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Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars!

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars!! Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day and I take it very seriously! Chocolate…Banana…Butterscotch…Whole-wheat…really serious…and its vegan! A win-win for everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can call it a breakfast bread, banana bread or banana & butterscotch cake. Anything you prefer, trust me, the taste won’t stop you from eating one slice after another..๐Ÿ˜› specially kids, they will enjoy these at anytime of the day..my 9 year old nephew couldn’t stop even after 3-4 slices! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Barsย are healthy, though they have a chocolate quotient, like all my cakes do, but these are vegan (no eggs-milk-butter) and made with whole wheat flour. Sounds healthy?!

Besides, this recipe is a really great way to use up all the browning bananas that are sitting on the kitchen table!!

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

Let’s start.
Preheat the oven @ 180’C for about 10-12 minutes.
Prepare the cake tin by greasing it with some oil and sprinkle some flour as well or line with parchment paper.
While that’s happening, take the banana purรฉe in a large mixing bowl, add nutmeg & cinnamon powders.
Mix them well using a spatula.
Stir in the sugar until well incorporated. Now sieve in the flours, baking powder, baking soda & the cocoa powder.
Mix everything well. Now pour in the oil and the extracts.
Give everything a good mix to make smooth & lump free batter. But don’t over mix it, else it’ll give you a very heavy cake/ bar (the batter will be quite thick).
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 10 minutes.
Remove the tin out of the oven using a mitten (be careful for the oven will be too hot) & sprinkle the butterscotch chips/ balls on top and put the tin back in the oven ( we do this to avoid the chips from sinking and settling at the bottom).
Bake for another 20 minutes approximately or until a skewer pierced in the center of the cake/ bar comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then invert on a cooling rack to demould the cake / bread and cool for another 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve!

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: makes one 7"square cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 nos large overripe bananas (mashed / purรฉed)
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 1 pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg powder (optional)
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 drops butterscotch essence (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips / balls

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180'C for about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Prepare the cake tin by greasing it with some oil and sprinkle some flour as well or line with parchment paper.
  3. While that's happening, take the banana purรฉe in a large mixing bowl, add nutmeg & cinnamon powders.
  4. Mix them well using a spatula.
  5. Stir in the sugar until well incorporated. Now sieve in the flours, baking powder, baking soda & the cocoa powder.
  6. Mix everything well. Now pour in the oil and the extracts.
  7. Give everything a good mix to make smooth & lump free batter. But don't over mix it, else it'll give you a very heavy cake/ bar. (the batter will be quite thick).
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the tin out of the oven using a mitten (be careful for the oven will be too hot) & sprinkle the butterscotch chips/ balls on top and put the tin back in the oven ( we do this to avoid the chips from sinking and settling at the bottom).
  10. Bake for another 20 minutes approximately or until a skewer pierced in the center of the cake/ bar comes out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then invert on a cooling rack to demould the cake / bread and cool for another 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve!

Notes

The batter will be thick, if you need to adjust the consistency, you can add some milk but then the breakfast bars won't be vegan. Omit butterscotch chips or replace it with whatever you like.

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Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

Love,

Shreya โค๏ธ

(P.S. You can add walnuts, pecans, raisins, etc. as well to the cake batter)

Shelf life: 3-4 days at room temperature & 4-5 ย days in the fridge

You may also like Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes, Cinnamon Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting or something savory like my Rustic Pizza Pinwheelsย or something healthy like a Whole wheat Chocolate Cake ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

Dahi Wadas on a Skewer!

I have to have Dahi Wadas for Holi! Not having them is simply not an option ๐Ÿ˜€ My mom makes the yummiest Dahi Wadas ever!!! And I simply follow her recipe to the ‘T’ ๐Ÿ˜˜

But deep fried Wadas can become a bit too heavy for us…specially when My hubby is perpetually on a diet!๐Ÿ˜ฐ I always have to be careful about calories and stuff like that whenever I’m cooking… Not too easy to do but i have that covered in my own sneaky way…๐Ÿ˜‰

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Every dieters’ dream..the indispensable ‘appe pan’../ aebelskiver pan. I am sure almost everyone of you out there has one… Small or large..cast iron or non-stick! They all work wonders. I’ve been using it for over a year now and don’t think I would be able to function without one. All my Wadas today are made my magic pan ๐Ÿ˜‰ with very little to no oil at all. Seriously good and no worry of they being oily & greasy.

