Vegan Power Cookies

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for your good vibes and wonderful tips on the blood work <3 Too bad THIS got in the way:


bfast cookie

A breakfast cookie? Yup. I made one with vegan chocolate chips to bribe myself to be brave when I got to flight medicine, only to find out that you can’t have blood taken if you’ve just eaten. Whoops :/ So I have to go back—probably tomorrow. Please save those good vibes for me!

When I got back to the casa, I still had cookies on my mind.

So I put on the coolest apron I’ve ever seen (thank you POM friends)!


Kinda reminds me of my shenanigans in the POM orchard….


Heh heh.

Then I got cooking! Don’t you just love when recipes appear in your brain?!?


Vegan Power Cookies

With maca, nature’s superfood for energy, goji berries, raw brown rice protein and almond butter, these cookies are perfect for a pick-me-up, any time of the day 😀

Dry ingredients:

-150g spelt flour

-1 scoop Sun Warrior vanilla protein

-1/2 cup old fashioned oats

-1 T maca

-heaping t of cinnamon

-pinch sea salt

-1 t baking powder

-1/2 t baking soda

-1/4 cup goji berries

-1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients, except for goji berries and chocolate chips, in a large bowl. Add the goji berries and chocolate chips, stir to combine and set aside.

Wet ingredients:

-1/4 cup canola oil

-1/4 cup Sucanat (or unrefined sugar of your choice)

-1/4 cup grade A pure maple syrup

-2 T raw agave

-3 T raw almond butter

-1 t molasses

In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients and thoroughly mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stir to combine but do not overmix. Bake cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 8 minutes (9-10 for larger cookies). Leave on baking sheet for 1 minute, transfer to a wire rack and allow to fully cool.

If you’re not too full from eating dough, try one out:


And be filled with increased energy and foodgasms from the sweet and earthy taste.


© 2009 The Fitnessista


Now, get away from the computer- go make some! I might add in an additional T of oil because they were a tiny bit dry (but I also overbaked them by a minute, so you should be bueno).

I’m off to pump some crazy iron then train some clients 🙂

See ya tonight,


Something to do: Take 5 minutes today to sit cross-legged or lay down, play some music, and clear your mind. You’ll be amazed at how serene you feel when the 5 minutes are up 😀

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  1. Lauren (Biochemista) on December 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

    LOVE the pics!!! The apron is sooooo funny! I want one!!!

    I noticed you travel quite a bit, if you are ever in Baltimore you need to check out this airport diner for quick healthy eats! Wish there were more of these!!!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 30, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Ooooh those cookies look darn good!! How do you think they’d be with coconut oil in the place of canola?!?

  3. Nicole on December 30, 2009 at 11:50 am

    question for ya: what is the big difference between chocolate, vegan chocolate and carob (mainly in taste)?? I have had chocolate (obviously) and carob, but never vegan chocolate chips.

  4. simpledaisy on December 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Oohhh.those cookies look yummy!! But I am not much of a sweets girl!! Unless you count red wine as a sweet:)
    The apron is too cute!!

  5. Rebecca Anne on December 30, 2009 at 12:13 pm


    I have a POM apron waiting for me at home when i get back to Texas, SO STOKED because POM is such an amazing product!!!! i will wear my apron proudly 😉

    on the flip side,
    do you use spelt flour because you specifically like it? is there something texturally simliar in case, ehem, family members freak out when i tell them i use spelt flour lol

  6. Holly on December 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    That apron is AWESOME!!!! I want one!

  7. Elena on December 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Love the apron.

  8. Brigid on December 30, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I didn’t know that about the blood test. I didn’t have to do anything differently with my eating. Were you getting your sugars counted? I know that’s a process unto itself.

    I ate my first breakfast cookie this morning and loved it! I am doing another one for tomorrow.

