Monday Musings + Super Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

1. I was able to snag a “virtual ticket” to the Thirty Seconds to Mars live streaming concert from Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC via VyRT  last Wednesday.

For a mere $15.00, us ticket holders were able to watch behind-the-scenes preparations + casual interviews with (from left to right) Tomo Miličević, Jared Leto, & Shannon Leto…

… as well as the full concert, which of course was awesome! I’ve been a big fan of this band for a while now, and jumped at the chance to see them perform live.

Although I would have loved to have been there in person, watching the concert live from my living room was the next best option.

Here’s a clip from one of my favorite 30STM songs, Alibi. In the short video I recorded, you can see the setup – my computer hooked up to our T.V. and stereo. The sound was great! More bands should broadcast concerts like this.

A few other favorite 30STM songs of mine:

  • Hurricane
  • 100 Suns
  • Closer To The Edge
  • The Kill

2. For the life of me, I cannot get my Silpat clean. Warm soapy water helps a little bit, but the silicone baking mat always feels a little sticky after drying. Help!

3. Two of my brown rice pudding recipes are on

Included in the slideshow of ”Surprisingly Healthy Holiday Puddings” are recipes by fellow bloggers. Go check them out!

4. There are a few holiday commercials that make me want to bang my head against the wall whenever they come on T.V. (which is approximately once every 10 minutes during the 7:00-8:00 a.m. news hour on channel 7):

  • the crazy Walmart lady
  • the even crazier Target lady
  • the obnoxious T.J. Maxx & Marshalls carolers perusing the mall for over-spenders

You know what I’m talking about. Right?

5. This, my friends, is an addiction in a jar:

If you haven’t yet tried it for yourself, I’m sure you’ve seen it on other blogs… so you’ve probably already been warned about how impossible it is to keep a spoon your fingers out of it.

Dangerous, I tell you.

6. I am d-o-n-e DONE with my holiday shopping. Hallelujah!

7. That cookie butter would be a tasty compliment to the Super Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I posted on The Back Burner blog today.

These chewy and hearty cookies are from a family recipe, and I can’t eat one without a flood of memories from my childhood washing over me. They’re incredibly healthy, but also delicious… I think I’ll go nibble on one now ;).

NameSuper Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Prep Time15 minutes
Cooking Time10-12 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings16 cookies
Yield1 cookie per serving


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg (or flaxseed egg for a vegan option)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or your choice of dried fruit)


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup (or honey), applesauce, egg (or flaxseed egg), and vanilla extract until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.

Gently fold in the raisins (or your choice of dried fruit).

Use a spoon or cookie scoop to drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough space between each cookie.

Flatten each cookie slightly with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled, enjoy your Super Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with a glass of almond milk or your favorite hot beverage!

These cookies are not only a delightful treat but also a great source of whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sweetness from the raisins. They’re perfect for a quick breakfast on busy mornings or as a satisfying snack any time of the day.

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 2g

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