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Easy and Healthy Oat Cookies- No Sugar | No Butter | No Refined Flour

If you are looking for healthy cookies recipe for your kids, this is it! These soft, chewy, perfectly sweet and wholesome cookies will be your go to recipe. I highly recommend this for your sweet cravings and pick-me-up snack moments.

Being a mother I am always on a look out for healthy snacking options for my child. I hate to give him sugary packet snacks everyday. While they are ok as once in a while indulgence but I get wary of all the artificial flavours, preservatives and processed sugar added in bakery cookies. 

These cookies have the goodness of whole-grains, oatmeal, egg and dates as prime ingredients. The natural sweetness and moisture come from a fruit, dates and coconut oil. The best part about these cookies is that they are one bowl cookies. No endless use of utensils and whisking is required. 

Main Ingredients and their Substitutes

Rolled Oats: I have used rolled oats or old fashioned oats here because they are better for baking. However, you can also quick oats. Quick oats will give you a slightly uniform texture. I however, prefer the taste and texture of rolled oats

Wholewheat Flour: I have added wholewheat flour for more fibre. Also, it brings together the cookie dough and gives nice crunch to these cookies. 

Apple: I like to add an apple in the cookies for moisture and natural sweetness. You can totally substitute apple with either a banana or applesauce. 

Virgin Coconut Oil: Coconut oil offers an almost direct substitute to butter. It lends a sweet but subtle flavour to bakes. You do not need to use as much coconut oil to get the same fat content as butter, since butter comprises 20% water. You can use butter here if coconut oil is not available. Just increase the butter by 20%.

Egg: Egg not only adds more protein and nutrition in cookies but it also helps to bind and improve texture of the cookies resulting in more light and chewy cookies. However you can totally make them eggless too by substituting 1 egg with flaxmeal. 1 tsp ground roasted flaxseeds in 4 tbsps water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Use this mixture in place of egg or use 1/4th cup of greek yogurt. 

Dates: I have added dates as a natural replacement for sugar. Dates are also rich in iron, fibre and antioxidants. If you want to substitute dates in this recipe, you do that by adding 1/4th cup of pure maple syrup.

Dark Chocolate: Use a good quality dark chocolate, atleast 70%. You can totally substitute it by adding raisins, black currants, cranberries, walnuts, dried blueberries or any other dried fruits or nuts of your choice.

Now let’s get to the recipe

Recipe: makes 14 to 15 cookies


  • Rolled Oats: 1 cup
  • Wholewheat flour: 1/2 cup
  • Apple: 1 medium
  • Virgin Coconut oil: 3 tbsps
  • Egg: 1 
  • De-seeded dates: 4
  • Baking powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp
  • Dark Chocolate chunks (70%): 1/2 cup


  • Soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes to soften it.
  • Sieve wholewheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Now mix rolled oats. Keep aside. 
  • In a blender, crack an egg or add flaxmeal/yogurt. Add chopped apple, softened dates, vanilla and oil. Blend this mixture to a purée.
  • Now add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in batches. Mix till everything incorporates well. Do not over mix. Cut and fold gently.
  • Add chocolate chunks and mix well. The mixture will be moist at this time. You can refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes. It will become easier to give it a shape. Also, the oats will absorb the flavour and soften.
  • Line baking tray with a baking paper or a silicon sheet.
  • Take one tbsp scoop and scoop out the mixture on the baking tray. Scoop will give you even size cookies. Flatten a little with a back of a spoon.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes at 180 C
  • Transfer on a wire rack. Allow it to cool. Once cooled, store in an airtight container.

How to store

These Healthy Cookies store well for a few days, so you can make a batch on the weekend and enjoy them throughout the week. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up a week. They will soften further as they sit in the container making it perfect for toddlers. 

You can also try more of such healthy bakes- Healthy Carrot Orange Marmalade Cake and Wholewheat Banana and Jaggery Cake. 

Do give these healthy cookies a try. I am sure you and your kids will love it. Let me know in the comment section below if you do give it a try. It will be great to hear from you guys. Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Healthy Iron Rich Pancake- Kid Friendly Recipe

Kids have limited appetite. Give your child the best nutrition in that little food that they eat. The biggest struggle for vegetarians or vegans is to fulfill their child’s iron needs. While balanced diet here is the key but we all know how balanced it gets with the children especially the ones who are picky eaters.

