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Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

If you love Raspberries, you’re going to love this recipe. I’m a little obsessed with this bread at the moment and have been eating it every single day for the past two or three weeks, I can’t even remember, we just can’t get enough of it.

Dark chocolate chunks with sweet Raspberries are just the best combination ever. Put those two in a rich Banana bread batter and you are pretty much in Paradise.

I used freeze-dried Raspberries, because I happen to have them, but you can use fresh ones if you prefer. Frozen ones on the other hand will dye your bread pink.

I love dark chocolate, the darker the better but if you prefer a little sweeter chocolate, by all means use semi-sweet.

As for the bananas, use them very ripe, when they’re speckled with black dots.

I have used olive oil here, a very mild kind since I love the fruitiness it adds to the bread, perfect with the Raspberries.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cup mashed)
  • 1/4 cup neutral olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour,
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried Raspberries or 1 cup fresh raspberries

METHOD:

Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F. Lightly oil a 9×5-inch/23x13cm loaf tin and line with baking paper.

Puree the bananas in a food processor, add the oil, yogurt, sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

In a large bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

Add the (freeze-dried) Raspberries and stir until mixed thru, don’t over-mix. You want to keep the Raspberries whole.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with the spatula.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out dry(-ish). It is still supposed to be moist since it’s a banana bread, however there should not be any batter still sticking to the skewer.
Should the bread become too dark you can tent some foil over the top loosely.

Remove from oven once it is finished baking and let it cool on a rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from tin with the parchment paper and let cool completely before slicing.

Enjoy!

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Being a fan of Baked Oatmeal like I am, I rarely eat anything else for breakfast, the need for variation is almost a necessity. For this dreamy baked oatmeal recipe I was inspired by the classic Peaches and cream combination, perfect with all the juicy ripe Peaches available now. Since I wanted to make it spectacular in taste I added creamy Ricotta, and a lot of vanilla. It’s so so good, it’s basically dessert.

The baked oatmeal ends up with an almost pudding-like center (due to the ricotta) , a crispy exterior and juicy peach in every single bite. I have to say, this is now my favourite Summer breakfast. It honestly tastes like a decadent dessert, drizzle with a little honey, add a spoonful of Greek yoghurt or more Ricotta and you have yourself a dreamy breakfast that is easy to prepare ahead of time and super healthy too.

So, about the ingredients…

Peaches – Use yellow Peaches if you can, since they have a more intense Peach flavour that their white cousins.

Eggs – Eggs give lift and give the oatmeal structure, it also adds a good amount of proteins and nutritional value. 

Honey – you can adjust the amount to taste, it gives the baked oatmeal a sweet flavor that goes perfect with the Peaches and the Vanilla.

Baking powder – also for a good lift, making the baked oatmeal more cake-like

Cinnamon and nutmeg – just a hint of these two spices is enough to give the Oatmeal that something extra

Vanilla extract – use real vanilla bean if you can, otherwise a good extract. Vanilla is a must. 

Salt – a pinch of salt is what keeps it from tasting bland.

Milk – Use any kind of milk you like, the fattier the milk, the creamier the baked oatmeal will be. Plant milk works too.  

Butter – Let’s be real, is there anything better than butter, even a few tablespoons can work a miracle, it adds a lot of flavour and improves texture.

Oats – quick cooking oats this time, since I wanted a creamier end-result. 

Ricotta – adds all the creaminess.


Prep time : 15 min

Cooking time : 30

Serves : 6-8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp. melted butter for baking dish
  • 4 to 5 Peaches, not too ripe
  • 4 cups/400 gr. quick cooking Oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml. melted butter
  • 1/3 cup/80 ml. Honey
  • scraping of one Vanilla bean or 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml. full fat Greek Yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml. milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup/120 ml. Ricotta

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Grease a 8 x 10 inch baking dish, or similar with the tablespoon of butter.
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients, the quick-cooking oats, the baking powder, baking soda, the cinnamon, the nutmeg and the salt. Stir to combine well. 
In another bowl beat the eggs, the melted butter, the honey, the vanilla, the yogurt, the milk and the Ricotta.

Peel the Peaches*, slice in half, remove the the stone by twisting the halves, then cut into wedges. Divide into two portions.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine. Pour half the oat mixture into the greased baking dish and layer half the Peaches over the oats, cover with the remaining oats and place the remaining Peaches on top in a decorative pattern. Brush the Peaches gently with a little oil or use a little cooking spray, this will prevent them from burning or going to dark. Bake for 30 minutes, serve with additional Honey if desired and more Cream or Yoghurt.

Enjoy!

  • *If you are having trouble peeling the Peaches, you can cut a small cross into the crown of the Peach, plunge them into a pot of (no longer) boiling water for one or two minutes, until the skin cracks open then remove them straight away into an ice bath, then proceed to peel.

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Strawberry Infused Granola

This Strawberry infused Granola is a real hit!

This Strawberry infused Granola is disappearing at a rate that I can barely keep up. I just can’t seem to make it fast enough, every time I want to make myself a bowl of Granola it’s almost finished again, sigh…I’m loving that though.

It’s very simple to make, there’s just one trick.

