Quick Fix: Cocoa Banana Pancakes

I think I made these more to fix my chocolate craving than my son’s, Lol! Anyway, we both scarfed them down at pretty much the same speed. These are super easy and can be whipped up in a jiffy!

Since I experimented with these, I won’t be able to give you the exact measurements for all. I just went with my gut on this one.

choco1Ingredients:

  • Un-Sweetened Cocoa powder
  • Organic raw sugar, to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Egg
  • Vanilla essence, 2 teaspoons
  • One Banana
  • Butter
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Whole wheat flour, refined flour or self raising flour (any flour of your preference)
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder (optional, no need to use this if you’re using self raising flour)

Method:

  • Mix up all the ingredients as you would to make a pancake batter
  • In a heated pan, plonk on some butter and ladle out the batter
  • Cook until brown on both sides

choco2Serve:

  • Serve while still warm
  • Chop some bananas and roll them up
  • Dust the top with some icing sugar

Extras: Can be served with a layer of Peanut butter or whipped cream too and one can use berries instead of bananas. Yummm!!!

 

 

Marbled Banana Bread

There has been a nasty bug going around and every toddler I know has succumbed to it. T too was not spared. He’s been battling a chesty cough and a fever, and the meds make him want to not eat a thing. He keeps asking for food but the second he puts it in his mouth it’s out on the floor. The only thing he is willingly eating is buttered toast. So I decided to combine two of his favourite things, banana and cocoa and bake him a marbled banana bread. All in hope to jump start his taste buds a little.

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Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/2 Cup ragi (finger millet) atta
  • 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup organic sugar
  • 2 Ripe bananas
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Two pinches of salt

Method: 

For the Chocolate batter:

  • In a mixing bowl, sieve the Ragi flour, cocoa powder, salt and half of the baking powder
  • Add in the cinnamon powder and half of the sugar
  • Then add in one teaspoon of milk, one egg and half of the unsalted butter
  • Beat the batter until smooth

For the Vanilla batter:

  • In a mixing bowl, sieve the All purpose flour, salt and the remaining half of the baking powder
  • To this add another egg, the banana mash and the remaining butter
  • Add in a few drops of the vanilla essence and the remaining sugar
  • Mix in the all purpose flour with the rest of the baking powder and a pinch of salt

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Baking:

  • Grease and dust the baking mould with some flour. Then pour the two batters into the mould to create the marbled effect. Do not mix the two batters together
  • Bake on 200°C for about 30 mins, checking intermittently
  • Serve warm or lightly toasted with honey, maple syrup, cream cheese or butter

PS: The batter I made was less than the mould would’ve needed so the bread wasn’t as high as I’d have liked it to be. :)

 

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