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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Sunday activities consisted of sleeping in, making brunch, baking cookies, blogging, hot yoga, house cleaning and a meeting at lululemon. While I did keep myself busy, none of these were “have to do’s” and everything was done at a relaxed pace. It is still weird for me to wake up on Sunday morning and not teach yoga. It’s nice to have the day off with no responsibilities but I really miss it.

I still look for ways to distract myself from the fact that I’m not teaching so yesterday I made brunch and baked cookies.

I made a frittata with sautéed portobello mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, squash and spinach. I added goat cheese, basil and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top. Sourdough toast and jam on the side. I am really enjoying egg-based breakfasts/lunches these days and there are so many ways to prepare them.

I baked Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies after brunch and I won’t admit to how much cookie dough I ate. Recipe at the end of this post.

After the cookie dough feast I got myself dressed and to the studio for a Sunday afternoon hot class. Taste Nirvana sent me their coconut water to sample a few weeks ago and I finally tried it to hydrate during class. I usually find that I feel better/recover faster if I drink coconut water or some other type of electrolyte replacement during 90 minute classes.

I tried the “Real Coconut Water” and thought it was great. I actually really enjoyed the taste of it. It seemed to lack that off-putting taste that coconut water can sometimes have. There were 50 calories in the bottle. Taste Nirvana’s coconut waters are all natural and never from concentrate. One bottle includes 600 mg of potassium. I can’t wait to try the Coconut Aloe and Coconut Water with Pulp. I actually love coconut water with pulp so I’ve got high hopes for it!

I would definitely recommend trying this variety of coconut water. I just checked out their store locator and it seems like it’s widely available – Whole Foods carries it.

I had a meeting at lululemon last night (I am still an ambassador…just alumni status now ;)). We are in the process of planning a huge run/yoga/CrossFit event this fall to bring the Charlotte community together and to raise money for local charities. Stay tuned for more details. It’s going to be awesome and our goal is to have 1,000 attendees! I had to snap a photo of the Metro shout out. We’re the Studio of the Month for August and have been offering complimentary classes to the community all week. This is the last week so if you’re in Charlotte and want to check out a class, let me know!

I took the cookies to the meeting to share with everyone. I love feeding others and they were too dangerous to stay with me. (I did keep a few.) I was happy with how these cookies turned out. They were so easy to throw together and made the perfect amount. I hate cookie recipes that make dozens upon dozens of cookies. This recipe made about 18 cookies so that was perfect. I think it took me all of about 5 minutes to mix everything in my Kitchen Aid and get them in the oven. Everyone that tried the cookies loved them. I love the addition of the oats to cookies. They’re perfectly peanut buttery (without going overboard) and chewy.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Recipe source All Recipes)


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar on medium high speed until smooth, fluffy and lightened in color. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg and beat on medium speed until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and add to the batter, mixing at low speed until just combined. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets – either nonstick or lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges start to become golden brown. They will still seem uncooked in the middle. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 18 cookies

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  • Natalie ~ This Chick Will Run August 27, 2012, 11:45 am

    Cookies look great! I’m skeptical on the coconut water since the ones I’ve previously tried aren’t tasty, but I haven’t tried this brand. Will keep an eye out for it when Whole Foods opens up in my Virginia Beach area next month!

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 5:05 pm

      WF is opening here on Wednesday. I am SOOOO excited!

  • Miriam@Bellaspire August 27, 2012, 12:46 pm

    I love sipping on coconut water during yoga! Just having it there is kind of like a security blanket, especially if I’m running low on energy. Congrats on the alumni status!! You had a great year as an ambassador!

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 5:05 pm

      thank you! it’s been fun and i’m happy to stay part of the fam! 🙂

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement August 27, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I may be the only one, but I love coconut and cannot get over the taste of the water. There is something about it that doesn’t agree with me. People have suggested the flavored ones, but those flavors all come with a bunch of sugar and additives. This one looks interesting because it has the pulp…maybe that will be a winner with my taste buds.

    Cookie dough is also dangerous with me. Forget about the cookies, give me the raw stuff.

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 5:04 pm

      i totally get this. i actually hate the flavored water. i can only do the natural. i also like it better over ice and i cannot drink it out of the cardboard cartons.

  • Jenny August 27, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Hi! Can I ask you how big your skillet is? I’m looking to buy an iron cast skillet and I’m vascillating between 10 1/4 inch and 12 inch.

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 5:04 pm

      this one is actually pretty small but i love it. 6-8 inches or something like that. i would go with the 10!

