Cranberry and Apple Oats Smoothie – A sour but healthy smoothie

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!

How are you all doing today? So I am back with another smoothie recipe. This time its a sour smoothie but as most other smoothies I post, this one is packed with healthy goodness.  By the way, have you guys watched the new Kung Fu Panda? I haven’t yet, but I plan to this week 🙂 Do suggest any new movies that you think are worth watching. We try watching movies that are “kid” friendly when my son is awake. We reserve the ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes and other action packed movies for when he is fast asleep. But half of the episodes/action movies are seen on mute (read subtitles), cause there is this constant fear of waking him up. Like they say, everything is a balance. Like when we go out, we take turns to eat, the same way at home also we take turns with who gets to change the diapers and who feeds him! Its all a balance.

Ok so back to the smoothie.

Cranberries are a huge source of Vitamin C and Manganese. It help fight cancer and urinary infections. Apples help fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. So on the whole this recipe is one that helps keep you fit and healthy. You can add more sugar / honey as you like. I used greek yogurt and milk. But you could use almond milk or any kind of milk as desired.

Ingredients :-

  1. Cranberries – 200 gms
  2. Apples – 2 ( cored and cut )
  3. Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  4. Greek Yogurt – 1 cup
  5. Milk – 1 cup
  6. Oats – 1/2 cup
  7. Honey – 3 tbsp ( add more if required)

Instructions :-

  1. In the bowl of your blender, add the cranberries, apples, cinnamon powder, yogurt and oats
  2. Turn the blender on medium speed and add milk. Adjust the consistency as you like
  3. Finally add honey into the blender bowl and taste
  4. Serve right away
  5. The smoothie might be a little sour so add as much honey as you like

 

 

Whole wheat waffles with caramel poached apples and nuts

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When I go to bed every night I think about what I can make the next day for my husbands lunch, my babies three meals and may be some thing sweet. So last night I decided I would make whole wheat waffles  and use a fruit of the season. So apples were the way to go. This recipe is so easy and it will keep you full all the way till lunch time.

Ingredients :-

  1. Wheat Flour – 1 + 1/2 cups
  2. Salt – 1/ tsp
  3. Baking Powder – 2 tsp
  4. Oil – 1/2 cup
  5. Egg – 1
  6. Milk – 1 cup + 1 tbsp
  7. Palm Jaggery – 1tbsp + 2 tbsp ( use sugar, brown sugar alternatively )
  8. Butter – 1 tbsp
  9. Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp + 1 tsp ( for the caramel)
  10. Apples – 2 ( cleaned, cored and sliced)
  11. Cream – 1 tsp ( Or 2 tbsp of curd)
  12. Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp
  13. Nutmeg Powder – 1/4 tsp
  14. Star Anise – 1
  15. Walnuts – 5 – 6

Instructions :-

  1. Pre Heat your waffle iron
  2. In a bowl mix flour + 1 tbsp palm jaggery + salt + baking powder + cinnamon powder + nutmeg powder and set aside
  3. In another bowl, mix oil + milk + 1 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk egg into the milk mixture and whisk well
  4. Now slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Do not over mix! If there are lumps its ok. Add 1tbsp of milk if too thick
  5. Pour batter into the hot waffle iron and let them cook till nice a golden
  6. Mean while, in a pan add the rest of the jaggery and butter. Let it come to the simmer and add the cream. Then switch off the flame and add the start anise and vanilla extract
  7. Now add the cut apples into the caramel and let it cook in the hot caramel ( when the gas is off) This makes the apples soft on the out and nice and crunchy on the inside
  8. Once the waffles are ready pour the caramel apples on the waffles and top it off with walnuts! Enjoy!!

Tips:-

  1. All ingredients should be at room temperature
  2. Use good quality flour ( fresh )
  3. Use apples that are hard and not too sweet
  4. You can substitute jaggery with sugar, honey, agave etc
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