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Portable Energy Boosters

Taking up from where I left off about those food frauds, I guess it is time to make amends – I know I crashed a lot of diets out there, including mine! So, the least I could do is bring you some really easy to make “energy bars” and “muffins”

Muffins are universally loved snacks, both for children and adults. Easy to pack, filling and tasty, these are really very easy to make. So let me begin by giving you the recipe for the basic Muffin mix; once you have this ready, you can actually store it and use it with different flavor variations and experiment 🙂

The basic muffin mix needs the following ingredients:

1 and a half cups flour – any flour or combi of flours

Half cup to three fourths cups sugar – depending on how sweet you like it

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Half tsp salt

Carrot muffins

In a mixing bowl, take the dry muffin mix, add four carrots skinned and grated, half cup apple juice, one egg, half tsp cinnamon and one third cups melted butter. Mix these well. Preheat over to 350 degrees F and bake the mix in muffin moulds  for 15 to 20 minutes or until a fork plunged in the muffin comes off clean. Oh, you know what I mean!

Oatmeal muffins

In a mixing bowl, add the dry muffin mix, one and a half cup cooked oatmeal, one egg, one third cup melted butter, half tsp cinnamon and a fruit of your choice. Mix well – bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 15- 20 min.

Applesauce muffins

Take mixing bowl, add dry muffin mix, one and a half cups applesauce, one egg, one third cup melted butter, half teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well. Bake in muffin moulds in 350 degree F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Now go experiment with different fruits and raisins.

You can substitute the sugar for honey according to taste, but that means you can make the “dry” muffin mix and store it.

Banana muffins

This one’s healthy and you need: one and a half cups whole wheat flour, one cup rolled oats, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, half tsp salt, 2 eggs, one fourth cup cooking oil, one fourth cup honey, one fourth cup milk, three medium mashed bananas and half cup chocolate chips (optional, of course).

Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Grease muffin pan or get those paper cupcake liners. In a bowl, add flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt an dmix well. Then make a… umm… well in the middle.

Take a bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add oil, honey, milk and bananas. Mix well. Pour this mix into that well in the other bowl and stir – so that everything is just about moist.

Now is the time to add the optional choco chips. Gently stir it in – do not mix too  much. Its okay if the batter seems a bit lumpy or if you see flecks of flour. Fill those muffin cups to 3/4ths. Bake for 20 min. Enjoy.

Okay – some energy bars now!

You know how convenient energy bars are – I grew up with chikkis – and really loved the texture and taste. They make wonderful pre-post-workout snacks, in between meals or on the road. They also serve as yummy desserts. So, in three words, delicious, nutritious and lets face it – practical. I picked a no-bake recipe for you:

  1. Half cup dates, chopped
  2. Half cup figs, chopped
  3. Half cup raisins
  4. One fourth cup wheat germ
  5. Five tablespoons of non fat dry milk powder
  6. Half cup biscuit/cracker crumbs. Digestive biscuits work well
  7. Two teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Combine 1 to 5 in a food processor until it becomes a ball of dough.

Take a bowl and mix 6 and 7.

Roll the dough into balls and coat it with the crumbs.

You can keep this in an airtight container for a week or ten days.

Each ball has 240 cals, 54 g carbs, 2.5 g fat and 5.5 g protein.

The dry fruit gives you most of the carbs and cals, but it also gives you fiber. Enjoy.

Another no-bake energy bar recipe

  1. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. Half cup wheat germ
  3. Half cup oat bran
  4. Half cup vanilla protein powder
  5. One cup crunchy peanut butter
  6. One cup raisins or chopped dried fruit
  7. One cup chocolate chips
  8. One cup honey

Here comes the best part = mix 1 to 8 and freeze in bar shape.

🙂 Ok – now am off to eat thair saadam and vadu manga (curd rice and mango in brine) – do let me know how these turn out for you – and don’t hesitate to send me samples! (Are you listening, Nona and Nandini?)

The fun part with these recipes is – you can’t go wrong. You can mix and match, and it WILL taste great.

0 08 February, 2011 Health February 8, 2011

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Vidya's healthy concoctions (read: health posts) makes the perfect cup of GingerChai for body and soul of our readers. Follow @vidyasury You can read her personal concoctions in her personal blog, Going A-Musing

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