MORINGA CINNAMON ROLLS

Scrumptious and best for dessert

So today is the day after Mothers day. Would you like to join me this week in celebrating Mothers day for a whole week? 🙂

How about trying these delicious Moringa/Peanut Butter/Coffee Flavoured Cinnamon rolls? I promise you will love these. These rolls are pretty easy to make and will be all done in under 1 hour. You could have them as breakfast too.

How did I come up with the recipe? Well, I wanted to do something about the spirulina powder that was left over. I also wanted to make something greenish and looked like roses. I couldn’t find any roses for Mothers Day, so I decided to bake some rolls like roses. Pretty good right?

You can also replace the some ingredients if you don’t like them or are allergic to them such as peanuts and egg yolks, you replace these with jam or white chocolate drops. As for the egg yolks, you can make the cinnamon rolls without the egg yolks. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup  corn starch flour
  • 2 tbsp moringa powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 heaped tbsp leafy green powder
  • 2 tbsp xylitol sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 100 ml melted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 heaped tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp Nescafe coffee

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease your baking tray with butter.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, vanilla essence and butter together.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flours, moringa powder, leafy green powder, spirulina powder, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well.
  6. Pour milk to the flour and knead the dough.
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and form a rectangle shape.
  8. Spread butter on top of the dough then sprinkle 1tsp of cinnamon powder and coffee.
  9. Spread peanut butter on top of the dough then finish of by drizzling with maple syrup.
  10. Roll up the dough tightly and use a floss/knife to cut 8 equal rolls.
  11. Arrange the pieces in the baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!

You can enjoy these rolls with condensed milk as a glaze or ice cream. I would highly recommend vanilla ice cream for the topping, it goes pretty well with the combination.

3 MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL RECIPES

Delicious~ Appetizing~ Scrumptious

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

Can you imagine what this world would be like if there were no women, mothers and grandmothers? I wouldn’t want to be part of such a society or world. Below are some reasons to remind you why we celebrate this lovely day:

  • Mothers are likely one of the first people we ever know when we enter the world, and they love and care for us as we grow up.
  • Did you know? A mother is a child’s first friend with whom he or she shares all of their joys, sorrows, emotions and happiness.
  • Besides, you wouldn’t even exist in this world or get the chance to read this post 😊.

Today is a day that is worth to be celebrated. So, treat your mom to these 3 special recipes and enjoy!

THE BEST MOTHERS DAY BREAKFAST IDEA

BUTTER SCONES

Here, we have these scrumptious Butter Scones glazed with condensed milk and filled with custard pudding. Talk about tasty. These scones will be finished before you know it. I would recommend having scones with warm milk if you are in living in cold weather or cold milk if you are in summer. Actually anything drinkable will do: juice, coffee (especially), lattes and cappuccinos.

This is the perfect breakfast for mothers day. These scones are the opening to your Mothers day gift. Surprise your mom further with the rest of the recipes!

Ingredients for scones:

  • 2 & ½ cup self-raising flour.
  • 2 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 250 grams room temperature unsalted butter
  • 50 grams xylitol sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Ingredients for glaze and custard filling:

  • 50 ml condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp custard powder
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1 heaped tbsp of xylitol sugar for taste.
  • 50 ml milk for mixing powder.

Instructions for scones:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs, butter, vanilla essence and sugar until well mixed.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into flour. Mix the ingredients until a dough is formed.
  5. Knead the dough
  6. Roll out the dough and cut out round shapes of the dough.
  7. Place the round shaped dough on a baking sheet
  8. Glaze the top of the dough with egg wash for a goldening effect.
  9. Bake the scones for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Cool the scones for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Instructions for custard pudding:

  1. Bring the milk to boil on medium heat
  2. In a cup, pour 50ml of milk, 3 tbsp custard powder and 1 tbsp of sugar. Mix the paste well until fully dissolved.
  3. Pour the paste into the boiling milk, bring the heat to low and continuously mix the custard with a whisk until smooth.
  4. Use a piping bag to fill the center of the scone.
  5. Pour condensed milk on top of the scone as a glaze. Enjoy!

