Diwali is almost here, literally knocking on the doors and I cannot contain my excitement. Since childhood this has been my favorite festival, and I look forward to it every year. The lights, sweets, everyone in their brightest attire, I love it all. So what am I serving my guests this Diwali, apart from the candied walnuts we made last time? Some warm muffins, yes moist banana muffins. Time for some new ideas, and muffins it is.
The good part, they have fruit in it, I make it with brown rice flour, (you can use whole wheat or all purpose too) and raw sugar, so it’s definitely healthier than the store bought options, and the kids just love it. It’s a great breakfast and snacking option. And believe me your guests will bless you for serving something different this festive season.
Let’s dive into the recipe.
Moist Banana Muffins
1-1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 ripe bananas, mashed
¾ cup raw sugar
⅓ Cup olive oil
½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven at 170 degrees C, and line your muffin tray with muffin cups or grease with butter.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then mix together the wet ingredients, banana, oil, egg and the sugar. Fold the banana mixture with the dry flour mixture gently, till all is incorporated well. Add the chocolate chips. Put the mixture in the muffin tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. You can check by inserting a toothpick in the middle, it should come clean, that means your muffins are done.
Moist Banana Muffins
You know it’s Diwali around the corner when you suddenly notice twinkling lights everywhere around. Shops start screaming discounts, and all around there is lots, I mean lots and lots of sweets. But when it comes to food the traditional is becoming passé and more and more we are moving towards purchasing Diwali sweets. Traditionally our moms used to make mithai at home, and I know that with our busy lives its not always possible to do that all the time. But what if I told you could make something sweet at home literally in 5 minutes, sweet and unique! Candied walnuts; dry fruits anyways have become a part of gifting in Diwali. Yours would be different and way better.
The great part about this recipe apart from the fact that how quickly you can make it, is that it’s a great snack, is awesome with salads, can be put in small glass jars and can be a very thoughtful diwali gift too! And I like it better than caramel popcorn. You just cannot stop at one, I challenge you.
1 cup walnut
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp butter
Put a non stick pan on the gas; add the butter, followed by the sugar and walnuts. Keep on stirring everything over medium heat for 5 minutes. When the sugar starts melting, stir well so that all the nuts are coated properly.
Once done, transfer immediately to a parchment paper, and start separating the nuts so that they do not stick together. You will have to move quickly otherwise you will end up with a big blob of nuts. And yes the parchment paper is a must, if you want to avoid a sticky mess.
Once it cools, you can store in an airtight container.