Do you often feel guilty about ditching your diet and gulping in that hot chocolate brownie? Does the joy of enjoying your favourite sweet soon turns into a guilt of ingesting at least a thousand empty calories? If it sounds like you, do read this article to enjoy sweets with a pinch of health consciousness.
Oats, as we all know, are absolutely healthy and come loaded with beta-glucan fibres and help control cholesterol. These wonder grains must be consumed on a regular basis to stay fit. There are so many interesting recipes like cakes, cookies, etc. that can be prepared using this magic ingredient.
- Oats and Pumpkin Cake
Cakes are ultra-sweet and packed with nothing but tasty empty calories. Well, not all cakes are unhealthy! A slice of Oats and pumpkin cakes will never harm your diet and yet pacify your sweet craving.
• Pumpkin (Peeled and Grated) – 250 g
• Jaggery (Grated) – ¼ Cup
• Wheat Flour – ½ Cup
• Semolina (Fine) – 2 tbsp.
• Quick Roll Oats – 2 tbsp.
• Milk – 1 tbsp.
• Nutmeg – ¼ tsp.
• Salt – A pinch
• Baking Powder – ½ tsp.
• Baking Soda – 2 Pinch
• Clarified Butter – 4 tbsp.
• Almond Flakes – 1 tbsp.
• Cherry (Optional)
• Peel and grate the pumpkin
• Take the pumpkin in a mixing bowl and add ghee (clarified butter) and microwave for about 3 minutes
• Now, add jaggery and microwave again for half a minute
• Now add wheat flour, oats, semolina, nutmeg, milk, baking powder, and baking soda to the jaggery and pumpkin mixture
• Mix well and let it rest for a couple of minutes
• Transfer this mixture to a microwave safe greased bowl of your desired shape and bake on 200 degrees C for 20 minutes.
• To cook the cake on the other side, transfer it on a microwave safe plate, grease it with a little ghee and sprinkle some almond flakes.
• Bake it again for about 20 minutes on 200 degrees C
- Finally, garnish with cherry
2. Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
Are you on a lookout for a scrumptious yet healthy cookies recipe? Well, Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies is the answer to your sweet tooth without compromising with your health goals.
• Butter – ½ Cup
• Soft Light Brown Sugar – ½ Cup
• Caster Sugar – ½ Cup
• Plain Flour – 1 Cup
• Oats – 1 ¼ Cups
• Egg – 1
• Baking Powder – ½ tsp.
• Baking Soda – ½ tsp.
• Chocolate – 100g
• Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp.
• Cream together the butter and both the sugars
• Preheat oven to about 180 degrees and line two baking trays with baking papers
• Now add an egg to the creamed mixture and beat well
• Take flour and oats in another mixing bowl and add baking soda and baking powder along with the beaten paste
• Again, beat nicely for a couple of minutes and then pour the mixture on a baking tray to make almost 3 cm circles
• Bake for about 8-10 minutes (depending upon the thickness of the cookies)
• Take the cookies out and let them cool a bit before serving.
With these healthy oats recipes at your disposal, you will never have to think twice before preparing something sweet for you and your family.