Awareness is important. But action that follows that awareness is absolutely critical for any kind of life-changes to remain sustainable.
Our natural tendency to snack during times when it’s difficult to prepare something has led to many unhealthy eating habits.
Such as store bought cookies and biscuits. That is not to say that if you bake with maida / all purpose white refined flour at home it suddenly becomes healthy. It doesn’t.
Also I know for a fact that many people comment on how food is meant to be eaten for pleasure and we must enjoy what we eat. Absolutely ! Who says healthy isn’t yum or delicious?
And let’s face it – if there is even a slight chance that a change in even one or two small meals that we consume can keep some diseases at bay, why not give it a shot ?
These are some of the things that I constantly talk about when I share information or insights on healthy baking.
Like this past weekend. At a playschool and children’s library. And for tasting purposes I carried these Quinoa-Oats Chocolate Biscuits made with the goodness of jaggery to give everyone an idea of why healthy baking and snacking is not as difficult as one imagines.
1 cup Quinoa Flour
1/2 cup Oats flour
3/4 cup organic jaggery powder
4 tbsp homemade Ghee/Clarified butter ( you can use regular unsalted butter too)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp milk to bring the dough together, only if needed.
Method – Mix the ghee and jaggery powder together well. Whisk the cocoa powder and the two flours nicely. Add this mix to the ghee-jaggery mixture. Use only as much milk is needed to bring the dough together. The dough should not be wet or sticky, but firm and easy to shape with the hand.
Put it in the fridge for 2 hours. Preheat the oven at 175 degrees C. Take the cookie dough out, shape it into rounds and place them onto the cookie try for baking. Bake at the same temperature for 15-20 minutes or until the sides harden up. Allow them to cool entirely and then store in air tight container.