Monday, August 3, 2009

Multigrain Banana Nut Bread/Muffin & Awards

Know what you Eat - Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound called a prebiotic because it nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria produce vitamins and digestive enzymes that improve our ability to absorb nutrients, plus compounds that protect us against unfriendly microorganisms. When fructooligosaccharides are fermented by these friendly bacteria, not only do numbers of probiotic bacteria increase, but so does the body's ability to absorb calcium. Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Walnuts are also a very good source of the manganese and a good source of copper. In addition, walnuts contain the antioxidant phytochemical, ellagic acid. Whole wheat is good source of dietary fiber, Protein, Iron, B vitamins, Thiamin, Niacin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc. Finger millet(Ragi) is a very nutritious food with a complex carbohydrate profile and low glycemic index. Oats, via their high fiber content, are known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Panela(Jaggery) is a pure, wholesome, traditional, unrefined, whole sugar. It contains the natural goodness of minerals and vitamins inherently present in sugarcane juice & this crowns it as one of the most wholesome and healthy sugars in the world. It is rich in iron.


We got this award once again from two of our blogger friends. Thanks Suparna and Ashwini for passing on this award. Really appreciate it. The rule of this award is to share it with 7 people, and this time we would like to pass this on to Iraw Vegan, Pavani, Priya Narasimhan, Preethi, Sangeeta, Shubha and Vidya and to share 7 things about us.

Listing down 7 things about us:

Something i would like to achieve as a foodie- Gluten free, low carb & sugar baking
Something i would like to learn - Sanskrit
Short term goal - Do Yoga for atleast 15 mins.
Long term goal - To go and settle down back home
One of my weak points - Brooding over
One of my strong point - Not giving up
Hope Quotes - Shradha(Faith) & Saburi(Patience)

Something i would like to achieve as a foodie- Baking & Cake Decorating
Something i would like to learn - Salsa Dancing
Short term goal - Do Aerobics Everyday/Working for long term goal.
Long term goal - To work for a govt firm/ hospital
One of my weak points - Jump on Conclusions
One of my strong point - Caring & Responsible
Hope Quotes - 1.."Chinta Nahi Chintan Karo"(Stop Worrying But Enchant Gods Name) 2.. "Pay Attention for No Tension"

Now let us come back to the recipe. I normally bake a vegan version of this banana nut muffin, but this time i tried adding Panela(Jaggery) instead of Sugar. So replaced Sunflower Oil with butter as Jaggery/Molasses give a little harder texture to the baked goods and water with milk. It just came out perfect.


Whole Wheat Flour - 1 Cup
Whole Oats Flour - 1/2 cup
Whole Ragi(Finger Millet) Flour - 1/2 cup
Banana(Very Ripe ones) - 3
Panela(Jaggery) powder - 3/4 cup
Walnuts chopped - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup (If you are using all purpose instead of hard whole wheat flour you wouldn't need this much, so combine the batter and add if necessary)
Butter - 1/2 cup
Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Tbsp
Baking Soda - 2 Tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon Powder - 1/2 tsp


1) Preheat Oven to 350 deg Fahrenheit.
2) Beat the butter, add the jaggery and mix well.
3) Combine whole wheat flour, Oats flour, Millet flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon powder and sieve it well.
4) Mash the bananas and add it to the butter and jaggery mixture.
5) Now add the flour to the banana, butter, jaggery mixture and add the milk and combine thoroughly.
6) Add chopped walnuts and apple cider vinegar and stir to combine evenly.
7) Line a muffin pan with baking cups and pour 3/4th of cup with the batter .
8) Bake for around 15-20 mins till a knife inserted comes out clean, enjot this guilt free snack.

Event Participation

1) This dish goes to Divya's cooking for kids evening snacks.
2) This dish also goes to Madhu's Whole Grain - Whole Wheat Baking Event.


EC said...

They look so inviting

kittymatti said...

thank u so much sadhana and was very nice reading about u guys!
the recipe sounds delicious!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Belated friendship day wishes two gorgeous ladies......nice to see my blog in your list.....nice to read and know more about u people...Muffins look soft and yum...

