Sunday, May 29, 2016

Spinach Muffins| Spinach Banana Muffins| Popeye Muffins| Green Muffins- My kids favourite colour is green, if you give ask him for choices for any thing with colour he choose only green till now. Even for his dance class he asked the satin ribbon in green colour. For toys too if he gets colour choice he choose always the green one. But donot know his tastes and liking changes as he grows like wise this also change one day over a period of time. So to surprise him i made these yummy healthy muffins.

 I loved these yummy muffins and really happy with the taste and the texture. He did not liked much as he did not like the banana flavour in it. Planning to make another version with other combination with spinach to exclude banana and have to make as per his likes.Otherwise he ate one or two. I have not added nuts init as he does not like any nuts or dry fruits in cakes and muffins. Husbands suggestion was if i have added some nuts in it it would have tasted even more better with nice crunchy texture. I know that before but purposefully avoided for my kid. But you can add nuts or chocolate chips of your choice.

Healthy spinach muffins recipe

Eggless Spinach Muffins
Green Muffin recipe


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Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • Whole Wheat Flour| Atta -1 cup
    All purpose Flour| Maida- 1 cup
    Sugar - 3/4 cup
    Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
    Baking Soda- 3/4 teaspoon
    Salt- pinch
    Cinnamon powder- 1 teaspoon
    Spinach- 1 cup, tightly packed
    Banana- 2 medium
    Oil- 1/4 cup
    Milk- 3/4 cup
    Vanilla extract- 1 teaspoon
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees to 10 minutes; Meanwhile start preparing for the muffins.
  • In a blender jar add the granulated sugar and powder well; In bowl or on the same blender jar add whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt,cinnamon powder and mix well with spoon or just run the blender once.
  • In a blender place the spinach leaves(remove thick mid rib and stem) and pulse once or twice now add the banana and make a nice puree. Add the oil, milk and vanilla extract with that and blend once.(If u use small jar add on the mixing bowl)
  • In a mixing bowl transfer the spinach banana mixture and then gradually add the dry ingredients little by little without lump formation.
  • If you wish add some nuts, dry fruits or chocolate chips half a cup.
  • Fold the mixture together and line the muffin tray with paper liners or spray the tray with oil and fill the tray with the batter and transfer to the oven.
  • Bake the muffins for 15- 20 minutes till the skewer inserted on the centre of the muffin comes out clean.
Notes
  • You could replace milk with one or two eggs for more taste. You could use whole lot wheat flour or all purpose flour or add some oats or bran too for this recipe. Refer my other muffin recipes for choices and proportions.

Eggless spinach banana muffins recipe


Popeye Muffins

Green Muffins recipe

Healthy green muffins recipe

Monday, May 23, 2016

Avocado Paratha| Guacamole Paratha is a healthy variation to plain parathas. I have been posting various rotis and paratha recipes last year. This year so far i have not posted any paratha recipes. So here i have prepared some avocado parathas to update my Rotis and Paratha recipe collection post. Unlike stuffed parathas this is a quick to make easy recipe. Because of the avocados the parathas will be so soft and nutritious.

Actually i bought those avocados to make some drink for this hot summer. Here at home every one has sore thorat and could not make a drink out of it. So the avocados were waiting inside fridge for about a week. Then i was planning for some salad or the other recipes which wont be cold and ended up in making these yummy parathas.

Avocado paratha recipe


INGREDIENTS:
Whole wheat flour| Atta- 1 and 1/2 cups
Avocado- 2 nos
Lemon juice- 1/2
Green chillies, finely chopped- 1
Garlic,finely chopped- 2 cloves
Coriander leaves, chopped- 2 tablespoons
Roasted jeera powder| ajwain- 1 teaspoon
Oil- 1 teaspoon+ for cooking
Salt- to taste

PROCEDURE:

  • Cut the avocado and scoop out the flesh using a spoon. With this add lemon juice finely chopped garlic, green chillies, coriander leaves and roasted jeera powder.
  • Mash well with a potato masher or you can use blender too.
  • Add a teaspoon of oil and enough salt for the rotis.
  • Now gradually add the atta and knead well to form a dough.
  • Grease the dough with a teaspoon of oil and rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equally sized balls.
  • Dust with flour and roll the dough into small parathas using rolling pin.
  • Heat a pan and reduce the flame to medium and grease the pan and cook the parathas both the sides till brown spots appears.
  • Note: You could add some spinach and grind together with avocado and make more nutritious Spinach Avocado parathas too.
Avocado chapatis recipe

