Welcome to day 2 of zucchini week! Yesterday I gave you a delish bread recipe & today we’re all about cookies that taste like banana bread. Whoo hoo!

Since I couldn’t remember the last time I gave you a cookie recipe, I decided that today was the day to make it happen. We’re starting off with these BIG healthy VEGAN zucchini oatmeal cookies studded with ooey-gooey chocolate chips, whole grains & banana.


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When I first started my blog, I had just moved to Washington D.C., was utterly confused about what to do with my life and had endless amounts of student loans. I knew that that I needed to support myself, make a decent income and be independent. So I took a job in marketing at a engineering consulting firm.

Guys, it was terrible. I mean truly awful.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a cookie for breakfast. Now raise your hand if it was an epic buttery chocolate chip cookie, or basically anything leftover from holiday or party festivities.

Yep, that’s what I thought. We’ve all been there. Sometimes leftover chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter are just too good to pass up at 8am. I feel you.

But hold up! I’ve got a fantastic recipe for you today that’s nutritious, free of refined sugars, is naturally vegan AND gluten free. Sounds a little too good to be true, right?

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Out of all the cookies on my site, I noticed that there wasn’t a single homemade sugar cookie! HOW DARE I.

Admittedly, I’m a little ashamed. Especially as a self-proclaimed cookie radical. No politicial talk here, we believe in cookies for the greater good of America (and the world).

I’m here to give the people what they need!

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Yesterday Tony and I went out for a day date and finally saw The Revenant with my main squeeze Leo. Have you seen it? If not, it’s definitely worth watching in theatres!

When we go to the movies, I find myself always bringing healthier snacks. That’s probably not much of a surprise though. Every once in awhile we will splurge on the movie popcorn, but usually I have a purse packed with my favorite coconut oil and sea salt popcorn plus a few of these paleo chocolate chip cookies. Guys, they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Think addicting, thick, chewy and full of melted dark chocolate puddles.

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A few years ago, Joanna from A Cup of Jo posted pictures to my most famous cookie I’ve ever put on my blog (Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies!). Immediately my site crashed, and people came by the masses to make my so called “life-changing cookie”. It was easy to understand why: brown butter, brown sugar cookie dough, Nutella, chocolate chips, and sea salt; everything a cookie should be and so much more. It was the first cookie I ever baked my boyfriend and one of the reasons we fell in love (cookies can do that, you know!). The dough is rich and has a slight butterscotch flavor that I’m certain can’t be resisted.

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Mid-week vibes coming at you because I CANNOT wait for the weekend. Tony and I are headed to Pensacola, FL and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the beach. Somehow Chicago went from 70 degrees last week to a measly 45 with a wickedly cold Lake Michigan wind chill. NOPE, I’m just not ready for it.

Plus, I still haven’t unpacked my mittens from our move so there’s that.

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Ohhhh hiiii. It has been a whirlwind past few weeks due to moving. I feel terrible because I haven’t been able to give the blog and writing the love it most certainly deserves.

For now, there’s cookies though. And cookies are always the answer when you don’t even know what the question is. Especially cookies loaded with dark chocolate, oats, coconut flavor and a SALTED DATE CARAMEL. Holy love of my life.

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I can’t really explain to you how much I love cookies. It’s just this feeling that exists deep inside my soul. Wouldn’t you agree that a good chocolate chip cookie recipe is all you really need sometimes? It solves a crisis, cures a bad day and certainly warms your house with a golden, sweet chocolate aroma like no other.

Really though, how would you describe the smell of a chocolate chip cookie baking? I can’t. My only thoughts are that I’d like to bottle it up and inhale the sweetness whenever it’s deemed necessary.

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