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Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings the Healthier Way!

by Vidya Srinivasan

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As big time foodies, my hubby & I love to try different vegetarian cuisines. With that passion, I loved and enjoyed cooking. The main reason for starting my food blog is to primarily keep a record of all sorts of the recipes that I’ve tried. Instead of writing everything that I have learnt down in a notebook, the perks of publishing it on the internet would help not only me, but to others who are looking for new and interesting recipes.

As I am passionate in baking, oven is my best friend in the kitchen, where I enjoy whipping up tasty dishes that does not require much oil and have tried a couple of traditional Indian snacks with it. Besides the conventional oven, I also use microwave oven to try out some easy and innovative recipes. I would say that oven is such a boon and I am a believer in it! My food belief is that healthy food leads to healthy living. That is why many of the recipes that I have created reflected on my food philosophy. You can even find a few fusion recipes that I have posted on my site.

The question is, ‘should sweets must always be a guilty pleasure?’ My sweet tooth always makes me craves for something sweet, but in reality sugar alarms me. As a result of that, I started experimenting with honey and dates to replace them with sugar! With that, I have successfully created a sweet treat loaded with nuts and oats to satisfy my cravings. Not only this oats and nuts cake is a great nutritional snack (a mild sweet) for adults, but also a yummy treat for kids. 


Oats and Nuts Cake (Katli / Burfi)


  • Oats - 1 cup (I used Quaker (instant) oats)
  • Almonds - 1/4 cup
  • Walnuts - 1/4 cup
  • Dates - 30 (Adjust according to your sweetness)
  • Water - 3/4 cup
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Almond extract - 1/8 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp + to Grease the pan
  • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp



  • Soak dates in warm water to make it soft for 15 to 20 minutes and grind them into fine paste with water.
  • Grease a tray with ghee and keep aside.
  • Pulse oats, walnuts and almonds into fine powder.
  • In a non-stick / heavy bottomed pan, add ½ tsp of ghee and saute the oats, walnut and almond flour for 4 to 5minutes till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the dates puree to the flour and keep stirring till they start leaving the pan and turns into a non-stick dough. Add ½ tbsp of ghee and mix well.
  • Transfer the content to the greased tray and level it. Leave it for at least 1 hour and cut them into squares.



  • Nuts and oats flour can also be dry roasted. Roast the nuts to avoid raw smell
  • Sugar/ Jaggery can be used instead of sugar. Prepare the sugar syrup with little water and add the flour mixture and cook till it keaves the pan
  • Apple sauce, mango puree or any fruit puree can be replaced with dates syrup
  • Date syrups bought from stores can also be used
  • Any nuts like cashew, walnut, pecan, almond, pistachio, etc. can be used
  • I used combination of oats and nuts instead.
  • If you want to create Burfi, it can be prepared with any one nuts/pays flour.
  • Artificial food color can be added for color.
  • Fried nuts can be added for extra richness.


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