Easy, Healthy Oatmeal Cookies: A No Baking Powder Recipe To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Another healthy yet simple cookie recipe comes your way. Yes, it is oats on my mind once again. Rather, it is always oats and oats flocking my mind. Nevertheless, there are too many benefits to relish this dietary fiber grain so why shouldn't I think of oats all the time? Like it or dislike it, oats is here to stay! This oatmeal cookie recipe will give you more reasons to fall in love with this whole grain cereal and enjoy its goodness. Combined with the deliciousness of sunflower seeds, this oats cookie recipe is going to be a regular on your baking journey. Do not believe me? Well, you have got to give the healthy oatmeal cookie recipe a go right away.

healthy oatmeal cookies sunflower seeds recipe
When it comes to baking a healthy batch of cookies, you need just a few ingredients. Perhaps you do not need any raising agents. Of course, no all-purpose flour here. There is no place for white flour in my home, which only adds empty calories and raises sugar levels in your blood.

Contrarily, substitute all-purpose flour with the goodness of fiber-rich oats and you have a healthy cookie batch that can easily become a favorite in your home. Wondering whether these cookies will be a kid favorite? Well, kids will be kids, and if you wish to make a kid-friendly recipe, add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder or Horlicks to make chocolate cookies for kids.

Add nut powder to make a wholesome cookie batch for kids.

Sunflower Seeds Benefits

Looking for a quick snack for your evening hunger pangs?
Get a handful of sunflower seeds and munch on these crunchy nuts.
Sunflower seeds are a high source of polyunsaturated fat (23 gram in 100 grams) and monounsaturated fat (19/100gm)
They contain a good amount of iron and magnesium.
Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E (35.17mg/100 gram), potassium (645 mg/100 gram).
Vitamin E is a skin healthy friendly vitamin, which travels throughout your body to neutralize the effect of cancer-causing free radicals. These oxidizing agents can damage fat-containing structures in the body, including brain cells, cell membranes, and cholesterol.
It is thought to prevent the oxidization of cholesterol.
A good source of magnesium, sunflower seeds help people fighting neural and muscular problems.It blocks calcium's entry into the nervous system, helping keep nerves relaxed.
If your diet is deficient in magnesium, calcium can easily enter the nervous system, resulting in too many messages from the brain.
Insufficient magnesium can result in blood pressures pike, muscle and heart spasms, muscular cramps, fatigue, soreness, headache, and migraine.


Ingredients for Oats Cookies with Sunflower Seeds: Recipe
3/4 cup- powdered oats
1/2cup- whole wheat flour
2 tbsp- desi ghee/clarified butter
3 tbsp- olive oil/any seed oil
1 tbsp- milk
1/4 cup- jaggery powder/raw cane sugar (I have used cane sugar) - you may add more if you have a sweet tooth
pinch of salt
sunflower seeds- 1/4 cup
oatmeal cookie recipe with sunflower seeds

How to make the best oatmeal cookie s:  No Baking Powder Recipe

Take a vessel.
Add ghee and olive oil.
Whisk both.
Next drop raw cane sugar, salt, and milk.
Whisk again until fluffy and light.
This is what will give you crunchy cookies.
Now take a sifter and sieve whole wheat and oatmeal.
Mix dry and wet ingredients with hands.
Stir in sunflower seeds. Keep a few seeds aside to top the cookies later.
Do not knead. None of my cookie recipes need to be kneaded. Kneading will create gluten in the cookie dough. Gluten gives you chewy texture. Do you want chewy cookies? Of course not, then mix the ingredients with hands and forget all about kneading.
Keep everything covered for half an hour.
You may check this video to get an idea as to how to go about making no baking powder cookies crunchy.

The ingredients would have come together as a dough after 30 mts.
Take lime-sized balls or roll out as a thick chapati.
Cut using a cookie cutter or give desired shapes.
Top each cookie with 2-3 sunflower seeds.
Airfry for 10-12 mts at 170 degrees.
If you wish to bake the oats cookies, preheat the oven (mw convection) at 170 degrees for 10 mts and bake at the same temperature for 10-12 mts.
Allow the cookies to cool down on a cooling rack.
Enjoy crunchy oats cookies with sunflower seeds.
So here goes my another contribution for oatmeal recipe collection - which gets bigger and better, of course, healthier.

Oats Parantha: How To Make Oatmeal for Breakfast Recipe

Oats parantha is a healthy start to your day, agree? Absolutely, oats not only make the parantha fiber rich, but also soft and yummy. If kids or a loved one is not keen to take to oats, this is one of the best ways to make oatmeal delicious.
oats parantha

Ingredients
1/2 cup- rolled oats powder/oatmeal/grind oats to powder
1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
1/4 cup- chana sattu or besan
1 onion - chopped
1/2-3/4 cup- curd (as required for kneading the dough)
black salt (I add black salt for paranthas - cutting down on our sodium intake, as rock salt is a rich source of minerals)
Jeera (cumin seeds)
Ajwain (carom seeds)
1 bunch of coriander leaves
1 tsp- coriander powder
oil for smearing both sides/roasting the parantha (I use extra virgin olive oil)
oats parantha for breakfast 

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benefits of oats for health
oats breakfast parantha recipe

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How to make oats parantha

This is one of the yummiest paranthas you will ever make. I am already in love with the soft flavorful flatbread.

Take a vessel.
Add curd to it. Beat the curd with a spoon.
Next drop all the masalas along with chopped coriander leaves.
Now add sattu, oats, and whole wheat flour to it.
Mix everything with a spoon.
It should look like wet sand.
If it feels dry, you may add little more curd or even water to the dough.
No need to knead it at the moment.
Cover for half an hour.
I left it covered for 2 hours, as I prepared this before leaving for a morning walk and returned to the kitchen counter after almost 2 hours.
Knead it gently for 1-2 times. That's enough.
Make small-sized balls and roll out into a chapati.
Place on a tawa and make parantha as you usually do.
Enjoy yummiest oats parantha bursting with coriander flavors.
This is sure going to be a regular in your kitchen.

