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Easy Strawberry, Banana, and Pecan Muffins

Made from fresh fruits and nuts, these delicious muffins are sure to keep those sugar cravings in control when the afternoon hits. Save yourself (and the family) a few calories by skipping out on the extra sugar, and try out this easy recipe which is perfect if you’re a beginner in the kitchen.

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup milk (any kind will do)

1 banana, diced

225g strawberries, diced

1/4 cup pecans, chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and spray a muffin tray with canola oil.
  2. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a medium bowl then mix well.
  3. In another bowl, beat the eggs, vegetable oil and milk until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Combine both mixtures together, then add 2/3 of the strawberries, bananas and pecans. Fill the muffin cups almost to the top, the sprinkle the remaining fruits and nuts over the mixture.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, and allow to cool before serving.

Image and Recipe via Celeste’s Cooking Creations

September 16, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Donuts

A delicious dessert which is rich and creamy – especially if you’re looking for a cheat meal during the week. Derived from scratch, these doughnuts are made with fresh banana to achieve a fluffy consistency right after they’re out of the oven. Sprinkle some pecan nuts over the chocolate sauce for added taste and texture.

Ingredients

2 bananas (squashed)

1/2 cup soft brown sugar

1/2 cup Greek yoghurt or butter milk

1/4 cup butter (melted)

2 cups plain flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC), then in a bowl mash the banana, yoghurt and melted butter before adding the eggs. Beat together with an electric mixer, then sift in the flour and baking powder.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, then transfer the mixture into a piping bag and pipe into a pan (which has been sprayed with canola oil).
  3. Chop up a handful of your favourite pecans, and sprinkle over the top before serving.

Image and Recipe via Twigg Studios

August 17, 2014

Peanut Butter Granola Wrap With Strawberry and Banana

Next time you’re in a rush to get ready and leave home, prepare a quick granola wrap which you can eat on-the-go. You could even enjoy this meal as a snack, or lunch by swapping some ingredients and adding some protein instead. The textures will be delicious to mix together, while also keeping you fuller for longer.

Ingredients

1 large tortilla (wheat)

1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup sliced bananas

2 tbsp granola

1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter

1 tbsp sugar-free strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Sliced all the fresh fruit, then put it aside into a bowl.
  2. Heat the tortilla in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, then wait until it cools down. Spread the peanut butter and jam (optional).
  3. Place the strawberries, bananas and granola before wrapping the tortilla and tucking in the ends.

Image and Recipe via Baking with Blondie

August 16, 2014

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

We all want that sweet treat occasionally – but without the guilt. And what’s better than biting into a warm chocolate cookie? Not much. So here’s a healthier versions of chocolate chip cookies using rolled oats, full of fibre and wholegrains, and canola oil and soy milk in place of butter and full-fat milk. The recipe also contains bananas for another level of tasty goodness.

Ingredients

1 cup oat flour

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/3 cup canola oil

1/3 cup plain soy milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 ripe banana, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C. Combine first 6 ingredients (through sugar) in a bowl. Whisk together oil, soy milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in banana, walnuts and chocolate chips.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto pan with a small ice-cream scoop. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown, turning baking sheet halfway through. Let cool on a wire rack.

Recipe via health.com

May 17, 2014