Pumpkin walnut muffins

The past few weeks have been so busy, I have not had the time to write my blog. But we have been cooking and dishing out interesting food. I will soon post some pictures.

On Friday afternoon, I was walking past Specialitys after lunch and they were giving out samples of pumpkin bread. It was delicious, a little too cinnamony for my liking, but tasty none the less. “I have a can of pumpkin puree sitting in the pantry”, I said to my friend who was walking with me, “Oooo… this is giving me ideas… and kindling my desire to bake. I have to try this on Saturday”. “Let me know if you try it out”, she said.

I woke up this morning, pulled out the ingredients and whipped up this nifty pumpkin bread. It was a delicious breakfast and everyone loved it. That’ why I thought of posting it here. It’s not too sweet though, so if you like your muffins sweet then just double the amount of sugar. Here’s the recipe for all of you to try…. Enjoy!!

Scrumptious... and hearty pumpkin walnut muffins

Scrumptious… and hearty pumpkin walnut muffins

Ingredients:

Sugar – 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
Eggs – 3
Canned pumpkin puree- 1 1/2 cups
Water – 1/2 cup
Whole wheat flour – 2 cups (or 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
Baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoons
Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
Nutmeg – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – a pinch
Raisins – 1 cup
Chopped walnuts – 1/2 cup

Directions:

– Mix the sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin and water together in a large bowl.
– Mix all dry ingredients together and add to mixture.
– Now add raisins and walnuts.
– Let the mixture stand for sometime (about 30 mins) at room temperature.
– Place in greased muffin tins and bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Stick a knife and check if the muffins are done, and then cool them on the cooling rack.

Healthy breakfast... taste delicious with milk

Healthy breakfast… taste delicious with milk

Weekend morning breakfast- banana bread

On Saturday morning, I thought of baking banana bread. My husband loves it, it’s fairly easy to make and it’s healthy too. Most importantly I had all the ingredients in my kitchen! There are so many recipes available online. But I have changed mine up a little bit to use whole wheat flour, no butter and less sugar. Here it is…

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (or 1 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour)
You can add one more banana and use only 1/2 cup sugar
METHOD
You don’t need a mixer for this recipe. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon. Mix in the sugar, egg, oil and vanilla. Add the baking soda to the flour. Now add the flour to the wet mix and combine. Pour mixture into a loaf pan which has been prepped. Bake for about 45 mins to an hour. You will know that it’s done when you poke a knife into your loaf and it comes out clean. Cool on a rack, and then it’s ready to serve.

Enjoy, and let me know if you try it!!