I have repeatedly been disappointed by various recipes for cookies, bars and muffins that I’ve tried in the past. Too much of this, not enough of that, too complicated for no reason. In short, I’d always go back to my good old banana bread recipe… But that was before Madame Labriski’s book became part of my life!
Madame Labriski describes herself as an entrepreneur-mother-marathon runner (she once ran the 42.2 km in 3:08!). It was because she couldn’t find any recipes for wholesome snacks that were to her liking that she decided to put into practice the famous saying “if you want something done, it’s best to do it yourself.” This was the rationale behind the bestselling cookbook Fuel Your Day released in August 2019, the French version of which, according to the latest count, has sold 100,000 copies.
Make no mistake, Madame Labriski wasn’t born in Poland or Russia; she’s a Quebecer who has slightly doctored her name. In fact, Mériane Labrie uses the “ski” as a trademark, not only in her name, but also in many written communications. She therefore talks of her “missionski” and her “newsletterski.” The use of the suffix may get on some people’s nerves, but I find it rather amusing. It makes me smile because it takes me back to my childhood and how much fun I had discovering the language of the Smurfs!
What are these famous energy cookies like?
The hugely successful cookbook features 100 recipes for making mainly energy cookies but also bars, muffins, treats and other delights.
From a strictly food point of view, what sets Labriski’s cookies apart is the use of date puree to sweeten virtually all the recipes and plain yogurt or applesauce as a substitute for the usual fats contained in this type of product. Then there’s the fact that she advocates a wide variety of nuts, seeds and flours, and there’s a prevalence of fruit in the vast majority of the recipes.
Without even calculating the nutritional value of Madame Labriski’s energy cookies, I quickly discovered that they rated high in terms of nutritional quality. It should be noted that no information about this is given for any of the recipes. The author pointed out that she didn’t want to provide these types of facts because she has no formal training in nutrition.
As you may have guessed, my enthusiasm for the Labriski phenomenon is not limited to the fact that her recipes are interesting nutritional-wise. The reason I’ve tried out more than 20 cookie recipes so far lies elsewhere.
First of all, I find Madame Labriski’s cookies taste really good! And because taste is the Number 1 determinant of our food choices, I’ll continue to bake these energy cookies!