The trick to this Strawberry Granola is to literally infuse the oat flakes with pureed strawberries, this ensures that there is Strawberry flavor in each and every single bit of the Granola. After making a Strawberry puree you let the oats soak it up until the puree is completely absorbed and then bake it in the oven. It does take a little longer to bake than usual because you want it to be completely dry before storing.
And since strawberries have natural sugar in them you end up with these little clusters of crunchies with chewy strawberry bits in them, it also has a beautiful pink hue. Then to take it from awesome to super amazing, I added freeze dried strawberries and mini white chocolate chips. The white chocolate chips can be left out if you want to make a healthier version, still really delicious.
It’s really easy to make and if you love Strawberries, a must try. What a glorious way to start the day!

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Servings : 12-14
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INGREDIENTS:

wet:
• 1/4 cup neutral flavored oil
• 1/3 cup sugar, agave syrup, rice syrup or maple syrup
• 3 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 cup strawberries, crown removed, mashed to pulp or pureed

dry:
• 4 cups whole oats
• 1 cup (freeze) dried strawberries
• 1/2 cup white mini chocolate chips or more (optional)
• pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 150° C / 300° F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Heat the oil and sugar or syrup in a saucepan until melted and combined, add the vanilla and stir, set aside and let cool.
Blend the Strawberries until you have a smooth puree. Add the puree to a bowl and add the oats,   stir until completely combined. Let it sit for at least ten minutes so it can soak up all the moisture. Then add the melted oil and sugar mixture, a pinch of salt and stir to combine well.

Distribute the granola evenly over the baking tray and place in the middle of the oven, bake for about 60 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. It can take a little longer depending on how fast the granola dries, keep an eye on it and check regularly.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once the granola comes out of the oven, do not stir anymore so clusters can form. When it has cooled down completely, add the white chocolate chips and dried Strawberries. Serve with yogurt or milk of choice.
Store in an air tight container. Will keep for about 3 weeks.

Enjoy!

Spelt Cinnamon Rolls

These are the Cinnamon Rolls you want to make for Valentine’s Day Breakfast. They are so delicious and everything a Cinnamon Rolls should be…soft, big and puffy, and off course slathered generously with cream cheese frosting. I’ve made these with Spelt flour, which is my favourite flour, it has a slight nutty flavor and is easier to digest. Sometimes even tolerated by people who can’t have wheat, however it does contain gluten.
These cinnamon rolls are best eaten right after they are baked but they will keep for several days in an airtight container. You can also freeze them, personally I like to freeze the rolls individually and then thaw them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until warmed through. When I plan to freeze them I leave the cinnamon rolls unfrosted.
I don’t know where cinnamon rolls come from originally or who created them first, but whoever you are, God bless you, I am so grateful because nothing beats a cinnamon roll!

Bakery-style Spelt cinnamon rolls that anyone can make at home.

Prep time : 20 min
Cooking time : 20-25 min.
Makes : 8 – 9

INGREDIENTS
For the dough:
• 3/4 cup whole milk
• 2 tsp. active dry yeast
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 3 large eggs at room temperature
• 3 3/4 -4 cups white Spelt flour (type 630)
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/3 cup soft room temperature unsalted butter
For the filling:
• 1/2 cup soft unsalted butter (room temperature)
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 11/2  tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the frosting:
• 4 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
• 2 – 4 tablespoons milk
• 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Warm the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds, until it’s warm to the touch but not boiling hot.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the warm milk with the sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved, add the yeast. The milk should not be too hot or it will kill the yeast. Let the mixture rest for about five minutes until nice and frothy.
3. Add the eggs and butter and give it a stir. Now add the flour, (start with 3 3/4 cups) and salt and mix on medium speed for around 7 minutes until a sticky dough is formed.  If it is very sticky add a little more flour. The dough will be sticky anyway but should still be malleable.
4. Shape the dough into a ball, place in a large, lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for about one hour or until double in bulk. Alternatively you can let it rise in the refrigerator overnight (up to 12 hours).
5. Dust a work surface and roll the dough out into a rectangle approximately 40cmx30cm/16×12 inches in size.
6. Spread the dough with butter, leaving a border at the top side so you can roll it up once filled. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the butter in an even layer.
7. Roll the dough up tightly and try to close the seam as best as you can by pinching it together with your fingers. Place seam down on a cutting board.
8. Cut the roll into 8 or 9 equal slices.
9. Place the rolls in a greased 22cmx33cm/9×13-inch baking dish. I used an oval dish, but just use whatever you have, rectangular, oval… it’s all good.
10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
10. Once the cinnamon rolls are nicely puffed up, place the baking dish on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and the bounce back when pressed with a finger.
11. While the rolls are in the oven start making the frosting by beating the cream cheese with the butter together until nice and creamy. Add the confectionary sugar and beat to combine, add the milk by the tablespoon until desired consistency is achieved. Depending or whether you like a thick creamy frosting or a more pourable one. Remove from the oven and let the rolls cool before frosting.
12. Cover the cinnamon rolls with the frosting and serve straight away. If you intend to freeze them, wrap the cinnamon rolls individually and leave unfrosted.
13. You can re-heat frozen cinnamon rolls in the microwave

Enjoy!

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