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What’s up guys?

 

It’s been a busy few weeks here – summer is over and fall is upon us!

 

I’m looking forward to the slightly cooler weather, boots, and pumpkin spice everything!

 

We’ve been soaking up the last bit of the summer with friends.

 

Friends 1

 

Some of whom have the cutest babies.

 

Friends 2

 

Oh, also we decorated our living room.

 

Home before and after

 

Not bad, right? We’re doing OK at this “adult” thing?

 

What didn’t look very nice on my kitchen counter was this.

 

Black banana

 

I had also just bought a beautiful new loaf dish so it was a no brainer really, that I was going to make Banana bread!

 

Loaf dish

 

This Banana bread is crazy moist and delicious and it will make your home smell amazing.

 

Banana bread 1

 

I know walnuts are the usual choice of nuts for Banana bread, but try this recipe with pecans, won’t you? They aren’t as bitter, and become sorta chewy and so yummy after baking with the banana-y batter.

 

Pecans

 

I love recipes where you essentially dump all the ingredients into a bowl, mix and bake. This is one of those! I told ya it was super easy! 😀

 

Super easy Banana Bread

 

Recipe adapted from: Food.com

 

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 80 mins
Serves: 10

 

Ingredients:

 

4 over-ripe bananas, skins removed
2 eggs
340g/1 and 1/2 cup caster sugar
120ml/half cup vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
60ml/quarter cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
100g/1 cup pecans (roughly chopped)
200g/1 and 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
 

Method:

 

1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF and grease a loaf dish. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the bananas, eggs, sugar, oil, milk, vanilla extract, and pecans.
2. Sift in the flour and baking soda. Mix together until everything is well combined.
3. Pour into the loaf dish and bake for 80 minutes. Remove and allow to cool, before cutting into slices to serve.

 

Banana bread 2

 

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At precisely 2pm every afternoon, post my lunch, I’m hit with an unavoidable sugar craving.


Usually there is a way to fix it – I take a quick walk with a friend and pick up a small pudding cup.
Or I remember there’s chocolate in my bag. Or maybe some blessed soul has brought mithai to office.


But on the days when there is nothing sweet around, I’m a little like this:


Grumpy cat


So I’ve always been on the lookout for something healthy + sweet that I can keep by my desk for those pesky sugar cravings.


And you’ll be please to know – I have found it, my sweet peas.


And here they are.


Mini chocolate discs 1


Made with just dark chocolate and an assortment of dried fruit and nuts, they’re the perfect healthy sweet fix.


Mini chocolate discs 2


You can experiment with what you want to put on the discs – I did coconut, almonds, cashews, prunes and raisins.


Mini chocolate discs 3


Once you have the ingredients, all you have to do is happily plonk the dry fruit and nuts over the chocolate. Or you could arrange them with precision and artistry. Just have fun with it!


Mini chocolate discs 4


Mix and match to make each one look different.


Mini chocolate discs 5


They’re the perfect size when you want a hit of sweetness.


Make some now! 🙂


Mini chocolate discs 6


2-ingredient mini dark chocolate discs
Adapted from: Undressed Skeleton


Prep time: 5 mins, plus setting
Makes: 12


Ingredients:


125 g dark chocolate
a handful of your favourite dried fruits and nuts


Method:


1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or in a double boiler. Line a tray with some grease-proof paper.
2. Using a tablespoon, scoop out melted chocolate and create small circles on the paper, flattening gently as you go. Add a mix of dried fruits and nuts over the circles and leave to set in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Remove gently from the paper and eat, or store in a sealed container in the fridge.


*GIVEAWAY ALERT*


Have you guys heard of Food Panda? A website that allows you to order food online, these guys have scouted your city and put together the menus of hundreds of restaurants in your area. It’s super easy to use, really fast and they’ve even listed places with discounts and special vouchers together for your convenience. Pretty cool, right?


Food Panda wants to offer 6 lucky readers a 150/- INR voucher to use the next time you’re hungry! All you have to do visit Food Panda, and tell me which restaurant you’d love to order from. Yup, that simple.


I’ll pick 6 winners by a random draw and announce them in my next post 🙂


Have a fun week ahead, lovelies!


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