yoga cookies

May 8, 2008


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I was first wooed into practicing yoga regularly by cookies. I agreed to accompany my mother to a Saturday morning class when she told me that the instructor rewarded her yogis with treats after practicing. Few things are more enticing for a twelve year old that then scent of hot dough, packed with chocolate and pecans. I imagined sitting cross-legged and levitating, one cookie in each hand. The reality was not so different: I sat patiently as the smell gathered in the corners of the pale blue room while a buxom blonde teacher puffed through her slim nose for an hour and fifteen minutes and struck poses that made my jaw drop.

While the middle-aged women tried to replicate her grace (or at least her hair color) I sat cross-legged, transfixed by the wicker basket behind the table, whose smells produced some commingling of Christmas kitchens, fancy chocolate shops and French bakeries. The class seemed to stretch eternally as I tried to imagine what sweet lumps lay under the billowing napkins lining the basket. When the final gong reverberation faded, I was up like a lissome prairie dog, scanning the room from side to side for competitors in my race to the batch. These were golden brown patties with more chocolate chips, pecans and cranberries poking out of them than there was dough holding them together. I have been a yoga fanatic ever since.

The teacher (who looks younger with each year that passes) brings baskets of these “yoga cookies” with her for every class. Despite advancing past the age of 12, I am still the first one off the floor, rummaging through the offerings in search of the lumpiest, most laden cookie. I leave class sheepishly, my jacket stuffed. When I get home, I search for rogue crumbs in my pockets.

I have a terrible sweet tooth. I am also one of those women who becomes murderous in my need for chocolate every so often–predictably in sync with the moon. When these tides turn, it is important for me to have mounds at the ready so that I don’t harm the innocent…that old lady who took too long to check out at the grocery store and kept me from my Skoar bar a second too long… that little kid at Amy’s Ice Cream who just couldn’t decide on his toppings of choice…

These yoga cookies have saved me from rage and ravenousness. They are perfect–loaded with dark chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, ground flaxseed, soy flour and honey. They have no sugar, and no wheat. It’s hard to eat them in downward dog, but I am happy to put yoga on hold for a batch or two.


1 c soy flour / spelt flour mixed

3/4 c local honey

2 c oats

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1 c dried fruit (i love dried cherries / cranberries mixed)

1 c nus (pecans, cashews, walnuts and almonds work well–together or seperately)

1/2 c sunflower seeds

2 c dark chocolate

2 tsp each cinnamon / ground ginge

1/2 tsp each nutmeg, baking powder, salt

3/4 c sunflower oil

1 egg

Mix dry ingredients together. Beat oil, egg and honey in a separate bowl. Mix everything together. Let stand 10 mins in fridge. Form 3-4 inch rounds on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes. You can’t mess this up–unless your chocolate is too bitter. As mine was last night. I have had to pluck the chunks out and make granola instead for this go ’round. Shhh.


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2 Responses to “yoga cookies”

  1. By Sarah on May 8, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Is-
    Love the blog-so up my alley! These cookies look delish–one question–do you think you could substitute wheat flour cup for cup for the soy/splelt flour mixture or would you need to tweak anything else? xx

  2. By isabellypepper on May 8, 2008 | Reply

    Yes! The original recipe calls for wheat, actually, but since I’m plagued by celiac disease I mix soy and spelt. You can’t use just soy flour, though, because it won’t hold the dough. But just using wheat will work perfectly. Thanks for the comment!!

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