VANILLA BUNDT CAKE

The next surprise would be this gorgeous Vanilla Bundt Cake. I chose this recipe because it brings so much of my childhood memories. I remember how my mom used to bake little cakes for us kids as a reward to an accomplishment. If your house was always full of the vanilla scent, then go ahead and makes these delicacies!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200 grams unsalted butter
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 200 grams xylitol sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 150 ml vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar together until mixed well.
  3. Pour the 3 eggs , vegetable oil and vanilla essence to the mixture and beat the ingredients until fully blended.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, poppy seeds and baking powder.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well.
  6. Add milk to the batter and ensure the batter is smooth.
  7. Grease your baking tray. I used a 6 holed Bundt tray.
  8. Pour the batter into the tray and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. If you are using a large Bundt tray then bake your cake for 40-45 minutes.
  10. To ensure that your cake is baked completely, insert a skewer in the cake, the skewer should come out clean. Enjoy!

VANILLA & GINGER BISCUITS

Last but not least, we have these lovely snacks: Vanilla Biscuits filled with custard pudding and avocado filling. These biscuits are the best snacks ever. They are very easy to make, takes less time to bake and will also be gone before you notice it. A biscuit plus warm milk would be your ticket to paradise. Perfect for night snack and you will sleep like a baby.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 grams xylitol sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups cake wheat flour
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ginger powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until fluffy.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the flour and mix well
  5. Pour the milk and mix the ingredients until fully blended and a dough is formed.
  6. Cool the dough in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  7. Knead the dough and roll it out using a rolling pin. Cut out whatever shape you want for your biscuits.
  8. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Let the biscuits cool for 10 minutes and (add custard pudding as filling-optional)

I hope you found these recipes helpful. Have a lovely Mothers Day:)

VALENTINE’S CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

One of the best dessert meals for Valentine’s is this no-bake chocolate & beets truffle.

I know that most people love to do really easy, no-bake desserts that require minimal ingredients. So I decided to develop an easy, no-bake healthy dessert that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Here’s why you’re going to love these Chocolate Beetroot Truffles.

No baking required! All you need to do is cook the beetroots otherwise no actual cooking is required. You could make it even easier to buy pre-cooked beets. The food processor and freezer do all of the hard work.

8 main ingredients. 10 including salt and zest, but we don’t count salt or zest, so just 8 main ingredients.

Wholesome. These truffles taste just as indulgent as any truffle, but they are good for you, especially if you use dark chocolate with a high cacao content.

Allergen Friendly. These truffles are gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free so anyone can enjoy them!

Fudgy. The combination of dates, cooked beets, and cacao powder make these sticky, gooey and fudgy. They melt in your mouth, not even joking.

Indulgent. Even though they’re made with wholesome ingredients, they taste magniglorious. And because they’re so rich, just a small serving will satisfy all your dessert cravings!

Ingredients:
  • 200 grams dry pitted dates
  • 100 grams beetroot
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 30 grams oat flour
  • 20 grams protein powder
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • 50 grams chocolate icing
  • 40 grams butter
  • Orange zest
Instructions:
  1. In a small pot, boil peeled beetroot for 15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl , put the dates and add water. Microwave them for 1 minute
  3. In a blender, put the dates, sliced beetroot, vanilla essence and some water. Blend until thick and sticky.
  4. You can make your own oat flour by blending rolled oats until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, protein powder and salt. Add the date caramel to the bowl and mix until a sticky dough is formed.
  6. Freeze the dough for 1 hour.
  7. To make the chocolate icing, beat the butter for 2 minutes with a mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  8. Add the chocolate icing to the butter and fold well with a spatula until fully blended.
  9. Remove the dough from the freezer and use a scoop to form truffle balls.
  10. Cover the truffles with chocolate icing and sprinkle orange zest on them.
  11. Enjoy!
PREP TIME: 75 MINUTES

WHAT BETTER WAY TO START A NEW DECADE THAN A BUTTER-NANA FRITTER?

Compliments of the new season everyone! 

