Easy to digest and loaded with amazing health benefits, oats, and oat dishes are great for one and all. This particular ingredient is gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Oats and oatmeal have many wholesome benefits including weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease. Here are a few recipes from the house of Quaker Oats that you could try for a healthy Raksha Bandhan:

 

Oats and Dates Pie

Oats Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 20g roasted and powdered oats                               
  • 20g semolina (Suji)
  • Sugar to taste
  • 2.5ml oil
  • 5g chopped dates
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 50g peeled and grated apple
  • 15g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp boiling water

 Preparation:

  • Mix oats and semolina with sugar and oil
  • Mix apples, dates and walnuts. Add boiling water and lemon juice and stir till smooth
  • Pre-heat oven (375°F). Grease a baking dish
  • Spread half of the oats and semolina mixture in the dish
  • Top it with a layer of date mixture and cover with rest of oats mixture
  • Bake for 35-40 mins. (Reduce heat after 20 mins if topping is becoming brown)

Chocolate Baked Oats with Chocolate Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups oats
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter/oil
  • Egg white from 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  • Grease an 8” pan or line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Bake for 20-25 min or until the edges are golden brown.

Oats and Carrot Kheer

Oats Kheer

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Ingredients:

  • 15g roasted oats  
  • 300ml skimmed milk   
  • 50g grated carrots   
  • 1 tsp sugar   
  • 1 green cardamom

Preparation:

  • Boil milk, add carrots and simmer for 10 mins.
  • Add oats and cook on slow fire stirring continuously.
  • When kheer thickens to an even consistency, add sugar and green cardamom powder.
  • Cook for a few more mins, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from fire and serve hot.

 

Oats Burfi

Oats Burfi

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Ingredients:

  • Oats (roasted and powdered) 50g   
  • Sugar 35g
  • Khoa (grated and mashed) 15g
  • Ghee 5g
  • Almonds (powdered) 15g
  • Cardamom (powdered) 1   

Method:

  • Boil sugar and water to make syrup.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and roast the oats powder (For powdered oats, roast them 2-3 mins. Cool and grind in a mixer) till it gives aroma.
  • Add khoa in the pan and cook for few minutes on slow fire with continuous stirring.
  • Add sugar syrup. Cook it again with continuous stirring on slow fire till the mixture leaves the side of the pan.
  • Remove from there and add almond powder and cardamom powder.
  • Spread on a greased thali and allow it to cool.
  • Cut and serve..