Multipurpose Homemade Churan Powder: Home Remedy for Digestion, Nausea


The Everyday Churan or powder for digestion aid and nausea relief is finally here!  Well, what makes this churan special is the type of ingredients used here. Now you might be surprised what is it for? A digestion aid, a relief from those nauseating days, and you name it! You might have tasted or come across this multipurpose churan many times in your life. Forget the market ones, now you can prepare it at home in a jiffy.
digestion powder
Jeera/Cumin for Weight Loss/Digestion
You are already aware that cumin seeds for digestion are widely popular, right? But do you know jeera, which is a quintessential spice in Indian recipes, also helps improve immunity and respiratory disorders. Used extensively as a condiment in the Indian subcontinent, cumin is touted to be a rich source of energy. Surprisingly, the cute little spice is loaded with vitamin A,  B6, C, E , amino acids, and minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium. It has a substantial amount of carbohydrates and fats & fatty acids.

One teaspoon of cumin is enough to meet your daily requirements.

Cumin adds taste and flavor to simple recipes. But the best thing is that cumin is a weight loss aid. It is rich in an organic compound, Cuminaldehyde, which activates your salivary glands and thus work as a digestion aid.

Second, cumin contains thymol, which stimulates the glands secreting acids, enzymes, bile juice that aid in complete digestion. Cumin is also carminative, which means that it relieves you from gas troubles, and thereby, improves digestion and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium, and sodium content, cumin promotes digestion. Cumin works best when taken with hot water, providing relief from stomach aches.

Fennel Seeds Benefits for Digestion
fennel benefits

A pleasant-smelling spice, fennel is another condiment widely used in Indian kitchens. Fennel is used for various digestive problems, which may be troubling you, such as bloating, intestinal gas, and heartburn. In India, kids are given fennel milk when they are still infants, as it works as a digestion Additionally, it works as a home remedy for loss of appetite. Fennel is used for treating colic in infants.
The pleasant smelling spice is also used as a mouth freshner. Not only this, it is a good remedy for upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis. Fennel can help strengthen your vision.

As you have already tried my lactation cookies recipe,you are aware that it uses fennel seeds, which are touted to help with lactation in nursing moms.


Ajwain or Carom Seeds Benefits for Digestion/Weight Loss
Ajwain or carom has amazing benefits for digestion and weight loss. We have been hearing our moms and grandmoms suggest us to use ajwain with lukewarm water to get relief from stomach ache and digestive issues. In fact, if you can include carom seeds in your daily routine, you can benefit in more ways than one. 

Thanks to its laxative properties, ajwain helps produce bowel movement that clears your bowel and provides stomach ache relief. Ajwain for digestion has been used for ages.Carom seeds comprise thymol, which helps improve the secretion of bile and gastric juices. This further helps in the better absorption of food particles.

  • It works as a laxative and provides relief from constipation.
  • Carom helps combat gastric issues, nausea, and stomach-related problems.
  • It helps improve metabolism and boosts weight loss.
  • Carom helps remove toxins from the body, thus helping in digestion and weight loss.

This sugarfree recipe uses mineral-rich jaggery and Himalayan rock salt. Do not forget to check the benefits of black salt.



Ingredients
2 tbsp- ajwain (carom seeds)
3 tbsp- fennel seeds (saunf)
2 tbsp- jeera (cumin seeds)
2 tbsp- gur powder/powdered jaggery or raw cane sugar
1/2 tsp- black salt

I buy organic jaggery powder from 24 Mantra posted below.: The best thing about this powder is that it is dry unlike other brands.
24 Mantra organic jaggery

You may also get powdered jaggery at Patanjali store.
Else, you may buy raw cane sugar from More stores:

raw cane sugar from More

How to make digestion aid powder:

Dry roast all spices.
What I do to dry roast things is to keep them on a hot skillet after making rotis.
Flip them once and you will get beautifully roasted spices.
Mix gur powder with black salt.
Add the roasted spices to this mix
digestion powder
Upon cooling, grind everything to powder.
Enjoy homemade multipurpose powder, which works as a digestion aid.
Take 1/2 tsp of it after meals. You will love to relish this spice mix. Yummy!

You may have this homemade digestion aid as is or with half a cup of lukewarm water.

Weight Loss Tip/Recipe:
weight loss drink


  • Take a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker.
  • Add 1 cup of water to it.
  • Mix in 1 tbsp of jeera or cumin seeds.
  • Cover with lid and heat on high for 4 whistles.
  • Strain the liquid and enjoy the drink warm after meals for digestion.
  • If you drink jeera water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, it can help promote weight loss.
  • You can use the leftover jeera - dry roast jeera on a tawa/skillet and you have roasted cumin ready. Grind it to powder and add to raita/curd/buttermilk, curries, masala cookies or paranthas.
  • This is an effective weight loss remedy. However, the best way is to stay fit and active, eat healthy, and drink a glass of the lukewarm jeera water - this should help you reach your weight loss goals :)


The Best Horlicks Biscuits Recipe With Oatmeal: Eggless Crunchy Bites in Airfryer, No Baking Powder


How about munching on crunchy flavorful bites? Think about Horlicks and your mind cannot go beyond the Horlicks milkshake. But this was a few years back until Horlicks biscuits were introduced. These crunchy cookies with Horlicks flavor became widely popular with tiny tots. Although I was not a toddler then, I fell for these flavorful bites too. Of course, you know me by now - I am a cookie lover. But then the health bug bit me and  I started quitting anything and everything suspicious. Then was the turn of the baking monster, which got me into baking cookies every now and then to satiate my cookie cravings. This was the time my experiments with wholegrain baking began. Yes, I no longer need to travel to Patiala's Kwality Bakers to get my favorite biscuits, for I can bake everything at home. Happy me!

eggless cookies - simple cookie recipe


horlicks cookies sugarless

Hey, but this is the first time I have tried Horlicks biscuits market like. My earlier attempt was different. It was Horlicks nankhatai at that time, though I had added Powervita to the cookie mix. But if you love Horlicks biscuits, then these power-packed cookies are a must try. Believe you me, this simple cookie recipe will take you by storm and draw you toward baking healthy biscuits at home.
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What's So Special About Horlicks Cookies

eggless horlicks biscuits

Easy eggless Horlicks biscuits are special because they use:


  • fiber-rich oatmeal
  • iron, calcium-rich ragi (finger millet)
  • mineral-rich jaggery as a white sugar substitute
  • half and half of the ghee-olive oil mix, so you can have the best of both worlds
  • chocolaty Horlicks flavor
  • protein-rich almond flour
horlicks biscuits wholegrain baking 

So what makes this batch of sugarfree Horlicks biscuits with oatmeal so special?


