Super Healthy Apple Pie Oat Muffins: Your Palate and Body are Equally Happy! – By Dalia Al Saad


Serves 13 (4 muffins per person);
Total calories: 50 per muffin

It’s just too good to be true!!!

Just a week ago, I would have sworn that it is impossible to enjoy a mouth-watering dessert without feeling guilty..  and the fact that it is beneficial for your health drives me crazier! We grew up believing that delicious and healthy just don’t appear in the same sentence. It is either this or that!

It started when I found a very healthy recipe on YouTube. That’s when I got inspired and my mission to make it even healthier and enhance its flavors.

This recipe has ZERO sugar! ZERO flour! ZERO butter! That’s right!

I’m going to start off with the ingredients now and then talk more about them!

INGREDIENTS:

6 medium sized red apples

3 cups of whole oats (240 g)

1 cup of walnuts (127 g)

1 and a half cups of raisins (225 g)

2 sachets of Steviana sweetner

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/5 teaspoon vanilla powder

A pinch of salt

2 medium-sized eggs

1 low fat yogurt (170 g)

1/5 small lemon

About 1 and a half cups of water

Around 2 to 4 teaspoons of ground whole oats

Oil spray

Health Facts:

  • Whole Oats: 
  1. Improve Cardiac Health
  2. Aid In Diabetes Treatment
  3. Help Fight Cancer
  4. Help Treat Hypertension
  5. Improve Immunity
  6. Can Aid Weight Loss
  7. Promote Bone Health
  8. Enhance Sleep Quality
  9. Relieve Symptoms Of Menopause
  10. Boost Energy

and to learn more about the aforementioned health benefits AND find out how it can help your skin and hair, please click on the following link:

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-oats/#gref 

 

  • Walnuts: 
  1. Improve Heart Function
  2. Boost Bone Health
  3. Improve Metabolism
  4. Control Diabetes
  5. Reduce Inflammation
  6. Skin Care
  7. Weight Management
  8. Mood Booster

To read more, follow this link:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-walnuts.html

Raisins:

  1. Help In Digestion
  2. Reduce Acidity
  3. Help Against Anaemia
  4. Help Prevent Cancer
  5. Help Treat Infections
  6. Help Reduce Sexual Weakness
  7. For The Eyes
  8. For Your Mouth And Dental Care
  9. For Your Weight Management
  10. For Good Bones

To learn more about raisins, follow this link:

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/top-10-health-and-medicinal-benefits-of-raisins/#gref

Muffin 4

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Put the yogurt in a bowl with 1 sachet of sweetener. Use whisk or a hand mixer to mix up the ingredients.

2. Add vanilla powder and whisked eggs and mix them up.

3. Peel and chop 3 apples into small cubes and put in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the salt. Mix well.

4. Peel the remaining 3 apples and put in the blender. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of raisins, around half a cup of water, and the second sachet of Steviana. Blend well.

5. Cook the blended apple/raisin juice on low heat and stir occasionally.

6. When the color darkens and the texture thickens (make sure it still has juice and is not dried out), strain it into a bowl.

7. Add the strained, blended, and cooked apples (step #6) into the bowl mentioned in step #1 and mix well.

8. Meanwhile, cook cubed apples in a pan, stirring occasionally, for about 5 -10 minutes until soft and juicy (half cooked) .

9. Strain into a bowl until it stops dripping.

10. Put the liquid (which resulted from step #9) into the pan and add 2 teaspoons of ground whole oats and whisk. Allow it to cook on a low heat till it starts to thicken. Add a teaspoon or 2 of ground whole oats if needed.

11. Add the cubed, cooked apples to the bowl mentioned in step #1.

12. Add the baking powder and the oats. Stir well.

13. Crush the walnuts into chunks and add them to the mixture.

14. Add the remaining 1 and a 1/4 cups of raisins to the mixture and stir well.

15. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

16. Distribute the mixture into two 24 cup mini muffin pans (after spraying the pans with oil spray) and you will have some mixture remaining, which will make around 7 more.

