October is observed as Vegetarian Awareness Month, emphasizing the health benefits of including vegetarian meals regularly. October also celebrates other foods like – Apples, Cranberry, Pumpkin, Pasta, Oatmeal, and Chocolate.
In this October Nutrition blog, we give you 2 recipes using the seasonal and popular foods of the month – Pumpkin, Oatmeal, and Chocolate.
French Toast with Pumpkin
With Halloween month here, it is time to experiment with pumpkins. Here is a quick breakfast recipe with pumpkin, which also doubles as a quick snack just in case you want to savor the seasonal produce with healthy options.
- Whole wheat or Brown bread – 8 slices
- Eggs – 4
- Pumpkin puree – 1/4 cup
- Cinnamon – 1 tsp (ground)
- Nutmeg – a pinch (ground)
- Butter – 2 tsp
- Take a large bowl and beat the eggs, spices, and pumpkin puree.
- Dip the bread slices in this pumpkin mix and coat it well on all sides.
- Heat a large skillet and melt some butter on medium or low heat.
- Place about 3 – 4 slices of the coated pumpkin bread in the skillet and cook until it is browned well. This must take around 3 minutes on each side of the bread on medium-high heat.
- You can drizzle some maple or chocolate syrup on top if required, but check the extra calories.
- If you want to make it more savory, add more spices like thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, or chili.
This recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: (for 1 serving)
- Calories – 237
- Protein – 14 g
- Carbohydrates – 25.7 g
- Fat – 9 g
- Dietary Fiber – 4.7 g
Instant Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
How good does it feel eating a chewy chocolate cookie that is healthy and can be made in just a few minutes! Make these unbaked chocolate oatmeal cookies whenever you crave sweetness. Indulge guilt-free in this healthy version of a chocolate cookie.
- Butter – 1/2 cup
- Milk – 1/2 cup
- Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
- Cooking oats – 3 cups
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Cocoa powder – 5 tbsp
- Walnuts – 1/2 cup (chopped)
- Raisins – 1/2 cup
- Coconut flakes – 1/2 cup
- Mix the butter, milk, and sugar in a kettle or pan. Cook or boil for one and half minutes.
- Add the oatmeal, peanut butter, cocoa powder, nuts, and coconut flakes to this mixture.
- Combine well. Drop on a butter paper or greased tray as smaller cookies. Allow it to cool before serving.
- Use brown sugar instead of white sugar for a healthier version.
- Use low-fat milk and butter to reduce fat and calorie count.
- The nuts and coconut flakes are optional. Skip any of them or add other nuts of your choice.
- You can also spread the mix on a greased tray and cut it into shapes using a cookie cutter. Cool before serving.
- Though the recipe has healthy ingredients, it is better to eat limited quantities to avoid high calorie intake.
This recipe makes almost 48 cookies. One serving typically has 2 cookies, making this recipe for 24 servings.
Nutritional Facts: (for 1 serving – 2 cookies)
- Calories – 207
- Protein – 3.6 g
- Carbohydrates – 29.3 g
- Fat – 9.5 g
- Dietary Fiber – 2.1 g
Recipe idea and source – Allrecipes.com