Friday, August 24, 2012

Oven Baked Plantain Chips

Ready for something crunchy this weekend? How about Oven Baked plantain chips!! Easiest to make won't take much time. Great healthy alternative snack for all those chips lovers out there! You control the spices and the oil content and enjoy completely as per your taste.

Here is how I  made my batch.


3 plantains
Coconut oil
Black pepper- freshly ground for an extra kick

And here is how to make them-:

  • With the help of vegetable peeler peel the plantains from all sides.
  • Slice them thinly with the help of slicer/ mandolin.( Before slicing dip the tip of plantain into coconut oil, remove and start slicing them, it helps prevent sticking while slicing.
  • In a bowl, mix coconut oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper and the plantain slices. You can also add some chilly powder if you like, or may be paprika or anything else that you feel like adding .Coat well and keep aside. 
  • Line the baking pan with aluminium foil and spray with some oil. 
  • Start spreading the plantain slices in single layer on the baking pan.
  • Slide the baking pan into a preheated 350F oven  for about 30-35 minutes.
  • If you have a couple of baking sheets make sure to rotate them and also flip the banana slices halfway through.
  • Bake them until golden and crunchy... and don't forget to savor every bite..:)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Banana Oat Cranberry Bars

This was my second attempt at making these cereal bars! And I promised myself that I will never buy them from the store ever again. The fun with any kind of homemade food is that you can completely alter it to your taste and this is exactly the reason that I keep attempting , sometimes getting better, sometimes not so much! I totally enjoy the whole process and the results is not what I look forward to anymore.

First time I made them for our Bay Area trip and this time was for the Vancouver weekend get-away!
They are easy to carry as a snack anytime you travel. They have a good shelf life. I think they should last for 2-3 days even in the bright sun. My kid loved it, and munched on it at least twice both the days of our trip..:)

Here is what you will need-:

  • 1/4th cup Almond milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1tbsp flax seed
  • 1/4th cup coconut oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup of cranberries/ pumpkin seeds etc.
  • 2 tbsp of Chia seeds soaked overnight into 2 tbsp of almond milk/ soy milk
  • 1.5 cups of regular oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4th cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Combine sugar, flax seed, almond milk , coconut oil, vanilla extract and whisk together.Keep aside.
  • Mash bananas with a fork and stir into wet mixture. Also add cranberries, pumpkin seeds, soaked Chia seeds.
  • In other bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.(Oats, wheat flour, shredded coconut, flax seed, cinnamon powder, baking powder and salt)
My little helper- mixing the cranberries and eating half of them while mixing..:)
  • Add the wet mixture to dry mixture and mix.
  • Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and spray lightly with a canola oil spray.
  • Scoop out on to the pan and press firmly making it even.
Serious work is in progress, no jokes please...!
Before jumping into oven!
  • Bake at 350F for 35- 40 minutes.
After popping out of the oven!
  • Let it cool and slice into bars. It will make about 10 bars depending on how thick you spread the mixture. The first time I made them, they came out to be 10. This time I think I spread them a little thinner and they came out 12 with more crunch to them because of the thinness.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oh...that smoky flavor of these tiny little green Brussels Sprouts is just worth eating rather than describing!
It's a great recipe to enjoy on the BBQ day.

Here is what you will need-:

Brussels Sprouts
Olive oil- about 2 tsp just enough to coat the sprouts in.
Black pepper- freshly ground.

You can certainly alter the spices as per your choice.


  • Heat the oven to 375F
  • Cut the Brussels sprouts in half.
  • In a bowl mix olive oil and rest of the seasoning/ spices.
  • Add the Brussels sprouts into the bowl and mix well so that every piece will get coated very well.
  • Line the baking sheet with aluminium foil and spread the Brussels sprout on to the baking sheet. Arrange so that they form a single layer and do not overlap.
  • Roast for about 10-12 minutes. Check if they are done and have burnt just enough to give you that smoky taste.
  • Turn them if needed and bake for another 5 minutes or so. Keep checking.