To keep going today after a late night last night, or early into the morning, I decided on a complex carbohydrate treat. Most race cars need a special type of fuel and so do I after being up well past my bed time. My favorite brother-in-law races at a local dirt track. We always try to make it to several races to show our support. Here’s to you “Leroy”!

If you are into the racing scene it can make for an interesting and inexpensive family outing. Here are a few tips to possibly make it more enjoyable and affordable for you and yours.

  • Look at the schedule for deal nights such as a free night or a special price per carload night to name a couple.
  • Bring something to sit on such as a blanket, as you would for any other sporting event with bleacher seating.
  • Dress for the weather. At the track we visit races start at 7 p.m. and run almost to midnight. It starts out hot and ends up somewhat chilly as you get into the late night hours.
  • Bring your own refreshments. Check with your track to see if they allow you to carry in your own food and beverages.
  • If you are not against gambling, it might be a good idea to purchase a 50/50 ticket “as part of your evening entertainment budget.” Someone in the crowd left with over $900 last night.
  • Wear easy to clean older clothing. It usually depends on where you sit, but it can get really dusty at a dirt track. You could end up with a coating of dust on you. One year you could see a cloud of dirt coming toward you with every lap of the race. This isn’t the norm at all but it’s possible and we were caught off guard that year, so beware. I always slip my purse into one of those nylon drawstring backpacks to protect it.
  • Bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from the early evening setting sun of course, but also to protect them into the night from any possible flying debris. Again, not the norm but always a possibility where there are loose stones and dirt clumps.
  • Don’t forget the sunblock. As we get into the summer months that sun will set later and later.
  • It’s a small world. Odds are that you’ll either know one of the drivers or his pit crew members, a driver’s friend or relative, or a sponsor. What a wonderful way to show community spirit.

The Recipe

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

2/3 cup  all-purpose flour

2/3 cup oat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats

1/3 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In large bowl mix together the sugar, butter, egg, yogurt and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded Tbsp about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until firm when touched. Makes 4 dozen.

What a nice way to sneak healthful yogurt into your loved ones. While stirring the cookie dough you catch the sweet tang of the yogurt mixed with the cocoa. It reminds of a chocolate cream cheese icing that I adore so much.

These remind me of a no-bake cookie in appearance, but not in taste. Enjoy this mostly whole grain treat!

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