Chia & Fruit Oatmeal Bites

Usually during the day I always get hungry and look for something to snack on. If I do not have a healthy alternative at hand, I resort to junk food. Oats are supposed to be very healthy for you, therefore I have experimented and incorporated oat flour as part of my baking now. Also many people do not eat much chia seeds. They are supposed to be high in fibre and omega 3 fatty acids, making them a great add on to baking, salads or very popular in puddings.  If you juice at home, a lot of the times, your juicer will spit out the pulp of the juice and only give you the juice. The pulp is valuable for fibre and nutrients and gets lost if you throw it out. Therefore if you do not like pulpy juice the best way to use the pulp is freeze it in cubes to add to smoothies or you can even throw it in recipes for baking like I have with this recipe.

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Ingredients:

1 & 1/3  cups oatmeal flour (blend uncooked oats)

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

5 tsp baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground ginger

¼ cup chia seeds

¾ cups butter

2 cups milk

1 cup fine chopped peaches or pineapple

1 cup mix fruit/veg pulp (best is the fresh pulp you get after juicing)

(mixture of kale, cucumber, strawberries, pineapple, apple)

Instructions:

  • Mix 1st 5 ingredients together in a bowl
  • Melt butter partially and then blend with milk and ground ginger so you get creamy mix
  • Mix the finely chopped fruit with the fruit/veg pulp together
  • Alternatively add the milk mixture and fruit mixture to the dry ingredients
  • Lastly add in the chia seeds and mix togetherIMG_0082-3

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Yield: 72 bite size mini muffins

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Bake Temperature: 400F, Bake for: 15-20minutes, depending on your oven it can be 5-10 minutes up and down, so make sure to check at 15 minutes.

When I bake at home, I find the bite size muffins the best size. Usually when you look at a bite size muffin you think less before trying one. On the other hand if you have a regular size muffin in front of you, there is a chance you may cut it in half. Therefore to avoid that I stick to the mini’s, they are the best seller in my household and finish really fast.

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