Guacamole paratha recipe

healthy avocado parathas

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins| Spiced Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins was in my to do list for a long time. I have already posted pumpkin cake recipe two years before on Halloweens Day. But this recipe is totally healthy and you can have this muffins with out any guilt. I have used whole wheat flour and added extra wheat bran to nourish it further. I have prepared many muffins earlier but used small proportion of all purpose flour. But in this recipe i have not added and the outcome was totally moist and delicious airy muffins. I was so happy about the outcome. Do try this soft and moist totally guilt free healthy nutritious muffins!

I love whole wheat bread or muffins with the bran in it. Nowadays I start hating white bread like milk bread, sandwich bread or burger buns which are prepared with all purpose flour. The above said store bought ones are so sweet for my palette. So i buy only whole wheat ones. Even i do not like brown bread, i feel that as tasteless and dry. Whole wheat is perfect for my palette, this muffins comes close to that with the moist texture. I loved them with the crunch of walnuts!


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:20 minutes
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Continental
Makes: 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS:
Whole Wheat flour| Atta- 1 and 1/2 cups
Corn Flour- 3 tablespoons
Wheat Bran- 3/4 cup
Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
Baking Soda- 3/4 teaspoon
Salt- pinch
Brown sugar| granulated sugar- 3/4 -1cup (according to your wish)
Cinnamon powder- 1 teaspoon
Walnuts, broken into pieces- 1 cup
Egg-1
Yogurt- 1/4 cup
Oil- 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon
Pumpkin Puree- 1 cup

PROCEDURE:
  • To make pumpkin puree, cut the pumpkin and scoop the seed and keep the pumpkin on a tray and bake on 200 degrees preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the flesh becomes soft. (or)
  • You could peel and cut them into small pieces and boil with enough water to submerge and cook till soft and drain the water; cool the pieces and blend to make a paste.
  • In a bowl beat the egg and add the yogurt, oil, vanilla essence and pumpkin puree; mix together and set aside.
  • In another bowl mix the dry ingredients; wheat flour, corn flour, wheat bran, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon powder and walnuts.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Line the muffin tray with liners or spray or grease the muffin pan.
  • Fill the tray with the batter and bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes until the skewer inserted at the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Note: You could replace walnuts with any nuts or raisins like dry fruits of your choice.
  • Add brown sugar 3/4 cup for less sweeter muffins and for normal sweetness add 1 cup of brown sugar.
  • You could replace brown sugar with normal granulated sugar or powdered jaggery too.
  • You could replace wheat bran with oatmeal if you do not like the taste of it.
 



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Nellikkai Juice| Amla Lemonade| Amla Juice - Gooseberry is rich in Iron and Vitamin-C. Amla's health benefits which includes; Good for hair growth and hair health, good for eyes and bones. Useful  in the treatment of menstrual cramps. It has anti aging properties, remedy for diarrhea, protects body against heart diseases and infections. I have shared other gooseberry recipes like Gooseberry rice, Gooseberry rasam, Gooseberry pachadi, Gooseberry pickle in blog earlier. This is a healthy tasty thirst quencher for this hot summer. The tartness of the gooseberry is slightly neutralized by the lemon and tastes nice.

I bought these gooseberries around two weeks before and kept inside the fridge same time got fever and could not prepare anything. This week when i look into that some got brown patches so i discarded that and i prepared using the good ones.



INGREDIENTS:
Gooseberry| Amla- 5-6
Ginger- 1/2 inch (optional)
Lemon-1 small
Water- 2-3 cups
Honey| sugar - 2 tablespoons
Mint leaves- few springs

PROCEDURE:
  • Using knife cut the gooseberry in to pieces and remove the seed (or) slightly crush to remove the seed.
  • Add the cut pieces inside the blender jar and add ginger with this and blend to make a smooth paste. Add half a cup of water and grind well.
  • Pass the ground mixture through strainer and squeeze well.
  • Add two cups of water and the honey| sugar; mix well. Squeeze some mint leaves with hand or pestle and mortar; add and serve chilled with added ice cubes.



