my blog for many, many reasons. Yes, it hurts and is very sad to me since I pour my heart into it. I wish they could see all the good I feel I am doing. Be grateful dear Gina that your immediate family “gets it” b/c they are all that matter. The rest of the world does not, and yes, people in general think it’s strange I have found. Strange vs. haters…I have both in my life 🙁

  16. Jenna on October 13, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    those cookies look delish gina 🙂

  17. glidingcalm on October 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    your baking is so killer……….always!!!

    yum. sludge! i want some. it’s been too longggggggggggggg

    KALE CHIPS, also something i need to try!

    i adore you, and give you a shout out in tonight’s post! 🙂

  18. BethT on October 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Haha. I started my blog recently, and when I asked friends for feedback, most were like…what is a food blog supposed to BE? They had no clue. I pointed out many that I read and they just thought the whole concept was…odd. Guess they aren’t as into food as I am!

  19. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on October 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I can’t wait to make those cookies, they look amazing!
    Most of my family and a few friends know about my blog, and they seem to think it’s cool. Luckily I have not encountered any haters, have you?

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm

      i’ve totally encountered haters. they think it’s creepy i share my life with strangers. i just try to keep a line between divulging too much info and keeping this more of an educational/discussion forum. some peeps just don’t get it though!

  20. Rebecca on October 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I might have to make those cookies. They look amazing!

  21. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on October 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    This is going to be a random comment, but here goes!

    First, I LOVE that kombucha. I was so afraid to try it but the ginger flavor and carbonation remind me of ginger beer. It’s pretty good!

    Secondly, those vegan cookies look great and I’m so glad they’re vegan because I’ve cut out dairy from my diet for the time being.

    Thirdly, nobody I know in real life, besides my boyfriend knows about my blog. Is that weird? I feel awkward telling people and just don’t want to be judged. Maybe I’ll take the plunge one day!

  22. Annabananabomb on October 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I haven’t told anyone in real life about my blog. It’s partly because I want to avoid any negativity and partly because I really like the freedom it gives me. I can say what I like without thinking how so and so will take it…. If that makes sense?

  23. Corrie on October 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I’m relatively new to your blog and lately I’ve just wanted to hug you! I really love your blog, and your personality, and you for inspiring me to put my love of almond butter and bananas together. Those cookies look amazing, I’ll certainly be trying them soon.

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

      sending a virtual hug your way 🙂 thank you so much for reading my little blog and definitely let me know if you give those cookies a try!

  24. Felicia on October 13, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I have completely embraced the awkwardness of having a blog. For some reason, when I started it, I couldn’t keep it to myself (too excited). So yeah, my family and pretty much all of my friends know about it, and I was super happy when most of them told me that they enjoyed it!

    I’ll be honest, I started most of my conversations with, “OK – this might sound weird and I’m completely prepared for judgment, BUT…” Haha. I love being a part of the blogging community, and I’m definitely not going to let people’s opinions take that away from me.

    I am so sorry to hear that some people’s friends and families don’t appreciate it.

  25. michelle on October 14, 2009 at 12:01 am

    weird? weird? i just did a blog about weird. mine would make you feel better, its about a slightly different habit of taking my pet duck to del taco. i have been looking for mesquite that looks like yours but..cant find it, ill keep looking though. that was pretty funny what you said about it, i guess you arent an alpha with viessa. but i think everyone is really sorry that that is happening.

  26. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on October 14, 2009 at 12:21 am

    You are getting so good at making things up in the kitchen! And I think kombucha and almond butter/chocolate chip cookies is like the milk and cookies of the vegan world, no?

    Everyone who read my blog that I know always had really positive things to say…now if only the people I knew that I DIDN’T want to read it hadn’t found it. Boo. It was just kind of personal for me.

  27. WholeBodyLove on October 14, 2009 at 12:22 am

    It’s so fitting that you brought up the “blog question”. My family doesn’t really know yet. I have told them ABOUT my blog but they haven’t seen it. Today, I was talking about whole foods and healthy living with one of my favorite baristas at the Starbizzle that I frequent. She brought up food blogs and said she had gotten to visit the restaurant that Orangette owns. She asked if I read food blogs. I was hesitant to answer…but why?! I said, ” Yes! I actually have one of my own!” I need to be more open about it because this healthy living and food blog world had open a door to so many strong, sweet women. I suppose I am apprehensive due to the blog haters.

  28. Kim M. on October 14, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I actually don’t have my own blog yet, but I’m in the process of putting one together. It’s funny that you mention this, though, because in the last week or so I mentioned to a couple of friends some things I tried from your blog, and they were like, “you read blogs?” like I was a crazy person. I didn’t realize that people actually still don’t read blogs about their interests. They are so fun and informational for anyone because they create a community, support, and ideas for people of similar interests. I just assumed my artist friend read art blogs and my friend trying to lose weight read health blogs. I was very excited to be able to share this and some of the other healthy blogs with the weight-loss friend. She was instantly addicted. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve been debating once I get my blog up whether I’ll tell my friends and family about it. I think it’s out of fear of failure in my case? We’ll see once it’s up and going. Yours is an inspiration, though! Thanks!

  29. Fallon on October 14, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Those cookie sound delicious. I will definitely have to try them out!

