mint chocolate mocha no bake cookies

December 13, 2011

I’ve decided I’m going to buy a treadmill and put it in the kitchen.

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Do you think it’s too late to tell the Husband a treadmill is on my Christmas list? We’re t-12 days until Christmas, but I think one could be expedited over to the CEC household.

It actually, in fact, has absolutely nothing to do with the butter and chocolate that were lovingly put into these cookies.

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It actually, in fact, has everything to do with my gym not opening up at 4:30 in the morning anymore. Okay, that’s a lie — technically, it never was supposed to open up at 4:30. It is really supposed to open up at 5:00. But, seeing as we have the best opener in the history of gym openers at my gym, she was willing to come an extra half hour for those of us who, you know, have to be done with their workout at 5:15 in the morning (and yes, there are other crazy people out there like me).

So here’s my dilemma — as of tomorrow, I lose out on my morning workout. This puts quite a damper on my excellent time management skills when it comes to exercising, working, blogging, and relaxing on my couch with my puppy in my lap. I’m sure you could imagine. I came up with a few solutions that might help me through this tough transition period. And by transition period, I mean sleeping an extra hour and not really fully realizing what I am missing out on. Bam.

One, I could still get up at 4:30 in the morning and cook to my heart’s desire for an hour before getting ready for work just to make sure you have recipes waiting in your reader. (uh.. no.) Two, I could exercise after school and spend less time with you all. (definitely not an option.) Three, I could install that treadmill into my kitchen so I have the ability to cook and run at the same time. (sounds like a fantastic idea to me!) Oh, and the treadmill would have to go in the kitchen because there is absolutely positively nowhere else for it to go unless I took over the Husband’s office — which of course, is always a possibility.

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Seeing as none of those options are currently working for me, I decided on number four. Stop actually cooking things. Spend only 4 minutes making no bake cookies. Make them into hearts because I heart you and Love Grown’s Christmas cookie contest for Love Bloggers. Lick the spoon full of mint chocolaty mocha goodness and not share any with friends. Eat a cookie and decide later how in the heck I am going to manage my time from now on.

Yup, I just solved the world’s problem’s one cookie at a time.

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Oh, and these definitely are not a health cookie. Thank me now — or later.

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Uh, I could still use that treadmill.

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

nicole marie December 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

you’re adorable!
just run outside at 4:30am. you might spot me and gwendolyn in our parkas. :) x


Amanda @ Semi-Health Nut December 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I can agree with the treadmill thing!! I have such a sweet tooth! How helpful would it be to munch on cookie dough while walking? ;-)

I haven’t tried any love grown food products yet, but these look great! And I had no idea there was such a thing as mint chocolate soy milk??


Val December 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Love the hearts! They are so cute!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Hahah a treadmille is a fantastic idea! These look great too :)


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

you’re killin’ me with these things girl. sheesh. these look too darn delicious to pass up. i like your idea of the treadmill in the kitchen. eat and run at the same time? perfect.


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Ugh, the lack of daylight in the winter causes so many problems! I cooked dinner during lunch just to have the appropriate light to photograph it today if it makes you feel better. I swore I’d never be one of “those” bloggers and yep, that’s what I’ve become.


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I read your heading on the google reader and though “I swear…. If she is playing with my heart- GAME ON!” I’m so glad, for your sake, that those cookies are the real deal. Ohhhh myyy gooooodness!
I feel your pain! I did get an elliptical with my first paycheck as a real teacher a couple of years back- totally don’t regret it (but I still want a treadmill too. Maybe I’ll have an at home gym before too long-HA! I want to have my cake and eat it too) Keep thinking of ways to make it work- I know you will.
PS- we love you, please don’t run outside at that hour. That would scare me. Okay, that’s all.


Brittney @ Brittney Breathing December 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

These look delicious! And how in the heck do you get up at 4:30 to workout?!?! Teach me your ways.


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Mint and mocha….together. Thank you.


Katy @ A Shot of Life December 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Those look amazing! I’m loving the treadmill in the kitchen idea- and it’s never too close to Christmas to add it to the list!! :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

“I’ve decided I’m going to buy a treadmill and put it in the kitchen.” — LOL

When you get done with it, could you loan it to me?

You’re never going to believe this but…I brought down a bag of that VERY LOVE GROWN granola with me to Aruba…and it’s unopened. And I love no-bake anything in this heat. My kitchen is ungodly hot down here.

I am loving this recipe. I will add more sugar. Where’s that treadmill? :)


ashallann @ squeezing it all together December 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

A treadmill in the kitchen is genius, think of the multitasking! You solved my problems with this recipe, my oven died on Sunday and I haven’t had time to even start looking. This is my go to for cookie swaps this weekend!