So, I am going to share with you a simple recipe which has a great balance of protein and iron.

We all make BESAN CHEELAS at home. Sharing with you a simple way wherein you can make the best out that one Cheela that your child eats. 😊 And trust me it comes out delicious and packed with flavours. Also, this makes a great lunch box recipe too.

This recipe requires no elaborate preparations, so don’t need to plan ahead either. Just stir together the ingredients to make a batter, pour it on a hot griddle & cook up a delicious healthy meal.

What is Cheela?

Cheela is a sweet or savory Indian Pancakes made using lentils, cereal or grain flour. They are often made without any leavening agents, so they are considered to be healthy.

What is Besan?

Besan is a Hindi word which means “gram flour”. It is a pulse flour made using channa dal or chickpea flour. So besan cheela is gram flour pancakes. These pancakes are Gluten Free, vegan and nutritious. Gram flour is a fabulous source of protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6. Just 100 grams of gram flour can give you 22 grams of easy to digest natural protein. You can make these pancakes with basic ingredients as well but when you add green leafy vegetables to it, it not only enhances the taste but also makes it wholesome and an amazing source of iron for your kids.

Also the vegetables I have added are all homegrown. If you don’t have enough space, grow them in small pots. It’s no rocket science. Just get a few pots or grow bags, potting soil and seeds from any nursery near your house. Engage your children while planting it. The satisfaction of eating your homegrown organic vegetables is unmatchable. Try it!


Prep time: 5 minsServing: makes 3 Pancakes
Cook time: 5 mins
  • Besan/Chickpea flour: 1/2 cup
  • Sattu/Roasted Gram flour: 1/4th cup
  • Semolina/Suji: 1/4th cup
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera:  1/8th tsp
  • Bishop seeds/Ajwain: 1/8th tsp
  • Garam Masala: 1/4th tsp
  • Roasted Cumin powder: 1/4th tsp
  • Turmeric: 1/4th tsp
  • Salt & Black pepper to taste
  • Chat Masala to taste (optional)
  • Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Water as required 
  • Chopped Methi (Fenugreek), Spinach, Radish leaves, Mint leaves, Curry leaves & Coriander leaves: 1 cup
  • Onion: 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Ginger: 2” long, grated
  • Ghee or Oil as required 


1 Take Besan/Chickpeas flour, Sattu or Roasted Gram flour (great source of protein) and Semolina/Suji (for crispiness) in a bowl.

2. To this add turmeric, cumin seeds, ajwain/bishop seeds, garam masala, roasted cumin powder, black pepper, salt, chaat masala and coriander powder. Mix it well. Add enough water to make a thin but not a runny batter. Start with 1/4th cup water and the gradually add more as required. Continue whisking until the batter has a smooth, flowing consistency. There shouldn’t be any lumps, so make sure to break those up while mixing the batter.

Tip: Use a wire whisk to whisk the batter. This will ensure that your batter is lump free.

3. Now add chopped methi (fenugreek) leaves, spinach leaves, onion, grated ginger (fabulous food for digestion), curry leaves, coriander & mint leaves. Use the leaves that are in season. All the green leaves are a great source of iron and this is one of the best ways to incorporate this in your child’s and your diet.

4. Keep the batter aside for 10 minutes. Heat a cast iron tawa on a medium to low heat. I have made it on normal tawa in which we make rotis but if you can’t make it on tawa then you can use a non stick pan as well.

5. Brush the tawa with desi ghee or oil. Add generously to avoid dry cheelas because besan tends to soak ghee/oil. Take a ladle or ¼ to ⅓ of a measuring cup full of the batter and pour on the pan. Spread the batter evenly with the back of your ladle to make thin cheelas.

6. Then continue to cook the chilla on a low to medium-low heat until the top begins to set. You can drizzle some more oil or ghee along the edges for a crispy cheela.

7. You can flip the chilla once or twice for even cooking.
Once the base gets golden brown, it’s time to flip the cheela. Cook the other sides till you see golden spots on cheela. You can flip the cheela once or twice for even cooking.