    I don’t really talk much about my blog. I just started it a few months ago to keep me busy since my boyfriend is deployed in Iraq. He doesn’t even know about it. I mentioned it to my friends and they have seen it. My mom knows about it but she never asked to see it so I don’t push the issue! I don’t really care what they think because it something I enjoy!

  30. Emily Eats on October 14, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Yummy looking cookies – wish I could have one for breakfast 😉

    I second Sarah lovIN my tummy above. I wanted to keep mine quiet but Certain family members searched and found me and they’re not the most supportive and are so judgmental that I am considering other options…

    Have a good day!

  31. Shelby on October 14, 2009 at 6:32 am

    GORGEOUS cookies! They look just perfect!

  32. Stephanie on October 14, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I think most (def not all) people are accepting of it, they may not understand it though haha. It’s funny bc I have been in this training over the past few weeks and at first everyone thought I was so weird for taking food photos, and now they offer up their lunches for me to take pics of and put on the blog… it’s all about getting use to it and acceptance, pretty cool huh?! 🙂

  33. Diana on October 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Those cookies look so good!

    Only one person I know IRL knows about my blog and that’s my best friend. She definitely supports me. I don’t think my family would understand why I choose to do it, but I respect their privacy so I think it wouldn’t be that bad if they knew.

  34. Kailey (SnackFace) on October 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Gahhh!!! Those cookies look ridiculously good! I have to keep these in mind for winter break baking! Genius!

    I used to not tell people that I blog, but I’m really proud of my baby blog, so I started to tell everyone! I’ve talked to classes about it and younger journalism students, and everyone seems curious and encouraging. I’ve also started to put my links on Facebook, and it’s crazy how many people have started to read and message me about it. I say being open has been awesome!

  35. K on October 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

    G$! Those cookies make me want to drive down the Valdizzy and eat that entire stash – YUM!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  36. Laura W on October 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Those cookies look delicious!

    I don’t have a blog (yet), but I’ve been reading them for so long that people don’t really think it’s weird anymore! Once I explain that I get recipes & ideas from some amazing bloggers, they stop thinking it’s weird and start to ask questions. I think most people just don’t get it, but at least many are curious!

  37. Janna from Just Flourishing on October 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Oh my… those cookies look awesome! Thanks for the recipe, I will surely be baking some up soon! Maybe even this week!

    I do tell people that I read/have a blog. Since I’m a newbie blogger, the people I’m close with are still getting used to it. But, for the most part, they think its great. I haven’t encountered “haters” as much as I’ve found people who are confused by it.

  38. Cara (Cara Craves...) on October 14, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I was a little timid at first to tell people that I have a blog, but now I have shared it with my fam and a few close friends.

  39. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on October 14, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Delicious looking cookies!!!! My fam knows I have a blog but not the pple I work with. It’s just something that never came up in convo and I dont feel like they would really care anyways! Havent gotten any “haters” yet.. Let’s hope it stays that way.. I want it to be fun thing I choose to do with my time, not something negative 🙂

  40. HealthySDLiving on October 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

    It took me a while but ALMOST everyone knows about it! Of course there ARE the few very judgemental people who I know wouldn’t understand and would give me a hard time–I choose not to share it with them!

  41. Krista on October 14, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Cookies look great, girl!!!

    Most people know I have a blog and are pretty cool about it. I do get some weird stares over it sometimes, though! 😉

  42. Stephanie on October 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Most people I know know that I have a blog. Sometimes I get weird looks when we have a big group of people over and I’m taking pics of the food, but I just say I have a food blog and they go, “oh ok, that’s really cool.”

  43. Heather-For The Health Of It! on October 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I tell everyone I have a blog! I post on my facebook when I update. Most of my friends love it, and for the ones that don’t, well, they don’t have to read it. lol.
    Ok, now what exactly are you tossing those kale leaves in???

  44. Tina on October 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Haha, I totally understand the baking itch. Sometimes I just want to bake but not necessarily even eat what I bake! The whole thing is just so calming and nice.

    The only people that really know I have a blog are family and family friends. Not really any of MY friends. They all think it’s pretty cool!

  45. Jessica on October 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I love your glass straws-so sophisticated 🙂

    And those cookies look incred Gina! Want to send some towards a fellow wild cat?! 😉 Totally kidding…i’ll let you and el piloto enjoy them! But Ginerade kombuch is one of my faves!! Reminds me of gingerale!

    Have a great day girl!

  46. Ashley on October 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Can’t wait for the Kale Chips recipe!!! Please post it soon!!!!

  47. Kate on October 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Can you tell me how I can jimmy my oven into giving my kale chips a “dehyrator” effect? oh and as you know…we all want the recipe to your famed kale chips we drool over all day long! (well, me at least).

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

      hey girl,
      just put your oven on the lowest temp and crack the door open a little. that should totally work 😀

  48. Wendy on October 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve made plain kale chips, but yours look better!

  49. Elke on October 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Hey, I couldn’t help but think about the Dog Whisperer (Cesar Millan) when you mentioned Viesa and Bella’s issues together. Have you considered reading his book or watching his DVD? I’m pretty impressed with his no-nonsense approach and dog psychology… Hope it works and good luck because all dogs want to be part of a pack, be it human or dog.

  50. Erin on October 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Every time I see you holding a bottle of kombucha, I tear up a little – I never thought I’d see the day when my little Gina was loving the ‘buch!
    Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe – I wish I could make them but I think you know I’d burn my lips and tongue eating them right out of the oven! Safety hazard 🙂

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