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Dec 22, 2014

Almond butter oats cookies recipe- low fat healthy baking

         Hello to all my readers after a long time.I had mentioned in my previous post in november that I would be irregular.The kids are having holidays,my family from India were here and we had small trip to Bangkok. So basically, we were having lots of fun for the last couple of days. I did not even feel like touching my laptop though I had a few drafts. Now that the holidays are almost coming to an end and I thought of doing a quick post. I had been cooking and trying out a few new recipes though I could not take pictures of all that made. But will gradually come back to regular blogging soon.
        We all love cakes and cookies. But have to restrict them for special occasions as it requires sugar and butter especially cookies. Cookies needs huge amounts of butter/oil or ghee or eggs for binding. But when I saw the eggless recipe using nut butter and oats, I wanted to try it out. Its really healthy and tasty as well. My little one loved it too. All the cookies got over in a day and I am sure to make this kind of cookies frequently. It will make a good afternoon snack for kids.
          Its a good one for vegans also and have given a substitute for the curd. Check out the notes.
So do try this one and let me know about it.
        See the recipe for almond butter.
You can check out more cookie recipes here.
M and M healthy cookies
Peanut butter cookies.
Recipe courtesy - Chocolate covered katie (with some modifications)
Ingredients-
Almond butter- 1/2 cup
Oats - 1 cup
Coconut palm sugar - 1/2 cup (see notes)
Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
Curd/yogurt - 3tbsp (see notes)
Mini Chocolate chips- 1/4 cup

Method-
Blend the oats in a blender/mixer to a fine powder.
Pour the fine powder in a mixing bowl.
Add the almond butter.
Add the baking soda and sugar.
Combine everything together.
Pour the curd and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips and mix to form a dough.
Pinch out small lemon sized portions of the dough.
Gently flatten them.
Place them on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet.
Bake at 180c for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and dont touch them as they will be crumbly.
Allow it to cool for 10 -15 minutes and they will harden.
Notes-
1.Use fine granulated white sugar or brown sugar instead of coconut palm sugar.
2. If you are vegan, replace curd with apple sauce.
3. Curd can also be replaced with one small egg.
4. You can omit chocolate chips if you dont like them.

How to make almond butter - Almond butter recipe - Vegan recipes

       Making vegan butter (though I am not a vegan) with nuts at home and using them in my bakes was in my mind for a very long time. Finally I made them with almonds and used them in my cookies and they really turned out great. My kids loved them too. I do want to try more of such recipes and will be posting them as I try. Until then try out the easy and healthy cookie recipe with this butter which I am posting soon after this one.
Ingredients-
Almond - 1 cup

Method-
Chop the almonds to smaller bits if necessary.
Its just to make the blending easier.
Blend this in a food processor or mixer blender to a fine powder.
Keep scraping down the sides.
Further process it till it turns into a smooth paste.
You may need to process, stop and scrape around 3-4 times as needed to achieve the required consistency.
The whole process should take around 5 to 10 minutes depending on the strength of your blender.

Nov 29, 2014

Eggless Oats Chocolate brownies recipe - Healthy cake recipes

          This is another healthy and guilt free cake I made for my family a couple of days back.I have used oats in my cake before. But here, I have just used oats and no other flour along with it. The recipe I have followed is my own recipe of ragi muffins which I posted a couple of months back. I have used coconut palm sugar , a recent addition to my pantry. It has a low glycemic index and therefore it does have some advantages in maintaining the blood sugar levels. However its not considered a healthier alternative to regular sugar. You can use brown sugar or even granulated sugar in this recipe. I have also used very less fat in the recipe. Yogurt is used a egg substitute here. If you want to add eggs, you can replace the yogurt with an egg. You can also add a small mashed banana instead. The result was very delicious brownie and we all including the kids loved it. It made a lovely and a healthy evening snack for us. I actually added just half a cup of sugar. It had a mild sweet taste and the chocolate chip also gave the extra needed sweetness. So increase or decrease the amount according to your desire. Even if you add a little less sugar, you can drizzle some chocolate syrup or honey or maple syrup on your brownie before serving to your kids. You can even top it with some icecream to make it into a exotic desssert.
oats chocolate cake
         Things will get a little busier from next week. I wont be very regular here. But I do have some posts lined up in my drafts, so will sure update my space whenever possible. I hope you try this recipe by then.
          I have another dessert using oats coming up soon. So do like/visit my fb page for regular updates on healthy bakes. You can also follow me on google plus.
      Below are some recipes with oats -
1. Apple oats muffins
2. M and M cookies with oats
3. Banana oats cake

oats in baking
Ingredients-
Oats - 1 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder - 3 tbsp
Baking powder - 1tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Coconut palm sugar- 3/4 cup
Yogurt/curd - 3/4 th cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1/4 th cup
Chocolate chips - A Handful(I used dark semi sweet chocolate chips)

Method-
Grease and flour a  7' cake tin.
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Grind the oats to a powder in a mixer.
Combine the powdered oats, cocoa powder,baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
Add the coconut palm sugar and mix well.
Pour the yogurt and mix.
Pour the milk and mix well.
Pour the oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips and mix gently
Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin.
Bake at 180c for 30-35 minutes till the cake is done.
You can check the doneness by inserting a skewer in the center of the cake and it comes out clean.
healthy oats recipes
Cool the cake.
You can invert on a plate and then slice them
I directly cut them into squares from the cake tin and served them.
healthy oats cake
Notes-
Please read the intro for various changes you can make to the recipe.

Nov 26, 2014

Tofu and spinach cutlets recipe - Spinach tofu patty for burger/sandwiches

         Holidays have started. Its getting busier day by day as I have to engage the kids in one or the other activity along with managing the household chores.My helper is also out of town. But anyway,  we do have somethings planned for next week and  am eagerly looking forward for it. Will let you all know more about it later. Meanwhile, one of these days, I had made these cutlets. I wanted to make something healthy and also tasty for my kids. They were also bored eating the regular food. But I did not want to serve the usual maggi  which they would have had without any complaints. So I thought of making some vegetable cutlets or bread roll with some healthy vegetable filling.
spinach tofu cutlet recipe
         

Nov 24, 2014

Tirunelveli ashgourd and curd curry recipe - Vella pooshnikai morkuzhumbu

       I love some of the traditional Tamilnadu recipes especially their kootus and curries.I don't make it very often as we have a very simple lunch of chapati ,curry, rice and dal everyday and for dinner , I make some kind of tiffin/snacks. But during weekends, I try to make some traditional recipes like avial or usili curry or poricha kuzhumbu which involves  coconut and grinding of spices etc.
Ashgourd and curd curry recipe
            

Nov 21, 2014

No onion no garlic chole recipe - channa masala recipe

      In tam brahm cooking, onion and garlic is not used generally. Being in Maharashtra thorughout, I had developed a liking for marathi cuisine where onion and garlic is used in abundance. I believed that a food cannot become so flavourful without using these ingredients. Though I am not very particular about not using onions in my cooking, I try my best not to use them during festivals or when we have a religious get together especially not to offend the people who avoid it. I had made a mint pulao without using onion and garlic once for a get together during navaratri. It had turned out so good and each and everyone appreciated it.
     Also follow the link for black channa curry which is made without onion and garlic and a slightly different recipe.
no onion garlic chole recipe 
   

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