I’m a Cookie Monster

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Most Fridays, I’m not super motivated to work, but today has been quite productive. I’m actually destroying my To Do list for the day, which never seems to happen on Fridays. Usually, I get a few things done and move all of my unaccomplished tasks to Monday. (I’m a slacker like that.)

Maybe this new super-motivated-Friday-thing will catch on and stick with me? I love starting the weekend feeling accomplished. It makes it so much more enjoyable.


For breakfast, I made an Oatmeal Pancake with maple syrup on top. Of course, the maple syrup tasted delicious, but it did absolutely nothing for my satisfaction. By 10:00 this morning, I was already hungry again. I should have went with a big scoop of peanut butter on my Oatmeal Pancake instead of maple syrup. Oh, well.


I also had a glass of Campfire S’mores iced coffee with breakfast. (FYI: There’s also a Birthday Cake flavor of coffee in my shop! 😉 )



Mid-morning, I snacked on baked sweet potato slices with buffalo sauce drizzled on top. It kept my stomach happy until lunchtime.



I tried something new for lunch today: Gardein’s Thai Trio. The Thia Trio came with chick’n, veggies, rice, and sauce. It was a complete meal in a little box.


I ended up just eating the chick’n + veggies, and saving the rice + sauce for some other time.

The chick’n was pretty good. It had a lot of thai flavor, but the texture was a bit mushy. It wasn’t mushy-gross, but instead this-isn’t-real-chicken-mushy.



Cookie Friday

After lunch, I dug into my Cookie Friday treat: a Kitchen Sink Cookie. Holy yum! Please can someone bake a whole batch of these for me? 😉


One cookie just wasn’t enough for this Cookie Friday, so I decided to whip up a batch of Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies using some Scharffen Berger cocoa powder, which has been in my pantry for months now.


Mmmmm… freshly baked cookies! 😀


Ok, as you probably know, I’m sort of obsessed with adding beans to my baked goods. I know, it’s kind of weird, but beans add a nice, soft texture as well as protein, fiber, and other good beans things to my baked goods. So, of course, I added some beans to this cookie recipe. I just can’t help myself!


Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 12


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened


  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spoon dough onto baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before enjoying.


The end result was a chewy, slightly sweet, chocolate cookie. (No pinto bean flavor detected.)


And, here’s some more Cookie Friday inspiration! 😉

This little (big?) guy is getting impatient, so it’s time to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.

See ya! 😎

P.S. I’m hosting a peanut butter + chocolate giveaway on Trading Up Downtown today! You’ll want to enter this one! 😉



  1. Pinto beans are really hard to find in Australia – are there any other beans that you’d recommend as a replacement? I so love the sound of these!!

  2. Oh, I saw your yoga challenge! I’d love to participate, i LOVE yoga (just check out the profile pic on my blog). How can I participate? 🙂 🙂

    Btw your dog is super cute! What’s his / her name?

  3. Yum! Cookie Monster was ALWAYS my favourite character in Sesame Street 😀

    The cookies look amazing. I’ve always wanted to try beans in baked products, but my mom’s always really against non-traditional food… (eg, black bean burgers, nutritional yeast for cheese, vegan substitutions, non-dairy milk)

    Have a nice walk! (I know you did, I just read your later post! :P)


  4. Yum! Never thought of adding beans – what a great idea!! I just made these and added a bit of peanut butter for extra protein and flavor too..they are baking right now..can’t wait to have one!!

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