HOW TO MAKE COCOA PANCAKES FROM SCRATCH

Recently, I have gone into the habit of wanting to make my own things at home rather than buy from stores or restaurants. I mean its a fun experience and you get to know how things work in the kitchen.

Moreover, you will save lots of money. I am sure you know that ingredients are cheap o purchase ,but the price they charge you for cooked food is unbelievably high. I would rather make my own and tweak it according to my taste buds.

Let’s jump over to the recipe then.

Ingredients:
  • 500 grams self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 30 ml canola oil
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 3 tbsp xylitol sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence.
  • 1 egg
Instructions:

1. Whisk flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt in bowl.

2. In separate bowl, whisk egg, vanilla extract, milk, and oil.

3. Make a center in the flour mixture, and add the milk mixture gradually. Stir gently to form a batter.

4. Heat non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Lightly grease bottom of pan with oil.

5. Drop batter using a tablespoon onto the pan. Cook pancakes until golden brown and cooked through, about 1 minute per side.

6. Transfer to plates. Repeat with remaining batter.

7. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with blueberries an strawberries.

8. Enjoy!

cocoa pancakes

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN BASED PIZZA AT HOME

I have never imagined that one day I would be able to make my own pizza!

The very thought of making a pizza dreaded me. Perhaps the food programs on TV that I watched as a child: where the chef took the dough and spun it in the air made me dread doing it because I was afraid the dough would fall on the floor or stick to the ceiling of the roof.

But thanks to a wonderful lady, she advised me to make my own pizza from scratch using my favourite ingredients such as broccoli, pumpkin, avocado and spinach.

Below is a comprehensive guide of how you can make your own pizza from scratch. Now you no longer have to order fast food. Why not try to make your own pizza and enjoy every bit of the process.

Moreover, you can make your pizza healthy and put your favourite ingredients. Home Cooking is always the best.

Pizza base recipe ( Makes 2 pizza bases 30 cm) (Prep time 15 minutes) (Cooking time 15 minutes) ( Difficulty – medium)
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Ingredients
  • 500 grams self-raising flour
  • 400 grams raw pumpkin
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
Instructions
  1. Boil the pumpkin for 15 minutes until it is well cooked and smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. This will aid in baking the dough base faster.
  3. Blend the pumpkin until smooth.
  4. In a bowl pour the flour and oil into a bowl. Using a wooden stick, mix the flour and pumpkin. Add some warm water and make a dough. Add more flour to make the dough less sticky.
  5. Knead the dough for 2 minutes. Half the dough into two portions. Use a rolling pin to shape the dough however you like.
  6. Bake the dough for 10 – 15 minutes each.

You can store your dough in the refrigerator and add your toppings when you want to make your pizza.

VEGETARIAN PIZZA TOPPING

Difficulty- easy .    prep time 7 minutes .  cooking time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 100 grams tomato paste
  • 100 grams tomato sauce
  • 50 grams mozzarella cheese
  • 100 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 50 grams fresh parsley
  • 1 tspn salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix the tomato paste and tomato sauce. Spread the sauce first on the pumpkin pizza base
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the pizza base
  4. Top with avocado, tomatoes, parsley and mushrooms.
  5. Bake for 10- 15 minutes until crispy.
  6. Enjoy.
VEGETARIAN PIZZA

CHICKEN & PINEAPPLE PIZZA TOPPING

(prep time- 10 minutes) (difficulty-easy) (cooking time -10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 300 grams shredded chicken breasts
  • 10 ml soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chillie flakes
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 100 grams tomato paste
  • 100 grams tomato sauce
  • 200 grams mayonnaise
  • 100 grams pineapple
  • 50 grams mushrooms
  • 50 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 100 grams mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Parsley leaves fresh
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees Celsius
  2. In a sauce pan, stir fry the chicken breast, add salt, soy sauce, thyme and chillie flakes for flavour.
  3. In a bowl, mix the tomato paste, tomato sauce and mayonnaise.
  4. Take your pumpkin pizza base and top it with the mixed sauce
  5. Grate your cheese and sprinkle it on top of the sauce.
  6. Nicely top with chicken, pineapple, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and parsley.
  7. Lastly sprinkle more mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake for 10- 15 minutes until crispy and golden.
  9. Enjoy!
PINEAPPLE & CHICKEN PIZZA

HOW TO BOOST LONGEVITY WITH OVER RIPENED BANANAS

EAT RIGHT TO LIVE LONGER

Most people in this century have a different mindset when it comes to health and longevity. We see this as scientists constantly conduct researches and create treatments to combat diseases & viruses such as the common flu which was deadly in the 20th century. (newstatesman.com).

This brings us to the fact that people do not want to die of diseases or viruses. People are constantly fighting battles within their immune systems to live. We all want to live, above all, live longer to see those great great-great-grandchildren. Today, with our current technology and knowledge, we can live longer due to healthy practices and the right diet.

So when you see those overripe bananas, don’t throw them away! Put them to good use by making yourself a lovely banana bread packed with blueberries and strawberries!

Enjoy food and live long!

Here are some benefits of eating overripe bananas:

1.   Relieves heartburn

Bananas help relieve heartburn by acting as an antacid but only if they are covered with dark spots. Raw bananas have more potassium nitrate which would be counterproductive because nitrates lead to heartburn.

2.   Lower blood pressure

Including overripe bananas can help prevent strokes and heart attacks by helping your circulatory system function more efficiently due to their potassium levels.

3.   Get a natural energy boost

Overripe bananas are sweeter because they contain more good carbohydrates and eating three bananas provides more than enough energy for an intense workout.

4.   Bananas delay and prevent cell damage

Overripe bananas are rich in antioxidants, which, according to livestrong.com, is beneficial in preventing or delaying cell damage in one’s body. This lowers the risk of diseases and improves your immune system.

5.   Helps combat cancer

According to healthy-holistic-living.com When a banana becomes too ripe, its peel turns a few shades darker. The dark spots on the peel create Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), a substance that can kill cancerous and abnormal cells.

INGREDIENTS:

  •   3 overripe bananas
  •  1&1/2 cup cake wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons xylitol sugar
  •  2 teaspoons cacao powder
  •  1 egg
  • 50 grams of melted butter
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 100 grams blueberries
  • 50 grams of strawberries
  •  ¾ cup milk
  • 10 ml of oil
  • A pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, beat an egg and bananas, add melted butter, vanilla essence and sugar then whisk until soft and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl pour the flour, baking powder, cacao powder and salt then mix well
  4. Add the banana mixture and milk to the flour and mix well until the batter is soft ( Add more milk until your desired thinness)
  5. Grease your baking tray with oil
  6. Add blueberries to your batter and pour the mixture into the pan
  7. Decorate the batter with cut strawberries and blueberries.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes
  9. Cool the banana loaf for 5 minutes.

Enjoy with a glass of milk!