Power Me Up Pumpkin Sesame Cookies


Happy Thursday folks!

Fun fact: Last night’s post was my 1500th post since Oct 31, 2008. Where does the time go?! I want to have a reader appreciation day on Oct 31st. I just need to figure out what to do…

Today is also the last day you can vote in Project Food Blog Challenge #4. I would love your support in helping me get to the next round. :) You can vote here.

I went to Paris and back this morning… ;)


My goal for my morning recipe was to come up with a Powerhouse cookie for the Fall season.


I didn’t just want a cookie that was sweet and delicious; I wanted a cookie that would deliver a healthy dose of nutrients, protein, and fibre that you can use to fuel workouts or to simply grab when on the go. A cookie, with benefits, if you will.


Power Me Up Pumpkin Sesame Cookies

Moist, healthy, and delicious. You won’t believe what secret ingredient is hiding in there! Only 3 grams of sugar and a hefty 4 grams of fibre and 3 grams of protein per cookie. Use for pre-workout to give you a nice boost without the sugar crash.

Inspired by 101 Cookbooks’s navy bean marathon cookies.


  • 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia + 4 tbsp water, mixed well)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (can use black seeds for Halloween!)
  • 1 cup rolled oats, processed
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose or mix of AP + spelt might work)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon (would probably omit next time!)
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick mat or parchment paper. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the chia egg. In a food processor, process the oats until a crumbly flour forms. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (processed oats, flour, spices, baking powder, lemon zest, baking soda, and salt). In the food processor, add the drained and rinsed navy beans, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup and process until almost smooth. Now add in the pumpkin, molasses, sugar, vanilla, and chia egg. Process until smooth. Remove from processor and scoop onto dry mixture. Mix well. With wet fingers, grab about 2 tbsp of the dough and roll into the sesame seeds to coat the entire cookie. Slightly flatten with hands and place onto baking sheet. Repeat for all cookies. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F. Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool. Makes approx. 18 medium sized cookies.

Nutritional info: (per 1 cookie, makes 18 cookies): 133 kcals, 6 grams fat, 3 grams sugar, 4 grams fibre, 3 grams protein, 16 grams carbs, 137 mg potassium.

First you process the oats:


Drain your can of navy beans and rinse well.


I was a bit scared that I would taste the beans in these cookies because I have had some baking flops trying to make black bean brownies before, but I hoped for the best!

In the processor, process your wet ingredients:


Add the wet to dry…


Mix well!



Looking good. :)


Now grab a couple tablespoons of the dough with wet hands and roll the cookie dough into the sesame seeds. The dough will be VERY sticky, but as soon as you cover it in seeds, it will become more manageable.


Slightly flatten with hands and place about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.


Bake for 15 minutes at 350F.


They will be beautiful and slightly crackled after baking!




The result was a very moist + soft cookie. Eric and I could not detect the beans in the slightest! They are quite low in sugar, so if you like a sweeter cookie I suggest adding more sugar! I liked the fact that I could enjoy a few of them and not feel feel sick to my stomach afterwards.


They are quite easy on the eyes too and look lovely in a basket lined with a Fall-coloured tea towel.


I enjoyed that they weren’t too sweet and quite healthy, almost like a breakfast cookie. The flavour wasn’t exactly how I wanted it though. I’m not sure I was crazy about the lemon zest in these and I think I would leave it out next time.


Eric said he enjoyed the cookies but they ‘needed chocolate chunks’ in them. And then he added, ‘Well, I think every every cookie should have chocolate chunks in them.” :)

You have to love the simplicity of his thinking.

I however, prefer to put my Homemade Pumpkin Butter sandwiched between!


You can even make them into Halloween Cookies by rolling them in black sesame seeds!

Spooky, huh?


Now that I am powered up, I am going to hit the road for a run on this damp, rainy, and dreary day. Going to use my indoor warm-up trick first though!

See you later alligators.

“It all comes back to just letting go with love. Just put the love in it. Whatever it is, and if you can’t put love in it, don’t do it!” ~Bhagava Das, spiritual guru

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 14, 2010

YUM! I love sesame.
I’m going to have to make these!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 14, 2010

Oh no you didn’t! You put beans in those cookies!? Awesome! My kind of cookie, but going to have to agree with Eric :)


OSGMOM October 14, 2010

Lovin those SPOOKY cookies!!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 14, 2010

These look awesome Angela! I love the black sesame seed ones — perfect for Halloween :)

Maybe they need to be topped with some Pumpkin Butter?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

I actually had one with my Pumpkin butter sandwiched between. I ate it too quickly for a pic ;)


Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 14, 2010

I love the idea of the sesame coating- a little crunch & slightly savory- great idea Angela!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 14, 2010

Yum! These do indeed sound like power cookies!


Dorry October 14, 2010

You really are a genius in the kitchen! When I read your blog, I want to share every post with everyone I know. Gorgeous pics, amazing recipes. It just doesn’t get much better than Oh She Glows. :) These cookies are perfect in place of a store-bought bar for some energy.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

Aww thanks :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 14, 2010

That sesame coating is a fab idea!


Kristina @ spabettie October 14, 2010

oh these sound great… I love things that Aren’t Overly Sweet… and sesame, ALWAYS !!



Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 14, 2010

I love semi-sweet breakfasts. Who doesn’t want to eat a “dessert” for breakfast? I love that these have such healthy ingredients!


Nichole October 14, 2010

I think the navy beans are such an awesome idea to add in extra protein, especially if you have picky eaters at home!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

they are a super versatile bean. Probably the one that blends the best (I find better than black beans)


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA October 14, 2010

I love the idea of putting beans in cookies!


