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August 10, 2014

BANANA BLUEBERRY TEA CAKE {ONE BOWL}



My life since coming back from Nepal alternates between work , home and gaming. Its been mundane.

I feel the trepidation about the coming week.My results, competition and birthday will fall within the week and If all things go well, It will be a time to treat myself.

If your week has been slightly underwhelming like mine, do take a moment to watch this video and realise its time to buck up and soldier on. 
A Tribute to Discomfort : Cory Richards
 Exploration is my catalyst for passion for our planet, and photography is the conduit through which it is voiced.'

When you are at that, make this cake too. Moist, fruity and uplifting and oh so simple. You won't regret it.

Banana Blueberry tea cake
Yields : one 8 inch square cake

  • 1/2 cup or 4 oz melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I like it less sweet,adjust to taste) 
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 170 for fan forced ovens.
  2. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.
  4. Using a small pan melt the butter on low heat. When it has cooled, add in the eggs,milk and vanilla essence. 
  5. Roughly mash the banana and throw in the butter mixture.
  6. combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture and stir and combine. No visible clumps of flour.
  7. Lastly, stir in the blueberries.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.

June 18, 2014

COCOA BANANA NUT MUFFINS {LAZY MUFFINS}


Muffins are delicious. Its pretty difficult not to feel luxurious when you have a warm muffin and coffee in the morning.  However, mornings are pretty difficult for me, getting up early is even more of a pain. But having good breakfast is pretty much motivation to wake up early(oh the gluttony).As much as I would love to have the banana and chocolate muffin from a certain coffee chain for breakfast, I can't and I shouldn't because it is laden with sugar and goodness knows what. So I came up with my healthy version of the chocolate banana muffin.Its got all the qualities of a healthy muffin.I threw in walnuts,hearty rye flour and a topping of sunflower seeds, chia and oats.


I must add that the use of rye does add as a nice touch. They are hearty and it fills you up. Bob the pug also wishes you readers to savour the muffins because she didn't  get any. 


Did I also mention how you only need two bowls for this recipe? 

Cocoa banana nut muffins 
Yields : 12 muffins
Time : 20 minutes

  • 1 cup rye flour (wholemeal will work)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas smashed 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350F / 180C for normal ovens. For convection ovens 160C.
  2. Whisk all the dry ingredients until incorporated. (flour, baking soda, baking powder, walnuts, cocoa powder, brown sugar) 
  3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.(eggs, banana, milk, oil and vanilla extract)
  4. Mix both dry ingredient and wet  ingredients until barely combined.Do not overwork mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into muffin cups until 3/4 full. 
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.