  • These are buttery, without too much butter
  • These are crunchy, without baking soda
  • These are healthy with the goodness of almonds, ragi, oats
  • These are a favorite with kids and elders alike
  • These are my most special biscuits - for I got the best compliment from dad, when he said "there is nothing better than these - nothing can compare with these delicious bites"

Baking With Horlicks: Recipes Using Malt Powder

So if you are wondering about the recipes using Horlicks, you will find 3 here;

  • Horlicks cookies or nankhatai with whole wheat
  • Horlicks flavored energy bars with oatmeal
  • Horlicks biscuits with ragi, almonds, and oats
  • Horlicks kulfi or ice cream will be next
  • I do plan to come up with a range of recipes with Horlicks
Now you might be wondering if baking with Horlicks is a challenge. Well, of course, not! My two recipes using Horlicks are cookie recipes. I have used airfryer for cookies on both occasions. You might choose to bake in microwave convection or oven. These cookies can be tried on stovetop as well. The options are galore.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started with this easy Horlicks biscuits recipe without further ado:

Ingredients for Horlicks cookies

3/4 cup- oatmeal/powdered oats/ground oats
1/4 cup- almond powder
3 tbsp- Horlicks powder
2 heaped tbsp- ghee/clarified butter (vegan recipe may use coconut oil instead)
2 tbsp- olive oil/or any flavorless oil
1/4 cup- dry jaggery powder or more for a sweeter taste
1 pinch- salt
1 heaped tbsp- wheat bran (optional)
1 tbsp- milk (almond/coconut milk for a vegan cookie recipe)
3 tsp- Ragi/finger millet flour (or whole wheat)

How to make Horlicks biscuits sugarfree: Baking With Horlicks/Malt Powder

  • Whisk ghee, oil until well combined.
  • Add jaggery powder and salt. Whisk again. Add milk and it's time to whisk for the final time until light and fluffy. This step is very important to baking crispy, crunchy cookies with Horlicks.
  • Next, take a strainer and sift through the remaining dry ingredients.
  • Start mixing everything with hands.
  • Combine the ingredients into dough. DO NOT KNEAD. We are not adding any raising agent here, so kneading will result in gluten formation. Gluten gives chewy texture to cookies. Do you want your cookies to be chewy? Of course not! So why would you want to knead the dough here? We are not trying to make chapatis!
  • Make a log and wrap in a cling film or aluminum foil or airtight container and refirgerate for 30minutes.
  • After half an hour, preheat oven (mw convection) at 170degrees for 10 mins. I airfried the cookies, so preheat the airfryer for 3 mins.
  • Take out the log from the refirgerator. Roll out into a thick roti using rolling pin. Cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake/airfry for 8-10 mins at 170 degrees. Oven setting vary, so you may need a couple of minutes extra to bake these chocolaty beauties.
  • Allow the eggless Horlicks biscuits to cool down before munching on crunchy bites. Do not try to touch the cookies when they are still hot, as they might crumble. The Horlicks cookies need time to tighten up and become crunchy. They will be ready in half an hour. So patience is advised.
  • This is one of my favorite cookie batches now - packed with fiber, minerals, proteins, and energy bites! So when are you trying out this simple cookie recipe? It's time to surprise your tiny tots with a healthylicious cookie recipe that tastes divine and oh so chocolatty!





Candied Ginger Sugarfree: How To Make Sweet Ginger Candy


Whether you often suffer from a viral attack or nausea, candied ginger can give you the much-needed respite from these tough symptoms. There may be someone in your home with a motion sickness problem. The candied ginger promises to provide them with some relief on the road. Perhaps it might be your answer to the travel blues. What's more, if a loved one is undergoing chemotherapy, ginger can provide therapeutic benefits and immense relief from that nauseated feeling, which is one of the worst side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients. Of course, candied ginger can give you relief from nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.
candied ginger sugarfree one pot one shot: ginger for nausea relief


One ginger and so many benefits!!
This surely puts ginger in the category of therapeutic herbs for;


  • cold
  • cough
  • nausea relief
  • motion sickness
  • morning sickness
  • travel blues
  • sore throat
  • gastric problems
  • acidity
Promotes Digestion
Besides being predominantly used as a spice for Indian cooking, Ginger can be consumed fresh, dried, or in powdered form. Ginger benefits health in more ways than one. The phenolic compounds in anti-inflammatory ginger can help relieve gastrointestinal irritation while stimulating salivation and bile production. It helps suppression of gastric contractions when food flows through your GI tract. Studies are underway to look into the benefits of ginger as a preventive aid for colon cancer as well as constipation.

Eases Menstrual Pain
As ginger is a diaphoretic, it activates the sweat glands and promotes sweating, helping keep the body warm from within. This makes ginger beneficial to ward off winter blues.

Research reveals that ginger helps ease exercise induced-muscle pain as well as menstrual cramps for some women.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help treat inflammation and osteoarthritis symptoms.

Chemotherapy aid
An immensely beneficial aid for chemotherapy patients, ginger for nausea relief provides soothing effects for those fighting cancer.

A loved one is undergoing chemotherapy, and with God's grace and hubby dear's depth of knowledge, we have been able to minimize the chemo side effects for her. But that does not mean there are no adverse events. There still are minimal effects but compared to many other chemo patients, she has the minimum number of side effects. This fact was noted even by her chemo team. We are glad about it.
We would love to share her cancer treatment approach and therapies once she undergoes them successfully. There is still a long way to go. Fingers crossed.
sugarless ginger candy

Our efforts are paying off. I wish she gets better soon.

