Monday, March 16, 2009

Go Green

For St. Patrick's Day, of course.  

Honestly, I've never been a big fan of St. Patty's Day.  I'm completely Italian, and I know that "everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day", but even when I was younger, I never really bought it.  My mom loves it, green bagels, Irish Soda Bread, etc.  My husband is half Irish too, but its just not my thing.  Even in college when it was just another excuse to drink a lot...I mean, I never needed an excuse for that (yes, my college experience was like that...maybe why I had an extra 30lbs to lose by my junior year).  

Anyway, the fact that my breakfast tomorrow will be "green" is a happy coincidence.  I ran out of breakfast cookies today, and was trying to make use of the stuff left in my spinach.  Into a breakfast cookie it went.

Green (I swear, I know they don't look that green) Breakfast Cookies

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup protein powder
1 cup flax meal
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp maple syrup and/or agave nectar, or any combination of the two
2 tbsp applesauce
1 tbsp molasses
2-4 tbsp water
1 cup spinach
The process, if you haven't memorized it by now, is pretty simple.  In a big bowl, mix the first four ingredients.  In a smaller bowl, liquify the coconut oil.  Add that, plus the rest of the ingredients (sweetener through spinach) into a blender/food processor/whatever (I use my magic bullet, super convenient for jobs like this), and blend.  Add the wet to the dry, mix, and form into 8 cookies.  

Serves 4
Nutrition Information:  433.8 Calories;  17.9g Total Fat;  6.3g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  48.1 g Carbohydrates;  11.3g Fiber;  26.6g Protein

As always, the nutrition information largely depends on the protein powder you use. 

These are so good.  I love that green stuff tastes so good.  I know a lot of you are into the green smoothie, which isn't my thing, but its just such a cool concept..greens for breakfast! 

You can easily raw-i-fy these too.  Replace the rolled oats with another cup of flax meal.  The protein powder can either be hemp protein, or you can also use the flax meal for that too.  I'm sure molasses isn't raw, you could use more maple syrup or agave for that.  The molasses is just good for hardening it for the "put in your pocket" factor.  You could use any pureed fruit instead of the applesauce.  

For all of you who DO enjoy the tomorrow's lovely Irish holiday, I hope it treats you well!  Tomorrow should be an easy day for me.  We're so close to the city, so everyone is going to the parade instead of school.  In other news though, life has been stressful, which is why I haven't been posting much.  I'll talk about it more later on, but I've been at least trying to keep up with you guys!  


  1. I've never gotten into St. Patty's Day myself, but I think it's because my birthday is the day after so I was always just too excited about that to care ; )

    Your breakfast cookies look SO good and makes me want to make them sometime!

    Hope the start to your week is going great : )

  2. there u are miss busy gorgeous bee...

    breakfast cookies...ya sure know how to live!! rock on!

    sorry to hear abt the rough spots...tis gonna be okay! that is life..up down up down..enjoy the ride:D


  3. i'm italian too, so i'm just posting something green too... since i don't have any 'real' irish recipes. :)

  4. Not into the St. Patty's thing either, although I can see why it's fun for everyone else. Don't drink- maybe that has something to do with it! Greens in cookies? Wonderful!

  5. That looks like a perfect St. Patty's day recipe! So healthy and full of great ingredients.

    Hang in there with the busy and stressful things going on in your life. Try to find some calm in the storm :)

  6. yeah st patricks day never was a huge deal to me either.. even with some irish in my blood.
    way to go to make green themed breakfast cookies though! they sound quite delicious and filling! :)

  7. I'm not a huge fan of the day although I'll take any excuse to go to a party! Happy Tuesday anyway!

    The cookies sounds great!

  8. Gina,
    I'm sad to hear you're stressed. I hope everything is okay.

    I love your spinach cookies, and they definitely have hints of green on my computer!

    I hope you're enjoying your easy day and that the parade turns out to be fun.

    I like your new profile picture. Please tell me it's new - hope I'm not way behind in noticing it! :)

  9. You can definitely train yourself to like them :) Start with plain white buttons and criminis, then work your way to the more daring.
    I used to hate tomatoes and now I can eat them like apples, so there's definitely hope.

  10. Yum! I still haven't tried the breakfast cookie...but I want to! I love St. Patrick's Day. I'm a little Irish, but it's mostly an excuse for me to get plastered. And I love cheesy reasons to dress up. :-)

  11. Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't care about St. Patty's Day. Mine went okay ::shrugs::

    Heather, the profile picture is new...I think I changed it some time last week. Its an older picture, but I've been wearing my hair straight lately, so I wanted to change it.

    :) Hope everyone is having a good week.

  12. those look great!! i'm def thinking of raw-i-fying them :)

  13. babe i hear ya...i wish i could eat the food that my blog friends make all the time!

    Yours too!

    Have a good rest of the evening yourself;)

  14. Ha, this is awesome! Spinach cookies, who would have thought? :)