Healthy Apple Sultana Oat Bites which are super easy to make and perfect for the whole family to enjoy. They contain no artificial sweeteners and are a perfect breakfast, dessert or snack.
Recently I put out the question to my readers to see what kind of new recipes you would all like to see on the blog, of course as always the biggest request was cakes, desserts and snack type items. What can I say we like are sweet things, right?
I love asking you, my readers the kind of things you want to see, while the majority of the time I cook all these healthy delicious food for me and my family, it is also important that the recipes I bring you are things you are going to love and enjoy too.
Don't forget if you have a particular request for a Slimming Eats Recipe, that you do not see in my FULL RECIPE INDEX (which now has over 700+ Slimming Eats Recipes), feel free to drop me a message through my contact page, with your requests and I will do my best to create those recipes for you.
On my Slimming journey, I try to be conscious of the ingredients I am using, which means not going heavy on artificial and processed foods. That is the beauty of the Slimming programme, it gives us a list of basic generic free foods that we can pick and choose from, without the need to weigh or count calories. It's a programme that is totally maintainable for that reason. It can get tedious if you are having to constantly weigh everything or work out calories etc. The rule of adding ⅓ vegetables to your plate is the key, it is what naturally balances out the portions of all your other free foods, and should be applied to most meals where possible, although the occasional meal where vegetables really are not fitting in with the dish is perfectly fine. For example - Fish and Chips (although you could totally add vegetables to that too if you really wanted to.)
Check out my post on the Benefit of vegetables, which explains how this works within the program in more detail.
Sometimes we get far too focused on all the packaged healthy extra's and convenience foods because we want things quickly, especially when we get a craving for something sweet.
Recently I have been making a lot more of my own snacks and enjoying those instead, it's cheaper, you can sometimes make a batch and freeze stuff, so you always have things on hand and it is much much healthier too. I mean have you actually looked at the ingredients list on some items? It can sometimes sound a bit like a scientific experiment.
So when I got the request for some sweet recipes, I wanted to make sure it tasted amazing, used basic healthy ingredients, and at the same time wasn't hugely high on the calories.
Do remember though when you see dessert or cake recipes that have hardly any calories, the majority of the time they are not going to taste amazing or like real cake. Sometimes you have to be willing to use a few more calories for something to taste how you expect it to taste.
I make a lot of Slimming Eats Sweet, Cake and Dessert recipes using my healthy serving of oats.
Oats are a great Healthy food choice and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. You can also get gluten-free one if you need to avoid gluten for any reason. Just remember not all oats are gluten-free, as some can be cross-contaminated, so it is important that they say gluten-free on the packaging.
I really tested out this recipe, tweaking it a couple of times until the bake was perfect. I don't like to post things that are just okay, my recipes have to be amazing and family approved and these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oat Bites got the huge thumbs up!!
Make up a batch of these and freeze the other portions, all you need to do is take out and defrost as you want them. They are seriously yummy and cake-like and have an amazing flavour.
The only unusual ingredient to some is the pumpkin puree, but it is available at most grocery stores and on Amazon. Just make sure the one you buy is just 100% pumpkin puree. There is some pumpkin pie filling ones that are loaded with added sugar, so those need to be avoided. Another great thing about pumpkin is that it is a speed food and really delicious used in various recipes.
Check out some of my other Pumpkin Recipes, to use up any leftover pumpkin puree you have:
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Granola
- Pumpkin Doughnuts
- Pumpkin Soup
- Pumpkin Muffins
or another option is to freeze some in little portions, as you never know when you might want to knock up another batch of these Healthy Apple Sultana Oat Bites.
For the sweetening part of this recipe I have used maple syrup, it's a small amount and worth the caloriess in my opinion. If you really want to replace it with sweetener, just be aware that the bake and taste won't quite be the same. It won't have that WOW factor - trust me.
What Kitchen Items do I need to make these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oat Bites?
- 8x8 inch square pan
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Bowl
- Wooden Spoon
- Chopping Board
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Parchment Paper
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HOW TO MAKE THESE HEALTHY APPLE SULTANA OAT BITES:
- 160g of oats
- 160g of pumpkin puree
- 160g of fat free plain Greek Yoghurt
- 160g of chopped fresh apple
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (4 tbs) of maple syrup
- 30g of sultanas
- Preheat oven to 180c/350f (gas mark 4)
- Add to a bowl the oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and mix to combine, set aside.
- In a separate bowl add the eggs, pumpkin puree, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
- Add this to the oat mixture and stir until all combined.
- Pour into an 8x8 square brownie pan, lined with parchment (if not using parchment, you will need to grease the pan well with spray oil).
- Sprinkle on top the apples and sultanas, and carefully push down into the mixture with a spatula, you want them to be half in the mixture, half sticking out on top.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40-50mins until lightly golden - a skewer entered into the centre should come out clean.
- Allow to cool, and then slice into 16 evenly sized square bites.
Don't like sultanas? Swap them for chocolate chips
If you are dairy free- you can try using a dairy free yoghurt (I haven't yet tested it out on this recipe,
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- Calories - scroll down to nutritional info box
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Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1 bite
Amount Per Serving Calories 82Total Fat 1.8gSaturated Fat 0.5gCholesterol 34.9mgSodium 148mgCarbohydrates 13.7gFiber 1.5gSugar 5.6gProtein 3.4g