Sunshine Cookies

Happy Heat Wave Monday…Today begins what is looking like at least 5 straight days of 90 degrees and higher. Add in the humidity and I think I will actually use my gym membership this week.

I am sure no one will be shocked to hear that I chose to run 4 miles yesterday instead of going to the gym.

I ventured out early since it was a bit hot leaving me with plenty of time afterwards to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning around the house before heading to the beach.


I am becoming quite the beach bum this year. What can I say I am a sucker for sunshine.

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I am also becoming quite the sucker for the above salad that I order each week at the beach from Gino’s. I have them give me extra tomatoes and roasted red peppers because let’s face it, no salad is big enough for me unless I make it.


I then doctor it all up with crushed red pepper and parmesan cheese. It really hits the spot without giving me that too full feeling which is the last thing one wants in the summer.

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My good friend Meaghan ordered this plate of grilled chicken. Yes, just grilled chicken.

Meaghan is following the Dukan Diet for the next two weeks and I will be giving her full review and our thoughts on my blog.

In between running and spending time at the beach, I made a delicious and rather nutritious new cookie recipe.

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I wanted to make a new cookie that incorporates chia seeds because it is so important to get our daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

Sometimes, you don’t feel like a meal and you just want a cookie, yes?

Enter the Omega-3 Sunshine Cookie: Same ingredients you may use to make a bowl of oatmeal but in cookie form.

For those of you afraid of the chia seed, you would never ever know they were in these cookies unless I told you.

I also used Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola to add some crunch plus the flax seeds give an extra dose of Omega 3. This is the same granola Red Mango uses in their toppings bar.

I came across a yummy-looking Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie recipe last week on the blog, Eating Bird Food. I used Brittany’s recipe as inspiration. Click here to view Brittany’s recipe.


  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup skim milk (or almond milk)
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 granola cereal (I used Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax; you can use any cereal you wish)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (you can add more/less according to your taste)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup raisins (more/less according to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter of choice (I of course went with Peanut Butter & Co. Crunch Time)

*Feel free to substitute cranberries/dried cherries for the raisins and/or add anything else you think would you like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix chia seeds with milk in a bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Add in mashed banana, oats, granola and the rest of the ingredients. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheet.


Bake for about 20 minutes or until they start to brown.


These cookies are delicious. Perfect for a quick breakfast in a pinch or snack any time of the day.

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With an extra spread of peanut butter on top (you can never have enough peanut butter) and you have yourself a yummy, well-balanced cookie.


I wrapped the cookie in wax paper, placed them inside a Ziploc baggie and have them waiting in the freezer to be taken out, quickly defrosted/toasted and eaten.

I have a few more recipes up my sleeve to tackle in the near future. I know it is hazy, hot and humid outside and the last thing people want to do is heat up the kitchen but I am in cooking and creating healthy recipe mode.

Someone has to keep us eating healthy…


Is it hot where you live this week?

Do you have a favorite healthy cookie recipe?

Do you cook/bake with chia seeds or flax seeds?

Ever heard of the Dukan Diet?

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  1. says

    These sound delicious!
    I am jealous of your beach time…I miss the beach 🙁 We actually have a bit cooler temps this week – highs are only in the 80’s (however- it’s pouring rain right now and I am itching to get out for my run).

  2. says

    Those cookies look really good- thanks for sharing the recipe!
    I’m in NJ and we also have a 5 day heat wave ahead of us…I did my workout outdoors this morning and was like what am I thinking?! That’s not happening again!

  3. says

    Those look awesome! And I know they were good if you approved them! OMG I thought I was the only one who put crushed pepper in my salads – it’s SO SO good that way!!! Also, go to the beach as much as possible…. For those of us down here in GA, or the southeast in general, there hasn’t been sun in about 3 weeks. 🙁