Poornima Nair said...

I love those muffins...they look yumm. Great reading about u.

Pari said...

congrats again for the award. Loved the idea of adding jaggery.

Suparna said...

Am very Happy for u dearies :) it was nice reading about u both. Wishing u the best and loads of love.
God Bless

Now coming to the recipe...I love banana bread and this one is a healthier...err..healthiest recipe I've come across so far, the ingredients used are really impressive.
Keep the inspiration on!!

Uma said...

muffins look wonderful! Yummy. congrats on the award :)

lata raja said...

great muffins.More news about the two of you, great going.

Priya said...

Woww muffins looks tremendous yaar!! lovely!!

rekhas kitchen said...

Very healthy looks so tempting will try them sure.

sangeeta said...

nice to know about you Sadhna and Muskan..
your multigrain muffin is really healthy...
and finally thanks for the award...

Hari Chandana said...

Oh.. Wow.. Congrats.. Lovely recipe.. looks yummy and healthy.. :)

Varunavi said...

Muffins looks yummy and congrats on the award :)

Shri said...

Great muffins!Look very tempting! said...

Nice to see my blog in ur list Muskaan .Wow nice muffins and once again cngratulations on ur award

Pavani said...

Thank you guys for the award.. ***blush***. Jaggery in baking is completely new to me. Banana muffins look awesome, I made some banana bread too but not vegan. Will post it soon. Have a wonderful day.

Priti said...

Looks very tempting..and so your dhokla..nice click

Priya Narasimhan said...

Chandana and Muskan,
Thanks so much for the award. I can't express how happy I am..I am not exaggerating here...This is my first award and I am flying in seventh heaven.. :-)Just wanted to confirm the rule..I should pass it on to 7 more people, right...

Priya Narasimhan said...

Forgot to mention about the recipe...nice healthy one..did you get raw wheat flour taste in the baked muffin..If not, I shall try this weekend when my parents come here..

Parita said...

Congratulations on the awards, u deserve them all! Hey i wanna learn salsa too :) infact i even started but then few months later i had to leave india :(

Oh these muffins look grt, so healthy!

Ann said...

HUmmm Mouth watering adn pic is sooo tempting, Congrats on your award.
Salsa is really fun. I went to salsa class then I ended up learning Zumba dance :)

Ashwini said...

it was nice reading few things abt u.. I also wanna learn some form of dance..

Muffin looks healthy and yummy

Preety said...

congrats dear..seems like you are celeberating with those yummy muffins, love using banana in my baking and it always tastes awesome isn't it?:)

Usha said...

Congratulations on the award, enjoyed reading about you both...the banana muffin looks fantastic and I loved that you baked using so many healthy flours and jaggery powder...awesome! Do you get jaggery powder separately or do you powder it at home?

Anonymous said...

am simply honoured and it does feel nice to be acknowledged by fellowmates. Thank u sadhana and Muskaan.And I love the way u presented ur tag..short and sweet.and my short term goal is the same as sadahanas..15 mins of yoga--hmmphh!

iRaw said...

Wow, delicious looking banana muffins and an award! Lucky day for me, thank you so much!!

Is finger millet the same as millet flour? Mine just says millet flour.

Bergamot said...

This is a great recipe... nutritious and ideal for a kid's tiffin...good substitute for the junk food they love. I have some multi-grain flour in my fridge...will try this out and let you know how it turned out.

Bergamot said...

BTW, got so excited about your recipe that I forgot to congratulate you...Congrats on your award... all the best for your short term & long term goals esp the one of 15 mins of yoga :-)

Vidya said...

Lovely muffin, gals. Congrats on the award. Nice to read about you both. Thanks very much Sadhana and Muskan for passing on the award to me. Thanks so much for your encouragement.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments. Really appreciate it. Usha, regarding jaggery, i powdered it at home.

Anonymous said...

Congrats again for the award!
yummy muffins!Tempting click!

Madhuram said...

That's truly a multigrain muffin! Even ragi! That's a novel addition. Thanks for the wonderful entry girls. I'm just getting back to routine after my vacation. So sorry for the late acknowledgment.

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