Many people believe, ” A bowl of oatmeal a day, keeps the diseases at bay.” Oats are considered to be one of the healthiest grains. They are a rich source of fiber, proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are also gluten-free and have various health benefits ranging from reducing blood sugar levels to decreasing the risk of heart attacks. Oats are especially known for their high protein content and boost up your energy levels. They are low on fat and along with being a fulfilling meal, will help you lead a healthy lifestyle. It’s a quick fix and easy to prepare. If you’re also bored of having your oats with the usual nuts and fruits, we are here with 3 unique healthy oats recipes which not only give you variety but also are a great substitute for your usual recipes.
Check out these 3 Healthy Oat Recipes
1. Oats Idli
Idlis are is a staple breakfast for many. Idli with sambhar and chutney is widely loved, but what if we tell you, you can add the richness of oats into it? This healthy oats recipe does not only add that unique taste to your idlis but is also a filling meal. It uses fewer ingredients and is quick to prepare.
In order to prepare Oats Idli, you will need-
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup white semolina(sooji)
- 1/4 cup curd
- 1 teaspoon soda or fruit salt (Eno)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Water (as required)
- Take the rolled oats in a blender and blend them till you have a powdered mixture. Set aside.
- Now take the white semolina(sooji) in a pan and keep it on low flame. Stir till you start seeing a colour change.
- Now add the blended oats to the pan. Stir on a low flame till you get the distinctive fragrance of roasted oats.
- Keep the mixture in a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon salt to it. Let the dry ingredients cool completely. This mixture can also be bottled up and is good to use for 10 days.
- Once the cooling process is done, add one cup of water and 1/4 cup curd to it and stir. Finely chopped vegetables can be added for flavour.
- Keep the mixture aside for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease the idli stand with oil.
- Get the steamer ready as per usual, and once the water starts boiling, add 1 teaspoon of fruit salt i.e. Eno to the mix.
- Make sure that the consistency of the batter is a little thick. Add water accordingly.
- Once you start seeing bubbles in the mixture due to the added fruit salt, start pouring the batter into the mould.
- Cover the steamer and let it steam from around 10 to 12 minutes.
- Ensure that it has been properly cooked, and your oats idli is ready to be served!
2. Oats Chilla
This recipe is an alternative to ‘ Besan ka chilla’ which is a spiced pancake made from gram flour. Adding oats to the recipe definitely makes it a healthier version. It is a filling dish which can be served with or without any side for eg. a chutney. By adding chopped vegetables to the mix, the taste is further enhanced. Adding oats to it makes this dish a far healthier option. It is easy to prepare and won’t even take more than 20 minutes of your time.
In order to make an oats recipe, you will need-
- 1 cup oats, rolled or instant
- 1/4 cup gram flour(besan) or white semolina (sooji)
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds(zeera)
- Salt (as required)
- Water (as required)
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
- Finely chopped vegetables as preferred( onions, carrots, green chillies etc.)
- Oil(as required)
- Put the 1 cup rolled or instant oats into a blender. Blend until you get a coarse mixture.
- Take the blended oats in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of gram flour/semolina to it.
- Proceed to add the cumin seeds and turmeric to it for the colour.
- Adding turmeric is an optional step and can be skipped as per your preference.
- Add the finely chopped vegetables to the mix and stir once.
- Now, add water as per the requirement to get a batter of thick consistency.
- Heat up a pan after greasing it with oil.
- Fill a ladle with batter and pour it onto the pan. Spread it gently.
- Lightly put some oil towards the edges and flip once you see a colour change.
- Cook well on both sides and use a low flame if you want a crispy chilla.
- And voila! You have your healthy oats chilla.
3. Oatmeal Cookies
This special recipe is for all the sweet-toothed people out there! These oatmeal cookies need minimal ingredients and are perfect for anyone who wants to incorporate a healthier version of desserts into their lifestyle. Using just 2 main ingredients i.e. bananas and oats, it’s not only a quick fix but also a great way to enjoy your desserts without worrying about excess calorie intake. Bananas provide the natural sweetness to the cookies, and I’m sure you are now aware of the health benefits of oats. Let’s now dive into the process of making these oatmeal cookies-
- 3 overripe bananas
- 1 cup rolled oats
- Sugar(as per requirement)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- Toppings (optional)
- Peel the overripe bananas and mash them using a fork. Make sure no lumps are left.
- Add the mashed bananas to the rolled oats.
- Pour in 1/4 cup of milk to get a batter with a thick consistency.
- Add sugar to this mixture if required.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder to it and stir well.
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease the cookie moulds well.
- Now, pour your batter into the moulds and the cookies are good to go into the oven.
- Sprinkle your toppings onto the cookies.
- Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes until you see a golden-brown colour.
- Cool the cookies and enjoy your dessert!
If you’re looking to change your lifestyle and incorporate a healthier version of your usual recipes into it, then we hope this blog provided you with some easy to make dishes using oatmeal. Not only do these dishes enrich your diet with proteins and fibre, but they also add variety to it. These dishes require minimum ingredients, won’t take much of your time and yet guarantee you a fulfilling and tasty meal. We hope you liked these recipes, and do comment down below if you tried any of them!
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