Bake for impact & Gluten-free Quinoa Oats Breakfast Bites

38857319_10155924670036448_8159747918853570560_nUntil some years ago I used to do small bake sale fundraisers, alone with my super-small 18 litre oven. And I was happy. I would barely raise any funds – but I could raise awareness. And that was enough. It is still enough. After being able to bake with a community of generous bakers, who have repeatedly opened their hearts and homes to bake for every single cause that came up.

Now our work as  Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community is gaining visibility. Last week, we got the opportunity to bake for Viacom 18, one of the largest entertainment networks in India.

Our bake sale was completely sold-out. We raised a significant amount for our Bakestreat program thanks to the initiative taken by the company to contribute to social impact while also keeping in mind that they provide the option of healthy bakes to their employees. Many people were wondering how such healthy bakes taste so yum – that’s the talent the community bakers have 🙂 Our Bakestreat initiative focuses on regular distribution of healthy bakes to kids in our slums , streets , railway stations , government or municipal schools and Anganwadis. The emphasis on regular is to ensure that they get a healthy bake along with some nutrition consistently.

On that happy note, I had decided to bake something different, so I tried out these beautiful Gluten-free Quinoa-Oats Breakfast Bites. And needless to say, the experiment tasted yum !

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Recipe –

1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup dry roasted oats

1/2 cup home made date syrup ( you can add a spoon of coconut sugar if you find this less sweet )
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
1 1/2  tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp grated nutmeg
Raisins as much as you prefer – I used half a cup.
Mix quinoa , oats and raisins well. Add BP and mix well. Leave it on the side.
Mix date syrup, egg, butter and milk thoroughly.
Fold the above mix into this liquid mix. Line a baking tray, spread the batter and bake for 30 minutes at 170 degree c.
Then remove , form these bites and keep them into the oven for 10 minutes , same temperature.
Take out cool off, drizzle with dark chocolate and eat.
Note – Quinoa does not bind easily so there are few replacements for egg here. The best alternative you could try is Mashed banana. Do let me know if you try out any other one , happy to learn about that 🙂

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