Runners Repair Cookies

Something you don’t know about me…

I was once training to become a body builder.

It was a shortly lived dream though. The man I was seeing at the time didn’t like the muscles I was growing, so at his request, I stopped.

Lesson: never stop pursuing your dreams for someone else, especially over something as silly as the ‘man muscles’ I was growing.

Looking back, my time as an aspiring body builder brought on so many changes in my life:

  • I found my passion for nutrition [albeit not the healthiest at the time]
  • I learned that my body could be pushed so much farther than I ever thought possible
  • I began a fantastic relationship with Repair cookies [Splenda, nut butter, and eggs]

A quick note on alternative sweeteners

You’ll see them branded as Sweet’N Low, Aspartame, NutraSweet, Splenda, Equal, NutraSweet, or Sucralose [I’m sure I’m missing some].

Claims to be the perfect sugar substitute: as sweet as sugar, but no calories, no surge in insulin, no side effects or long-term health damage.

Sucralose was stumbled upon in the late 70’s when British scientists were looking for a new pesticide formulation. :|

Why I choose not to eat it:

  • It’s not a whole food, whatsoever. It’s completely man made, and has no nutritional benefits at all.
  • Having worked with many diabetics and hypoglycemics I’m convinced that it does impact blood sugar levels.
  • Studies have shown that the affects of sucralose can range from shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers, kidney disorders, and a decrease in healthy gut bacteria.
  • There have been no long-term studies conducted on humans… ever.
  • Is able to cross the blood-brain barrier*

*The blood-brain barrier is designed to protect the brain from the invasion of harmful chemicals.  The barrier allows our own neurotransmitters to cross, helping the functioning of our nerve cells. But, alternative sweeteners act like neurotransmitters in the body, so they’re given access through this barrier. Excessive consumption can cause poisoning and lead to brain and spinal cord nerve cell death.

On with the eats…

I had completely forgotten about my love for the repair cookie.

With all the training I’ve been doing lately, it was just a matter of time until my love returned.

Healthier, Splenda free, and tastier than ever.

Runners Repair Cookies
Recipe type: Gluten free, Dairy free
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Serves: 12 cookies
A soft banana flavor infuses each bite of these deliciously easy, high protein cookies.
  • ½ banana
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 organic eggs
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp powder [I used pro fiber]
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 6 dried apricots, diced
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • almond slivers for sprinkling [so they look a bit more appetizing]
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine banana, dates, and eggs. Pulse until dates are broken up, then pour into a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until mixed. The dough will be very sticky, but don’t worry!
  4. Drop cookies onto cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes [mine were perfect at 15 minutes].
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

View Nutritional Information (once on page scroll down)

I don’t normally post the nutrition facts of my recipes, but at the request of a couple of you, I will for these cookies. I struggled with an obsession over calorie counting for years and have seen so many of my clients, friends, and family  get consumed by it as well. Remember that calories are just a number, everyone’s body is different and requires a different amount of nutrients based on various factors. Balance and understanding what food best fuels your body is key!

Per cookie:

Have you ever given up on a dream because others didn’t approve or support you? What did you learn from this experience?

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  1. Hey Leanne,

    Thanks for this fantastic recipe! Going to make them today and use them as post-run snacks and in place of Luna bars. Any idea how long they last or if they are freezable?


    • Hey Katie – they will last in the fridge for a couple of days and yep, you can freeze them for up to a month! Enjoy :)

  2. Leanne, congrats on your run:) I am doing my first ever run tmw….. just a little 4 ks but it is the beginning. Anyway i was wondering with these cookies, do you have any suggestions to maintain the protein level without using protein powder? would almond meal suffice
    Cheers Steph

    • I used hemp protein powder in here, so you could try ground nuts/seeds of your choice. Almond flour or even chickpea flour would work awesome! Hope you had a good run :)

    • I believe that’s how they make the powder. Ground hemp seed should work just the same!

  3. Where did you learn that artificial sweeteners can pass the BBB? I’d be interested in reading that for myself. These cookies look great. I’d have to sub out the flax so I am not baking and damaging their Omega-3’s.

    • I believe you can find some information about artificial sweeteners and the BBB in the books: “excitotoxins: the taste that kills” and “defense against alzheimer’s disease” both by Dr. H.J. Roberts. There are also some studies you can read if you’re interested in that sort of thing:

  4. I’m loving your site and the knowledge you’re bringing to the table. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  5. Hey, Leanne,
    Has anyone told you yet today how great your space is? No? Alright, let me. I’m loving your posts. Your filled with valuable information, and I just know I’m going to be spending a lot of time here! And as much as I think these cookies look awful (I’m sorry, but the color is kinda gross, don’t you think?) I want to make them very soon! They sound tasty – and healthy. Thanks!

    • hahaha the color is awful. I’ll be the first one to say it. I’m SO happy I put crushed almonds on top to offset a bit. They are tasty though!

  6. Hi – I think I’m going to try to make these tonight. Would protein powder work instead of Hemp powder?

    • It should, as long as the flavor isn’t too strong!