Energy Cookies

These biscuits are big and solid and full of goodness.  So much goodness, in fact, you would be forgiven for believing they are actually good for you.  They certainly taste wholesome.

This recipe is from Peter Reinhart’s Brother Juniper’s Bread Book.  When the first edition of this book was published, Peter Reinhart was living in a semi-monastic community of Eastern Orthodox Christians running a restaurant and bakery called Brother Juniper’s Cafe.  He has certainly moved on since then.

Peter Reinhart states that the cookies are suitable for making large cookies about  4 inches in diameter but advises you can make smaller ones if you wish.   We used an egg ring to shape ours.  They are about 3 inches in diameter and, at that size, are very filling.  You wouldn’t want them much bigger than that unless they are to be a meal in themselves.


  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tbs* linseeds (flax seeds)
  • 4 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup raisins, soaked in 1 cup of boiling water

*These are 15 mls tablespoons.

  1. Combine the seeds and toast them in a dry frying pan until they start to pop.
  2. Remove them from the heat and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the bowl.
  4. Drain raisins (reserve the fluid) and add them to the bowl.
  5. Add the oil and honey.
  6. Mix all together.
  7. Add enough reserved fluid to produce a stiff batter with no clumps of dry ingredients.
  8. Shape cookies. These cookies are meant to be large but you can make them smaller if you want.
  9. Place cookies on a tray lined with baking paper.  The cookies will not spread in the oven so you can place then quite close.
  10. Bake in preheated 180°C oven for 14 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown.
  11. Remove from oven and cool on a cake rack.


7 thoughts on “Energy Cookies

  1. Hi Glenda
    Yes, we are watching the Olympics, but saddened that the Aussies have not done as well as they have done in previous Olympics! Swimming a bit disappointing, but the hockey results are great so far. Most of it on the TV is much too late for us even though I(Faye) do stay up until about 11.00 pm most nights. Had a lovely Saturday night at L & F’s.

  2. Ha, ha – love it. It’s good to see you Aussies getting emotional over biscuits/cookies – I for one congratulate you, Glenda, for giving Peter the honor of his chosen name.

  3. These sound very nice however can’t we bring them into the Australian vernacular and use the word biscuit! Hope you’re enjoying the Olympics.

    • Hi R&M – I did. You will note I said, ‘These biscuits …’ and they have been categorised under ‘Biscuits’. Peter Reinhart is American. He calls them cookies and it is his recipe.

      BTW: I am enjoying the Olympics.

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