8. Finally, fold it and then serve it mint chutney, homemade ketchup or the way your child likes it.

Enjoy!! 😊


  • If some of the spices mentioned above are not available, feel free to skip them.
  • Incase you don’t find sattu or roasted gram flour, feel free to skip it and add more besan or chickpea flour. However, sattu is a great source of protein and iron, so it’ll be great if you can get your hands on it.
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Pineapple, Cucumber, and Ginger for Weight Loss: Myth and Facts

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In the quest for natural weight loss solutions, few ingredients have garnered as much attention as pineapple, cucumber, and ginger. Touted for their detoxifying properties and metabolic benefits, these natural wonders are often featured in diets and detox plans promising swift weight loss. But how much of their reputation is rooted in fact, and what are the myths? Let’s delve into the scientific truths and misconceptions about these three ingredients to uncover their real impact on weight loss.

Pineapple: The Tropical Weight Loss Ally?

Myth: Pineapple melts away fat. Fact: Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of proteins, potentially helping to reduce bloating and improve gut health. While it’s low in calories and high in fiber, providing a feeling of fullness, there’s no direct evidence that pineapple can “melt” fat.

Health Benefits:

  • Digestive Health: Bromelain’s digestive properties can contribute to a healthier gut.
  • Immunity Boosting: High in vitamin C, pineapple supports the immune system.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce inflammation-related weight gain.

Cucumber: The Hydration Champion

Myth: Cucumbers have negative calories. Fact: While cucumbers are incredibly low in calories, they don’t have a “negative calorie” effect. However, their high water content can help hydrate the body, potentially aiding in weight loss by reducing water retention and increasing satiety.

Health Benefits:

  • Hydration: Cucumbers are 95% water, promoting hydration and potentially aiding in detoxification.
  • Low Calorie: Their low-calorie count makes cucumbers a great addition to any weight loss diet.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Despite their water content, cucumbers offer vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium.

Ginger: The Metabolic Booster

Myth: Ginger burns fat directly. Fact: Ginger can stimulate thermogenesis, where the body burns calories to digest food and produce heat. While ginger may not directly “burn fat,” it can enhance metabolic rates and support digestion.

Health Benefits:

  • Digestive Aid: Ginger can help soothe the stomach and reduce nausea.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Its anti-inflammatory properties may help combat obesity-related inflammation.
  • Blood Sugar Regulation: Ginger has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, indirectly supporting weight loss efforts.

Integrating Pineapple, Cucumber, and Ginger into Your Diet

For those looking to leverage the benefits of these ingredients for weight loss, consider the following tips:

  • Smoothies and Juices: Incorporate pineapple, cucumber, and ginger into your morning smoothie or juice for a refreshing, nutrient-packed drink.
  • Salads: Add chunks of pineapple and slices of cucumber to your salads for a hydrating, fiber-rich meal.
  • Teas and Infusions: Brew ginger tea or create a detox water infusion with all three ingredients to enjoy their benefits in a hydrating form.

Conclusion: A Balanced Perspective

While pineapple, cucumber, and ginger offer numerous health benefits that can support weight loss, they are not magical solutions. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are paramount for sustainable weight loss. These ingredients can be a beneficial addition to your diet, offering hydration, nutritional benefits, and digestive support that may indirectly aid in your weight loss journey.

Remember, when it comes to weight loss, there are no shortcuts. But by incorporating natural, nutrient-rich foods like pineapple, cucumber, and ginger into a balanced diet, you’re taking a step in the right direction towards achieving your health and weight loss goals.

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Unlocking the Power of Cumin Tea: A Warm Beverage for Weight Loss

Cumin tea, a simple yet profound beverage, is steeped in centuries of culinary and medicinal tradition, offering more than just warmth and flavor. Known scientifically as Cuminum cyminum, cumin has been a staple in various global cuisines, cherished for its distinctive taste and a myriad of health benefits. This exploration into cumin tea reveals its potential role in supporting weight loss efforts, underpinned by both historical use and emerging scientific research.

The Potential Benefits of Cumin Tea for Weight Loss

Cumin tea, with its earthy, peppery flavor, is not just a delight for the palate but also a boon for the body, especially for those navigating the challenges of weight loss. Here’s how this ancient spice can be a modern ally in your health journey:

  1. Digestive Support: Cumin’s carminative properties help alleviate bloating, gas, and indigestion, fostering a healthy digestive environment conducive to weight management.
  2. Metabolism Boost: Preliminary studies suggest cumin’s positive impact on metabolic rate, hinting at its potential to aid in a more efficient calorie burn.
  3. Hydration and Satiety: As a flavorful beverage, cumin tea contributes to hydration, essential for overall well-being and weight management, while also providing a sense of fullness that may curb unnecessary snacking.

