I have a new motto... If you can't do something yourself (or not crazy enough to try), bake for those who can. My boss ran a marathon last weekend and my coworkers and I did our best to support her since we could not fathom doing anything like that ourselves. I found these little energy cookies at 101 Cookbooks. If you have not been there, you definitely should go. Heidi focuses on all natural, healthy cooking and has been doing so for years. She has a cookbook that is sold at Anthropologie... what a dream. I saw that she came up with this little cookie (if you can call something that contains kidney beans a cookie) when she was also cheering someone on during a marathon and wanted to give them a few bursts of energy. So if you find yourself with a marathon runner that you need to give some energy to, try these cookies. You will not truly appreciate that these cookies are pretty tasty until you take a look at the ingredients list... chopped dates, kidney beans, anise seeds.... but trust me, they are pretty darn good.
Click here for the recipe at 101 Cookbooks.