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Cookies for the Trail!

I am going to tell you right now, I am pretty jazzed about this recipe! One thing you pretty much figure you have to give up when you are on your journey to Thinlandia, is cookies. Well, who knows, perhaps a meringue cookie or two (if you can make them without killing the egg whites, as I managed to do earlier), but you pretty much give up hoping you’ll be allowed any cookies you can really sink your teeth into.

Well, the death of the meringue cookies was actually serendipitous tonight, because, determined to make cookies, darn it, I managed to make these little lovelies! Furthermore, they are exceedingly good for you, and have very little fat or sodium. That’s something to sing about!

Anyone who has talked with me at all about my weight loss journey has likely seen me sink my teeth into my Thinlandia Snack Mix on frequent occasions. I tell you, I eat this stuff at least daily, sometimes more than once a day, and sometimes as a meal replacement! When I long for potato chips or crunchy salty pretzels or Fritoes or, you get the picture, I distract myself with this wonderful snack mix made up of regular Cheerios, Nestle’ Dark Chocolate Raisinets, Almond Accent’s Salad Almonds, and Craisins. So, to get the best of both worlds, I decided to make a “Snack Mix” cookie!

This recipe makes about 26 small cookies. I like to make them small so I have a lot of “serving size” options, but I’m sure they would work out just as well if you doubled the amount of batter for a larger cookie. In addition, I think a wonderful variation could be achieved by adding a couple of tablespoons of natural peanut butter. I might just try that next time; it would only add about 8 calories per cookie!

Cookies for the Trail!


1/4 cup White Sugar Blend Splenda
1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) softened butter
1/4 cup applesauce (I used Cinnamon Applesauce)
1/8 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Also Salt
2 cups Cheerios
1/4 cup Nestle Dark Chocolate Raisinets
1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) Almond Accent Salad Almonds
1/4 cup Craisins


Cream sugar, butter, applesauce, water, vanilla and egg white together. Add flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and Also Salt to butter mixture and then add Cheerios, Raisinets, Salad Almond slices, and Craisins. Drop by tablespoon onto a cookie sheet that has been prepared with Butter-flavored Pam Spray. Bake at about 350-360 degrees for 10 or 11 minutes. Baking at a slightly higher temperature like 375 will make a darker, crunchier cookie.

Tip: Since there are so many extra “add-ins” in these cookies and not a lot of the actual binding ingredients, I found it helpful to use a very small ice cream scoop to sort of compact the ingredients into a little ball as I was getting them onto the pan. Otherwise, they were VERY prone to fall apart before I got them situated.

Makes 26.

Nutritional Information per cookie:

Calories: 58
Fat: 1.7 gm
Protein: 0.5 gm
Carbohydrate: 9.8 gm
Sodium: 37.3 mg
Cholesterol: 2.9 mg

6 Responses to “Cookies for the Trail!”

  1. Lori Beach says:

    Hi Donna,
    It’s your cousin. Sheryl told me about this website and we all tried reducing our sodium this week and had wonderful water loss results…4 to 5 pounds each. It inspired me to check out the Rice Diet book at the library and order the cookbook online. I only had 10 pounds to lose, but those have been very pesky pounds. I’m down 4.4 so far and will be starting phase one of the Rice diet tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipes. If I fail at the Rice Diet, the least I will do is reduce my sodium in my cooking and eating. Do you do the Rice Diet? or do you just eat low sodium? When I went to my employee physical 2 weeks ago, the gal that drew my blood said she had lost 70 pounds in the past 7 months just by eliminating sodium from her diet, so it obviously works. Glad to be on the road to Thinlandia again.
    Lori Beach

  2. Beau Beauchamp says:

    Sometimes on the road to Thinlandia I’m a bit skeptical about what my Beautiful Wife (yes, that’s a proper noun) cooks up. About 20% of the time I’m not all that excited about these “Thinlandic” dishes; the other 80% of the time I’m surprised at how yummie her creations are!

    The Fajita Salad was one and this is another of those HUGE YUMMIE suprises. You don’t need to feel deprived of yummie snack cookies on the road to Thinlandia if you have these around the house!

  3. Lori, that’s awesome! And I’m so happy to hear that people are actually looking at these recipes and this site – I had begun to wonder if it was an “online journal” used by me only, LOL!

    I have the original Rice Diet book – “The Rice Diet Report” by Judy Moscovitz sitting right here at my desk, eye level about two feet from my nose. In all my moves I have been careful to keep it available – have had this one for probably 20 years. It always gets me back onto the straight and narrow when I really NEED to lose weight. I let things go WAY too far the last several years, so am super glad to be quite a few steps down the road.

    I’m not formally doing the Rice Diet now – it’s a Very Low Calorie Diet and I’m currently aiming for 1200 to at most 1400 calories per day and losing weight a bit more slowly – but I keep its principles in mind, always, and try to incorporate rice quite freqently, even in odd ways. For example, this “pizza” that has been instrumental in my weight loss is made super yummy by basing it on a Brown Rice Tortilla. (I’ll get that recipe up soon. I’ve used it a LOT.)

    I’ve always considered tiny little you as living in one of the inner city highrises in Thinlandia, lol, but we all know at what weight we feel best, and if you feel better at a little lower base weight, than I’m just so glad to have you on the road beside me! 🙂


  4. will says:

    mate do you have a twitter?

  5. tabata says:

    Do you have a Facebook fan page for your site?
    Best regards,

  6. Just starting twitter – Thinlandia.

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