Wholewheat chocolate banana muffins

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I always wondered what is the best way to feed my kids (or rather the elder one) bananas. He is the one who runs away at the mention of it. As he loves eating cakes, these whole wheat chocolate banana muffins comes to the rescue. With the goodness of whole wheat, bananas and jaggery they definitely are a healthy and yummy treat for kids. My son just loves them and that’s mission successful for me. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1-1/4 cup powdered jaggery ( can also use 1 cup jaggery + 1/4 cup brown sugar)

3/4 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 medium sized bananas

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup (120 ml) warm water

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Line 12 regular-sized muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Blend together the egg, bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract in a blender.

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until combined well.

Pour the batter in the lined cups, about 3/4 full, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.

Take the cupcakes out of the oven and cool them on a wire rack.

My son can’t even wait for them to cool down and I just love it. There is no greater pleasure in life than feeding your loved ones and being appreciated.

Happy Baking!

Wholewheat Pizza recipe

Often times we get so busy in our daily lives that we have no time and energy to cook for ourselves. These are the times when we tend to indulge in fast food/junk food. And when it comes to pizzas we just can’t wait…Dominos and Pizza Hut rules with an outlet in every nook and corner of the city. But with little planning and effort, we can enjoy pizzas made at home with the freshest ingredients possible and with various types of toppings. Here I give you a very simple recipe for pizza with 50% whole-wheat flour and 50% all purpose flour/maida. You can experiment with the proportions of the flour and make a pizza as per your taste.

This recipe yields six regular size pizzas.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole-wheat flour (can replace with 2 cups all purpose flour for a lighter and puffier texture)

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon olive oil

2 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 3/4 cups water

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Method:

Take 1 cup warm water in a bowl. The water should be warm enough to activate the yeast but it shouldn’t be too hot else it will kill the yeast. Add sugar and yeast to the water, mix it with a spoon and keep aside for 10 minutes.

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The yeast blooms beautifully and after 10 minutes the mixture looks frothy like this…

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Add whole-wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt and oil and mix well. 20150407_102542 20150407_102738

Make a well in the centre of the dough mix, add the yeast water and knead well. Add remaining (3/4 cups) water into parts and keep kneading. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes or more.

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Lightly oil a mixing bowl and keep the prepared dough in the bowl. The bowl should be big enough to provide room for the dough to rise well. 20150407_104239

Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and set aside for the dough to rise. 20150407_104458

After 3 hours the dough looks like this…

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Preheat the oven to 220 C. Keep the pizza sauce, grated mozzarella cheese, olive oil and the toppings ready.

I make pizza sauce at home and will share the recipe soon.

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Make 6 balls of dough. Roll out each into a thin round sheet and move it gently to the lightly floured baking tray or a baking sheet. Apply little oil, spread pizza sauce, grated cheese and the toppings. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the pizza turns golden brown.

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Enjoy the healthy and yummy homemade pizza with the goodness of all fresh ingredients…

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Happy Baking!