Here's the simple sugarless candied ginger recipe in one pot one shot:
1 cup- sliced ginger (I prefer thin slices)
1 cup- jaggery powder
2 tbps- water

How to make OPOS candied ginger sugarfree 


  • Scrap ginger cover.
  • Wash and slice it into thin pieces. I prefer to keep it thin for quicker drying of the candies. The thicker they are, the longer they will take to dry.

  • Take a 2-liter pressure cooker.
  • Add sliced ginger pieces.
  • Add jaggery powder on top of the pieces.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of water and cook for 15-20 whistles. 
  • If you sense a burning smell, turn off the stove immediately.
  • If the jaggery syrup looks watery and has not thickened, cook it for a few more minutes until the syrup thickens. You may choose prepare the candied ginger in an open vessel too.
  • When the syrup has thickened, your ginger candy is done.
  • Remove and strain in another vessel.
  • Place the candied ginger on a kitchen towel or tissue paper for drying.
  • I changed the tissue paper every day for 3 days.
  • My sugarfree candied ginger was ready in 3 days.
Some more ginger benefits from Anita Chahal aunty ji:

Enjoy !
The ginger candy tastes good as a medicine. The sweet coating makes it palatable for kids too, but once the sweet cover dissolves in your mouth, get ready for a spicy effect of ginger on your tongue!
I love it this way - my dad too likes my kinda candied ginger.
This ginger candy recipe is my gift to Balvinder Kaur Khera, who had asked for some home remedies for motion sickness for her princess. 

How To Make Milk Chocolate Sugarfree With Cocoa Powder


Chocolate is a mood enhancer - the ultimate comfort food. But is chocolate good? Are there any chocolate benefits? Well, there are both positives and negatives. If you crave for chocolates, take heart from the fact that dark chocolate has some health benefits. But if you indulge too much in everything chocolatty, then you are counteracting chocolate benefits and will end up adding pounds around your belly. Anyway, this post is not just about chocolate benefits, but more about how to make chocolate at home.

how to make chocolate with cocoa powder
Have you ever tried making chocolate at home? Chocolate- the very word itself makes your mouth to water, right? Whether you are a teenager or an octagenarian, your love for chocolate knows no bounds. Of course, exceptions are always there. One living example is yours truly! I was fond of chocolates during school days. When the health bug bit me, I quit everything I was fond of relishing - butter, desi ghee, malai/cream, creamy kulfis, and chocolate. But since the demand of the times is a healthy homemade chocolate, especially when my nephew and niece are deeply in love with anything chocolate, I decided to accept this challenge to make milk chocolate sugarfree with cocoa powder.

When the final product was produced before my loved ones, one said, "Is it Cadbury's", another said, "it is Dairy Milk." Well, their remarks were enough to make me smile and feel on cloud 9. Of course, there is still room for improvement, as my homemade chocolate is not as solid as the market stuff, but it is yummy nevertheless - just like the packaged version. I know well where I have gone wrong and will correct it the next time. But at the moment, I simply wanna enjoy the fruits of my labor -yes, I am happy with the result, especially seeing my people enjoy every bit of homemade chocolate with milk and cocoa powder.
homemade chocolate recipe




Next, I am going to revise my chocolate making journey with some twists, because I will be making chocolate at home for Paro and Sherry - my two cuties (niece and nephew).

Well, unlike professionals, I do not use any fancy equipment for my baking recipes or making chocolate at home.

Of course, professionals have an invaluable set of tools specially designed for your homemade chocolate adventure. But I do things in a simple way - as simple as it can get. Because I want to reach those with no fancy appliances and equipment. After all, everybody is not as lucky as a handful of us.
This reflects in my videos as well!


Making Chocolate at Home Sugarfree

Wondering how to make chocolate with milk powder? Well, making milk chocolate at home is the dream of many. This is exactly what we are going to do here. This simple chocolate recipe will come in handy if you are craving for something chocolaty.

Have a party in the evening and you do not want to serve market junk to your junior guests? Worry not, start with this homemade chocolate recipe now and it should be well set by that time, so your tiny guests can simply grab their share and enjoy the heavenly taste of homemade chocolate.

I have tried to keep my chocolate recipe healthier than other recipes available online, but it is still buttery, as I did not want to use coconut oil for vegan chocolate recipe because this is not going to be one. I have substituted sugar with honey. You may simply want to keep it as a chocolate sauce if you wish ti. The recipe should work well both ways.

A Little About Chocolate 

Some types of chocolate are rich in flavonols, especially those loaded with cocoa powder. Antioxidants in chocolate may help control blood pressure levels, besides fighting cognitive decline. .

Chocolate is often considered the ultimate comfort food for a majority of us. Some relish it as a stress buster. For some, it is a reliable source of consolation, especially as a mood-enhancer. But is a chocolate at all healthy?

Research is under way to look into the benefits of chocolate for human health. Nevertheless studies claim that moderate consumption of dark chocolate


  • is good for the heart by helping restore flexibility of arteries, reducing inflammation, preventing blood clots because flavonoids in cocoa powder reduce blood pressure and improve blood circulation..research has revealed short-term benefits of chocolate on heart health. Studies are being done to look deeper into long-term benefits
  • prevents clogging of arteries by preventing white blood cells from sticking to the vessels 
  • lowers risk of stroke - according to a Finland research report
  • promotes blood  circulation  throughout the body, including the brain
  • is a mood enhancer
  • is loaded with minerals, including selenium, zinc, and potassium
  • lowers bad/LDL cholesterol and raises good or HDL cholesterol
  • can help keep your skin healthy, protecting it against sun damage
  • helps in weight management - how? because it creates a feeling of fullness, which means you are more likely to eat less during mealtime-so if you're trying to lose weight, but are unsure how to go about your food cravings, snack on a dark chocolate 30 minutes before mealtime!
  • is a stress buster, making it a perfect snack for expectant mothers, who are otherwise at a risk of prepartum depression
  • improves blood flow to the brain and helps prevent dementia, mental decline, risk of Alzheimer's - performing the brain protective role
  • cocoa helps improve insulin sensitivity, so a bite goes a long way in satiating sweet cravings in diabetics while helping keep insulin under control
  • makes you feel good by upping the production of the feel good hormone - it  contains phenylethylamine - the chemical your brain produces when you fall in love
Did you know a 100gram bar of dark chocolate which has 70% of cocoa powder, provides 67% of the RDA of iron?
But a chocolate is calorie dense.
Remember, moderation holds the key here.Indulgence in chocolate can amount to guilty eating, which you do not want to do. Why? After all, a chocolate needs butter for the typial layering effect. Then it needs sugar to coat the bitterness of cocoa powder. However, this recipe gives you a sugarfree chocolate version. I have used honey in place of sugar, and got awesome results. I offered this to a close friend, who is mad about eveything chocolate, and she loved every bit of it.