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Zucchini Muffins are an easy to prepare tasty breakfast muffins inspired by my older zucchini muffins post. I have here altered the recipe with some cocoa powder and added oil as i have added cocoa powder. Added extra whole wheat flour and reduced the all purpose flour. Other items and the measurements remains same for this recipe.You could prepare this muffins with or with out eggs.

Muffins the way i prepare is healthy and while consuming i can happily have one or two with out any guilt. Best muffins as a breakfast as well as a healthy nutritious snack. Refer my other healthy muffin recipes Healthy zucchini muffins, Banana Dates Oatmeal muffinsChocolate Oatmeal muffins.

Healthy chocolate zucchini muffins recipe

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Category: Cakes & Bake
Cuisine: Continental
Makes: 10-12

  • INGREDIENTS:
    • Whole Wheat Flour| atta- 1 cup
    • All purpose Flour| Self raising Flour- 1/2 cup
    • Corn Flour- 2 tablespoons
    • Cocoa powder- 1/4 cup
    • Oats, rolled quick cooking- 1 cup
    • Brown sugar| Jaggery, powdered- 3/4 cup
    • Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
    • Baking Soda- 1/2 teaspoon
    • Salt- pinch
    • Cinnamon powder- 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
    • Zucchini, grated- 1 cup (or) 1 number
    • Egg-1(or) Yogurt- 1/4 cup (eggless)
    • Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon
    • Oil- 1/2 cup
    • Milk- 1/2 cup
    • *Use Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon extra if you use All purpose Flour
PROCEDURE:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes.(Refer here for step-wise pictures)
  2. Meanwhile In a mixing bowl add wheat flour, all purpose flour, corn flour, cocoa powder, oats, brown sugar| jaggery, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder if you are adding. Mix well with ladle or whisk to uniformly blend together.
  3. Wash and grate the zucchini using carrot grater; set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl add the egg beat well with a fork, add vanilla essence, oil and milk together and beat well with a whisk or ladle. You could use electric beater too if you wish.
  5. Now add the zucchini and fold well with a ladle.
  6. Add the dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time and mix well with out lumps.
  7. Line the muffin tray with paper liner and fill 3/4 th with the batter. Sprinkle some oats or chopped nuts of choice on top if you wish.
  8. Transfer the muffin tray inside the oven and bake for 20 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Notes:  For the eggless version replace egg with 1/4 cup of yogurt.
  • You could use any sweetener of your choice like jaggery, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, dates..etc.
  • You could add chopped nuts 1/2 -3/4 cup inside the batter too for the crunchy bites.
Healthy breakfast muffins recipe

Chocolate zucchini oatmeal muffins

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie| Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is a chocolate smoothie with extra nutty salty kick with the added Homemade peanut butter. The freshly prepared peanut butter tastes yum with banana and chocolate flavours. Perfect breakfast drink at this hot summer days. You could consume this as a dessert too with the added ice cream and syrups drizzled on top.

Easy to prepare drink in minutes definitely a treat for peanut butter lovers like me. When i prepare this Chocolate banana oatmeal smoothie i was planning to add peanut butter in that recipe. Then later i realized to get the nutty flavour it is wise to make a separate version. Thaat one dominated with healthy aspects and this one rocks with wonderful flavour combinations.

Peanut Butter chocolate banana smoothie recipe


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Category: Beverages
Cuisine: Continental
Makes: 1 tall glass

  • INGREDIENTS:
  • Peanut Butter- 1 tablespoon
  • Banana-1 large
  • Cocoa powder- 2 teaspoons
  • Dates- 3 nos (or) Honey- 1 tablespoon
  • Milk- 1/2 cup
  • Ice cubes- 1/4 cup
PROCEDURE:
  • In a blender jar add the peanut butter, banana, cocoa powder, dates, milk and ice cubes.
  • Blend on high speed till frothy.
  • Transfer on a glass drizzled with chocolate syrup.
  • Serve topped with vanilla ice cream drizzled with honey or chocolate syrup (optional)
  • Notes: Vegans use almond milk for this recipe.
  • Frozen bananas could be used in this recipe.
  • If the dates are not moist soak in hot water for some time.
  • You could replace milk with yogurt if you wish.
Chocolate Banana peanut butter smoothie recipe

Chocolate Banana peanut butter milkshake recipe

Chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake recipe


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