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Pumpkin Fritters

25 Sep

Hello

It’s that time of year everyone,; where pumpkins are abundant both in our decor and our pallets. I personally am a pretty hardcore pumpkin lover (pre PSL craze). It’s affordable, nutritious and very versitile as I will demonstrate with this recipe. 

 PUMPKIN FRITTERS

This sweet treat is a family favourite and anyone from my homeland of Barbados knows these very well. Pumpkin fritters are basically like egg less pumpkin pancakes or pumkin donut holes, that’s the best way I can describe them. Let us begin.

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Pumpkin -300g /11oz/0.6lbs

2) 1/2 cup brown sugar

3) 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)

4) 1 cup flour

5) 1 tsp vanilla extract 

6) 1/2 tsp cinnamon -I mixed mine with ground nutmeg

7) Confectioners sugar mixed with cinnamon  (for coating)

8) Blender /nutribullet /food processor  (optional )

Ingredients 


WHAT TO DO 

1) Cube and peel pumpkin 

2) Place pumpkin, a few chunks at a time into your food processor and chop. ALTERNATELY, grate pumpkin- this is far more time consuming and labour intensive but works just the same.

3) Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix.


Ingredients in bowl



Mixed


4) This step is optional. At this point the mixture will be lumpy which is alright but if like me you prefer it a bit smoother then add to the blender for a few seconds until it reaches you preferred consistency. 

NOTE: This worked for these measurements, but for me each time I make it, it’s differnt, I suppose it depends alot on the pumpkin itself, so if you find its too think add a bit more milk, small amounts at a time and if it’s too runny add a bit more flour.

5) Heat oil in saucepan and add approximately a tablespoon full of batter at a time
– this is all dependent on the size you want. I wanted them to be small enough to eat in 2 or 3 bites. The batter should sink to the bottom of the pan immediately then easily rise up to the top of the oil, you may have to give the fritters a nudge with your fork.

6) Remove from oil and dry once golden brown in colour.

 At this point you can just eat them, especially if you’re having them with your breakfast but I decided to do a bit more so they are even more delicious .

7) Toss in mixture of confectioners sugar and cinnamon

8) Plate and serve.

Pumpkin fritters
I do not have words to accurately describe how delicious a well made pumpkin fritter tastes. Nothing will do them justice. They are sweet and flavourful thanks to the spices. The pumkin makes them dense and adds that distinct pumpkin flavour that nothing can quite imitate. The dusting of sugar on top makes them even tastier. And the smell is so good. These are excellent appetizers for a dinner party, a great side for brunch or just a nice sweet, semi- healthy snack.
Have an awesome day!

DIY Spa – Sugar Lip and Body Scrub

18 Sep

Coffee and Lemon scrub ingredients 



Hello

Today I bring an easy affordable DIY project: sugar scrubs. Sugar is an excellent exfoliant polishing and brightening the skin. I’m doing two recipes, one is a lemon lip scrub and the other is a coffee brown sugar scrub.

LEMON DROP LIP SCRUB

With the rise of matte Lipcolours our lips can seriously suffer. This scrub uses sugar to remove dry flaky skin, the lemon is healing to the lips and the oil is moisturising. And best of all, it tastes good just incase you get some in your mouth.

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Granulated (white) sugar

2) Coconut oil

3) Lemon juice

4) Container for storage

The stuff you need




WHAT TO DO 

1) Place sugar into a bowl for mixing (the amount you use depends on the size batch but you can start with 1/3 cup.)

2) Add a few drops of lemon juice, I used 1/3 of a medium sized lemon.

Add lemon juice


3) Add coconut oil a little at a time, I used 1/2 tsp at a time, and mix until consistency of wet sand.

Add coconut oil


4) Place in an airtight container for storage- I used an empty container I had from a pack of travel containers. 

Completed scrub


BROWN SUGAR COFFEE SCRUB


I was making body scrubs last December to give as gifts and I wanted to try different scents. I used crushed fruit and vanilla then I thought…coffee.  What gets you more awake than the deep rich aroma of a cup of coffee? It was a great decision. It was so good I made a batch for myself. The scent is incredibly  invigorating and great pick me up after a long day.

