• Banana carrot muffins

    Do you like carrot cake? Is the banana loaf your favourite cake? If yes you won’t be disappointed. This is the same kind of cake - moist, spicy and not very sweet. Carrot and banana give natural sweetness and moistness and match perfectly each other because of their subtle vegetable taste. You may use the same batter either for muffins or for a loaf and preparing is quick and easy so you can try it any time. Frosting is not necessary however it gives some sweetness and taste. Enjoy!

     

    16 classic muffins or one loaf

     

     Ingredients:

    • 2 bananas
    • 1 ½ cups shredded carrots
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon mixed pumpkin pie spices
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ cup oil
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ cup plain yogurt
    • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract

     Cream cheese frosting:

    • ¼ cup butter
    • ¼ cup icing sugar
    • 125 g cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

     

     

    Preheat oven to 350°F and line a pan.

    Smash the bananas with a fork. Stir in the shredded carrot.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, soda and spices. Stir in banana-carrot mixture. In separated bowl mix together eggs, oil, sugar, yogurt and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over flour-vegetables mixture. Whisk together just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25 minutes (until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean). Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.

    Frosting: whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Frost 1 tablespoon portion over every muffin (or loaf) and (optional) decorate with chocolate carrot.

     

     

     

     

    The recipe is based on stylesweetca.com but modified by me.

    Category: Cupcakes/muffins.

    Tags: banana, carrot, yoghurt.

  • Banofee popsicles

    Homemade, healthy ice cream tasted like banofee pie. Just to remind: banofee has crackers crunch base, caramel layer, bananas and whipped cream on the top. These ice pops have the same ingredients and simulate the pie’s taste. They are fatless and egg-free and have large batch of fruits and yogurt. My children are crazy about 'cause what would be better than ice cream made of candies? Enjoy!

     

    12 ice pops

     

     Ingredients:

    • 2 frozen bananas*
    • 1 cup fullfat yogurt (plain or vanilla)
    • ¾ cup whipping cream
    • 180 g sof caramels (I used Soft Caramels Werther’s Original)
    • 2 tablespoon milk
    • 2 tablespoon crushed crackers
    • 50 g  (1½ oz) dark chocolate

     

     

    *Peel bananas and divide in three part each. Place in a plastic container and put into the freezer for 4-5 hours. 

    Frozen bananas and yogurt place in a blender and blend until smooth. Melt caramels with milk over low heat.  In the bowl of a stand mixer whisk cream until stiff peaks forms. Pour the cream over banana-yogurt mixture and gently mix with rubber spatula until combined. Gradually add melted caramels still mixing. Caramels have to be warm and some of them will be combined with mixture and some will set creating pieces of caramel. That is fine. Spoon ice cream mixture into molds, put the stick in each and sprinkle with crashed crackers.  

    Before serving melt the chocolate, set aside to cool slightly but do not let to set completely. Remove ice pops from molds. Place the chocolate  in a piping bag and drizzle over popsicles.

     

     

     

    Category: Desserts/icecream.

    Tags: banana, caramel, glutenfree, yogurt.

  • Maple bran pear cake with banana frosting

    If you seek an idea for easy, quick and tasty cake for autumnal tea time this one is just perfect. It is very moist cake with nice texture (thanks to bran addition) with sweet pear pieces. I decided for banana frosting after discovered that banana and pear share the same fruit ester called isoamyl acetale and because of that they have similar taste drop. And I can say this is really good combination. Enjoy!

     

    rectangular pan 13 x 9 inch

     

    Ingredients:

    • ¾ cup butter
    • 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped finely
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup maple syrup
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 ½ cups flour
    • ½ cup wheat bran
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda

     Banana frosting:

    • 150 g cream cheese, softened
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 7 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 2 tablespoons powdered freeze-dried bananas
    • 1 tablespoon milk

     Decoration:

    • autumn leaves sprinkles

     

     

     

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking pan with paper parchment.

    In a small sauce pan melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add chopped pears and cook on the medium heat about 12-15 minutes until tender. Remove from the saucepan and set aside. In the same sauce pan melt the remaining butter. Pour to the large bowl and add sugar and maple syrup. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add eggs and vanilla extract, stir together. Stir in flour, bran, baking powder, salt and soda. Stir in pears. Spread batter In the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until light brown and puffed. Cool on a wire rack.

    Make frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add icing sugar, banana powder and milk. Beat until incorporated.

    Spread frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with sprinkles.


     

     

     

    Category: Fruit cakes.

    Tags:banana, bran, maple syrup, pear.