We had a long weekend over here this weekend with Friday being a public holiday. The thing with long weekends is that I take 2 days to get back on track afterwards! I spent most of my Friday baking and cooking, of course! Then on Saturday, I went to the cinema to watch Narnia – Prince Caspian. I love going to the cinema! And the movie was good. I loved the first Narnia and the second is worth watching as well.
Now, let’s go back to the goodies I baked and cooked on Friday.
Thank you for all your suggestions about the apples, they were really great! I made fat-free apple and banana muffins, vegan apple pancakes (recipe below), apple carrot chutney and apple sauce (that I used in the muffins).
I searched the internet for recipes and then just cooked out of my head (like I always do!) except for the apple and banana muffins. I just followed the recipe pretty much as it was.
I’ll start with the fat-free apple and banana muffins.
It’s the first time I tried fat-free muffins and they were nicer than what I expected they would be! They were spongy and moist.
The only change I made to the muffins was that I added some almond pulp to the dough. Almond pulp is the left over that I keep from making almond milk at home. I usually keep the pulp as I think they still contain quite some nutrients and fiber and I don’t like wasting them away. I also used only one banana as I only had one left. And as I was using only one banana, I decided to use apple sauce instead of juice. I made the apple sauce by pureeing some of the pre-cooked apples with a little water in a blender.
The Vegan Apple Pancakes
I did not look for any particular recipe for the pancakes. I just used my own basic vegan pancake recipe to which I added the pre-cooked apples. One thing that I should have added to the batter and I only realised this afterward, is some coconut milk powder. It makes a softer pancake.
The recipe is posted below.
For myself I made twice the amount in the recipe and ate 3 while I was cooking them! I shared the rest of course!
I went through several recipes online and I did not quite have all ingredients that they were calling for. So I just made up my own recipe and hoped for the best! And it was nice! The proof is half of it is already gone since Friday. That’s nearly 2 cups of chutney!
This Apple Carrot Chutney tasted very much like the sweet and sour sauces I usually add to stir fries. Next time I make a stir fry I’m going to add some of this chutney instead! That sounds good! Yum!
- 1 cup all-purpose or plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or any that you prefer)
- 1/2 cup water (or use coconut milk)
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk powder (omit if using coconut milk)
- 1 cup pre-cooked or stewed apples
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a whisk or fork or in a blender except for the apples.
- Stir in the apples.
- (I don't use any oil for frying the pancakes. I use a non-stick pancake/frying pan.)
- Scoop mixture using a large round spoon. Shape the batter on the pan to obtain a nice round pancake.
- Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until bubbles start to form and the bottom is stiff enough to turn over without risk of tearing.
- Cook until other side is done.
- Remove and stack them on top of one another to keep them soft.