Oatmeal cookies have a lot of benefits. Along with dark chocolate, nuts and raisins, it is full of “good stuff”. If you would like to read more about oatmeal, check all the benefits below the recipe. Enjoy!
Oatmeal cookies with apple and bananas
- 2 apples
- 2 bananas
- 50 gr nuts and raisins (1.7 ounces)
- 50 gr chocolate (1.7 ounces)
- 50 gr coconut oil (1.7 ounces)
- 120 gr oat flakes (4.2 ounces)
- A pinch of salt and cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 170°C (338F). Grate the apples and crush the bananas. Mash the nuts and grate the chocolate.
Put it all together in a bowl, mix the raisins and crushed note, chocolate, coconut oil and oat flakes. Season with a pinch of salt and a little cinnamon.
Form cookies from the dough and place on a baking sheet with a baking mat. Put in the oven for 30 min . Top the cookies with a fine slice of banana and serve.
Oatmeal cookies lowers cholesterol levels
Oatmeal contains special fibers: beta-glucans. They are soluble fibers, which absorb a lot of moisture in the intestines. En passant they also bind some cholesterol, bile salts and fatty acids. This binding of cholesterol lowers the cholesterol level of the blood, especially the unfavorable LDL cholesterol level. In 2011, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also approved this claim.
Oatmeal keeps hunger in check
Because oatmeal contains so much soluble fiber, it can swell nicely and keeps the stomach “full” for a long time. That’s why it’s such a suitable breakfast to get through the morning without grumbling. The carbohydrates in oatmeal are absorbed slowly, so there is no quick spike in blood glucose levels and the energy is released slowly into the blood. There is evidence that the fiber in oatmeal improves insulin sensitivity, which is beneficial for maintaining blood glucose levels.
Oatmeal is naturally gluten-free
Oats are naturally gluten-free and thus a good choice for people who want to reduce their gluten intake because they are sensitive to it. However, oats are not a good choice for people with proven celiac disease, who really need to avoid all traces of gluten in their diet. This is because oats are almost always processed in mills and factories where other gluten-containing grains are also processed or stored in depots where other grains are also stored. Only when the packaging states that it is truly gluten-free is it safe for them to use.
Oatmeal cookies are kind to your waistline
A bowl of oatmeal, made from 6 tablespoons (30 grams) of oatmeal with 250 ml of water, provides only 115 kcal. Of course, you can also use milk to cook the oatmeal in, then the porridge will provide you with 230 kcal. For comparison, a breakfast of 2 slices of bread, spread with butter and topped with ham, with a glass of orange juice provides you with 360 kcal.
Antioxidants protect your body against damage from outside, or against harmful products created by the metabolism. Almost all ‘natural’ products, such as vegetables, fruit and nuts, contain antioxidants. So also in oatmeal, and especially polyphenols, antioxidants that are also found in red wine, tea and onions.
Oatmeal offers variety
Is a plate of oatmeal boring? Well, the taste is of course neutral. But that does give you plenty of opportunity to vary the flavour. Fruit, for example. Banana slices are very tasty, as are blueberries or blackberries (from the freezer) or pieces of apple. It is also very nice to add some chopped nuts or dried fruits such as apricot, fig or plum. The true oatmeal bourgeois will melt some dark chocolate or honey through it.
If you want something more creamy, you can also add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil, a knob of butter or coconut oil. And don’t forget the cinnamon! You can also make oatmeal into much more than just porridge. It is the basis of (pre-soaked) muesli, for a delicious crumble, for cookies… check out the recipes at the bottom of the page!
Oatmeal is fast
You can have a steaming bowl of oatmeal on the table in 5 minutes. In a saucepan, bring 250 ml of milk or water to a boil. Add the oatmeal, stir well and let it boil for 1 minute. It is advisable to stay with the pan to prevent it from boiling over. Leave the oatmeal to stand for a few minutes, add the seasoning and enjoy.