Friday, 5 June 2020

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Healthy Banana Cookies with Oatmeal & Almonds



Makes 10 cookies

Ingredients:

1.  2 large ripe banana smashed

2. 200 ml rolled oats

3. 1 tsp vanilla powder

4. 2 tsp cinnamon powder

5. 40 g almonds chopped

6. 30 g chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F.

2. Chop the almonds with a knife or a food processor.

3. Mash the bananas well with a fork in a large bowl.

4. Add rolled oats, vanilla powder, cinnamon powder, almonds and chocolate chips and mix well.

5. Press and squeeze tight and form into bite-size cookies and flatten.

6. Bake for 15 mins or until golden.

7. Cool and serve.

Additional Information:

Still in love with banana bread. Little FECS got this recipe from the Føtex supermarket. It's Danish constitution day today, a national holiday. So we baked this in the morning. It turned out very delicious, but a bit on the soft side. The original recipe asks for 40 g of chocolate chips. I have reduced it to 30 g and the cookies were still fully infused with chocolate chips and very sweet. The original recipe asks for 30 g of almonds, but I increased it to 40 g.

References:

Recipe from Danish supermarket Føtex.

 Add 3 large bananas into a mixing bowl

 Mash the bananas thoroughly well with a fork or a food processor

 Add 2 tsp cinnamon powder and 1 tsp of vanilla powder

 Add 200ml or 2 cups of rolled oats

 Add 1/2 cup of walnuts

 Mix and squeeze the dough well

 Form into bite-size cookies

 Bake at 180°C / 350°F for 15 minutes


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

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Naturally Sweetened Wholemeal Banana Walnut Bread


Ingredients:

1. 2 Tbsp (14g) ground flax seeds
2. 6 TBS (90 ml) water
3. 3 medium ripe bananas
4. 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
5. 5 (50 g) dried dates pitted
6. 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) baking soda
7. 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) baking powder
8. 1 tsp (5 g) vanilla powder/sugar
9. 1 tsp (5 g) ground cinnamon
10. 1.5 cup (150 g) white whole wheat flour
11. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
12. 1/4 cup (25 g) chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl (or straight into a blender), add ground flax seeds and water and mix well. Leave for 5 minutes until it gels.

2. Preheat the oven to 320F/160C and lightly grease a loaf pan.

3. Once the flax seeds have gelled, add the bananas, pitted dried dates, olive oil, vanilla powder, cinnamon powder and blend until smooth (on my Magimix blender, I sometimes use the smoothie function, sometimes blend on number 1 and slowly turn up to 2, and blend until smooth).

4. Add the nuts into the mixture in the blender and pulse to chop them into smaller pieces.

5. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the baking soda, baking powder gradually and mix well.

6. Add the chocolate chips and gently mix them. Keep some chocolate if desired to sprinkle on top.

7. Slowly sieve in the flour and gently mix until partly combined.

8. Transfer into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle cinnamon powder and chocolate chips on top.

9. Bake for 60 minutes or until the top is golden, the bread starts to pull away from the sides, and a toothpick comes out clean.

10. Let cool, slice and serve :-)

Storage: 

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days. Wrap individually and store in the freezer for up to one month.

Additional Information:

I made some banana walnut bread tweeting the recipe from Pick Up Limes the other day. It was so well-received. Today, I decided to use dried dates instead of sugar, and it tasted superb. So I am recording this recipe down for myself to remember. Everyone at home likes it. If you don't have dried dates, you can substitute with 45 g of sugar.

References:

https://www.pickuplimes.com/single-post/2017/02/03/One-bowl-Moist-Chocolate-Banana-Bread
https://cookieandkate.com/healthy-banana-bread-recipe/
https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-banana-bread-the-simplest-easiest-recipe-139900

 My overripe bananas

White wholewheat flour

In a large mixing bowl, add ground flax seeds and water and mix well. Leave for 5 minutes until it gels.


Once the flax seeds have gelled, add the bananas, pitted dried dates, olive oil, vanilla powder, cinnamon powder and blend until smooth (on my Magimix blender, I sometimes use the smoothie function, sometimes blend on number 1 and slowly turn up to 2, and blend until smooth).

Add the nuts into the mixture in the blender. Use the pulse function to chop them into smaller pieces.

 Now it's done :-)

Transfer to a mixing bowl, add and gently mix in the chocolate chips. Then sieve in the flour and gently mix well.

 Transfer to bread loaf pan.

 Sprinkle some cinnamon powder and chocolate chips on top.

 Bake at 160-degree celsius for 40 minutes or until the top is golden, the bread starts to pull away from the sides, and a toothpick comes out clean. 

Now it's done :-)

 Let cool.

Transfer to a cooling rack and let it cool further.

 Slice and serve :-)


Sometimes when I couldn't wait one hour for the bread to bake, I will just make them into rolls. It takes on 15 minutes to bake them in the oven at 160-degree celsius

 The rolls before going into the oven.... sprinkled with cinnamon powder and chocolate chips

Now it's done :-) The rolls after going into the oven. Let cool and serve :-)

Sunday, 3 May 2020

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Row Boat at Frederiksdal


Our Little FECS has been wanting to go rowing. Today is Sunday the weather was quite perfect for rowing a boat. Daddy FECS packed some sandwiches for us. We had our lunch on the rowboat.


We cycled to the first canoe rental kiosk.


 at Nybro Båd-& Kanoudlejning. But all the row boats were sold out. When we called just an hour ago, they told us that there were plenty. On hindsight, we should have reserved one on the phone.




 Thus, we cycled down to the second canoe rental kiosk at Frederiksdal.

They have two entrances. This is the first entrance, where rowboats are rented out heading to the sea. Since it was windy today, we were advised against rowing to the sea, but to stay on the lake.


 We went to the second entrance just across the road. Fortunately, there was just one rowboat left, and we took it. 












 Our Little FECS tried rowing a boat for the first time today.




The first place we went to, where the rowboats were sold out is:


Nybro Båd- og Kanoudlejning

Nybrovej 384

2800 Kongens Lyngby

E-mail: kontakt@nybrokano.dk

Telefon: 28 14 39 19

Below is the second canoe rental place that we rented the rowboat:

It's contact details are:

Kanokajakcenter Udlejning

Nybrovej 520

2800 Lyngby 

Tlf.: +45 2099 6770

udlejning@kanokajakcenter.dk

The folks there were actually friendlier than the one we went to earlier. Both rental places offer rental for canoe, rowboat, etc. for:

- 1 hour 150 DKK
- 3 hours 300 DKK
- 6 hours 400 DKK
- Full day 500 DKK

You have to show your ID and with them. They provide the life vest and paddles free-of-charge. The rowboat can sit up to 5 people.

We had a great fun.


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