Rainy weather calls for a cup of tea and something a little bit yummy on the side. When you’re trying to lose your baby weight or stick to a healthy eating plan however, your options can seem a little bit limited.
Just because your watching your weight and being conscious of calories though, doesn’t mean you need to miss out.
Making your own baked goods is a fabulous way to indulge your sweet tooth, without spoiling your diet.Home made cakes or slices are usually devoid of all the nasties that you can find in pre-packaged goodies, which often contain high levels of sugar, salt and artificial additives to keep them looking and tasting the way they do.
When you DIY, you’re in control of what goes in (and what stays out!) meaning you can pack your baked goods with delicious, healthy ingredients making them more of a nutritious snack than a treat.
You can also control portion size which is especially important when trying to lose weight. Larger than life servings are one of the strongest contributing factors to weight gain so sticking with modest sized slices benefits your sugar levels and waistline.
These slices use low GI rolled oats, a great alternative to white flour, as their base, along with hazelnut for protein and beneficial good fats and cinnamon to give your metabolism a boost.
Oats are also a great addition to your diet when you’re breastfeeding as they help maintain and even increase your milk supply. These little bars are also the perfect size for popping in lunch boxes for the kids or for taking to work as a mid morning or mid afternoon snack.
- 2 x cups rolled oats
- 1 x cup of LSA mix
- 1/4 cup chopped, plain hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Pinch bicarbonate soda
- Pre-heat the oven to 170C
- Place the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine
- In a seperate bowl or small jug, combine olive oil and honey and whisk till the honey is no longer seperate from the oil.
- Pour the oil/honey mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Gradually add eggs into the mixture, stirring well as you add them.
- Line a loaf tin with non-stick baking paper and pour mixture in.
- Use a wooden spoon to evenly distribute mixture
- Place into the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes.
- When slice is crisp on top (but not burnt) remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into slices.