How are you all coping after the chocolate and general sugar feast that took place yesterday? Luckily I only got one egg, and then got back on the cross trainer this afternoon.
Speaking of exercise and weight loss, I think I've turned a corner. Most of you know the past couple of months have been STRESSFUL with a capital S (see my previous post), and my weight loss journey has just taken a back seat. Well now that everything is basically resolved it needs to take priority again. I don't know about y'all, but I need to stop making excuses and just get off my bum. So today I did. I got on the cross trainer, and a mile later a feel on top of the world.
Tired, hot, sweaty and oh so not pretty, but still on top of the world.
We all make excuses don't we? For me its always tomorrow. Oh I'll start tomorrow, I can't today, but tomorrow I'll do it, I'll do that exercise video tomorrow. You know what's coming......tomorrow NEVER comes!
This is one of my favourite motivational quotes.
OK so weight loss/fitness pep talk over, lets get onto the good stuff......cookies!
I know I nearly always say this, but these really are amazing.
Its not a weight watchers recipe or even a low fat recipe, but I followed all the ingredients to the letter and they only came out at 4pp! Plus they are FULL of oats, and fill you up. Its the type of cookie where you do actually only need one.
Another plus point......you know when a cookie recipe says it makes 30, then you make up the batter and you can only ever seem to get 10 decent sized cookies out of it. This isn't one of those recipes, it says it yields 30 and it does. 30 very decently sized cookies.
They come out just like cookies should do, crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.
I had some dark chocolate left over in the fridge which I melted down and dipped the bottom of half the cookies into, but that is totally optional.
Classic Oat Cookies
Yields - 30
ProPoints - 4 per cookie
275g demerara sugar
4 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
375g rolled oats
140g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
70g dark chocolate (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Spray two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. Cream together the margarine and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg, water and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
3. In a separate bowl (do not skip this step) mix the oats, flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Gradually stir the oat mixture into the butter mixture until thoroughly combined (It is very thick batter, so get those arms working!)
4. Put rounded tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart (I had to do them in several batches). Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown (mine took 20 minutes).
5. Leave to cool.
6. If using the chocolate. Melt it in a microwave (be careful not to burn it), then dip the bottom of 15 cookies into the chocolate and leave to harden.
Let me know if you try them.