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The Wadas were light, fluffy & so soft just like the ones we deep fry.

And to make it bit more special and colourful, I infused the curd with saffron strands …and presented them on Skewers!!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ˜Ž Now, who doesn’t like food on a stick! I mean we gorge on kebabs & tikkas all the time.. That’s where I got the idea from! And My dear hubby was indeed impressed ๐Ÿ’–

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You can present them in the traditional style or put them on skewer sticks…whatever works for you! ๐Ÿ˜Š Here comes the recipe..

Yield: 21 small or 12-14 large Wadas

Equipment: Appe pan / Aebelskiver pan, skewer sticks, a blender, a large mixing bowl, 2-3 bowls, spice mixer, 2-3 spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, a small saucepan, 2 glass jars

Ingredients for the Wadas:

1 cup skinless white urad dal (black lentil) soaked for 6-7 hrs

10-12 nos black peppercorns

2″ pc ginger

3 nos green chilly

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

oil as required (optional)

Method for the Wadas:

Grind together all the ingredients mentioned above to make a smooth paste using little water. The paste should not be runny. It’s supposed to be thick and sticky. Let this batter / paste sit for 30mins. Whisk the batter vigorously using a spoon for at least 4-5 mins. This will make the batter very light and airy and will ensure that the Wadas are soft.

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Now heat the appe pan, add a drop of oil if needed in every section. Now drop about a 1.5 – 2 tbs of the batter in every section and cook for 2 mins on the first side, then using another spoon flip them over to the other side and cook for another 1-2 mins. Repeat this for the entire batch of the batter. And set aside the Wadas to cool a bit. Then dip them in some warm for 10 mins then drain the water. Squeeze out the extra water. This is done to just soften the wada a little more. Set them aside.

Ingredients for the tamarind chutney:

1 cup tamarind pulp

3 tbsp pwd jaggery (use more if you like)

1/2 tsp each of red chilly pwd & roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp crushed saunf Dana (fennel seeds)

1/4 tsp salt

Method for the tamarind chutney:

Heat the saucepan, add the pulp along with the jaggery pwd and stir till the jaggery dissolves completely and the concoction simmers slightly..then season with the above mentioned ingredients. Cook for another 5-7mins. The concoction will thicken slightly. Turn off the gas and let the chutney cool down completely before you store it in a clean, dry glass jar. Set that aside for now.

Ingredients for the green chutney:

1/2 cup coriander leaves washed, dried & roughly chopped

1 no raw mango peeled & cubed

salt to taste

1 tbsp tamarind chutney

1-2 nos green chillies

6-7 nos cloves of garlic

Method for the green chutney:

Put all in the ingredients mentioned above in a blender with a little water and pulse for a couple of mins. The chutney will have a smooth texture. Store the chutney in a clean & dry glass jar.

Ingredients for the saffron infused curd dip:

1 cup thick curd

2 tbsp warm water

15-20 strands of saffron

Himalayan pink salt to taste

Method for the curd dip:

Dilute the saffron with the warm water for 20 mins or until it releases a rich yellow /ocher colour. Mix this yellow saffron water with the curd & the salt. Beat everything well and set aside I refrigerator to cool for 15-20 mins before using it.

For the plating & garnish you will need:

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1tsp red chilli pwd

Few pomegranate seeds

2 tsp coriander leaves chopped finely

Plating:

Put 2-4 Wadas on a single skewer stick, drizzle some of the curd dip, tamarind chutney, green chutney. Sprinkle some roasted cumin and red chilli pwd. Add a few pomegranate seeds /jewels. And a final flourish of coriander leaves! Voilร ! Do the rest in a similar way & serve right away.

Or just serve in platters like we usually do! โ˜บ๏ธ

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Hope you will make these soon and enjoy them as much as I did!

