I made cookies tonight and they surprised me! I have been working on a cookbook for the past six months, Healthy Kitchen – Healing Body: Eating for Longevity. Usually most of the recipes turn out pretty much how I expect them to, but tonight the cookies I made surprised me.

I decided I wanted to experiment with oatmeal raisin cookie recipes.So I read some websites, looked at other recipes and decided what I wanted my base ingredients to be. As I mixed everything together, in my own way, I wondered how these cookies would taste. We’ve probably all had cinnamon raisin cookies and have a certain expectation of what they are going to taste like. When I bit into this cookie, though, I was surprised at how light it was, how airy and how flavorful. I could taste the cinnamon, the almond butter, the coconut oil, the banana and the walnuts, as well as the raisins and the oatmeal. And wow, how light they were. Almost like biting into a meringue cookie.

It reminded me of how many times I have held an expectation of how something was going to turn out in life, only to be surprised when it finally came to pass and it was completely different than my expectation. I can get so far out of the present that I think I know exactly how something is going to unfold, right? And then it unfolds in its own way–completely delightful and fresh.

Whenever I begin to worry about something, I try to remind myself of this dynamic. When our son, Trey, was living at home, he had a charming way of finding pertinent quotes on his iPod and reading them at opportune moments. Once when driving him home from school, I was discussing with him something about which I was projecting what the outcome would be and what I would do or say in response. He said, “Wait a minute! I have a quote about that,” and proceeded to read: “If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” What I did not know at the time was that this was said by the 14th Dalai Lama!

His perspective seemed to be another way of saying what Jesus said over two thousand years ago: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” A reminder to me to live with an awareness of today and not squander time projecting into tomorrow and what ifs. I will know what that is going to be like when I bite into it!

Please enjoy my recipe:

Oatmeal-Raisin-Almond-Banana Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together:

1 cup creamy almond butter

1/4 cup agave nectar

1/8 cup coconut oil

1 large egg

1 mashed ripe banana


Stir together:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

2 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour


Combine wet and dry ingredients and fold in:

1/2 cup raisins

*optional – stir in ¼ cup of chopped walnuts


Spoon onto a cookie sheet and press into flat rounds with the back of a fork.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a plate and serving to your eagerly awaiting family.