Ingredients
1/4 cup- milk powder (for a milkier version, add 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup- cocoa powder
1/2 cup- butter/desi ghee (for a vegan chocolate recipe, substitute with coconut oil0
3 tbsp or more- honey or sugar powder/jaggery powder (vegans may replace honey with sugar or jaggery powder for a healthy twist) - with sugar powder, you will get a silky smooth chocolate, which you can't get with honey but to me healthy comes first.

Procedure: How To Make Chocolate at Home

Take butter in a pan. Place the pan in another pot, which has 1 cup of water.- the double boiler method/Baine Maire method. You may take a glass cassarole as the inner pot. However, I took a steel one only.
Let the butter melt. Lower the flame.
Add cocoa powder and milk powder.
Start stirring constantly.
Turn off the flame and add honey to the chocolate mix.
Mix everything well.
Pour in molds or in a greased flat tray. I placed a few roasted chopped almonds and then poured the chocolate sauce over the almond layer.
Freeze for 4-5 hours and enjoy homemade nutty milk chocolate sugarfree.
If you love chocolate, you cannot say no to this chocolate recipe - a delectable blend of oats and chocolate gives you a yummy kulfi dessert.
chocolate kulfi with oatmeal - sugarless, no cream
Feedback on homemade chocolate sugarfree


Masala Cheese Crackers: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Do not be misled by the title here. Perhaps, these are minty masala crackers, but with a healthy twist. Of course, when you are here at Mercury IMP, you have got to be served with healthy recipes, right? What is healthy and what isn't healthy is one question that keeps you pondering. Of course, family health comes first, and you want your kids to eat healthy. Kids love everything cheesy, but cheese is not too healthy an option- but if you have active kids, every ingredient can be forgiving, for their physical activity can negate all the unhealthy features of an ingredient. Nevertheless, we will still be focusing on health and healthy ingredients here - with this simple recipe of minty cheese masala crackers.
kid friendly masala crackers 

Masala bottle gourd crackers with a healthy twist :)
Minty, cheesy, spicy crackers with the goodness of fiber! No maida of course!
Looking for a kid-friendly recipe of masala cheese crackers? Well, there is no cheese here per se, but the golden beauties are loaded with fiber. The goodness of bottle gourd and aroma of mint and coriander lends a unique twist to the masala crackers.

Bottle Gourd Benefits
bottle gourd benefits 


Ingredients
1/2 cup- paneer (I have used the leftover milk solid when making ghee- paneer can work equally good here)
1/4 cup- powdered oats
3/4 cup- whole wheat flour or multigrain flour
Salt, Black salt, Jeera (cumin seeds)
Mint leaves, coriander leaves,
1 green chilly
1/2 cup grated bottle gourd (lauki) - this was my healthy twist
1/4 tsp- baking powder
1-2 tbsp- cold water
2 tbsp- desi ghee (solid - I kept ghee in the refrigerator before using)
1 tbsp- dry roasted flax seed powder (alsi)

How to make masala paneer crackers: A Kid-friendly recipe

kid friendly masala cheese crackers

Take a food processor.
Add oats, whole wheat, flax seed powder, and baking powder.
Run the processor so that flours are sifted well and baking powder is distributed properly.
Next add butter/ desi ghee.
Run the processor so that butter is equally incorporated in the flours.
Next add crumbled paneer and salt. Again it's time to work with the processor.
Throw in washed but not wet coriander and mint leaves along with cubed/sliced bottle gourd, green chilly and cumin seeds. I did not squeeze bottle gourd and simply threw the lauki cubes in the processor.
Run the grinder again.
Add cold water if the dough looks little dry.
Remove to a wide plate and gather into a ball.
Cover with a cling film and refrigerate for30 minutes.
Remove after half an hour. Roll into a thick chapati and cut into desired shapes.
Use a fork to make insertions.
Bake masala crackers in a preheated oven/mw convection at 170 degrees for 10 -12 mins.
I airfried these crackers for 10 mts.
Allow masala cheese crackers to cool before indulging in baked goodness - yummy, bursting with unique flavors and healthylicious.

Eggless Sugarless Butterless No Bake Coconut Cake


Cake, the very word makes your mouth to water, right? A slice of cake is enough to curb your sweet cravings. Even when you are a diabetic, a cake is a sinful temptation that you want to indulge in. But hey, you do not need to experience guilty indulgence if you are a diabetic. There are ways to curb your carb and sweet intake. How about using natural sweeteners to make a baked beauty that tastes as good as any sinful cake? Well, this no bake coconut cake is all you need to pack a powerful punch and rest your sweet cravings. Yes, we have got you covered here!

coconutty no sugar granola bars


eggless coconut cake butterless no bake

Here's one simple eggless sugarless cake recipe that can come in handy anytime anywhere. It is one cake that is


  • perfect for guilt-free indulgence
  • is subtly sweet from natural sweeteners
  • uses no artificial sugar
  • loaded with fiber from dates
  • rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients from nuts
  • does not require baking
  • a no bake sugarless cake with oats
  • apt for weight watchers and dieters
  • uses no butter, no oil
  • comprises healthy fats from nuts
  • flavored with coconut

eggless cake no bake coconut cake
It is one way to sneak in healthy nuts in your kid's diet
This is one way to make a quick cake for your tiny tots
It is one healthy cake, which is not exactly a cake!


