Canyon Ranch Vegan Cookies

by Joanne on April 20, 2010

Last night we took the bikes for a spin.  We rode up to the Eagle at Valley View.  It was a nice night, 56 degrees and not too much wind.  It was a short 5 1/2 mile ride up some hills and down some hills.   We want to go on a ride with the bike club but this week doesn’t look good.  We keep making appointments with contractors and if its not contractors then it’s work. 

This morning was spent doing an aggressive 15 minutes of rowing and 45 minutes on the elliptical.  It was nice to have a non- running day.  The rest of the workout was 25 minutes of legs and a 49 minute/3.2 mile walk. What a great morning!

Were you able to watch any of the Boston Marathon yesterday?

I watched the women cross the finish line.  Amazing!  2 hours 26 minute! Wow!  I was SO rooting for Teyba since she led the field most of the way.  I thought, what a bummer to lose it in the last few yards.  But Tatyana really caught up to her and was right on her tail at the finish. Exciting.

2010 boston

I was trying to imagine how nervous and antsy I’d be waiting until 10:30 to start the race.  I think the marathon I choose to run will have to begin around 7 or 8 otherwise I’ll go out of my mind.

An itch to bake:

I get itchy if I don’t bake for a few days.  The other night, Ted was working late and I had extra time so I used some Silken Tofu to make the following batch of Vegan cookies based on a recipe in my “Canyon Ranch Cooks” cookbook.

canyon ranch cooks

I really love the principles of diet in this book.  This is taken right from the beginning of the book.

  1. Honor your individuality:  Nutritional needs are your own.
  2. Enjoy the sensual and social aspects of eating:  Maximize your enjoyment of food through flavor and texture and by treasuring the social pleasure at the table.
  3. Consider the balance of your meals:   Choose variety.
  4. Eat to gently satisfy your appetite:  Patterned eating regularly throughout the day avoids extreme hunger.
  5. Focus on clean and wholesome food:  Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables free from preservatives.

Another couple of pages define “eating intelligently”. 

  • Begin by assessing personal needs or goals.
  • Be mindful of portion size.
  • Eat 8 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit daily.
  • Emphasize whole grains.
  • Focus on healthy fats and oils
  • Balance meals with protein rich food
  • Limit sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Be sensible about salt
  • Drink clean water every day.


Vegan Oatmeal Cookies *I made some changes to the recipe.  Makes approx. 32 large cookies.

  • 1 12 oz box of Silken Tofu, drained (the boxes vary in size but you can use 10 to 16 oz of tofu)
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil + 1 TBS
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 2/3 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Line 3 baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

Mix the tofu, sugar and oils and blend until smooth.  Add the vanilla, almond, and oatmeal. Stir until all is incorporated. 

Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder in a separate bowl.  Add to the tofu mixture.  Add the cranberries.

Drop by about  2 TBS  each on to the baking sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in between.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. 


Can you see my “smudge”?   I couldn’t figure that out.  In the past couple of days I’ve had a blur in my photos and I initially thought it was the sunshine or something. Then it occurred to me that my lens was dirty.  Sure enough I had a HUGE streak of ……goodness knows what…could have been Shane snivel for all I know, right across my lens filter.  I wiped it off but not until after all these photos were taken.  



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    • At 2010.04.20 08:33, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

      Those look delicious!

      I didn’t watch any of the marathon. I cannot even imagine running that far LOL!

      We did catch part of the Tour of the Battenkill bike race on Sunday, and that was so exciting!

      That camera smudge is funny. I had the same thing happen to me after my 6 year old niece played with my camera. I checked and saw a big smeary fingerprint on the lens of who knows what 😀

      I actually really like the Betty Crocker cookbook. An old standby, but the recipes are just begging for modification!
      .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Hello Shape Magazine! =-.

      • At 2010.04.20 10:27, Joanne said:

        I would have liked to see the bike race. Cool.
        Love BC cook books.

        • At 2010.04.20 08:59, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

          those look delicious and i love your presentation of them… nice! so glad you and ted got out on a ride. bill and i did yesterday too 🙂
          .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..I Could Get the Bug =-.

          • At 2010.04.20 10:28, Joanne said:

            It was a short ride, but at least we got out there.
            I really hate riding in the late afternoon, early evening, the traffic is awful.

            • At 2010.04.20 11:31, Mallory said:

              Those cookies look really tasty! I consult my Joy of Cooking before I make pretty much anything new, I’ve had some bad results with untested recipes, so it’s good to check and see if the basic recipe makes sense.

              I heard about all the international atheletes that couldn’t make it to the Boston Marathon because of the ash cloud, that would suck so much, training that hard only to not be able to get there.
              .-= Mallory´s last blog ..#28. Shoot Something =-.

              • At 2010.04.20 13:48, Joanne said:

                So right on both accounts. 1. make sure the recipe makes sense to you and 2. it’s too bad those athletes didn’t make it. It’s a huge event with a lot of long painful training hours.

                • At 2010.04.20 13:33, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                  My favourite “cook book” at the moment is the blogworld, so creative! at home I have several and even though I haven’t tried any recipes yet I love reading my Top Chef cookbook 😛
                  .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..Early Bird =-.

                  • At 2010.04.20 13:51, Joanne said:

                    I agree. Great recipes in the blogsphere.

                    • At 2010.04.21 05:44, Robin/Orlando Turtle Runner said:

                      Looks like we were on similar thinking paths this week, regarding food. Just posted about responsible eating – I like the eating intelligently thoughts. If only more people would….*sigh* How much healthier we all could be! (btw: have been thinking about your comments re: chicken wings the other day – how you ‘used’ to eat them. that simple statement keeps rolling around in my head…)

                      HUGS from Orlando!
                      .-= Robin/Orlando Turtle Runner´s last blog ..Tuesday TTRS ~ Hydration + Eating: Healthfully and Responsibly =-.

                      • At 2010.04.22 06:45, kilax said:

                        I have never used tofu in cookies! Interesting!

                        I missed the marathon because I was in training at work. I was bummed to miss it!

                        I am curious about using the rowing machine in my office.
                        .-= kilax´s last blog ..Tips on staying neutral? =-.

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