This is my take on a popular simple recipe for Oat Cookies, making around 16 cookies
Fig and Walnut Bread
This is something that I have been experimenting with over the last few months as eating bread is something that I enjoy, but have to be careful about as so often it is either full of fat or calories. So I have been trying to perfect a healthy loaf full of goodness that tastes lovely. Hopefully you will agree with me
Dough - being knocked out.
Dough rolled in flour
A brief scan on the internet lists numerous health benefits from the ingredients. I have listed just a few below-
Oats - Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fibre. This fiber contains a mixture of about half soluble and half insoluble fibers. One component of the soluble fibre found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fibre which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol.
Olive Oil - Using olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, rather than a saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats can:
Walnuts - More than a decade of scientific evidence shows that incorporating walnuts in a healthy diet reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood vessel elasticity and plaque accumulation. Walnuts have also been shown to aid in the lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol)
Dried figs are excellent source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Pumkin Seeds - They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.Improved Bladder Function. They contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression. Prevention of Osteoporosis Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.They prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, according to studies. They also Lower Cholesterol as they contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. The same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.
Make a hole in the centre of the dough
I use a bread machine to make the dough putting the yeast in first and the liquid ingredients in last. Use a fruit setting and add the chopped nuts and figs when the machine beeps or when the first kneading has finished.
Cut with a knife
When the dough cycle has finished place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knock back slightly
Lightly oil a baking sheet
Shape the bread into a ball
Make a hole in the centre with ones finger
Cut with a sharp knife
Brush with Milk
Sprinkle with pumbin seeds
Allow to rise for 30-45 minutes
Brush with milk
Cut the crust and enjoy
Put into a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade
Bake for around 35 minutes (30-40 mins) – It burns very quickly so need to watch and check – ready when hollow sounding when tapped.
Place on rack to cool – and then enjoy - with a nice healthy salad
_ Sweet mince pies are one of my favourites over Christmas, and as I cannot eat them due to their high fat contact we have been looking for an alternative. This is a recipe that we have been experimenting with over the Christmas period. Every time we have made it we have slightly changed the mix but I will still share it regardless, as a work in progress and it seems a long time to next Christmas
This is a fantastic alternative to batter and really healthy at the same time. Essentially the mackerel is rolled in oats providing fibre and extra texture at the same time. As it is so healthy it can be served with hand made oven wedges (make sure you keep the skin on) which can be cooked at the same time in the oven, along with another (fresh) vegetable – peas or carrots. The ingredients given are enough for two
4 Mackerel fillets
1 cup of oats
1 orange, (or grapefruit, or lemon)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp mustard e.g. Dijon
1 egg – the white
salt and pepper to taste
How to cook -
Set oven at 210 (and put wedges in if having them, as they take around 30 mins and the fish takes around 15 mins)
Put the egg white in a shallow dish
Take the zest off the citrus fruit, and mix with the oats in a bowl
If the mustard is in powder form add to the oats and citrus zest if not then lightly smear on the top of each fish fillet
Place the oats in a similar shallow dish to that of the egg white
Oil a metal baking tray that is large enough to hold the fish fillets
Holding the fish fillet by the tail dip in the egg white making sure both sides are covered, then place in the bowl of oats mixture. Covering first one side then the other
Place the fish now completely covered in oat mixture in the tray skin side down – You have to remember which was the skin side
Repeat the process for the remaining fillets
Cut the citrus fruit into segments and place on the fish fillets
Put in the oven for around 15 minutes, Test with a fork to see if cooked
The other vegetable can be steaming while this is cooking
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