I would like to say that there is nothing wrong with using flour to cook or bake. But if you are trying to lose weight and limit your intake of flour, you can try and substitute flour with oats. Oats are loaded with dietary fiber (containing more than any other grain) and have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties. Oats have 8.2 grams of oats per cup and flour has 3.4. You get more fiber in using oats than in using regular wheat flour. The more fiber you eat, the fuller you get. Oats also have a lower glycemic index than wheat flour which is great for those who are trying to lose weight, cut fat and get fit. When it comes to calories, Flour also has more calories (455/cup) compared to oats (307). If you are watching your calories, using oats is better than flour. Now here are 3 Healthy Recipes Using Oats instead of Flour that will allow you to eat foods that you thought you couldn’t eat when trying to lose weight.
Names of the Healthy Recipes Using Oats
Oat and Raisin cookies
Oat and Chocolate Muffins
Oat and banana Pancakes
Oat, Banana and Chocolate Pancakes
-I cup Oats
-I bar of Dark Chocolate (cut into chunks)
-I tbsp Cinnamon
-I Tbsp Baking powder
You won’t need any added sugar for this recipe because sweetness from the bananas and dark chocolate will be enough.
- Place your Oats, bananas, cinnamon, eggs and baking powder in your blender and blend. This mixture does not need any extra liquid however, If you find it difficult to blend, you can add very little water to help the process along.
- After the everything has mixed together. you will Have a thick mixture that you can spoon onto your pan
- You can either mix your chocolate in your batter or you can top them off on each individual pancake. I like using the later method because you can have equal amounts of chocolate on each pancake
- Cook on one side until its tarts to bubble on top. This means that your pancake has cooked through. then turn it to cook the other side. If your pancakes start to burn, make sure you are reduce your flame. These cook better under a medium to low heat.
- You can serve this with sliced bananas, some chocolate shavings and a drizzle of honey if you feel like.
These pancakes are healthier than flour ones because they contain a lot more fiber and are lower on the glycemic index which means they take longer to digest and keep you fuller longer. Having this for breakfast will definitely keep you feeling full for lunch and avoid mindless snacking. At least that’s what it did for me.
Oat and Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal is great because it is low on the glycemic index which means it takes longer to digest and keeps you fuller for longer. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels.
-1 Cup Raisins
-3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
-1 Cup Brown Sugar
-3/4 Cup all purpose flour
-3 Cups rolled oats
– 1&1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp. baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon
- Heat oven to 375°F/ 190 C. In large bowl, beat all ingredients except oats, flour and raisins with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in oats, flour and raisins.
- On a greased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
Oat and Chocolate Muffins
2 cups of Oatmeal
I bar of dark chocolate
2 Tbs of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 Tbs of vanilla
2 Tbs of thick yoghurt.
– The yoghurt will help with making the cupcakes nice and moist
Making this is pretty simple. Put everything in your blender except for the chocolate and blend until it turns into a smooth texture.
You can add your chopped chocolate after and then pour with a table spoon into your cupcake holders.
I used some silicon molds and also normal muffin paper cups.
Now, bake these for about 5 minutes at 200C then lower it to 185 for another 5. The initial high temp helps to raise the muffins quickly so that you can have a nice peak. You then drop the temp so that they don’t burn. I like mine your oven runs a little hot, make sure to keep an eye on your muffins as they may bake quicker.
This recipe makes about 20 and can last a whole week. Your level of discipline has to be high because these taste so good.
How perfect does that muffin look? At it’s nice and melted with chocolate in the middle. Store these with some paper towels in an airtight container and keep refrigerated
Hopefully, you will be able to use oats as a substitute for flour in your healthy cooking.