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What The What? | Lentil and Oat Cookies

April 17, 2012

What the what?!

There are moments in life that prompt this question. Consider it the G-rated cousin to the more popular phrase: “What the f&@#”?!

What the what?! popped into my head a several times over this past week. Let me explain.

1.On the weekend I was standing in line at the grocery store. Sundays afternoons are a busy time at the grocery store, and nearly every Sunday I ask myself why I choose to come at this time. The place is crowded, lines are long, and people are just…weird. More than normal. I was two people back in an obnoxiously long line at the check-out when I witnessed the guy who was about to pay for his groceries say to the cashier “Hold on, I just have to run to the bathroom.” Umm…what the what?! Dude, do you really think that this is the most opportune time to go and relieve yourself?! Apparently so. Three minutes later, he returned and paid for his groceries and left, whistling on his way out.

2.I share laundry facilities with the people that live in the basement suite below me. Sharing laundry facilities with strangers is not recommended. I’ve been trying to determine why these people are always using the washer and dryer (seriously, at least 6 out of 7 days per week). Either they’re hiding a family of 8 down there or they each own approximately one pair of socks and underwear, one shirt, and one pair of pants. Those are the only explanations I can think of for why 2 twenty-somethings would need to be doing laundry so often. As a result, I find myself doing laundry marathons on the rare occasions that I find the washer and dryer free. Good times. But not really.

3.Children are strange creatures. I took my little sister swimming recently to the local YMCA. I was floating on a floaty-raft-thing, minding my own business, when a wee little 7-ish year old boy backed into me (read: his fault). He turned around, scowled (viciously) at me, shook my floaty-raft-thing violently for about 5 seconds, then shoved it as hard as he could before turning around and carrying on. What the what?!

4.It is still snowing here. Apparently Mother Nature isn’t aware that it’s SUPPOSED TO BE SPRING TIME. Pay attention for crying out loud.

5.Yesterday, the girl next to me in my yoga class farted during Warrior 2. She acted like nothing happened. This has always puzzled me, because if I ever farted in yoga class I’d t0tally start laughing. Maybe even sum up the courage to say excuse me. I realize that it would be totally embarrassing, but just ignoring it when everyone knows exactly where that sound came from just seems worse. In fact, I almost started laughing. I’m incredibly mature.

6.I saw this recipe for lentil oat cookies a few weeks ago on the Food Network. And I thought “Lentils in cookies?! What the what?!” But let me tell you, it totally works. These taste like an oatmeal cookie with an extra oomph of health. Very hearty and satisfying. And a great way to use up leftover lentils!

Lentil and Oat Cookiesย (adapted from Bal Arneson, Spice Goddess)

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup lentils, cooked and crushed with a fork

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup large flake oats

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375ยฐF. Prepare your cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper, a Silpat, or spraying with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, cream the lentils, butter, and brown sugar together and then add the egg and mix well. Add the flour, baking soda, and vanilla.ย Stir in the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, raisins, and chocolate chips and mix well. Feel free to choose mix-ins that suit your tastes (ie. different nuts, dried cranberries, etc.).

Drop cookies by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten. Bake the cookies for 13 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned, and allow to cool on a baking rack. This recipe makes a large amount of cookies, but leftovers do freeze well!













Hope you’re having a great week friends!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2012 1:05 am

    I loooove this post Amanda! AND I rarely LOL – and I never write or admit to it! – but your ‘guy in the que asking to use the bathroom’ actually just made me guffaw. For real. AND you know if anyone is on board with beans in cookies it is me!

    • April 18, 2012 8:31 am

      Had I not been so shocked I probably would have laughed too! At least it makes for an entertaining story. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. April 18, 2012 1:22 am

    That is such an interesting idea! And it looks super yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. April 18, 2012 2:04 am

    I think this is a great idea – it certainly made me smile. Lentils are definitely in my top 5 favourite ingredients, but I’ve never tried baking with them. You’ve convinced me to change and to do so… Lovely post.

  4. April 18, 2012 9:23 am

    The cookies look great! I’m thinking you should load up on a few (great fiber content) and then do yoga next to the same girl. You’re bound to expel something, maybe during downward dog? loved the post!

  5. April 18, 2012 3:40 pm

    You got an audible laugh out of me with the ‘fart during warrior 2’. Love it!

  6. April 18, 2012 7:10 pm

    Hahah loved reading this whole post … especially the part about the viciously scowling child who shook your raft. Haha! All of them are hilarious though. And after I got over the “what the what?!” of lentils in cookies, I kinda like the idea. I may have to add some in next time I make oatmeal cookies.

  7. April 18, 2012 9:24 pm

    Haha! Yoga girl story had me chuckling out loud! These looks healthy, yum! How do you like that silpat? Looks super cool!

  8. emcool permalink
    April 19, 2012 12:35 pm

    Haha…Great post and good laughs! I totally get your “WTW?!?” feeling. The other day I was in a VERY busy grocery store and was correctly obeying the rules of the express lane. The woman in front of me in the speedy checkout apparently couldn’t count, or falsely interpreted the 12-item limit to mean “ok, 3 bags of flour = 1 flour, 2 cartons eggs = 1 egg, 4 apples + 6 oranges + 5 lemons = 1 fruit.” Seriously, WTW?!? Total abuse.

    As for the farter, she must have bent a little too much into her warrior pose. Good grief.

    • April 19, 2012 5:28 pm

      Ooh, too many items in the express lane is a huge pet peeve of mine! At least WTW moments make for entertaining stories and a good laugh!

  9. achowlife permalink
    April 19, 2012 8:25 pm

    I just laughed a bunch over that post. What the what, indeed! First, the guy in the grocery store who had to pee? I hate him and I mean that. People ARE weird, but that’s just putting it nicely. Second, the farter. That’s hilarious! Recently, the person giving me a CT scan farted. I really didn’t notice it until she mentioned it. Then she said, “Oh, how embarrassing!” If anyone made it embarrassing, it was her. Both incidents beg the question. What’s the appropriate public fart response. I like your laughing idea. I also might just hold my nose and point at the woman in front of me. She’d never know, right?

    • April 21, 2012 11:51 am

      Ha ha, I like that idea! Save yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      At the end of the day, these weird people keep life interesting! And give me something to write about!

  10. April 20, 2012 10:49 am

    Sundays are one of the only days I have time for groceries and I always dread it – only because of the crowds!

  11. TheRachelSyn permalink
    April 21, 2012 2:33 pm

    I’m surprised it was during Warrior 2 – I feel like Happy Baby is one of the biggest culprits for farts! ๐Ÿ™‚


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