Getting it right, the ‘other’ way

 

Whilst preparing this post, I thought about the ingredients I used to bake this past week and how cool it was that even with something as precise as baking, there’s almost always another way to accomplish the same thing.

You want a biscuit but not all the fat calories associated with the regular recipe? There’s a recipe for that. No recipe yet? Play around with ingredients till you get the desired outcome.

In life, there isn’t only one path to success.

Growing up, we often heard “go to school, get good grades, graduate, get a job” as the desired path to conventional success. However, when we look at some of the CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, we see proof that there’s indeed more than one way to success. Some of them didn’t finish school. Some got fired. Some quit their jobs to chase their dreams. The iconic thing about them is that despite the obstacles, they committed to finding ways to make their dreams work, and that’s why we have the likes of Apple, Virgin and Facebook today. Just because you don’t have the conventional ingredients for success does not mean that what you do have cannot work together for your success.

For example, we are familiar with shopping bags traditionally being either paper or plastic, which in more recent years has been the subject of environmental activists’ protests. However, would you believe that now one can make shopping bags out of bio degradable material such as cassava?. The existence of a problem/challenge is merely room for you to find a solution. Think outside the box!

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With that said, here are 2 recipes from the past week that are an absolute must try. They work well for the health/fitness focused people as well as those just wanting something different.

I discovered these recipes from researching around the ingredients I had available against what I wanted to make. When I found things close enough, I tweaked it a bit to suit what I actually had and made it work.

This week my recipes were guided by 3 things that I didn’t have in my kitchen:

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Butter

Read | try it | share it

Oatmeal and banana cookies/bars

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Ingredients:

2 small ripe bananas

100g rolled oats

30ml / 2 tbsp honey

1tbsp coconut oil (I used cold pressed coconut oil)

optional ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of chia seeds or chocolate chips or other topping of choice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  2. Peel and mash bananas in bowl with a fork, add oats, honey, coconut oil, (optional ingredients) and stir to combine
  3. Let it rest for roughly 10 minutes then add chia seeds (or other preferred topping) and mix
  4. Take a tbsp of mix and mould in hand (I dry blended oats and sprinkled some on my palm before scooping, mould and forming it into balls)
  5. Place moulds on baking sheet (or foil) (consider lightly greasing if you want, I didn’t) and flatten with back of spoon to about 1cm thickness
  6. Place tray of cookies in heated oven and allow to bake for 15-20 mins
  7. Take out of oven and leave to cool for 5 mins or so before transferring to a cool rack
  8. That’s it, you’re cookies are ready for sharing 😉

 

My special banana bread

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Ingredients:

3 small overripe bananas

1 ¼ cup of dry blended rolled oats flour + ½ cup of self raising flour (OR 1 ¾ cup of one type of flour of your choice)

¼ cup of maple syrup + ¼ cup of honey (OR ½ cup of either works)

¼ cup of milk

2 eggs *(I gave in and bought eggs)

1/3rd cup of coconut oil or canola oil or vegetable oil *(I used half coconut oil and half canola oil)

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp baking soda

*optional ingredients:

1/2 tsp chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170˚c
  2. Grease baking pan and set aside
  3. Combine oil and honey/syrup in a bowl and mix with a whisk
  4. Add eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, mashed bananas to bowl and mix again
  5. Mix baking soda into milk and add to bowl
  6. Add in your optional ingredients
  7. Add flour in bits/gradually stirring or folding into wet mixtures
  8. Pour mix into greased baking pan.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and make a design to the surface of the cake
  10. Put in the oven to bake for 60minutes
  11. Once baked, a knife or toothpick can pass through and come out clean
  12. Once baked allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer cake to a cooling iron and allow to cool for 20 minutes

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Note below:

For the 1st recipe, I stumbled across one (from kitchen sanctuary), which I eventually tried with some minor tweaks for great success. The success of the one led to me experimenting with the second recipe (tweaked from cookieandkate/pedgi from allrecipes)

I’ve since added more ingredients to both recipes including dates, sultanas, coconut shavings, you name it!. At this point, the recipe needs a new name at this point? Healthy Fruit Bread/Cake?

*you can add any additional ingredients of your choice at step 6. I added coconut shavings at step 9 before stirring into a design.

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