Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Diet Tip #15: Replace Flour with Oatmeal for Baking

You don't have to give up your favorite baked goods when you're trying to clean up your diet.  Homemade versions of your favorite treats can be a nice indulgence for you and the family.

This is a simple diet swap that takes a bit of extra effort but is worth it.

Courtesy Quaker Oats
If you're baking something replace all-purpose white flour with oat flour.  How do you get oat flour?  You can buy it or do my DIY method: simply grind oats in a food processor.  Once they get to a flour-like consistency, you're good to go.

Why is oat flour appealing?  It provides twice the fiber but fewer calories than the white stuff.

You can use oat flower for baking cookies, quick breads and pancakes.

I have used oat flour to make Bethenny Frankel's Boo Boo Banana Bread.  It's delicious.