WHAT YOU NEED 
1) Brown sugar- I used coconut because that was the only type of brown sugar I had (you can also do this with white sugar)

2) Ground coffee- use your favorite roast

3) Coconut oil 

WHAT TO DO 
1) Place the sugar into a bowl (again, the amount you use depends on the size batch you’re making, I used 1/2 cup)

2) Add coconut oil 1/2 tsp at a time,( I ended up using about 3 tsp in all ) until it reaches the consistency of wet sand.

Adding the oil




Wet sand consistency 




3) Add coffee,( I used 1 tbsp to my 1/2 cup of sugar) and mix. At this point you may need to add a bit more oil.

Coffee added



4) Mix and place in an airtight container for storage.

Coffee scrub 

Both of these are super simple and very affordable, using items you probably have in your home. I also love that the ingredients are natural and free of toxins, dyes etc. These make great gifts, I packaged the body scrubs in small jelly mason jars last Christmas and are a great budget friendly option for your home spa needs.

Have an awesome day!

Grilled Banana Peanut Butter Pita

21 Aug

Hello

I wanted to incorporate grilling and something sweet so I threw this together. I also,made a coconut cream drink to compliment it.

This is great as a fancy but healthy breakfast option or a great evening snack.

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Pita bread (In my sweet summer salad pizza post I explained why Pita is such an affordable versitIle option )

2) Ripe bananas 1 banana per pita bread is fine.

3) Peanut butter- The one I have is pre blended with honey. If you are using unsweetened peanut butter you may have to add some honey to this recipe.

4) Yogurt- I used vanilla flavored yogurt because it adds sweetness and the flavour doesn’t overpower anything else.

5) Brown sugar- this is to sprinkle onto the bananas while grilling them.

6) Cinnamon 

7) Griddle 

The ingredients you need 

WHAT TO DO 

1) Turn the griddle on and let it heat up- If you don’t have a griddle or a grill or a pan with grill lines you can just as easily do this in a regular pan, you just won’t get the coveted grill marks but the taste will be the same.

2) Mix 2 parts yogurt with 1 part peanut butter (if you prefer a stronger peanut flavour you can do half and half )

Yogurt and peanut butter

Mixed concoction 

 3) Slice your banana lengthwise – I thought it would look better this way once grilled but alas…. this is easier said than done. It took me two tries to get these looking semi acceptable.  If you’re more comfortable slicing the banana the “regular ” way feel free.

Peel the banana



Slice the banana – 1st attempt 

Slice the banana – 2nd attempt 

4) Place the sliced banana on the griddle and sprinkle the sugar on top and grill until toasty brown.

Bananas on the grill

5) Spread the peanut butter /yogurt mixture over the pita ( I warmed mine up first)

Warm up the pita



Peanut butter mixture spread

6) Add the grilled banana then sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon top.

Finished product 




Coconut Cream drink 

I thought a nice creamy refreshing beverage would go along perfectly with this. Coconut compliments the banana and the peanut butter beautifully. I also had to jump onto the coconut milk trend.

Coconut milk like any other plant based “milk” is a bit of a misnomer as it is simply a liquified version of the white flesh found in dry coconuts. This is not to be confused with coconut water (I’ve heard some persons erroneously state they are the same thing) which is the clear liquid found in green coconuts and also not to be confused with coconut jelly, the translucent sweet gelatinous lining found in green coconuts.

I digressed…

Anyhow I love that the coconut is getting it’s due praise and people are finding new exciting ways to incorporate it into their diet. I must point out that coconut milk is very fatty(albeit good fats) and extremely high I’m calories so don’t  expect to replace your soy or rice milk with it consequence free.

Due to the fatty nature of coconut milk, the drink I made mixes it with the much more watery and lower calorie almond milk. You can use whatever type of you want.

This recipe makes 1 16oz glass of drink 

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Coconut milk/cream (1/2 cup)

2) Almond/Rice/Soy/Cow’s milk (approximately 2 cups)

3) Brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)

4) Cinnamon 

5) Nutmeg

The ingredients for the drink

WHAT TO DO 

1) Throw all the ingredients into a blender or nutribullet and mix for about 30 seconds. Alternately you can mix it using a spoon, just be sure to dissolve the sugar and disperse the cinnamon and nutmeg.

2) Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Coconut milk drink

3) To make a more adult version add a shot of coconut rum to this mix.

Coconut rum

I think you could make up a big batch of this to serve for a party -especially the adult version 😉 😉 

Enjoy your banana, peanut butter and yogurt pita with your coconut milk drink and have an awesome day!

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