For Every Bad Baking Experiment…

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

There’s a delicious one! :mrgreen:

I think I may have done it! I created a tasty, vegan, bean-based oatmeal raisin cookie! Oh, yes, I did! 😀

These cookies turned out SO GREAT! Mal even liked them and he had no idea that chickpeas were thrown into the mix. He’s a tough critic when it comes to baked goods. He hates the healthy-tasting ones!


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Makes 6


  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350*F
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor/mixer
  • Coat baking sheet with non-stick spray
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop batter onto baking sheet and then flatten with bottom of a spoon
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes
  • Allow to cool before serving


I’m so glad that Mal finished off the Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti because I am so sick of eating it. 😕 Again, tonight, I ate leftovers + salad. The salad was excellent– mostly due to the fresh arugula– but the Baked Ziti was just plain boring by day #3. Usually, I am okay with eating leftovers for multiple days in a row, but this meal just wasn’t doing it for me.


Oh, well. I ate it anyway.



Ask Me Anything

I’m only doing 1 or 2 more Ask Me Anything posts, so ask your questions now or forever hold your peace!

Do you ever get cravings for fast food? When is the last time you ate fast food?

No, I don’t crave fast food. The last time I ate it was when I waited over an hour to try the new Sonic in the area– which, if you’re curious, wasn’t worth the wait.

I love your healthy-eating approach to eating sweets. However, I am better off avoiding sweets because just one taste is likely to send me on a sweets binge! Any suggestions as to how to enjoy sweets occasionally but not binge as I am often tempted to?

Oh, boy. I struggle with this too. But, I’ve found that not having sweets is the house really makes a difference. If it’s not in the house, I can’t eat it. This also helps me get more creative with my sweet snacks, like the sliced banana + agave nectar + walnuts that I ate last night. If I’m in a situation where there are unlimited sweets, I make a pact with myself to enjoy a certain amount and then STOP. For instance, at a family get-together, I will allow myself 3 cookies and then STOP myself. I just need to make sure to establish that number BEFORE the event even starts. It’s much more difficult if I’ve already eaten a cookie or two.

What was a typical day of eating/working out like for you when you were initially losing your 20+lbs?

A typical day when I was losing weight was pretty much the same as it is today. I still eat between 1,800 – 2,200 calories per day and exercise 4-5 times a week. I made a lifestyle change instead of going on a diet, so it wasn’t really a before and after thing for me. But, before I lost weight, my habits were much different. I ate more and exercised less, so I weighed more than I do now.

I was SO interested in going to the Healthy Living Summit! Are there any other conferences of its kind that you would recommend?

Here are a couple of foodie events that I’ve attended with my recaps:

Foodbuzz Festival

BlogHer Food

I’m also attending the big BlogHer conference (for the first time) this summer, and I know a bunch of bloggers that are attending FitBloggin next month. I’m sure there are plenty more out there, so if you know of some, please leave a comment.

You mentioned body pump in your post today– where do you take the class?

You can find Body Pump in your area by using Les Mills’ Class Locator.

How much money do you make a month from just blogging? I’ve asked several other bloggers in the Ask Me Anything and no one has responded yet!

I make $1 million! 😉

Would you rather be a man or a woman (if you could chose from birth, not asking if you would want to be one now, of course)?

Definitely a woman. I’m not super girly, but I like all things related to being a female. And, guys are just gross! 😉

Off to the wine tasting! :mrgreen:

P.S. American Idol is live tonight!



  1. I think it’s funny that someone said it was socially inappropriate and rude to ask how much you make from a blog. Is it REALLY that big of a deal?! People get so weird about money, and I don’t personally understand it the stigma surrounding it. I finally hit six figures last year after being self employed for quite a while (not from a blog, though) and I’ve had quite a few women ask me how much I make. I tell them just because I think more of us should get out of the mindframe that we “can’t” make enough- people need to think bigger for themselves sometimes. I guess if people are gonna get bitter hearing that someone makes a decent amount of money from writing about how they ate oatmeal for breakfast, that’s one thing..and yeah, they probably would 😉

  2. I have a question but your ask me anything link isn’t working on my computer 🙁

    Are there any blog conferences in the UK (there is no reason why you should know this, just wondering if you’d heard)?

    Maybe I should start one…..

  3. Hey Tina!
    Do you have a calorie count on those oatmeal raisin cookies? They look absolutely delish! Thanks!

  4. You are my hero! I love finding new vegan recipes and this one sounds great and simple. I also laughed out loud when I saw that someone asked you if you’d rather be a man or a woman!

  5. I am so excited to try these cookies. I tried to make vegan brownies a couple weeks ago, and failed. The only way to eat them is drenched in peanut butter or submerged in yogurt.

  6. It’s pretty awesome having nutrition as my life. I always tell people when they ask me what kind of supplements to take. Start with the basics and get some whey protein as a body building supplement then if you want, try an EFA stack for weight loss. As always throw in a multivitamin.

  7. I made a variation of these cookies today, with almond milk instead of oil, true orange for vanilla, and with chocolate chips.

    They were delicious- but the DOUGH WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!

    thank you!

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