Wei-Wei October 14, 2010

I think anything coated in sesame looks so pretty! I’d never have thought of putting beans in cookies (really?????) but looks like it worked out well. They look delicious!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

yup you couldnt even taste em


alexa @ Sohdalex October 14, 2010

These look wonderful! I love anything rolled in sesame seeds. It makes it just that much better ;)


Jess October 14, 2010

Just voted! Hope you get through:) Cookies look yummy.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010



Candice @ChiaSeedMe October 14, 2010

What an interesting idea – never would have imagined you could get away with putting beans in cookies.

These are so pretty!


Sassy Molassy October 14, 2010

Ooh, these are so fun to look at! I love the idea. I’ve been missing your posts in my google reader for some reason. I don’t know if it’s just based on when I’m looking at google reader or what, but anywho, just catching up on a dozen or so posts.


Charlie October 14, 2010

Those cookies look great! I love sesame seeds (must give a nice crunch :D).


Jessica @ How Sweet October 14, 2010

So festive and cute!


Allison @ Food for Healing October 14, 2010

Oo very nice looking! Power cookies are always good


Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 14, 2010

Those cookies look tasty!

My fiance seems to think the same of any kind of baking…. just add chocolate chips!


Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 14, 2010

Congrats on 1501 posts!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 14, 2010

I am for sure putting this on the list of things to make over the weekend! These look fantastic!!


claire October 14, 2010

I’ve always been intrigued by that recipe that inspired you by heidi swanson! I love your changes and bet they are delicious!


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 14, 2010

Do you ever make anything NOT absolutely breath taking? And that’s a lot of posts! All of them fabulous though. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010
Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 14, 2010


Have a great day, Angela!


Tracey October 14, 2010

Eric sounds like my boyfriend Chris. He’s not a fan of any cookies that don’t have chocolate chunks in them. Haha, gotta love that!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

I swear it could be a ginger cookie and he would say it needed chocolate!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

I think he may be permanently pmsing…?


Meredith Lilly October 14, 2010

Wow, 1501! Amazing work!


Lizzie October 14, 2010

Hey Angela – could you sub something in for the molasses? I just don’t use it often enough to warrant buying some (more in the interests of space than cost).

P.S I almost have my kitchen back! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

You could probably leave it out all together since it was only 1/2 tsp!


Lizzie October 15, 2010


Oh and now there’s been a small hiccup and so it looks like I won’t have a stove for most of next week :(


Michelle @ IronDivas October 14, 2010

I would have never thought to put beans in cookies… sounds very healthy & dare I say tasty, something for me to experiment with : )


Stefanie October 14, 2010

We should have a an “Angela Appreciation Day” because your recipes all ROCK!!! I think I’ve said this before, but thanks for my virtual cookbook! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

Thank you! :)


Shanna October 14, 2010

Congrats! Here’s to 15 THOUSAND more =)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

15,000…whoa baby. I better get baking! hahaha


Lauren M. October 14, 2010

Wowie Bazowie! (I don’t know, it sounded right coming out of my mouth).

I don’t have coconut oil. Would you recommend using coconut butter or simply replacing it with another oil?

I made THE BEST apple butter yesterday and I want to spread it on everything. This looks like a wonderful vessel to carry apple butter to my mouth.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

Yup you could use extra virgin olive oil!


Jess *forever addicting* October 14, 2010

These cookies look incredible!

Lucky for me, I have all the ingredients on hand so I think I’ll make a batch tonight :D

Congrats! I agree with Steganie…”Angie Appreciation Day” ;)


Jen (Making Messes) October 14, 2010

Can I just say I love your new found love affair with coffee? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

Yes and Yes. hahah


Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 14, 2010

“A cookie, with benefits” – I LOVE this phrase!!!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 14, 2010

“I was a bit scared that I would taste the beans in these cookies because I have had some baking flops trying to make black bean brownies”–

Thank you for being HONEST. I have read similar stories from others despite many people totally raving about beans in cookies, brownies, etc. My thoughts are that if I am going to sugar, do the dishes, turn on the oven, put time into baking, and want a DESSERT As a finished product, not “healthfood” that I simply have just, well, never really tried any bean based “desserts” b/c I am scared they will not be amazing. I’d rather have amazing than healthy. LOL

But it sounds like w/ your recipe today I can have both!

Black seeds,that is so halloween and so cute! :)


Corey @ the runner's cookie October 14, 2010

The cookies look fabulous – I’ve always been scared to incorporate things like beans into baked goods (fearing they will come out tasting gross) but you make it look so easy! I wish I had your baking invention skills :)


Leah @ Why Deprive? October 14, 2010

These look SO good!!

Btw – I tried your pumpkin butter recipe last weekend. Its awesome – I’ve been putting it on anything and everything I can think of! :)


elise October 14, 2010

so after reading (what felt like) a million and one foodbuzz entry thingies…i was getting pretty sick of the whole contest. but your posts are SO stellar that i just placed my first (and only) vote thus far. for you. i hope you win angela.

ps if you dont end up living out of a box in SF after the festival, you should come to southern california…once i win the lottery im hiring you as my personal chef


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 14, 2010

Wow I am honoured! Thank you :)

Hehe love your part about the personal chef bit. Im sure you could twist my thumb, I keep telling Eric I might not come back from CA!


Dani @ Dani Does It October 14, 2010

I love this! I am definitely going to make these, I’ve been looking for a healthy cookie (isn’t that an oxymoron?)

I put black beans in brownies once but they didn’t fool anyone…


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