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ˜Š

Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojito

So…it’s getting hotter here in Mumbai for the last couple of days..and my lemony, minty, zingy pomegranate mock Mojitos are perfect to beat the heat! ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿน They are super easy to make and total party pleasers!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I first made these last year coz I absolutely love Virgin Mojitos served at most cafes / lounges… Reason being am I teetotaller! And so is Mr. Polkapuffs โค๏ธ (match made in heaven, right) I wanted to make them at home in the summers and thought why not add some fresh fruit juice and make pretty and healthy. So squeezed some fresh pomegranate juice and got going…

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We don’t consume alcohol by choice and it works for us! Some people have hinted that’s it’s boring, well if drinking yummy, pretty, healthy stuff is boring…them God help me! I want to be boring all my life! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜œ LOL!

Anyways, so made these again yesterday evening for the two of us..it looked nice so got clicking and planned to share it here today. It’s really simple …just mixing a few ingredients and you’re good to go.

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So here goes the recipe … โ˜บ๏ธ

Yield: 2 servings (short glasses)

Equipments: a mortar pestle, a juicer (if using freshly squeezed pomegranate juice) a blender (to crush the ice)

Ingredients:

2 lemons wedged into 4 pcs each

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

5 tbsp sugar syrup (same as the one used in Indian sweets)

200ml Sprite

1 cup crushed ice cubes

1/2 cup pomegranate juice (fresh or canned)

Method:

Muddle the mint leaves and lemon wedges in the mortar pestle (save some leaves n lemon slices for garnish). Crush the ice cubes in the blender but make sure it still has some ice chips / rough chunks in it.

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Choose the glasses you want to use for serving these babies… Add some crushed ice, top it up with half the muddled mixture (serves 2 hence using half the quantity). Add 2.5 tbsp of sugar syrup in each glass, add 1/4 cup of the pomegranate juice and top it up with approx 100ml Sprite! Add the garnish and some more ice chips.. Served chilled! ย ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Hope you will enjoy these as much as me and my hubby did! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’“

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

Little did I know that I would fall in love with cooking after I fell for Mr.Polka Puffs! It all happened a little too fast (no complaints there๐Ÿ˜€)

 

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

But my experience with cooking was very limited when we first got married. I didn’t even know how to make a nice, round, soft Roti/ Fulkas (Indian flatbread)…let alone a proper meal (I know, I was too pampered by mom and my elder sisters) Well , that’s a shame coz every Indian girl is supposed to know that, right? But I didn’t. I had a hard time managing cooking but I was hellbent that wouldn’t hire a cook to help me out, I wanted to do it on my own.

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months!! I had pulled it off!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ’ƒ I managed to make full Indian meal in less than 3months into our marriage…(desserts included ๐Ÿ‘†) Mr. PP was super happy ! And me??What more could I have asked for?!

Slowly I started to venture into unexplored territories.. Asked my mom for recipes over the phone and bought them to life. I was one happy wife!

But always wanted to bake a cake for Him… So I did. It was a basic cake and He did like it a lot… Said it was perfect for an amateur baker. I smiled , but somewhere inside me I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘amateur ‘.

I decided to perfect it, and boy I did !! ๐Ÿฐ

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

So life brings it to full circle and here I am, the ‘amateur ‘ cook /baker… With my first ever post on PolkaPuffs! It had to be a cake… But I didn’t want to do whole cake with frosting or layers just yet, so thought of sharing my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ This is the recipe which I have been using as the base for almost all my cakes /cup cakes. It’s easy n eggless. With just an addition or two of a couple of ingredients, I end up with a whole new recipe each time!

I thought with Nutella being such a rage (and a personal favourite) why not incorporate the flavours with the slightly bitter flavours of mocha and see if He likes it… Trust me when I say this, you’ll do yourself a favour when you make this! It’s yum with that rich cocoa & coffee & Nutella just melting in your mouth as you bite into it! Okay, so enough said….. Lol. Anyways, here goes the recipe…

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

 

 

Let’s start step by step…

Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.

Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).

In another mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.

Immediately pour 2 tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the center and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.

Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15 mins @ 160-170’c

Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25 mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.

Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cupcakes

Yummy, gooey, moist egg free Nutella filled cupcakes are easy to make and easier to eat!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice / vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ย cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).
  4. In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter.
  6. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.
  7. Immediately pour 2tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the centre and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.
  8. Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170'c
  9. Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.
  10. Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.
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Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€

Love,

Shreya โ˜บ๏ธ

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

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