Have you been planning on a new decade’s resolution such as starting a new diet plan and a new exercise regime? I have got your back (only with the diet part😊).

The best way to fire up your 2020 would be to indulge this new recipe packed with complementary ingredients such as the banana and butternut. 

Today we have a butter-nana fritter, made in only 15 minutes, is super healthy but most importantly delicious. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 400 grams butternut 
  • 1 banana
  • ½ milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 100-gram cheese
  • 1 tsp vegetable spice
  • 100 grams of spinach

METHOD: 

  1. In a pot, boil the butternut for 15 minutes until fully cooked.
  2. Mash both the banana and butternut in a bowl and let it cool down.
  3. Add freshly cut spinach to the banana mash and mix well.
  4. In another small bowl, whisk the 2 eggs and milk until fully blended.
  5. In a larger bowl, pour the flour and baking powder. Add your seasonings.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well with a spatula.
  7. Pour the butternut mash into the flour mixture and mix well with a spatula.
  8. Set your non-stick pan on a low heat stove and pour canola oil.
  9. Use a spoon to scoop small amounts of the fritter mixture into the pan and fry it.
  10. Every 1 minute, flip the fritters on the side and fry for another 1 minute.
  11. Decorate with honey glaze and enjoy!

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes.

OTHER ADDITIONS

You could add some tuna mixed with mayonnaise to your banana mash. It tastes heavenly! 

THE CORN FRITTER

Also, for more flavour in your fritters, you could add some sweet corn. If you do not fancy the banana, then you could supplement it with some sweet corn and butter.

A SIMPLY DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY TART

SUMMER STRAWBERRY JELLY TART

DIFFICULTY: EASY       PREP TIME: 3 HOURS              SERVES: 6

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams coconut biscuits
  • 50 grams melted butter
  • 10 grams gelatin
  • 60 ml water
  • 200 ml whipped cream
  • 200 grams pureed strawberries
  • 100ml vanilla yoghurt.

METHOD:

Use a food processor to blend the coconut biscuits into crumbs. Add the melted butter to the crumbs and mix together until there is a good consistency.

Press the biscuit mixture into a tart case and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Melt the gelatin in warm water until its fully dissolved.

Mix the pureed strawberries, whipped cream, gelatin and vanilla yoghurt in a bowl.

Pour the strawberry mix into the tart base and refrigerate for 2 hours. Enjoy with blueberries and strawberries

HOW TO MAKE A HEALTHY ICE-CREAM WITH ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS

BLUEBERRY ICE CREAM

Difficulty: easy              Prep time: 3 hours        Serves:8

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams frozen blueberries
  • Vanilla essence 10 ml
  • 385 ml condensed milk
  • 250 ml whipped cream
  • 100 ml water

METHOD:

In a food processor blend the frozen strawberries with water until they are smooth.

In a bowl, mix the condensed milk, vanilla essence,  whipped cream and blueberry puree.

Pour in an ice cream tin and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Enjoy.

THE BEST SUMMER FRUIT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CAKE

Summer is knocking at South Africa’s doorsteps therefore it’s time to indulge in some cool delicacies.

This Strawberry cake is best had chilled. There is No need to bake, just set in the refrigerator and enjoy for dessert.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM             PREP TIME: 3 HOURS     SERVES: 6

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams shortbread biscuits.
  • 200 grams melted butter
  • 400 grams vanilla yoghurt
  • 2x 385 ml condensed milk
  • 250 ml cream
  • 10 ml vanilla essence
  • 125 ml warm water
  • 20 grams gelatin powder
  • 3 nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Maple syrup

METHOD:

In a food processor, blend the biscuits into small crumbs.

Slowly add melted butter to the crumbs and press the mixture into a greased cake tin.

Refrigerate the base for 25 minutes.

In a bowl, mix vanilla yoghurt, condensed milk, cream and vanilla essence until smooth.

Dissolve the gelatin in the warm water and add it to the yoghurt mixture.

Pour the yoghurt mixture in the cake tin and set in a fridge for 2&1/2 hours.

Add cut strawberries and nectarines for topping. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy.

Amazing texture

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!