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Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Healthy Cookies? Yes, Healthy!

I am certainly a runner who openly admits, I love cookies!  Cookies are a favorite for me and definitely a weakness while in and out of marathon training.   I have done lots of experimenting with cookie making and have become really good at making all kinds of cookies, good for you and bad! Ha!  Today I would like to share with you my favorite “healthy” option.  It’s super fast and easy to make!  These can easily be made up, wrapped and put in the freezer to snack on for the coming days/weeks as your schedule fills up.

Julie’s Healthy Cookies


  • 1 cup of Oatmeal
  • 1 overripe banana

This base can be doubled or tripled, depending on how much you would like to make at a time.


  • 1/4 cup raw nuts
  • 1/4 dried cranberries
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 scoop peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 TBSP flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • whatever else your heart desires.

It’s really fun to experiment with this simple base!  You can make up something different every week!

Directions: Mix well, scoop onto baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.  Wrap and store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days or freezer for a few months.


About Julie Mullins (59 Articles)
I am a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. I am married to Jerry (also a runner) and we have three kids (one who will run with us on occasion). I work full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and run as often as I can. I ran in High school but as an adult, started running in 2008. Since then, I have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k. I've run two Ultras and just completed my 31st half marathon. My goal is the get my BQ in 2018 at Eugene Marathon! (Pinch me, I DID IT!!!) I also organize a local running group called ZaoFit (on facebook). I LOVE running with others - it is what keeps me motivated to stay consistent, and to keep dreaming big.

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