Flourless Butter Oatmeal Cacao Cookies! Easy to convert to Vegan version!

Today’s recipe is absolutely a no-brainer. My kid and I made these together chatting, laughing and catering to the needs of a little monster without much attention to the measurements.The outcome is perfect. Take my word.

Let’s get into the recipe right away !

Ingredients

  1. Quick cooking Oats – Approximately one cup
  2. Cacao Powder – half cup
  3. Brown sugar – 4 TableSpoons
  4. Cashews – cut into small pieces – About 10
  5. Peanut Butter – 2 Tablespoons full
  6. Two Ripe Bananas
  7. Vanilla Extract
  8. Two Mejdool dates cut into small pieces
  9. Half stick of unsalted butter at room temperature

NOTES

  • I  added cashews and Dates but feel free to add any nuts and dried fruit
  • I coarsely blended oats but that is optional

Vegan Version

  • Just replace butter with Coconut oil. You will need 5-6 Tablespoons.

Procedure

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a medium bowl, cream together bananas, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, peanut butter.
  • Mix oats, cacao powder, dates and cashews pieces to the mixture and combine everything well.Make sure you do not over mix.
  • Grease the baking tray. Roll the dough into balls and place 1 inch apart on the cookie tray.Flatten each cookie with fork.
  • The cookies will not expand in size.Bake them for 15 minutes and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Well, That is IT! A perfect energizing evening snack along side plant-based milk or regular milk is ready.

I usually ask readers to try if they like the recipe.However, I urge all of you to prepare these for their nutritional value. Oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.Combined with cacao, nuts coconut oil, dates and bananas, this turns out to be a powerhouse of energy. 

There is a saying in Hindi, “Ann se mann”, which means food becomes you and influences your mind and emotions. Lets eat well and live well:)

Cheers!

See you all with my next post

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Exquisite Oatmeal – The best way to start your day!

The whole meal in the Mornings – Super Healthy and Tasty!

If I have to mention two foods I love the most, I would say oatmeal and Khichdi.

They are easy on the stomach, super nutritious and are delicious. 
The recipe for my customized Khichdi is on the waiting list and I will post that soon. For now, lets start with the super comfort food, Oatmeal.
 
Before I jump into the recipe, I would like to share some quick facts about oats .
  • Oats are a whole-grain cereal and are among the healthiest grains on the earth
  • They are a good source of fiber, good quality protein and unsaturated fats
  • One variety of oats, Steel cut oats have less glycemic index than its other kinds.
  • Oatmeal is a well balanced breakfast 
For me, experimenting with Oats is a passion as they provide endless possibilities. It is like filling a blank white paper with myriad of colors. Today, I will share one variety that I make frequently as my family loves this including my three year old son!!
Ingredients
  • Oats
  • Flax Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Fruits of your choice
  • Nuts of your Choice
  • Honey/Maple Syrup
  • Coconut (Optional)
  • Raisins/Mejdool dates
  • Pumpkin Seeds/ Sunflower Seeds
Thats it!
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Preparation
1.Cook the oats based on their type. If I use Steel cut oats, I soak them overnight. Else, it takes about 10 mins on stove top.
2. Once cooked, add enough quantity to your bowl and start adding colorful fruits of your choice .
  • I usually add strawberries, blueberries and  banana.
  • For a change, I sometimes cook strawberries(Mangoes in Summer) over low heat with coconut sugar and lemon and pour this mixture over oatmeal
3.Then add nuts of your choice. I add walnuts, almonds and green raisins or Dates
4.Sprinkle soaked chia seeds , flax seed powder and dry coconut
5.Pour honey as needed
Don’t forget to read the notes below to see the variations of what I do !
Notes:
  1. In the above picture, I added Activated Superfood that I got in Whole Foods which is high in Omega 3’s and 6’s
  2. We usually have an avocado , Flax milk or Greek Yogurt on the side with oatmeal
  3. I add less or no honey for my family most of the time because Raisins/Dates have enough sugar in them
  4. Adding Vanilla extract/ Orange Extract gives a different feel to the oatmeal
  5. Make sure you get everything Organic as much as possible
Nutrition Facts:
  • Oats contain Manganese, fiber, Iron, Vitamin B1 and B5,Folate and many antioxidants
  • Fruits are packed with many vitamins, minerals and photo nutrients and everyone should have three to four servings of fruit everyday. They help the human body to be fit, help it rejuvenate and disease-free.
  • Nuts and seeds are rich in energy, protein, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and much discussed omega-3 fatty acids
  • They have good fats that are good for heart and do not increase the waist line
Do try this and let me know what you feel through your comments below.
Stay tuned to know the “skin benefits” of Oatmeal in my next post!
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