While staying with our amazing hosts Sydney and Onder in Istanbul we were spoiled daily with really delicious, super healthy food. In fact Sydney’s vegetable dishes were so yummy I could easily become a vegetarian in her home. As a healthy after dinner treat we often baked a small batch of Sydney’s ‘Healthy Oatmeal Cookies’ which is a recipe found in her family’s own cookbook (although Sydney has tweaked it and made it her own). She would make a double batch, freeze the uncooked cookie balls and take out a few at a time to bake for a quick treat. It was just enough to satisfy my after dinner sweet tooth without adding a ton of calories.
Here is the recipe.
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
½ Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Salt
2 Cups Oatmeal
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Chocolate, Raisins or Nuts (or combo of all) * Sydney like to change it up by adding chopped apricots or figs and sesame seeds.
Cream together butter and sugars. Add the eggs and beat well. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla, nuts, chocolate chips and raisins.
Roll into small balls (about 1 teaspoon worth)
If freezing for future use place balls on a pan or plate and place in fridge for at least a couple of hours then put into baggies and freeze. You can then take out just enough cookies to bake for a treat which has the double benefit of preventing overeating and also means fresh baked cookies anytime you want!
When ready place cookie balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. If you like them chewy like I do be careful not to overcook as they will get hard.