17. Bake for 12 minutes. (or till the bottom part turns somewhat golden as shown in the picture)

18. Allow muffins to cool.

19. Heat the apple sauce (step #10) and add a little water if it becomes too thick. Put a teaspoon of the apple sauce on each muffin to decorate them and add extra, natural sweetness.

Boost your energy and give your body the nutrients it needs as you enjoy this heavenly, delicious treat!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do! Enjoy! 😀

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Say Goodbye to White Flour ~ By Zatasha Kiran


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White flour is basically wholewheat flour that has been heavily processed, bleached and stripped of the two main components that make it nutritious, bran and germ. This process also gets rid of fibre which helps us digest it easily and all vitamins in the flour that benefit us, therefore raising the risk of diabetes and many other diseases and providing us with nothing more than good taste! Switching to healthier alternatives can help reduce bloating, give us more energy by consuming more nutrients and helping us to feel less lethargic and even help with hair, skin and overall health. Below are some healthy alternatives to white flour along with some recipes for you to try out.

Almond Flour Brownies

Almond flour is is a great source of vitamin E. It also contains iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium and other minerals as well as being gluten free.

INGREDIENTS: Continue reading “Say Goodbye to White Flour ~ By Zatasha Kiran”

Simple Mouthwatering Homemade Sweets – By Natalia Oparka


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Photography Credits: Skeeze

I often wonder whether I’m the only one who grows a sweet tooth every once in a while. That “once in a while” usually takes place in gloomy rainy afternoons in November… Buying buckets of hot chocolate may turn to be pretty costly (and unhealthy, I guess), so I’m always fond of homemade ways of satisfying my passion for sweetness.

Here is one of my new faves:

Homemade Bounty Chocolate Bar

What do we need? Continue reading “Simple Mouthwatering Homemade Sweets – By Natalia Oparka”

Me and Garlic – Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight ~ By Natalia Oparka


 

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Photography Credit: Condesign

      Since I found out that vampires magically transformed from dark and mysterious creatures of the night into piano players who wear make up and sparkle in daylight, I turned over a new leaf and decided to find myself a suitable companion in the kitchen. Obviously, I wasn’t the first one to discover and fall in love with this humble member of onion family; Garlic has been used as both an ingredient in the kitchen and medicine since the times of the Pharaohs. In 18th century French gravediggers used crushed garlic to protect themselves from the plague. It also hasn’t been forsaken in modern times. Garlic was used in both World Wars to protect the wounded soldiers from infections and gangrene. Continue reading “Me and Garlic – Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight ~ By Natalia Oparka”

My Oatmeal Deal – By Natalia Oparka


 

 

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Photography credits: Purple_zeppelin

Oatmeal, made of rolled, steel cut or ‘instant’ oat groats, is the best way to start a day for many of us. It does us a lot of good, eg. regulates our blood sugar (therefore excellent for diabetics), lowers the cholesterol levels. Moreover, it regulates our digestion and is an easy-to- make breakfast that provides us with plenty of energy throughout the day.

However, this month we will discover that oatmeal may not only be used for breakfast. Heck, it may not only serve as a meal!

For those who make their first steps in the kitchen (like my humble person), there is a surprisingly easy recipe for oatmeal cookies. Not only is it a quick and healthy snack, but it’s also yet another reason to feel like a pro in you own kitchen.

Oatmeal cookies recipe: Continue reading “My Oatmeal Deal – By Natalia Oparka”

The History and Recipe of Baba au Rhum, the Most Famous and Delicious Dessert of the Neapolitan Tradition – By Valentina Coppola


As you probably know, Italian cuisine is noted for its variety of food and it’s probably the most popular country in the world in this field. Many dishes that were regional, have proliferated with variations in different countries and with influences abroad.

An example is the delicious “Baba au Rhum” which was invented in Poland, by polish chefs.

Continue reading “The History and Recipe of Baba au Rhum, the Most Famous and Delicious Dessert of the Neapolitan Tradition – By Valentina Coppola”