Saturday Bakefest (Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cookies + Healthy Blondies)

Hey, remember that time I said I didn’t like pumpkin?

I lied. I like it, and I like it quite a lot.

This morning after a 9:30 BodyPump class (which I loved, I always leave BodyPump feeling so strong!), I wandered into the Superstore on a super schweaty mission for pumpkin pie spice for a pumpkin cookie recipe I wanted to try out today.

I couldn’t find it anywhere! After consulting with my favourite baking guru

Having blog friends is so helpful!

I realized that this was not a case of just being blind to the pumpkin pie spice (like how I missed the canned pumpkin), it probably wasn’t available in the Superstore at all.

I headed home to make my own, following Dawn’s advice. I googled a recipe to get the exact quantities of each spice, and found a good one on AllRecipes that I ended up using.

When I was raving on about pumpkin in my v-log, I asked you guys to post your fave pumpkin recipes. Meg from PinkGiggles posted one for Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cookies that looked yummily intriguing to me.

She was not wrong. After making these cookies, they are truly the perfect amount of pumpkin spice-y goodness.

I followed SkinnyTaste’s recipe exactly, so check it out if you want to see it. Let me tell you, these cookies turned out amazing.

I loved them! Ridiculously yummy.

If (WHEN) I make these again the only change I’d make would be swapping whole wheat flour for white flour, but the other ingredients were bang-on. I loved these little cookies.

Bake-fest was not quite over just yet. I have a little dinner party tonight with my friends from college Fran and Lisa, as well as our respective lovers, and I am bringing the dessert.

So next up were Chocolate Chip Blondies that I made from Chocolate Covered Katie‘s recipe.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

They look pretty decadent, don’t they? They are DELICIOUS. Would you believe me if I told you they are also healthy?

Healthy Blondies?

It’s true. The main ingredient is chickpeas.

Chick Peas!

No lie. An entire can of chickpeas.


And peanut butter, brown sugar and flour. I had to sub the flour instead of ground flax into my mix, as I didn’t have any ground flax on-hand, but otherwise I followed Katie’s recipe exactly.

The most difficult part was mixing the chick peas, I would say, as the little peas wanted to stay in ball form and it was tricky to get them smoothy-smooth.

But after several minutes of mixing with an electric mixer, I was successful!

Mix, Pre Choco Chips

This recipe is genius. I can’t even explain to you how impressed I am with it. These blondies are moist, chewy and chocolatey. They taste like the real deal, and I could eat the entire pan and I wouldn’t even have to break out my fat pants. That, my friends, is a win.

Ando has already eaten four of them.

I’m excited to see how my pals like everything tonight! I’ll let ya know.

And I am off to get ready! Have a great Saturday!


14 responses to “Saturday Bakefest (Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cookies + Healthy Blondies)

  1. Love all these recipes! 🙂
    Have a great Saturday to!

  2. Yay! So glad you like pumpkin! And a baking fest is the perfect way to spend a fall Saturday…much better than being a crazy person and running 25 km!!!! (not that I know anyone who did that, LOL) I want to try both of your recipes.

  3. I’ve made the chickpea blondies too – how good are they!

  4. Yummy! Both of those look awesome :). And I’m glad that you do in fact like pumpkin haha. Hope you have an awesome night!

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  6. Chickpeas?! That’s strange, but I’m likin’ it! 😉

  7. You’re the best bloggie friend a blogger could ask for ❤ hehe
    And those cookies look RIDIC. Omg. I could eat all of those.
    I have wanted to try CCK's blondies so bad!! Now, I don't feel so intimidated. They look awesome.
    I made peanut butter chocolate pumpkin brownies today and the whole plate was gone in literally half an hour between 4 people.
    I'm glad you're on the pumpkin bandwagon now!! =D

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  9. The baking looks awesome! I will have to try the cookies.
    And chickpeas?! No way! That is cray-cray as you would say.
    On Friday I made baby food for the first time for little Huddy. Not to hard, just a lot of steaming and puréeing. We then made them into baby food cubes and froze them for later. Yum!

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  11. Ooh I must agree with LungesandLush (twitter). Your blondies look delicious!! 🙂

  12. Oooh! I want to try both of these recipes! I’ve been in a baking mood (when am I not?) and I’ve really been craving something pumpkiny. Thanks for the ideas. 🙂

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