Sunday, 26 February 2012

Healthy Breakfast Cookie

                                        Those who love bakery foods and those who swear they can live on parotta and poori for ever will have to think twice, before reaching for those delicacies made from maida. An article in a daily paper and many others that iterated the ill effects of this white flour has changed my approach towards a healthy cooking. Apparently, this bleached white flour, a waste product from processed wheat, which has no nutrition is one of the causative factor that leads to many lifestyle diseases when consumed in the long run. It’s not just maida alone, but, danger lurks around us in the form of synthetic food colour, ajinomoto, non stick pans, frozen food, foods deep fried over and over again in the same oil, preservatives used in packaged foods and many more, join the band wagon of disease causing agents. I don’t want to sound paranoid, cautioning too much on health issues, but, it is better to be aware than be ignorant. Taking food made from maida once in a while will not hurt, but as it is always said, 'moderation is the key’, but if they are poisonous, then, even moderation becomes questionable.

                                             Lately, I have been using wheat flour, instead of the white flour (maida) after coming to know about the not so good facts about maida and I have started to think of healthy alternative ingredients to use in baking and in regular cooking. So came the thought of using Health mix in a cookie which is totally satiating as a breakfast and as a snack. Health mix is a mixture of cereals, pulses and nuts, which can either be made at home or can be bought from stores. I used Britannia multigrain porridge powder, in this popular oats and raisin cookies. I must say, it tastes so good and better than the regular cookies. Sometimes just two of these cookies with a glass of milk/coffee makes my breakfast complete. Recipe adapted from delicious shots.

Multigrain porridge powder     1/2 cup
Oats                                          2 cups
Soft Dark Brown Sugar         3/4 cup
Vegetable oil                           1/4 cup
Mashed banana                       1/4 cup
Baking powder                        1/4 tsp
Egg white                                 2
Vanilla                                      1/2 tsp
Milk                                          2 tbsp
Raisins                                     1/4  cup
chocolate chips                       1/8 cup

Beat the egg whites until frothy, using a hand whisk.
Add the brown sugar and whip until the sugar melts and turns pale and airy.
Add the oil, beat and add in the mashed banana,vanilla and beat until well mixed.
Whisk the oats with the baking powder and the health mix separately.
Add it to the above mixture and fold until mixed.
Mix in the raisins and chocolate chips.
Freeze the dough for five minutes.
Make small balls and place it in a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Flatten the balls slightly to a cookie shape and bake in a preheated oven at 180*c for about 13-15 minutes.
( the bottom of the cookie will be light brown when cooked)

The health mix already has cardamom flavour in it. If desired, still you can use 3-4 cardamoms powdered and mixed with the oats.
                                                                                      Newspaper clipping

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