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 27, 2012, 1:40 pm

    I kind of hate the fact that I have all the ingredients on hand to make these!

    Classes were just canceled until Thursday and I’m at home SUPER bummed about missing out on 2.5 days of pay and having to adjust the schedule for 5 classes – these *have* to help 🙂

  • Ann August 27, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Cookies look amazing and easy! Can you use whole wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour?

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 5:02 pm

      i’m not sure – try it and let me know how it turns out. i would either use whole wheat baking flour or maybe half whole wheat/half all-purpose?

  • Carrie Kerby August 27, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Where do you get your sourdough bread here in Charlotte? It looks yummy!

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 5:02 pm

      i usually just get the “la brea” brand at harris teeter. nothing special. it’s not my fave but good for grocery store.

  • Lisa August 27, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Yum, the cookies look awesome! Its so weird because I love everything coconut, seriously. But, I just can’t get with the coconut water thing, unless its in smoothies! Weird.

  • Cara August 27, 2012, 4:17 pm

    I just made a batch of these cookies – vegan & gluten-free! They didn’t spread out as much, so I had to bake them an extra two minutes. But they’re delicious. And without the egg, there’s no worries about eating vegan cookie dough!! Thanks for posting the recipe.

    I’ve been craving some sort of quiche or frittata lately… after seeing your picture, I may need to make that happen this week.

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 4:56 pm

      did you do a flax egg? and what kind of flour?

      • Cara August 28, 2012, 11:15 am

        I did use a flax egg. I used Bob’s Red Mill GF flour and added some Xanthan gum.

  • elizabeth August 27, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the cookie recipe. Is it okay to use a natural pb or do you use something like Jiff or Skippy? I use Adams pb for my flourless pb cookies, but some recipes call for a specific type.
    Your frittata looks excellent, was it baked in the oven? Could you share the recipe?

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 6:40 pm

      i always use natural peanut butter. that’s perfect!

      for the frittata, i sauteed my veggies and then poured three beaten eggs over them and then topped it with cheese and the basil. i let it cook in the pan for about 2-3 minutes until it set on the bottom and then put it under the broiler to cook up top. i just keep an eye on it until it looks done and golden brown. you can use as many veggies and eggs as you want!

      let me know if you have questions!

      • elizabeth August 27, 2012, 8:01 pm

        Thanks Jen! Last time I cooked a frittata, the recipe said to cook it in the oven for like 30 mn and it was too dry, i’ll give your method a try. I have a ton of veggies in the garden to use.

  • Paige August 27, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Oh boy…I bought chocolate chips for another recipe, but I’m thinking I might make those cookies instead!

    How exciting about the running/yoga/Crossfit event…It’s all your favorite workouts in one! 🙂

  • russg August 27, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Which do you like better? Nirvana or Chocolate Zico. Thank you…..

    • Jen August 27, 2012, 6:52 pm

      prob the plain nirvana. i’m not a huge fan of flavored coconut water. the chocolate is good though!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 27, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Sounds like an awesome Sunday to me 🙂

  • The Dixie Dish August 27, 2012, 7:12 pm

    These look amazing, and totally agree about adding in the oats! I bet they were delish.

  • Summer August 27, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Oh, my goodness I may have to go get the stuff to make these cookies right now…. they look so amazing!

  • Amy August 27, 2012, 8:19 pm

    YES I have all those ingredients! Those cookies look so tasty. Definitely doing some baking this week!

  • Cheryl @ happy is the new healthy August 27, 2012, 10:30 pm

    Those activities are some of my favs!

    What a coincidence–I just went to a lululemon event last night in the park. The run ambassadors led us through a 4k run and then there was a yoga class where two of my favourite studios came together and teamed up to teach a great class. Spandex, sweat, candlelight, zen under the stars–this is the coolest park yoga I’ve ever been to! It was lululemon masonville in London, Ontario and I am giving them serious props — I used to work there and this took lots of planning but came together amazingly!!


  • Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate August 28, 2012, 12:10 am

    I pretty much only drink Taste Nirvana now because I found the same thing about it lacking that weird after taste of so many other brands!

  • Evan August 28, 2012, 8:37 am

    Aside from cracking open a young coconut, this is my favorite brand. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  • Christine August 28, 2012, 9:13 am

    YUM! That frittata looks so delicious. I love eggs/breakfast for dinner and that looks perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂 I can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

  • Kelly September 6, 2012, 9:52 pm

    In the process of making these right now for my boyfriend to bring to school and I couldn’t help myself….these cookies are soo delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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