Oatmeal

Oatmeal and Raspberry Scone Recipe

Looking to tame your sweet tooth this afternoon? Make these guilt-free scones which are ideal with a cup of tea or coffee. The recipe is quick and easy for impromptu house guests, and makes about one dozen scones.

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Ingredients

1 large egg

1/2 cup cold buttermilk

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups large flake oats

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cold butter

1/2 cup raspberries

Raw sugar for sprinkling

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ºF (200ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and buttermilk together. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Grate the cold cutter with a cheese grater into the flour bowl and mix it into the dry ingredients until mixture becomes pebbly. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and and stir using a spatula until the dough just comes together. Gently fold in berries, careful not to over mix. It’s OK if your dough is sticky at this point.
  3. On a floured work surface, dump your dough onto it and form it into a circle. Cut out 12 biscuits using a 1/4 cup measuring tool, an ice cream scoop, a biscuit cutter or a muffin scoop.
  4. Place scones on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until they are golden and firm.
  5. Transfer to cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving. These scones are best eaten the day they are baked.

Image and Recipe via Warm Vanilla Sugar

July 23, 2015

Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Sometimes a quick smoothie is ideal, especially if you don’t have much time allocated in the morning for breakfast. Not only is this recipe easy to memorise, but it is filled with lots of vitamins and minerals to keep your body full for longer. Customise with your favourite fruits and vegetables for a truly one-of-a-kind taste.

The oatmeal gives the entire smoothie some body, and will be perfect as a snack throughout the day or night. Sprinkle chia seeds, or LSA mix over the top for extra health benefits.

Ingredients

1 cup of your preferred milk

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup squeezed orange juice

1 banana, chopped

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup water

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Instructions

  1. Pop in the oatmeal and milk and blend until the consistency is smooth – don’t worry if there are any lumps.
  2. Add the frozen banana and frozen fruits then blend together well before including the cup of water into the mixture. Feel free to add a handful of ice if you like your smoothie extra cold. Most blenders have an ice function which won’t ruin the blades.
  3. Then simply serve and enjoy! Recipe makes 2-4 servings.

Recipe and image via Adixie Lullaby, Blueberry Council

July 17, 2014

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

We all want that sweet treat occasionally – but without the guilt. And what’s better than biting into a warm chocolate cookie? Not much. So here’s a healthier versions of chocolate chip cookies using rolled oats, full of fibre and wholegrains, and canola oil and soy milk in place of butter and full-fat milk. The recipe also contains bananas for another level of tasty goodness.

Ingredients

1 cup oat flour

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/3 cup canola oil

1/3 cup plain soy milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 ripe banana, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C. Combine first 6 ingredients (through sugar) in a bowl. Whisk together oil, soy milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in banana, walnuts and chocolate chips.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto pan with a small ice-cream scoop. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown, turning baking sheet halfway through. Let cool on a wire rack.

Recipe via health.com

May 17, 2014

7 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Most of us spend a lot of money on skin care products, but you may be ignoring the real secret to healthy skin—what you eat. Some foods are high in nutrients that prevent acne, soften wrinkles and promote clear, younger-looking, radiant skin. Here are seven favourites that can help you glow from within.

Yoghurt

Just one serving each day of this delicious dairy food can make your skin smoother and softer. The secret ingredient is protein, which helps skin become firmer and more resistant to developing lines. The best choice for skin is Greek yoghurt, which can have twice the protein of the regular kind.

Walnuts

Snacking on these tasty nuts can improve your skin’s texture in several ways. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that can improve the elasticity of your skin, plus they’re full of the mineral copper, which can boost the production of collagen. Eating walnuts can also reduce skin inflammation for fewer breakouts.

Soy

If you’ve been troubled by brown spots on your skin, try snacking on edamame or adding soy milk to your latte. Soy has proteins and minerals that can reduce hyper-pigmentation of the skin. Consuming soy can also benefit the hair and nails.

Oatmeal

The best oatmeal for healthy skin is the less processed steel-cut variety because it retains more vitamins. Also, it helps to keep your blood sugar stable by taking longer to break down in your body. This is important because spikes in blood sugar can elevate your body’s level of androgens—the hormones that contribute to wrinkles.

Carrots

Carrots are chock-full of vitamin A, which is not only good for your eyesight, it can help clear up breakouts. Vitamin A helps to prevent the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin, where dead cells can combine with sebum to clog your pores. Plus, they can slow the development of skin cancer cells.

Dark chocolate

No, chocolate does not cause breakouts, instead it can actually be good for your skin! But look for chocolate with a higher cocoa content, which means more of the good stuff and less butter and sugar. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants called flavonols that can reduce skin roughness and help to protect against sun damage. Just don’t use this as an excuse to binge on chocolate —a few squares a day are enough.

Avocado

This delicious fruit is probably the number one food for healthy skin because the avocado is supplied with essential oils and B-complex vitamins that can soothe and nourish your skin. Especially important is vitamin B3, also called niacin, an anti-inflammatory that can soothe irritated, blotchy skin. Just one avocado can supply more than 25% of your daily need.

What’s your favourite food for healthy skin?

September 5, 2013