Friday, June 26, 2009

Nutritious Oats and Peanut Butter Cookie

Know what you Eat - Contrary to what their name implies, peanuts are not true nuts but a member of a family of legumes related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans. Peanuts are a very good source of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is emphasized in the heart-healthy diet. Studies of diets with a special emphasis on peanuts have shown that this little legume is a big ally for a healthy heart. Peanuts contain oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil and are rich in antioxidants. Roasted peanuts do rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets. Oats are an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber and thiamin.

It is summer break for the schools now. Kids when at home, like to snack more than eat proper meals. I know every Mom has to scratch her brain to come up with healthy snack ideas and i came up with this one. It was little sweet for me, but was great hit amongst the kids.

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 15 mins
Serves - Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients


Quick Cooking Oats - 2 cups
Peanut Butter - 1/2 cup
Honey or Maple Syrup - 1/2 cup
Canola or Sunflower oil - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda(aluminium free) - 1/2 tsp
Chocolate chips or nuts - handful

Method

1) Take 1 cup of Oats and grind into a flour in your blender.
2) Toast 1 cup of Oats slightly till the raw smell is gone.
3) Combine Salt, cinnamon powder, baking soda, Oat flour, Quick Cooking oats thoroughly.
4) Now add peanut butter, maple syrup, oil to the above mixture and knead into a dough.
5) Roll into small balls and flatten them into circles using the center of your hand.
6) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7) Place parchment paper in a baking tray and place the cookie one by one leaving enough space to expand.
8) On top of the flattened dough place chocolate chips, nuts etc of your choice and bake for around 10 minutes.
9) Once baked remove it from the oven and let it cool completely as they will be soft and crumbly when hot.
10) Store in an airtight container and enjoy.

Event Participation

This dish goes to Spill the beans- Sunday snack event hosted by Priya.

This dish goes to Low fat eggless baking event hosted by Madhu.

This dish goes to My legume love affair twelfth helping event hosted by Annarasa created by Susan.

Original Recipes - Monthly Round up hosted by Lorie.

This dish goes to JFI-Peanuts August 09 hosted by Pavani and started by Indira.

23 comments:

Parita said...

The cookies look grt, sure to be winner among kids!

Aparna said...

Healthy and tasty is not easy to achieve but you seem to have done it here.

sowmya said...

cookies looks awesome..i love the addition of peanut butter..will try it sometime..

chakhlere said...

wow!!
What healthy cookies!!
Pics looks crispy and yummy!!

Priya said...

Woww gorgeous cookies looks fabulous!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Yummy and lovely and healthy!

Ashwini said...

healthy cookie.. looks perfect..

sangeeta said...

healthy cookies n the chocolate chips make it really enjoyable.

Pooja said...

Wow delicious n healthy cookies! I love peanut butter :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Great cookies S n M..plus is that its so good for health n gulit free

Vidya said...

Wow, lovely. Looks very yummy. Healthy and scrumptious.

Kalai said...

Healthy and they look mouthwateringly yummy! :)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! healthy amd yummy!!

Madhuram said...

I love the fact that you educate the visitors about the nutrition behind the recipe and also that all your recipes are so simple to make/bake. Thank you for another wonderful and healthy entry.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments. Really appreciate them.

5 Star Foodie said...

How nice that these scrumptious cookies are also healthy! I would love to make those!

bindiya said...

such awesome and delicious pics!love the cute cookies.

Prathibha said...

Nice cookies....love those goodies

phanitha said...

cookies look perfect..!!

iRaw said...

Your cookies look so good!

jayasree said...

Healthy and delicious cookies. Looks gorgeous.

kittymatti said...

Fresh, light and yummmmm!

Lore said...

I always suspected that "pea" in "peanut" was in fact related to the well known peas. Now I know the reason why :). The cookies look like a great kid favourite! Thanks for sharing them with the Original Recipes Round-up.

 
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