Planning Success Cookies

Planning Success Cookies

A plate of oat cookies in front of a woman writing in a book

Planning Success! Cookies with a Mission.

Planning Success Cookies? That’s a weird name. Here cometh a food blogger story, a much shorter one than usual. A long time ago, when I blogged to relieve the stress of being a student, I used to give my recipes names that described experiences outside of books and exams. ‘Jetlag miniquiches’ was a hot favourite on the old Blogspot. Those were literally miniquiches I made to sustain myself while jetlagged to actual death.

Today’s recipe is a throwback to that cute trend. I needed something to munch while doing some intensive career planning.  Nutritious cookies for planning sessions, why not? At first they were ‘Planning Session Cookies’, but what are we really doing here? Planning success, and we all know it’s important to be specific when plotting and planning so Planning Success Cookies it is! I’m also feeling the word ‘cookie’ for these, which isn’t a common term here in NZ – we like the English ‘biscuit’.  For these it somehow feels right.

These ‘chewy on the inside’ cookies take but a few minutes to assemble and then you’re well fueled for an epic planning session. Nobody reaches their goals with low blood sugar!

Planning Success Cookies

The ideal nutritious cookie for your planning sessions or any other time you need a snack
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: cookie, nutritious snack, oat cookie
Servings: 12
Author: NZNutritionist


Dry Ingredients

  • 2.5 Cups Rolled Oats Jumbo or Scotch will work fine
  • 1.5 Cups Flour Gluten free flour works well
  • ¾ Cup Raw or Rapadura Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Psyllium Husk Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Mixed Chopped Add-ins: dates, dried apricots, nuts, chocolate etc.

Wet Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp Oil Olive or Melted Coconut
  • 2 Eggs or Flax Eggs* See notes for Flax Egg instructions
  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F)
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together.
    2.5 Cups Rolled Oats, 1.5 Cups Flour, ¾ Cup Raw or Rapadura Sugar, 1.5 tsp Psyllium Husk Powder, 1 tsp Baking Soda, ½ tsp Salt, 1 Cup Mixed Chopped Add-ins: dates, dried apricots, nuts, chocolate etc.
    Dry ingredients for healthy oat cookies in a mixing bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients and use a sturdy utensil to combine them into a stiff wet mix. This is a thick mix that can seem dry. If it's not coming together, get your hands in there and 'knead' the mix until all the dry ingredients are damp and somewhat sticking together.
    5 Tbsp Oil, 2 Eggs or Flax Eggs*, 1 Mashed Banana, 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
    A wet mix for oat cookies
  • Note: if using melted coconut oil, add this last so that it doesn't solidify before you can mix it in!
  • Form the mix into balls and pop the balls into the fridge for 10 minutes. This helps the mix bind so your cookies aren't fally-aparty.
    Uncooked cookie balls
  • After 10 minutes place the uncooked balls on a greased oven tray and flatten them into cookie shapes. these cookies don't rise much, so keep that in mind.
    Uncooked oat cookies on a black tray
  • Place into the middle of the oven and bake for around 20 minutes. They are done when a fork poked into the middle comes out clean and they are a nice golden brown colour.
    Freshly baked oat cookies on a black oven tray
  • Let them cool slightly before eating. If they are a bit crumbly (this will be moreso if you have used flax eggs) they will firm up as they cool.
  • These freeze very well.


*To make a flax egg. Combine one tablespoon of ground golden flaxseed / flaxmeal and three tablespoons of warm water into a cup and let it gel. This takes about 5 minutes. As the recipe calls for two flax eggs, use two tablespoons of flaxmeal and six tablespoons of water. 

You May Prefer Bars

We don’t want to pigeonhole anybody based on their name, so I can confirm that Planning Success Cookies work just as well as Workday Snack Bars. 

To make bars, simply press the mix into a square cake tin (lined or silicone) before the resting step. Cut into bars while still slightly warm.

A Word about Oat Types

The cookies in these pics were make with 100% ‘Jumbo’ or Wholegrain oats. To be honest, this isn’t the best plan, but it was the only plan at the time as lockdown precluded a ‘quick supermarket visit’.  These chunky oats are great, and the cookies worked out, but they are a bit on the crumbly side, especially when fresh.

The idea combo is 1.5 cups Jumbo and 1 cup Scotch oats or regular rolled oats.  I’ve not tried them with instant or quick cook oats, but I imagine it would work. You’d just get a stodgier cookie.  You will quickly figure out the oat combo that works best for you, and once you have, I wish you some satisfyingly successful planning and munching sessions.


A plate with three oat cookies stacked
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