Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Crunchy Oats Dates Bars and Oats beauty Secret.



Did you know besides being a super healthy for heart,oatmeal is also a brilliant skin nourishing food?.During the frigid cold season,when the thermostats are running full time and air outside is dry,the skin suffers the most due to lack of moisture in the air.The best affordable remedy for dry skin is the oatmeal mask,it gently exfoliates ,nourishes and tones the skin for a smooth and supple skin.You gotta try it to believe it.Before the beauty treatment lemme share the crunchy oatmeal bar recipe with the sweet potassium rich dates,which nourishes from within the body.Its a perfect morning breakfast or snack on the go.




Ingredients
2 cups whole Oats
1/2 cup flax seed meal(its the binder ,or use 1 organic egg ,make sure the honey mixture is completely cooled if using egg)
1/4 cup Pure Honey
2/3 cup dates,chopped
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon Butter
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Orange zest
2 tablespoon Orange juice or apple juice or any fruit juice

Method
Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toasting a preheated oven at 300F,for about 10 minutes.Let cool.
Place butter,oil,honey,oil,orange juice and orange zest in a small saucepan.Heat gently ,stirring until butter has melted.Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped dates,flax seed meal and toasted oats.
Spoon the mixture in to the baking pan(8X8 inches).Sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top and press down so they are lightly embedded in the surface.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 350F heated oven , until deep golden around the edges.Remove from the oven;leave in the pan to cool slightly.Using a sharp knife score the top in to rectangular or square pieces. Leave to cool completely,then cut along the marked lines.Bar can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week.

Simple enough to bake these bars are my entry for Baking for Beginners
Also try Fruit Dark Chocolate and Almonds Granola Bar


For the Oatmeal Spa Treatment at Home.

Oatmeal Morning scrub

Take about 1 cup of whole oats or porridge oats,process in a grinder,only until coarse ,do not grind smooth to a flours consistency.Store in air tight container
Every morning,take about tablespoon of the coarse oatmeal,splash water on face ,neck and lightly scrub and massage in the circular motion for a minute or two,before rinsing it all clean.Feel the change in the skin instantly.Do this regularly everyday for smoother complexion.



Oatmeal beauty mask

1 heaping tablespoon of coarsely ground oats
1 tablespoon Olive oil or almond oil
1 teapoon honey
2 tablespoon or little more of luke warm water.

Nicely combine all of the ingredients and apply all over face and neck.Lay back and relax with some soothing music playing.After about 20 minutes wash clean with lukewarm water first then with cold water.Do this at least once a week for renewing a tired and winter damaged dry skin.You could even use this as a body scrub,leave it on for 10 minutes before washing.

All you beauties out there do you have any winter skin care tip to share?

6 beauties shared their Skin care secrets:
Varsha Vipins Says "Masks made with Banana+honey is also good for winter skin"

Aquadaze says "Ever heard of oatmeal bath..where you grind the oats into a powder and sprinkle it in the bathtub? thats great for dry skin too.."

Sharmila says "For me milk cream with a little maida(all-purpose flour) works very well."

Bharti Says "If you mix in a teaspoon of sugar with the oatmeal mask, it makes a great scrub for hands/body."

Navita Hakim says "applying 1 tbsp of honey with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice on the face and keeping for 10 mins.Wash face for a fairer, smoother and visibly supple
complexion...
"

Rajani Says "I actually grind oats & almonds together - makes a superb scrub"
Thank you:)

42 comments:

Happy cook said...

That is indeed a delicious healthy bar.
And love the mask too ;-)

Ann said...

a very interesting combination..seems kids can love..

Asha said...

I do like Oats, most people don't seem to like the bland kind but it's nutritious! Bar is perfect for breakfast!:)

Wendopolis said...

The bars sound yummy, but in the directions it mentions sugar and honey, but the ingredients only list honey. Likewise, it says orange juice and orange zest in the directions.

I can't wait to try to oatmeal mask!

Dershana said...

Hi dear, sounds like a healthier alternative to weetabix :-)adding in the beauty tip is such a good idea!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sound so healthy. Nice recipe....

Cham said...

I like oats , perfect bar and mask sounds cool too :)

Anjum said...

Asak yasmeen...hey i loved the recipe of oats bars...i will make it as a snack for the kids this week...n oats is als used in bueaty care..i wasnt aware of tht...nice scrub..n pack

Curry Leaf said...

Great info Yasmeen.The bars are perfectly healthy and love the addition of flax which enhances it and also works as a binder.Perfect and Great.
The beauty treatment are must in this weather.Love the pics. :)

Viki Xavier. said...

