Did you know that until the 20th century, oats were only considered as food for the poor? These days, this grain is regarded as one of the healthiest choices out there and you can find it on the menu of any healthy diet. We have two oat recipes to share with you, so that you can enjoy all of its benefits.
People almost always use oats to make sweets. While we normally see them in desserts and baked goods, oats also work well in savory dishes too. To prove this, we have an oat cracker and oat pizza dough recipe for you to try.
Both are healthy recipes that you can include in any type of diet. On top of that, they’ll be even healthier because they’ll be homemade. That means no added sugars or other unnatural ingredients.
Oat and sesame crackers
These crackers are a healthy way to start the day with energy. They store well, so you can make large batches at the weekend and enjoy them during the week. Keep on reading and you’ll see how easy it is to make them.
- 3.5 ounces of butter
- 1 egg
- 2.4 ounces of brown sugar (you can substitute sugar with stevia)
- 5 ounces of flour
- 5 ounces of oats
- 1 orange
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- Start by beating the egg. Once beaten, add the melted butter and the brown sugar. Mix the three ingredients together.
- Cut the orange in half. Squeeze out the juice of one half, and add the ingredients from step one. Grate the peel of the other half. Add the zest to the mixture and stir everything together.
- Add the flour, sesame seeds and yeast to the bowl. Mix everything together until the preparation is consistent throughout.
- Cover the bowl with a plate and leave it for a half hour.
- Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the crackers and place them on the baking sheet. Space them out adequately, as the yeast will cause them to spread as they bake.
- Bake the crackers for 10 minutes.
Enjoy them for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. You can also carry them with you and snack healthily on the go or whenever you’re feeling hungry.
Oat pizza dough
Though oats are a popular ingredient for dessert recipes, you can also use them in savory dishes. Our pizza recipe is a great example and it’s also a healthier alternative to a traditional pizza with a flour-based crust.
If you’re on a diet, this recipe is for you because it’s much lower in calories than a flour-crust pizza. In addition, this recipe only uses vegetables as toppings, helping the calorie count to stay low.
Ingredients for a medium-sized pizza:
- 11 ounces of ground oats
- 0.5 fluid ounces of olive oil
- 6.7 fluid ounces of water
- 5 ounces of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
- 5 ounces of mushrooms
- 1/4 diced onion
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1 tomato
- Preheat the oven to 392 degrees F.
- Mix the oats, olive oil and water together until the dough is even throughout and easy to shape.
- Spread out the dough into a circular shape and bake for 8 minutes. When removing it from the oven, it shouldn’t be completely baked. It will finish baking later, when you bake it for the second time with all of the toppings.
- While the crust is in the oven, wash and cut the onion, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomato. We chose these ingredients for their taste and health benefits. However, you can opt for other vegetables such as, eggplants and zucchini.
- For a tastier pizza, add a thin layer of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce. You can prepare the tomato sauce yourself, as we have explained here. Making your own sauce is a great way to cut out extra added sugars.
- Once you’ve added the layer of tomato sauce, layer on the chopped vegetables. Spread them out evenly over the dough so that each piece has more or less the same amount of each vegetable.
- Move the pizza back into the oven for 15 minutes. When the vegetables turn a golden brown, the pizza will be ready to serve.