Let's get to the recipe of our no bake coconut cake:
eggless coconut cake ni bake

Ingredients

1 cup- powdered oats
1 cup- coconut powder (dry)
1 cup- nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts)
3/4-1 cup- dates (pitted and deseeded)
1-2 tbsp- cold water 
1/4-1/2 cup- cocoa powder (for that chocolaty flavor for kids - I did not add, as I was making it for someone who is allergic to caffeine---but certainly adding it the next time I make no bake cake for my Paro)

Procedure: How to make eggless coconut cake no bake

Soak nuts in half a cup of water for half a hour. This will help in their better absorption. Additionally soaking will turn them a little soggy, which is exactly what we need for this recipe. 

Pulse oats in a mixer, as we need them in powdered form.

Deseed dates. Let's start with our eggless no bake cake  now.

Grind nuts to powder. Discard the water in which nuts were soaked.
Add dates to the food processor next. Do not remove the powdered nuts.
Pulse the ingredients.
Add powdered oats and coconut. Run the processor again. If you are using cocoa powder, add it now to make a no bake chocolate cake.
Add 1-2 tbsp of water and let the processor run for the final time.
Remove the dough in a bowl.
Start gathering it with hands.
If you have a springform cake tin, you may add the ingredients there and press it with hands until the top flattens. I do not have such a cake tin, so I covered the cake with butter paper and placed it in a plastic container. Keep it covered and pressed with weight in the freezer for 2 hours.
Unmold and decorate the cake.
I served the eggless coconut cake as is without any frosting.
The leftover doubled up as granola bar.
If you are looking for a healthier, sugarless besan ladoo recipe, you cannot miss out on this one.



Red Lentil Cookies No Baking Powder: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Wondering how to make lentil cookies? Imagine how would a batch of red lentil cookies taste? Crunchy, aromatic, and healthylicious are red lentil cookies with oatmeal. If you have been wondering how to make oatmeal delicious, this lentil cookie recipe is exactly what you need. So what are you waiting for? One batch of no sugar, low fat cookies with oatmeal is a must try! Yes, these are gluten free cookies to please your kids and the kid in you.
red lentil cookies with oatmeal



Dad and mom are here, so I can have a better idea of how my cookie experiments work when they are served to different taste buds. Dad loves my cookie experiments and feels he would miss all healthy biscuits when he is back home.


Why Go With Red Lentil Powder?

If you remember my moong dal cookies, which were just a melt in the mouth lentil cookies, you will want to try out this batch of healthy biscuits too. One advantage of making these airfryer cookies is that these use :

  • no raising agent - so no baking powder/ no baking soda
  • no white sugar- replace it with mineral-rich raw cane sugar or even jaggery powder
  • no white butter - though I have used 1 tbsp of desi ghee or clarified butter and blended it with olive oil
  • oatmeal to enhance the fiber ratio for this batch of lentil cookies
  • with gluten-free oats and a mix of red lentil, we can bake a batch of gluten-free cookies at home in a jiffy


Red lentil benefits

A powerhouse of protein, red lentils red lentils are seeds from legume plants that are cooked in an instant, providing an important protein source. Calorie rich, nutritious, and packed with fiber, red lentils are a nutritional powerhouse that help improve your health and meet your weight loss goals.
On top of it, red lentils are known to slow down the absorption of carbs in the body, which means these are a healthy alternative to glutenated flours that cause digestive problems. This ensures slow release of blood glucose, thus preventing blood sugar spikes that could be very dangerous for those with diabetes.

Red lentils have a low glycemic index, which means they have a low blood sugar release.This helps improve energy utilization and efficiency in the body.

Additionally, they are a good source of dietary fiber,  which creates a feeling of fullness, so you are less likely to indulge in foodie goodness. Less food intake means low calorie.
They are a rich source of amino acids and micronutrients, which make them a perfect food for muscle repair and growth.

Lentils are packed with magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure while relaxing cardio muscles. Since lentils are a good source of B vitamins, they supply your body with a good dose of folic acid, which helps in the formation of red blood cells.

When you eat less but get all the nutrients from food, you can easily meet your weight management goals.

Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

3/4 cup- red lentil flour (I dry roasted the lentil on a hot skillet and then powdered it)- the powder measures 3/4 cup
2/3 cup- oatmeal (powdered oats) - you may add 1-2 tbsp more if the dough feels too sticky
3 tbsp- olive oil/saffola/any vegetable/seed oil
1 tbsp- ghee/butter
3 tbsp- raw cane sugar (or white sugar powdered) - add more as per your sweet preference..I take it less sweet
1 tbsp- milk
Pinch of salt

No Baking Powder Cookies Procedure: How to Make Oatmeal Delicious


Please check the video above for reference. It will be a better guide as to how to prepare cookies without baking powder or baking soda.


  • Whisk ghee, oil, milk, and raw cane sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Sift red lentil flour and oatmeal and mix both wet and dry ingredients with hands.
  • No need to knead the dough.
  • Just bring them together. Keep covered at room temperature.
  • Allow the flours to absorb the moisture for 20-30 minutes.
  • Roll out into a thick chapati or lime sized balls - make cookie shapes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for 10 mins or little more if these look unbaked. These red lentil cookies should be done quite quickly. So keep an eye on your gluten free cookies when they are in the oven. You could turn these into airfryer cookies as well. I airfried this batch at 170 degrees for 8-10 mins.
  • Allow the red lentil cookies with oatmeal on a cooling rack. This will allow your gluten free cookies to become crisp and harden.
  • You can then munch on these baked goodies as a tea time accompaniment.
  • Do write to me about your experience with these red lentil cookies. 

So here goes our new addition to our "how to make oatmeal delicious" series. Any takers?

Anzac Biscuits With A Healthy Twist


If you are a cookie lover, then this batch of Anzac cookies is a must try. Wondering why? Well, I was unaware of this type of cookies unless my online research led me to this delicious variety of biscuits from New Zealand. One try is a must and you will love to bake Anzac biscuits with oatmeal and coconut again and again. I am sure these will be a people pleaser. Dad was amazed at their deliciousness.

crunchy anzac biscuits with a healthy twist
Your search for a healthy cookie recipe ends here. What do you look for in a healthy simple cookie recipe?

