“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Jack Kerouac, On The Road

These ginger cookies are for you, you with the fire in your belly. For you who has a burning thing inside your being that says “you must create, you must go, you must love, you must dive head first, you must stand up, you must be brave, you must not be afraid to fail.”

Feed and surround yourself with the fuel that lights up your soul. People. Places. Things. Thoughts. Torch it all. It’s the one true thing you really have to offer this world. Don’t let others put it out. But more importantly, don’t get in your own way by worrying what others will think of that brain you were given, that heart that beats loudly in your chest, that burning thing you’ve cultivated and believed in. Throw it out and set it all aflame. Watch it glow. Watch it spread. Watch it change this world.

Ginger Oat Cookies 

slightly adapted from Jude Blereau

  • 1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup glacé (crystalized) ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Preheat the oven for 350.’ Cook the oatmeal on a stovetop first 1/2 cup of oats to 1 cup water. Set aside, let cool. Soak the dates in 1/4 of extra hot water, and mash with a fork. Add the vanilla to the date paste when room temp.

In a large bowl, combine oats, oatmeal, nuts, and ginger. Add mashed up dates/vanilla as well as the coconut oil, brown rice syrup, and eggs. Mix together with your hands until well combined and coated. Mixture will feel wet and not overly sticky. Shape into balls and place onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned on the edges and top.

More on the cake-y side than in cookie camp. I think these would make excellent morning-0n-the-run bars if pressed into a 8×8 pan and cut into squares.

  1. Stephanie

    “Feed and surround yourself with the fuel that lights up your soul.” –that is quite beautiful, thank You!
    I am a big fan of ginger and I think this recipe is fabulous! Just a question, when you say “glace ginger,” you mean crystallized ginger, right? I’ve discovered crystallized ginger just few days ago and I’ve been loving it! Yay, now I can use it in the cookie!

  2. patti

    Perfect timing! I kept thinking how did she know I needed to hear these words right now, with this tenor?! Yep, going to throw it out there set it all aflame. Thanks for the jolt, the inspiration and the scrumptious recipe (dare I add chocolate chips;)! Love to you!!!

  3. joey

    Beautiful, inspirational words! And such yummy looking cookies!

  4. Mathilde

    Sounds delicious, chewy like we like =)

  5. Margarita

    These cookies look delicious. :) Thank you for this inspiring post… I must be brave… I need to keep telling myself that.

  6. Kathryn

    Love these cookies, love this message.

  7. ileana

    Oh, I’m really liking the idea of pecans, dates, and oats in my ginger cookies. I’ll have to try these for a couple ginger-snap-loving friends.

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  9. Sarah

    I needed to hear that. And I’m definitely going to try the cookies, they sound fabulous.

  10. El

    Great thoughts. The cookies look pretty damn good too.

  11. Jess

    Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you! I did feel the need to burn brighter yesterday, on our shortened spring day…

  12. Jacqui

    I totally just made something similar to these on a whim last night, but with chocolate and almond butter! These sound delicious too!

  13. adrienneats

    You have no idea how much your words resonate with me today. Just the push I need. Thanks, Kelsey! Oh and yum. These little gems sound like the perfect treat. Love the wholesome ingredients.

  14. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    These are so splendid! I’ve been playing a lot more with coconut oil, so this is going to have to be my next experiment! Thanks for such wonderful inspiration!

  15. Chloe

    Thank you, Kelsey. What a beautiful post.

  16. thelittleloaf

    Gorgeous sentiments, beautiful photos – once again landing on your blog has set the world to rights. Beautiful.

  17. Maria @ Orchard Bloom

    These look delicious!

  18. Rachel

    What an excellent inspirational post. Your words and your cookies really do light a fire!

  19. Anna @ the shady pine

    Love the sound of these cookies…even more so that they are cake like :)

  20. Iren

    Thanks for this post – it is just wonderful!
    The recipe and the words, I loved both very much. text maybe even a bit more 😉


  21. Laura {gourmettenyc}

    These look delicious! I love dates and oats, and will definitely have to make these soon. What a great alternative to my favorite – oatmeal raisin cookies.

  22. Katie

    Great words. Thanks, I needed that.

  23. Patricia Scarpin

    These cookies look so good! I love crystallized ginger, the problem is NOT eating it all before baking with it. :)

  24. Sarah

    These look delicious!

  25. Stacy

    I love that quote, and your reflections on it. This was just the inspiration I needed today. Sometimes I forget that we have plenty of reasons to be hopeful about our lives and to continue fanning the flames of our passions. And these cookies look wonderful; I’ve never used both uncooked and cooked oats in one recipe. Thanks, on all accounts :)

  26. ash

    What a beautiful post. Unexpectedly enough, a timely reminder for me and a good push in the right direction. I will be making these gorgeous things. Thank you.

  27. sarah

    This post is just what I needed to hear this week. And it reminded me how much I love Jack Kerouac – I need to pull out ‘On The Road’ again. Thanks for being so great, speaking your voice.

  28. mateusz

    Great idea for a snack!

  29. Amber

    Cheers to the fire in the belly!

  30. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Mmmmm, yum! These look soooo good. I do love my ginger :)

  31. Stacy

    Kelsey, I made these tonight, substituting flax for the eggs and putting the mixture into a pan, as you suggested. They’re delicious and will surely serve me well for those far-too-frequent breakfasts on the run, and simply as a healthful and delicious snack! Thank you :)

  32. Claudia

    Beautiful pictures, your recipes and photos are really beautiful I found out now I will continue to read. Claudia

  33. Anna

    These look absolutely amazing. Putting on the “to make” list right now!

  34. joy

    I plan to make these as breakfast bars as soon as I buy new rice syrup, and so my concern:
    Lundberg stated a warning regarding arsenic being found in some brands of rice syrup. Is this concern over?

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