Blog is the New Black December 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Ummm… these look wonderful.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

That’s such a bummer about your gym! I hope you find a solution that works for you. :)

In the meantime, at least you can eat away your sorrows with these cookies. They look amazing!


Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Ugh that totally stinks about your gym! My gym doesn’t open until 5, which makes it impossible for me to workout, get home & shower/get ready, & leave for work by 6:40… it just won’t happen! I take advantage of working out in the AM over summer break, but unfortunately, I have to go in the evenings during the school year, even though I’m not happy about it!


kathleen @ the daily crumb December 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

such a bummer. i hate when my schedule is messed with!

these cookies, though look fab. i’m into no bake recipes these days…much more time efficient!


lindsay December 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

oh these will be tough to beat woman! i like the little hearts too. hehe. Youre so festive!
maybe santa will bring you a treadmill if you win.


Clare @ Fitting It All In December 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

mmm mint chocolate is my favorite! and no bake is always a plus!


Pure2raw twins December 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

yum! love anything with chocolate and mint


Alexa @ SimpleEats December 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm

These look fantastic…I’ve been dying to try that mint-chocolate soy milk! The dark chocolate almond milk is delicious, too.


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Get a treadmill!!!! I can’t imagine how useful that would be for you !


cleaneatingchelsey December 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

girl, you have seen my home. where in the heck would i put one?!?!?!


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 14, 2011 at 11:57 am

You have a second bedroom, right? Who needs that? turn it into a gym! Or just get rid of a couch and put it there. I am very creative. I also considered putting it out back, but that would completely defeat the purpose of not running in the cold…


Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats December 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Yum! :) Cocoa Goodness is amazing all on its own but this recipe might just kick it up another notch!


Emily December 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Yum! Your Christmas time dessert recipes just keep getting better and better.
I looove no bake desserts! (Maybe because the time from starting the recipe to putting the dessert in my mouth is shorter?)


Khushboo December 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Ok I only just discovered choc soy milk…I need to get my hands on mint choc milk asap! And those heart shaped cookies are almost too pretty to eat…almost!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 14, 2011 at 2:21 am

Those are so stinkin’ cute. No-bake = happy Katelyn. Especially in the dorm.

As for the cocoa Love Grown Granola…. I’m a fan. That stuff didn’t last very long in my house.


Meg December 14, 2011 at 6:25 am

mmmmmmm these look amazing chelsey :) I am most definitely making these when I am home for Christmas break xo


Shannon (Healthiful Balance) December 14, 2011 at 7:18 am

Those looks delish, Chelsey! :) I love how some of them are heart shaped :)


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 14, 2011 at 7:22 am

Anything no bake is good in my book! These sound and look delicious!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 14, 2011 at 7:47 am

Chocolate + Mint = Soul Mates

Thanks for the recipe!


Katelyn December 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

I would literally be having a panic attack about the gym thing. I am a planner down to the core, and that would just shake me up! Are there any other gyms you can switch your membership to that open earlier? Maybe a 24 hour gym? (the problem with those is that most of them usually don’t have a pool. if you swim) Those cookies would definitly help my anxiety out though. going home and making after work!


Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

Haha a treadmill in the kitchen – not a bad idea! I love the heart shaped ones, so adorable!

That sucks about the gym, though I have no idea how you are so amazingly motivated to get up to workout at 4:30 in the morning! Major kudos to you!


Alyssa @ Life of bLyss December 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

MINT chocolate mocha… you are so smart.

goshdarnit, I need to hurry up and come up with my recipe before all the good (and adorable) ones are taken!


Tina @ Best Body Fitness December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Noooo!!! I just ran out of cocoa goodness! And are we supposed to make cookies WITH the granola? I thought it was just a general cookie contest. If so, I’m in trouble.


Sami December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

fantabulous looking cookies! i love no bakes! (:



Brandi @ Fitness Faith and Laughter December 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I love no bake cookies! Especially with mint. :) I say go for the treadmill….There is NO room in my house for one either…so I do feel your pain. Where I live the gym does the same thing. The girl that opens is there so she just opens up for everyone at 4:30.
Great blog! Love your recipes….:)


kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I love making no bake cookies mainly because you can eat the cookie dough while making them :) putting mint and love grown cocoa granola sounds amazeballs


Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Haha. I just put a treadmill on my list today too (what, is there like 5 days left?). LOL. I don’t think I am getting one though because my husband offered to get up with me real early to hit the gym. Win some. Lose some… well for now anyway.

BTW, loving your no bake cookies! Voted for them via FB. :)


Kristi January 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

Do you get the soymilk and the granola at the whole foods store as well?


cleaneatingchelsey January 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

the mint chocolate soy milk was a seasonal item, but yes you can get some sort of chocolate soy milk there. As for the Love Grown, an easy way to order it is off Amazon!!!


Kristi January 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Thank you for getting back too me so quickly!


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