Brewing Your Cup of Cumin Tea

Crafting cumin tea is an exercise in simplicity, requiring minimal ingredients for a richly aromatic brew. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Crush a teaspoon of cumin seeds to release their oils.
  • Boil two cups of water and add the crushed seeds.
  • Simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes, then strain.
  • Enhance with lemon or honey to taste.

Precautions and Considerations

While cumin tea is celebrated for its benefits, moderation is key. Be mindful of any allergies to cumin or related spices, and consult with healthcare providers if you have underlying medical conditions or are taking medications.

Sipping Towards Health

Cumin tea embodies the fusion of pleasure and wellness, making it more than just a beverage. Its potential to aid weight loss, alongside a balanced diet and regular exercise, positions it as a valuable addition to a holistic health regimen. Embrace the tradition and science behind cumin tea, and let it guide you on a flavorful journey towards achieving your weight loss goals.

In embracing cumin tea, you’re not just sipping on a warm beverage; you’re nurturing your body with centuries-old wisdom, blended with the potential for modern-day health benefits.

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The Guava – Nutrition, Benefits, and 5 Practical Ways for Weight Loss

Guava is not just a fruit; it’s a superfood with a unique blend of taste, fragrance, and vibrant green skin. Originating from Central and South America, this tropical delight has captivated the global stage with its adaptability to various climates and a multitude of health benefits. Its nutritional profile is impressive, offering a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and fibers that contribute to a healthy diet. But perhaps most intriguing is guava’s role in weight loss and managing belly fat, making it a valuable addition to any diet aiming for a healthier lifestyle.

Nutritional Profile: A Closer Look

Guava stands out with its low-calorie count and high nutritional density. Per 100 grams, guava boasts a considerable amount of dietary fiber (5.4 grams) and vitamin C (over 380% of the Daily Value), alongside notable quantities of vitamin A and potassium. This composition makes guava an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight without compromising on essential nutrients.

Health Benefits: Beyond Weight Loss

  • Antioxidant Powerhouse: Guava’s high vitamin C content acts as a potent antioxidant, protecting the body against the damage caused by free radicals and supporting immune health.
  • Digestive Health Ally: The fiber in guava not only aids in weight loss by promoting satiety but also ensures a healthy digestive system and prevents constipation.
  • Blood Sugar Regulator: With a low glycemic index and rich fiber content, guava helps in maintaining stable blood sugar levels, crucial for preventing sudden hunger pangs.

Incorporating Guava into Your Diet for Weight Loss

  1. Guava Smoothie: Kickstart your day with a filling guava smoothie, blending it with low-fat yogurt and a hint of honey for sweetness.
  2. Guava Salad: Add diced guava to your salads for a burst of sweetness and nutrition. Its unique flavor complements greens beautifully.
  3. Baked Guava: For a warm, healthy dessert, bake guava with a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a delightful way to enjoy this fruit’s benefits.
  4. Guava Sauce: A tangy, sweet guava sauce can elevate dishes, serving as a healthier alternative to sugary dressings or dips.
  5. Guava-Infused Water: Refresh your hydration routine by adding slices of guava to your water. It’s a subtly sweet way to drink more fluids.

A Fruit for All Seasons

Guava’s flexibility in recipes—from smoothies and salads to baked treats and sauces—makes it an easy and delicious addition to your diet. Whether aiming for weight loss or simply incorporating more nutritious fruits into your meals, guava offers a blend of benefits that can cater to various dietary needs and preferences.

Mindful Considerations

While guava is a boon for health, it’s wise to consume it mindfully, especially for those trying it for the first time or those on medication, as guava leaves may interact with certain drugs. Always consult with a healthcare provider when incorporating new elements into your health regimen.

Guava exemplifies the perfect union of flavor and function, making it more than just a fruit—it’s a dietary powerhouse poised to revolutionize your approach to health and weight loss. By integrating guava into your daily meals, you embark on a delicious journey toward better health, one bite at a time.

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