2nd August was Rakhi and, even though my brother is away in Switzerland and the other cousins peppered across the globe, I still wanted to keep up tradition and bake something. I much prefer to have some home-made brownies on hand than a box of store bought chocolates.
We were also paid a visit by a friend the night before, who currently has some dietary restrictions with regard to sugar. So I thought I would combine 2 birds with one stone and make one dessert for both days – low in sugar and fat. That way, AK & I could consume copious amounts without feeling guilty.
I decided upon a Banana Oat Muffin recipe from Honey & Jam and made 2 changes – (1) baked it as a sheet cake (because I STILL hadn’t managed to run out and get the muffin liners) and (2) added chocolate chips (because anything that sounds healthy – low sugar & fat – would repel AK on principle). Here’s what I ended up with:
With a little drizzle of maple syrup, it was the perfect accompaniment to iced-coffee-spiked-with-coffee-Patron-Tequila!
Even though Hannah has described the recipe beautifully, I’m going to share a quick recap:
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ground white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips (according to how chocolate-y you want it)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/ 400 F, and prepare a 9×13 sheet pan/ cookie tray with butter, butter paper, more butter and flour.
- Combined all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Beat the egg lightly. Add the milk, oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Stir in the mashed bananas until well combined.
- Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients slowly and stir to combine.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cut into squares and serve drizzled with some honey, maple syrup or a thick liqeuer like Kahlua/ Tia Maria/ Patron Coffee.
And this is what you’ll end up with…
Happy (Belated) Rakhi…