Lovely bars..I am going to try it now.
Those beauty tips are amazing dear.
Expecting a lot like this from u dear.

DEESHA said...

looks yummy, I liked the idea for the mask

Soma said...

Yasmeen those bars looks like the ones in the store. So professionally done. Thanks for all the info on oats.. I do not use soap on my face, so this is just great.

Ohio! We used to live there, long time back. Dayton Ohio feels like our home still!

Varsha Vipins said...

I am getting ready with a sack here..:D..to bring oats..:D
Seriously dear,the snack looks cool..will try it n let u know,,I used to do this beauty things with oats back at home..That was the only thing for which I used oats..:D..n I affirm that its truly good..
Masks made with Banana+honey is also good for winter skin

Sara said...

Oooh, so many great uses for oatmeal! I love granola bars, but I also just love a simple bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar.

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh thats whole lot of new info' beauty product from my pantry!!! Sounds nice to me! Love the bar you made...just like store bought one,

aquadaze said...

Oats and dates is a lovely combo and the bars look delish! And the mask is a great idea too. Ever heard of oatmeal bath..where you grind the oats into a powder and sprinkle it in the bathtub? thats great for dry skin too..did it for my lil one..boy, did she hate me for it!!

Priti said...

Bar looks so delicious...and thanks for sharing those handy tips..

Sharmila said...

The bars look delectable Yasmeen ... but am more impressed with all the beauty tips. :-)
For me milk cream with a little maida works very well. :-)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice and healthy bars ideal for breakfast. i will grab some yasmeen !

Joie de vivre said...

I can't wait to try all three of these!

Uj said...

hey Yasmeen..Thats a wonderful recipe and also the beauty tip is just right for this weather. Thanks a lot

Priya said...

Delicious healthy bar..thanks for sharing beauty tips..so nice of u Yasmeen..

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i've always loved oat bars, and i must thank you for sharing oat's beauty secrets!

Keerthana said...

Yasmeen, i always love to have these health bars. never tried making them so far. will try now!
and thanks for those winter skin care tips:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats so healthy! Everyday morning I wish I could replace my heavy breakfast to this healthy oats bar!

Jaishree said...

A delicious healthy bar. Sounds nice to me! Love the bar you made. adding in the beauty tip is such a good idea!

Bharti said...

Love to have these kind of bars on hand.Yasmeen..I'm looking for a chewy version kinda like the cliff bars. Got anything you can recommend?
Thanks for the spa tip. If you mix in a teaspoon of sugar with your mask, it makes a great scrub for hands/body.

Pam said...

Great post. The oat bars look and sound tasty.

Pallavi said...

Yasmeen, This is quite yummy ..and I am definitely trying this.. I have all the ingredients in my pantry right now.. :) I cant tell you how surprised I am.. we seem to be picking the same things to make stuff.. first it was pomegranate.. and last weekend I made some crunchy and some chewy treats.. :) Nice coincidence.. anyway.. I finally finished typing.. the first one will come out tommorrow.. let me know what you think..

Vibaas said...

The bar looks yum as usual. Thanks for the beauty tip. i need it. i dont know if it is because of winter or if my harmones are whacky..my skin is in a bad shape. Timely post for me :)

Kevin said...

Those date bars look really good!

Navita said...

yup I have a tip too to share sweets--
applying 1 tbsp of honey with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice on the face and keeping for 10 mins.
Wash face for a fairer, smoother and visibly supple complexion...

mum's secret told..;p
the oat bars are awesome..i love sunflower seeds

Vij said...

Delicious healthy brunch bar!

Navita said...

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Plz accept my appreciation :)

SriLekha said...

wow! that's intersting and thanks for ur beauty tips!

Gita's Kitchen said...

A healthy bar with flax.. love it Yasmeen, thanks for the oatmeal mask dear, a good one especially with the dry skin problems during winter...

Adlak's tiny world said...

Yasmeen wow gr8 now comes to healthy as well as beauty tips in yr blog... welcome welcome dear.

bars looks so pretty and crunchy.

Sunshinemom said...

How did I miss this one!! Tasty bar there, Yasmeen! Great tips - I used to do the first one (powder) and it works too. Just turned lazy now!

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

I have been working on my oats these days,thanks for the recipe dear :)

Rajani said...

nice oats bar - i think it'll be great to snack on. my beauty tip - I actually grind oats & almonds together - makes a superb scrub. I always have some at hand when I am bathing. I scrub my daughter down too after a good hot oil massage. no soap.

Jude said...

I knew about the benefits of oatmeal on skin. Feels weird when I was forced to do it a few times (I'm a guy). Don't ask :)

Rajee said...

Sounds healthy and good combination with dates.

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