  • Taste
  • Crunch
  • Healthy bites
What do you get in these healthy Anzac biscuits?
  • Taste
  • Crunch
  • Health overload with dietary fiber

anzac cookies: how to make oatmeal delicious


To me, these are unique cookies, but this is a simple cookie recipe that you can try out today, especially with easily available ingredients. You do not need any fancy stuff here to make gluten free cookies.

Flavored with honey, these crunchy bites use a mix of oats, coconut, and barley. If you are on diet and looking for a low fat, low carb recipe, this one should work. With subtle sweetness, this Anzac cookie recipe is a class apart from all other varieties of cookies with oatmeal.
anzac cookies with oatmeal
The sweet biscuits from New Zealand and Australia came into being when wives of warriors and soldiers would send Anzac biscuits to soldiers on duty. The oatmeal cookies were especially chosen because they would not spoil easily and had a long shelf life.

This is an eggless cookie recipe, which omits eggs due to the scarcity of eggs during the time of war.


Ingredients: How to make oatmeal delicious

1 cup- oats
1 cup- dry coconut powder
3/4 cup- barley flour (You may substitute barley with whole wheat flour for healthy anzac biscuits, though original recipes use white flour/ all-purpose flour)
1/4 cup-olive oil or butter (authentic version uses butter)
2 tbsp- ghee/butter
1/4 cup- raw cane sugar
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1 tsp- hot water
1 tbsp- honey or golden syrup (Honey can be replaced with jaggery syrup or maple/golden syrup.)

How to make oatmeal delicious with Anzac Cookies


Line up a baking tray with parchment paper or grease it.
Heat 1 tbsp of water and add baking soda to it. Keep aside.
Heat ghee and oil together in a pan.
Stir in baking soda-water mixture.
It will get frothy.
Add raw cane sugar and honey.
Stir in all the flours and coconut powder one by one.
Mix everything with hands.
Roll into small balls and flatten. The dough may feel crumbly but you can still make balls with hands or put them in an ice cream scoop and place on a baking tray. Else, you may add little amount of milk or water to bind it.
Bake in a preheated oven/microwave convection at 170 degrees for 8-10 mts.
Allow the Anzac biscuits to cool on a cooling rack before munching on crunchy bites.
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Sattu Cookies For Kids No Baking Powder: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Looking for a kid-friendly recipe? Of course, serving good food to kids is no less than an exercise. Probably everyone finds it challenging, so do you. But did you know there are ways to sneak in healthy goodness to your tiny tots? I am quite familiar with childish pranks. I have seen my nephew and niece indulge in finding escape routes from whatever is served on their platter. But my one-and-a-half year-old niece loves to indulge in my simple cookie recipes. She is my sweetheart- bhua's paro!
sattu cookies no baking powder: how to make oatmeal delicious

This sattu cookie recipe is dedicated to my Paro. I love to experiment with healthy cookie recipes for Paro darling. This is one simple cookie recipe that you can prepare in an instant. It requires no fancy tools, nor any expensive equipment. Of course, all you need is sattu or roasted gram dal powder and oatmeal.

If you wish to make these sugarfree cookies, then you should have jaggery handy. Else, we can prepare sattu cookies with raw cane sugar. I am no longer buying white sugar, so all of my recipes would be sugarfree from now. But that does not make all of these recipes diabetes friendly, please keep this in mind.

Whether you have an oven or microwave convection or an airfryer or even a stovetop, you can prepare this simple cookie recipe in a jiffy.

Making these healthy airfryer cookies is all about gathering the ingredients, sifting the flours, whipping up the wet ingredients, mixing with hands, and rolling out into lime-sized balls before putting the cookies in the oven.

Isn't that simple?

Okay, let us check what are the benefits of sattu, first:

  • It's a good source of insoluble fiber. This means it is good for your intestines.
  • Sattu is low in glycemic index, which means it does not cause any blood glucose spike.It is a safe addition for diabetics for this reason. But this cookie recipe is not diabetic friendly. However, there are many diabetes-friendly recipes in this blog. You will also love some of the best diet food recipes here. 
  • Additionally, roasted gram is a rich source of iron, magnesium, and manganese, which makes it a handy addition to your diet. On top of it, sattu is low in sodium, so it is a healthy option for those with blood pressure issues.


There are numerous ways to include in your diet. Some of the common sattu recipes include:

  • Sattu drink for summers - it acts as a coolant!
  • Sattu roti - mix with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and methi dana to make diabetes friendly flour.
  • Sattu parantha- mixed with onions and methi- there are numerous variations!
  • Sattu ladoo with jaggery and nuts
  • Sattu cookies
  • Sattu halwa too!
how to make oatmeal delicious: oats benefits

Okay so let is come back to the sattu maavu cookie recipe.

Ingredients
3/4  cup- sattu (roasted black gram flour)
1 cup- oatmeal/powdered oats
1 tbsp- desi ghee/clarified butter
3 tbsp- olive oil
1 tsp- milk or little more for binding
3 tbsp- jaggery powder/ raw cane sugar
pinch of salt
sesame seeds

How to make Sattu Cookies for kids

The best thing about this no baking powder cookie recipe in an airfryer is that you can vary the proportions to suit the taste preferences of your family.

  • Whisk ghee, olive oil, raw cane sugar, and milk until fluffy.
  • Throw in a pinch of salt.
  • Take a sieve and sift sattu, oatmeal.
  • Add dry roasted sesame seeds.
  • Mix everything with hands. DO NOT KNEAD.
  • Keep the dough as is covered for 30 minutes.
  • This will allow the flours to absorb the moisture on their own rather than you forcing the same into them.
  • After half an hour, the dough should have hardened a bit.
  • If it is difficult to roll and looks too hard, add 1 tsp of milk and gather the ingredients.
  • Roll into a thick chapati or make lime sized balls and use a fork to make insertions.
  • Preheat oven or microwave convection at 170 degrees for 10 mts.
  • I baked sattu cookies in the airfryer.
  • Preheat the airfryer for 3 mins.
  • Place cookies at a distance from each other and bake or airfry at 170 degrees for 10-12 mins
  • Temperature settings vary from oven to oven, so keep an eye on your kid-friendly cookies and bake them little longer if they look unbaked. But do not brown these too much.
  • Allow the sattu cookies to cool down completely on a cooling rack or wire mesh outside the oven/airfryer before munching on them.
  • These cookies should be done rather quickly.
  • Enjoy melt-in-the-mouth cookies for kids and elders alike.
  • Isn't it simple to bake a batch of deliciousness? Now, do you still wonder how to make oatmeal delicious? If so, do not forget to check our ever-growing list of oatmeal recipes here. We have more than 100+ oats recipes.


