Sunday, October 31, 2010

Banana Apple Muffins with Oats



In my recent blog, banana has been put much emphasis in most recipes I shared. This is because banana provides numerous natural health benefits.

Click here to read the Top 5 Health Benefits of Banana.


To mention a few, banana is a great energy booster; it contains high dose of trytophan, a hormone that eventually gives you a happy relaxed feeling, iron-rich food which could improve your blood health and most of all its a good source of potassium, essential for muscular metabolism. These benefits from banana could be the primary reasons why athletes, body-builders, gym goers and the like always include banana in their afterwork out diet.

What are the natural medicinal benefits of banana?

Try this simple easy to bake banana nut bread. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare with 20 minutes baking time. This is best served cooled although many prefers it served warm with ice cold milk. A slice of this banana bread after a heavy work out would re energize you making you feel full but not heavy.

Ingredients:

Yield: 18 Servings

  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened

Note: margarine is preferred for it contains less saturated fats. Read about the facts and fallacies between butter and margarine

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 pcs large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped apples
  • 6 Tbsp cup honey
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt (iodized)


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degree F.
  2. In a kitchenaide bowl, cream butter and sugar at medium speed
  3. Add eggs at one piece every 30 second interval. Continue mixing until well combined.
  4. Add the mashed banana, chopped apples, and honey. Continue mixing for 1 minute.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing just until moistened. Do not overmix.
  6. Scoop batter in individual paper-line muffin tins. Fill up to two thirds full.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffins test done
  8. cool in pan for 10 minutes before taking out to the wire rack

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Frozen Banana Yogurt Recipe


Yogurt for dessert has become the all time favorites of most people who are concerned of their weight. Why is yogurt getting more popular as part of daily diet nowadays? To add to your list of yogurt-based desserts, here is an easy to prepare recipe of frozen banana yogurt.

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups plain yogurt or vanilla flavored
  • 1 cup sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups ripe mashed bananas

Directions:
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, salt, all purpose cream and vanilla. Cover with a cling wrap and put inside the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Add mashed bananas to the chilled mixture.
  3. Freeze as directed.
  4. Once frozen serve in individual dessert cups.

Enjoy and have fun eating yogurt

Friday, October 29, 2010

Banana Yogurt Smoothie


BANANA-YOGURT SMOOTHIE

What are the benefits of Yogurt?

1 cup unflavored yogurt
1 medium-sized frozen banana or use fresh banana and 2 ice cubes
1 tbsp. hon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Other frozen fruits such as peaches or strawberries can be added or substituted. Blend until thick in covered blender

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Banana Yogurt with Toasted Oats



Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 500 mL homemade curd or plain yogurt or vanilla flavored yogurt
  • 6 Tbsp toasted oat pots
  • 2 Tbsp white sugar
  • cinnamon powder or nutmeg
Directions:
  1. Sprinkle 6tbsp oats on a baking tray with 2tbsp sugar. Grill gently for 3-4 minutes, turning every minute until golden and crisp.Allow to cool and set aside.
  2. Mix the banana and yogurt in an osterizer or blender or food processor until smooth
  3. Spoon into dessert cups and chill for 30 minutes
  4. Sprinkle on top toasted oat pots
  5. Dash lightly with cinnamon powder or nutmeg to add spicy taste
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