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

      whoo hoo! i’m so glad you enjoyed it 😀

  9. Erin on December 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Ooo yum! Those look awesome. And the apron = hilarious. Great POMs! 😉

  10. Mia on December 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Those cookies look amazing! I have been wondering for some time now about the Sun Warrior protein powder. How long have you used it? Do you like it better than any other protein powders you have tried? I am trying to find a good protein powder that is not whey protein because it bothers my stomach. I also don’t want to feel like I am eating grass or dirt. Any suggestions? Do you know if Sun Warrior has sample packs? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

      hey mia!
      i’ve been using the sun warrior for a few months and love it. it does have a slight chalky taste, but it’s pretty tasty and can easily be “doctored up” with some stevia and cinnamon. it’s by far my favorite protein powder

      • Mia on December 31, 2009 at 12:35 pm

        Thanks for the reply! I think pretty much every powder is “chalky”. Just don’t want to chug mud, ya know? I think I’ll give it a shot. If it’s horrible, I ship the extra to you. 🙂

        • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm

          haha sounds good, but i think you’ll like it 😀

  11. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on December 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    These look awesome.. Im always on the look out for yummy vegan cookies! Thanks for the recipe, hun 😉

  12. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Hilarious POM pics! The cookies look super nummy

  13. Tiffany on December 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    New reader here!

    I’m Lurrvin that apron!

    I’m enjoying following your blog!

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

      *does the new reader dance* hi tiffany! welcome to the bloggy 😀 hope to see you around more often!

  14. Danielle (Coffee Run) on December 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Baha I love the apron 😀
    The cookies sound amazinggg

  15. SuzanneRN on December 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Love the apron! Reminds me of the Janet Jackson poster from the Rolling Stone!

  16. Jenna on December 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Omg Gina! That apron is hilarious!

  17. Laura J. on December 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Haha I love that apron! Too funny! And those cookies look diiiivine! I might have to get my baking pants back out and give them a try 🙂

  18. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Yummy cookie recipe! I’m off to try the “something to do” RIGHT NOW!

  19. KRISTEN'S RAW on December 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Yum on that cookie recipe! 🙂

  20. Katie (Sweet Tater) on December 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    mmmmhm. i’m makin those cookies

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 6:36 pm

      if you do, please let me know what you think!

  21. Leah on December 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I LOVE that apron!!

  22. Jodie on December 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Looks yummy, which brand of maca would you recommend?

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 6:36 pm

      i get mine from earth shift products but i’m sure navitas naturals will also have a good maca 😀

  23. Sana on December 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Bahaha! I loveee the apron 🙂

  24. Tieghan on December 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Hey! What does Maca powder do for you.

  25. Jenny on December 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Sending good vibes your way for blood test take 2!!

    haha I love those pom aprons, so clever.

    I WISH recipes appeared in my head..maybe one day when I’ve had more cooking experience 🙂

  26. CaSaundra on December 31, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I hate not being able to eat before the doctor! I always try to get the earliest appointment, otherwise I am famished by the time I get home 🙁

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

      seriously, i might pack a breakfast to take with me

  27. Krista on December 31, 2009 at 10:41 am

    OMG, Gina….I love that apron!!!!! And the cookies look/sound amazing!!!

  28. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on January 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Ha ha – loved that you posted the POM orchard photo. Hilarious!

    Brilliant cookie recipe. They don’t look dry to me. They look perfect!

  29. Erin on January 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    OMG love the ta-tas apron! I have the Hooters one and I LOVE it – but not as much as I love that one 🙂
    I think I could even make those cookies with stuff I have! No maca but I can kick it without, right?
    I wish recipes appeared in my brain – that’s amazing 🙂

  30. Micah on January 3, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I love that apron! Those cookies look too good, if only I had some protein powder on hand i would whip up a batch.

  31. Mali K on September 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

    My tummy is rumbling just looking at those cookies!

  32. tasha on May 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    These just came out of my oven and will be enjoyed during our family game night. I added a splash of applesauce to ward off any dryness. I wasn’t sure what to cook them (I’m no baker, hehe!), so I popped them in at 375 and after 7mins they were perfect. This is most definitely a keeper! Thanks!

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