Pre-Run Cookies Recipe

Hello! How was your day?

Thanks for all your thoughts on my Fat Feeling post. There is something oddly comforting about knowing you’re not the only one dealing with it.

This morning I ran a 10 miler and felt pretty good! I thought I was still tired from this weekend, but ended up getting lost in my ‘head movies’ and it flew by!

10 miler (800x800)

I worked through the morning and then met up with SkinnyRunner to pop some tags. We went to the GoodWill for toss-away gear for the New York City Marathon. Runners wait outside for a few hours before the race and it’s COLD! So you need extra clothes to stay warm before the marathon.

Since I am going to be ripping these off in public anyway, I felt comfortable trying them on in public too… #Classy

popping tags for new york city marathon (800x800)

You may have heard I love to run and eat.

Fortunately, those things compliment each other very well! But long distance running requires fueling well – not just a lot. I wanted a treat today and whipped up these healthy cookies that could work as a pre-run snack since they have a good mix of carbs and protein without very much fat.

pre run chocolate chip cookies

Pre-Run Cookies Recipe

{Low fat. Gluten Free. Pre-workout approved.}


  • 1 cup oat flour (I blended oats in the blender to make)
  • 2 Tb. brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tb. chia seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 3 Tb. greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • optional: 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix apple sauce, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, greek yogurt.  Mix oat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and chia seeds. Combine and add chocolate chips. Spray cookie sheet (there is not a lot of fat in these so they will stick). Drop batter by spoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until done.

I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I had to chop up a dark chocolate bar. So, my chips are pretty big and random sized. Still taste good though!

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Question: When was the last time you had a cookie?



  1. says

    Oh my lord, these look good. I love high-carb, high-protein recipes for post-run! I don’t do so hot with protein before long runs, but I definitely appreciate it afterwards. And cookies are awesome. I am proud (or embarrassed?) to say I have cookies all the time. Just had some with lunch.

  2. says

    I may have to make these this weekend! I can’t find chocolate chips in Geneva thus far so chopping up chocolate works perfectly! Are you packing them for your flight?? Good luck and have so much fun on Sunday! MCM is on my race listso hopefully I can run it when I move back!

  3. says

    My hubby just had one of those pumpkin shaped cookies frosted with orange frosting….that are every where right now….I refrained! I know, shocker!!

    However, I may be making these this weekend and I will definitely be sampling them. 😉

  4. says

    Those cookies look great! I might even be able to sneak them in on my kids.

    I always have some kind of a cookie made and stashed in the freezer so we can take them out one at a time. Right now, we have butterscotch chip and pumpkin cookies. But these are next!

  5. says

    What a smart way to get throw away clothes! I always freeze or beg someone to hold my stuff.

    No cookies lately but last night I made gluten and dairy free blueberry scones…pictures are up on the blog.

  6. says

    Um, I try on clothes in public all the time. I thought that’s why they have mirrors on every pillar in the clothing department of Wal-Mart :-) It’s so much quicker than going into a dressing room!

    Cookies? My Dad bought mint oreos as a treat while we were on vacation last week, and you better believe I munched on a few of those.

  7. Jessica says

    Can’t wait to try out this super simple recipe, looks delish! Also, tomorrow is my first 5k since having knee surgery in January, I have to thank you for always keeping me inspired to get back to running! There were some dark days where I thought I’d never get back to my old mileage, and it’s still a struggle, but I know I’ll get there if I keep at it :) ALSO – yesterday I found myself continuously repeating “Nips, hips, and chips” to myself during the whole 40+ minutes of my run. So thanks for that too! 😉

  8. says

    I had a biscotti this morning as my second breakfast. I only have 2 left from my last visit to Mike’s Pastry in Boston. I hope I can find some good ones in NYC.

  9. Stacie says

    Question about chia seeds- if you omit them from the recipe, will it still work? I have all of those ingredients except the chia seeds….or are they a sub for eggs? Thanks to anyone who knows!

  10. says

    These look amazing! I made cookies last night, I was homesick so made my moms specialty, Monster cookies! Although they aren’t healthy in any way shape or form, they definitely were worth every bite (and then I ran a little extra this morning to help make up for it)

    Love your blog.

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