Lower Fat Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies + news

Good Morning and HAPPY HUMP DAY! Is anyone else loving this warm weather? High 45 tomorrow in the cities! Am I dreaming? Usually it’s -20F with a foot of snow by now. Mild winters are my kind of winter. I’m just loving this.
Guess what I started this week? My internship with Anytime Fitness Corp :) I know that I mentioned this on Twitter when I got the position, but I’m not sure if I ever did on the blog. Well… I am AF’s new intern, and rockin’ it if I don’t say so myself. I am primarily working with the social media/design/interactive team (Hi Andy. Hi Amanda. Hi Tara), doing a variety of small projects such as content research, Twitter, maintaining our brand online, blogging, etc. Down the road, I’ll have more opportunities work work with Anytime Health. Whatever I may be doing, I absolutely love AF’s work environment and culture, everyone is extremely friendly. Did I mention there is coffee flowing round the clock AND there are group fitness classes scheduled for employees during lunch?! 
Anyways, I made a batcheroo of cookies for my first day of work. If I can do anything right, it’s bake/cook. I modified one of my past recipes, cutting the butter in half and substituting craisins for choco chips. 
Lower Fat Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
-1/2  cup (1 stick), softened 
-6T unsweetened apple sauce
-3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
-1/2  cup granulated sugar
-1Tchia + 4T water OR 2 eggs 
-1  teaspoon vanilla
– 1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
-1  teaspoon baking soda
-1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
-3  cups quick or old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked (for g/f recipe, use a brand of oatmeal that is certified gluten free)
-1  cup dried cranberries

1. Begin by heating your oven to 350°F. 
2. In a small bowl, make your chia egg by soaking 1T chia seeds in 4T water, set aside.
3. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. add chia egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and dried cranberries ; mix well.
4. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Using a small cookie scoop or Tablespoon, drop cookies onto baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool for a minute or so before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Loving the slightly crunchy outer layer, with the soft, chewy inside. 

Nummy Nummy. My crew at AF loved them :) I also made sure to make enough for my Yogis. Last night, I started an additional round of Sculpt Teacher Training, called Extensions. Extensions is a short, but in-depth Yoga training, meant to prepare me to teach Sculpt at CorePower. I am actually really excited about this training. Lauren, one of my favorite instructors, is leading the training and she is an absolute doll. This time around, it is a much smaller group and all of the girls signed up for XP are beyond awesome. They liked my cookies too :) 

Other than that, I am actually going back to Milwaukee for the rest of the week. I still have two more weeks of break left and I didn’t get enough of home. I also miss Little Dog :) Okay…and my mom.

How is the weather by you? Are you loving it? Or missing the typical winter conditions?

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