Quick Jam Recipe With Sweet Lime: Indian Mausambi Jam Without Preservatives


Jam has been a childhood favorite this side. Just like any one of you, I ,too, have grown up relishing the typical jam-bread combo. In fact, this was one of the most awaited breakfast or snack recipes for us as kids, next to bread omelete. Life changes drastically as you grow up. The thought of indulging in sweets gives us goosebumps, not because we no longer love anything sweet, but it is the sugar overload that poses a challenge to our fitness these days. Yes, sugar is touted as the number one health enemy. It is just empty calories, you know! The outgrowing number of diabetic cases only adds to our "sugarmania"! Anyway, this post is still too sweet, because I had promised to make fruit jam for my Paro - my niece, for she loves tomato sauce and jam.
mausambi jam recipe no preservatives


Let's talk about my mausambi jam recipe now.

The story is that 2 kg of mausambis or sweet lime turned out to be extremely sour that mom was not willing to indulge in. I love tangy stuff too, but when I tasted one, I gave in, telling dad that it is overly sour and cannot be sampled just like that. So I offered to make juice and jam with mausambi.
Some of the sweet lime were juiced along with pomegranate- tada!!

Next was my mausambi jam project, but as you know that we no longer buy white sugar, so all I had with me was jaggery powder. I am someone who would not hesitate to waste things for my healthy experiments. I have had thrown off lot of my failed stuff thus far. Thankfully, this wasn;t a failure.

So let's begin making our mausambi jam recipe without preservatives. This recipe was adapted from yummytummyaarthi's orange jam recipe.

Ingredients
1 kg-mausambi
250 gm- jaggery powder or little more if you want it sweeter
1/2 teaspoon- salt
2 tbsp- lime juice (acts as a preservative - you may use vinegar instead)

How to make Mausambi Jam without preservatives

Keep a sterilized jar ready.
Juice the fruit. I got 2 cups with this amount.
Keep it for boiling. Let it simmer for at least 10 minutes.
When the juice reduces to almost half, stir in jaggery powder and salt.
I use organic jaggery so it is free from impurities.
Boil it until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
You can do a test with it - put a drop of the jam in a bowl of water. If it stays put and doesn't dissolve, it means your mausambi jam is ready.
If not, allow it to simmer for a few more minutes. Stir in lime juice immediately before turning off the flame. Mix everything well and your jam is ready.
However, remember that the jam thickens gradually upon cooling. So if you continue heating for a long time, you will end up making jelly candies for your kids. Little more heating means you could offer your tiny tots mausambi candies with a bite.
So, what do you want to make? Mausambi jam without preservatives or sweet lime candies?
You have the recipe handy here already. Go ahead and make an indulgent jam for your toddlers and preschoolers.

Preserve the homemade jam without preservatives in a sterilized jar and refrigerate. It will stay good in the refrigerator for at least 2 months.

Instant OPOS Dum Tea: Quick Masala Chai


Call it masala chai or dum tea, OPOS tea gives you the most flavorful beverage you have ever had. If you are a tea lover like me, you can never say no to OPOS dum tea. Make tea with one pot one shot and you will be hooked for a lifetime.This happened with me one fine day and will happen with you too if you give it a try.  Now I do not want to go back to the old way of making tea, seriously! I am not kidding.
dum tea opos


What is so Special about OPOS dum Tea?

Well, pressure cooking helps retain all the flavors in the tea - use whatever spices you may want to add to your tea and pack a punch with the most flavorful tea. The OPOS tea reminds me time and again of the tea I had at Shirdi Sai temple. The aroma of cardamom in the tea made it more flavorful.

Let's get started with our OPOS tea, also known as dum tea or masala chai.
OPOS is the trademark of Rama Krishnan, which has revolutionized cooking and is no less than culinary magic.

Remember, in order to learn OPOS recipe basics, you have got to start with a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker. To check if your cooker is standardized for OPOS recipes, add 1/4th cup of water and cook it. If the first whistle comes between 1 and 2 minutes, you are all set for OPOS - one pot one shot. Never start with any OPOS recipe without learning the basics and completing the OPOS lessons.
opos tea masala chai instant


Ingredients for 1 cup
1/2 cup- water (you may vary the water: milk ratio---choice is yours..if you like it milkier, increase the milk amount and if you like it watery and light, reduce the milk to water ratio)
1/2 cup- milk
1 tsp- tea powder(I use Waghbakri)
Cardamom powder
Ginger- fresh or powdered
You may choose spices of your choice.
I make it sugarfree. So I do not add any sweetener in my tea.

How to make OPOS tea

Make sure your cooker is standardized for OPOS recipes.
Put all ingredients in the cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Even 1 whistle is good to go. But I wait for 2 whistles to let all the flavors immerse in my tea.
Ever since I learned to make OPOS dum tea, I have scaled the recipe up for 3-4 persons. Make sure you do not scale the recipe for more than 3 cups in a 3-liter pressure cooker. Else, there would be a lot of spewing. You can always take a bigger pressure cooker for the same once you are an OPOS expert.
Trust my words for it - you will get the most flavorful tea with one pot one shot. If you have a couple of guests at home, let the pressure cooker give you the world's best tea.
Get set to receive compliments from all your loved ones for serving them the most aromatic cup of tea. Are you ready?
Making dum tea at home only takes a 3-liter pressure cooker, tea powder, milk, water, and spices of your choice.

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