If You Fail At First, Try, Try Again

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 16, 2009

I love this saying because it really is true. Sometimes it is hard not to get discouraged by what we perceive to be a failed experience in our lives.

Sometimes I get defeated when I spend hours in the kitchen and at the end of the day I have nothing to show for it except some ‘crumby’ (pun intended!) baked goods.

Today I was successful at one attempt (vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies) and unsuccessful at another (Healthy Oreos)- or at least I so thought!

I was going to throw the towel in after trying my first batch of Healthy Oreos, but I decided to try to modify a different recipe all together and start from….ahem…scratch. :)

Let’s start with my success, shall we?


Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


Adapted from Dreena Burton’s recipe found here.

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My healthy additions included Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, EVOO, Carob, Organic Maple Syrup, and Organic Molasses.

I had a small bite and to my delight they turned out so fabulous- and vegan to boot! :D I was a happy girl.

They are also aesthetically pleasing to the eye, I would say, no?

Second Baking Experiment:

Whoopie Pies


Adapted from My Sweet Vegan’s recipe found here.


After making a few healthier modifications to the recipe, it was a HUGE fail. They turned out really gross tasting and too thick.


I needed a break from the kitchen at this point! I was feeling worn out and defeated! I decided it was time to do my first at home workout in a looong time. :)

I had to unwrap the running beast!!! Eric had it covered due to renos. But no longer!

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And off I went!


I did 25 mins. at speed 3.5 mph at incline 10%. I rocked out to some Britney and Girlicious. :) It felt so good to be using the treadmill again!

After the cardio, I did some Yoga…outside!!!


I put Crunch Fat Burning Yoga on my Laptop and took it outside. It was so relaxing! I did find it a bit harder to stay balanced outside though because there were lots of moving leaves and trees! :)

I did about 10 mins or so. And then was revived to get back to baking!


Next up: Peppermint Healthy Oreos


I adapted my recipe from Deb from Smitten Kitchen.

I made some healthy modifications that included Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Organic cocoa, Natural cane sugar, non-hydrogenated margarine, peppermint, and a couple other secret ingredients!

I hit the jackpot with these modifications! They tasted heavenly…I can’t even describe how delicious they were. The peppermint was a huge hit. I can’t wait til Eric trys them out.


The good ones are on the left…much thinner and more Oreo like:


The finished product:

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They were AMAZING! Eeeee I am so excited!! :D

Many of you were asking where to buy Coconut Oil. I found some in Bulk Barn so try your local bulk foods store. Many organic stores would have it and possibly the natural food section in your local grocery store!

I need to pick some up- apparently it is a miracle food…great for baking too! :)

See you tonight for Part 3 of the Wedding Photoshoot and some pumpkin chickpea burgers.


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lauren March 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

well done on the baking success :) both cookies look fantastic!! healthy oreos? thats such a fantastic thing to achieve!
thats great you dusted off the treadmill and put it back in use :) as always you look stunning in the pics
have a great evening!


Haleigh March 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Those oreos look amazing! Your baking was definitely a success today despite the whoopie pie flop! I am liking the photos of all of your tasty baked goods! Enjoy the nice weather! :)


Bec March 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

those oreos look great! got to love Bulk Barn :)


Kristine March 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Sooo delicious!! I hope you put these all on GloBakery!


Susan March 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Yum! I could eat all those chocolate chip cookies right now!


Wiggs (The Beholder) March 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Ooooo, I can tell that you’ve started using your nice camera!!! Your pics are looking even more dee-lish than usual. I’ve been using my parents’ this week while I’m visiting them and I don’t know how I’m going to go back!

And don’t worry about your fail. I don’t know if you saw my post about having to throw away a loaf of bread when I killed the yeast (http://iamthebeholder.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/ive-been-bested/) but just remember – it happens to the best of us. :)


Elina March 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

These look mouthwatering! When are you going to start selling these delicious goodies?


Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

They all look delicious!! Yum Yum!


VeggieGirl March 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Would you ever be interested in doing a bake swap??? Let me know!! :-D


Jess :) March 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

You’re such a great baker! It looks really yummy. Love your title. So true!
<3 jess :)


Megan March 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

SO much baking goodness :) The Oreo’s look delicious! I would love to try those!!
Yay for outside yoga!


amy (veganissexy) March 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I think I just accidentally licked my screen. Oh my those “oreos” look amazing! Good job! Baking is definitely the hardest thing to veganize for me so far. I tend to just throw this or that in thinking it will make a good substitution….most of the time leaving me with muffiny cookies & wierd cakes. Good job keeping up the testing!


Fit Mommy March 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Those cookies look yummy. Would love to find a healthier version of my choc.chip cookies that I am famous for.


Jessica March 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I purchased the coconut oil at Whole Foods, it was in the oil/dressing aisle and looks like a thick white cream.

Your desserts look killer good!

I can’t wait to hear how the pumpkin chickpea burgers turned out – I love having such a great cook review them ahead of tiem!


brandi March 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm

yay for good workouts!

I have GOT to get some of those peppermint oreo cookies!!!! chocolate + mint anything is my favorite :)


Rose March 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Sorry your whoppie pies didn’t turn out. In Pennsylvania – we call them gobs. Weird, right?


Jenni March 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm

your baked goods all look great, even the ones that didn’t turn out! i guess you just have that magic touch.

i’m glad you took advantage of the great weather by doing yoga outside. i’m looking forward to being able to practice on my back porch when i go home for spring break. hooray for spring!


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