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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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 14, 2010

Must try these! Arent sesame seeds pretty expensive though? I’ve only ever been able to find them in tiny jars..


Laura October 14, 2010

Congrats on 1500!

I had to post and tell you that I made the black bean brownies from 101Cookbooks and LOVED them. They were super fudgy and my friends (read: victims ;) couldn’t tell they had beans in them. Though I do have a similar affliction with the choco chips… I added them in the brownie batter.

Will be trying these cookies next! Thanks!


Paige @ Running Around Normal October 14, 2010

These look fabulous and sound delicious! Almost like a sweet treat rather than a cookie. Love the Haloween version :D


Jenny October 14, 2010

Such a good idea for a cookie! NEVER would have thought to use beans!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker October 14, 2010

Hahaha! Love it! Before I got to your black sesame seed photo, I was thinking “You could totally use black seeds for Halloween!” :)


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) October 14, 2010

I love finding ingredients like beans in unexpected places! These look great, I’d love to try them =)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 14, 2010

Wow, I would have never thought to put beans in the cookies – what a great idea for protein! I hope you have a good run! :)


Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 14, 2010

Congrats on your 1500th post!! That is so great!

Those cookies look delightful. I am just stockpiling your recipes until I get into a kitchen come December. Then…watchout! :)


Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 14, 2010

Ahhh you make so so so many delicious recipes I can’t make them as fast as you post them, but please don’t stop inventing! ;)


Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 14, 2010

Ever since I tried black bean brownies, I’ve been wanting to make a cookie with beans! I want to try these and I’ll follow your suggestion of leaving out the lemon zest.
Thanks for the recipe,
Nicky :)


JenATX October 14, 2010

so sad i used my white beans in veggie burgers yesterday as i could’ve used them to make these! cookies with benefits sound much better than friends with benefits lol


Amber K October 14, 2010

Reading blogs has been tougher since going gluten-free. Yum!!!


Amanda (Eating Up) October 14, 2010

These cookies are super pretty! And I don’t like overly sweet things so I think I would be a fan of these!


Ayla October 14, 2010

These look great and I’ll definitely be making them! My dad will not be a fan (he needs his desserts ridiculously sweet) but I have a feeling I’ll love these. Besides, if no one else is a fan it just means more for me. ;)


CathyK October 14, 2010

add my husband to the “it must have chocolate chips in it!!!!” baking club!
congrats on reaching 1500 posts, angela! that’s awesome.


Eden October 14, 2010

I made a batch of pinto bean apple cinnamon cookies. they turned out great so I have no doubt these are delicious. I love using all kinds of seeds in cookies and cakes. I made this enormous poppyseed cake when i was in culinary school, I bite of that cake and you would have not passed a drug test.


Chelsea at Striking Balance October 14, 2010

This looks like a perfect “powerhouse” cookie recipe! I would love something like this before early morning workouts, etc.

Also, I just had to comment because I love the quote you shared at the bottom. It is so so true. I read it over about 10 times in a row already. I love it.


Lisa October 14, 2010

Everything you make always looks so delicious!


AGS October 14, 2010

I wonder if chilling the dough would have helped to make it easier to make into cookie balls. . . I’ve had similar problems with high protein/fiber cooking. Thoughts? Problem is that I’m always impatient for the cookies to be done, and hate chilling the dough!


carol October 14, 2010

congratulations on your posts! May you post lots more great recipes!!!!!!!!


Camille October 14, 2010

Congrats on your 1500 post!


stacey-healthylife October 14, 2010

I don’t know how you have the time to create such amazing creations, but I like it.


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed October 14, 2010

Great looking cookies!! Love the idea of beans in there – so nutritious :) They look lovely with the sesame seeds.
Heidi xo


Allie October 14, 2010

Keep the pumpkin recipes coming! I love me some pumpkin and am so glad it’s become widely available here in Pittsburgh :-)
Also- can’t believe the secret ingredient!


Cara Craves... October 14, 2010

The beans intrigue me!
Are they more savory then sweet?


Ellen@FirednFabulous October 14, 2010

I love the pumpkin kick that everyone’s on these days! These sound great…never would have tought to put sesames in a cookie :)


jaime October 14, 2010

Seeing that you are so fit, what do you do with all the reamining baked goods? It doesn’t look like you or your Hubby eats sweats everday. I have to send everything off to school with my kids or off to work with my Hubby because if I don’t, they would all end up in my belly! ;)


Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 14, 2010

I’ve never heard of using beans in cookies, but I like the concept. I also love the black and orange cookie for Halloween! : )


Annie@stronghealthyfit October 14, 2010

Those sound delicious, and look adorable! I love healthy desserts w/beans hidden in them (like black bean brownies!).


Olya October 14, 2010

wow that’s amazing! I’ll try to make these today. Though last time I tried to bake something with beans in it, my husband picked it up and said “don’t try to mix in what is not supposed to be in there” lol :)


Jessica@tastyandtrim October 14, 2010

YUM – those cookies look great! I love how they look with the black sesame seeds- very Halloween-y :)


Casey Thomas October 14, 2010

Mmmmm sesame seeds and pumpkin make everything good!

Thanks for sharing Angela.

I made pumpkin cookies for my dad recently and used coconut flour and coated in crushed pumpkin seeds…holy yum! Definitely recommend it :)



Bridget October 14, 2010

1500 posts and going strong. It seems like just yesterday when I stumbled across your first post and was immediately hooked to your blog! Can’t believe that it was way back October 2008!

Continue to inspire :)


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 14, 2010

I like the way the sesame seeds look on the cookies! They look yummy :)


Ricki October 14, 2010

Angela! Another fabulous recipe (love the beans in there!)–and again, you have used our key ingredient for the SOS Kitchen Challenge this month! I hope you’ll submit the recipe to the challenge :). In the meantime, I can’t wait to try these!


Moni'sMeals October 14, 2010

A great idea and they just look so good. I love cooking with sesame seeds, so good for you! :) I am going to make something very similar to these this weekend…


Stephie October 15, 2010

I just found your blog and I love it, you are a true inspiration! I’m a vegan too and love all of your recipes, you’ve opened a whole world to me!


Jamie October 15, 2010

Mmmmmmmmm! Looks yummy!
Thanks for sharing these sweet treats that have so much health goodness in them :O)
Sesame seeds are the best!!!


Jo @ Seeking Health Balance October 15, 2010

Wow what a great idea for a cookie. The sesame seeds make them look really cute!


Jessica October 15, 2010

OH. MY. GOODNESS. These cookies are the best idea I have ever heard of. ( I love sesame seeds!)

Have a great day Angela!


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