Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Choco Banana Lolly

Doesn't that look like a treat your toddler will enjoy? 
Fruits in their original form are very rarely relished by kids. Disguising a fruit as a lolly is a brilliant idea! I came across this recipe in a local magazine and I just had to try it out!!!
 It was easy, no cook, and ready in no time. Its healthy and they get their portion of fruits for the day, along with chocolate.
 I knew Zia would enjoy her banana disguised as a lolly, coated with chocolate and a generous helping of sprinkles. Try it. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this healthy treat.
To make these lollies you will need
Preparation time 8-10 minutes
Makes 2 choco banana lollies
1 banana
30g cooking chocolate(milk or dark. which ever your kid prefers)
2 lolly sticks

  • Place the cooking chocolate in a heatproof bowl and double boil it over a pan of hot water to melt it.
  • While the chocolate is melting, cut the banana into two and insert a lolly stick in each half.
  • Stir the chocolate until its smooth. Let it remain over the pan of hot water so the chocolate stays melted.
  • Spoon the chocolate over each half of the banana.

  • Sprinkle the lovely coloured sprinkles on the chocolate covered banana lolly and set aside for 5 minutes before your toddler can enjoy this yummy treat.
  1. The original recipe used dessicated coconut instead of sprinkles. I used sprinkles because Zia would prefer them over the dessicated coconut. 
  2. If you like you can serve the lolly immediately after coating it with chocolate and sprinkles. It takes 5 minutes for the chocolate to set. Serving it immediately will let your toddler enjoy the chocolate when its soft and a bit gooey. This can be a little more messy but they do enjoy this more.
  3. This healthy snack can be enjoyed by grown ups too ;)
  4. Its a good, easy way to finish up bananas and its enjoyed by all


  • You can spoon some lightly melted nutella on the banana instead of cooking chocolate and make it nutellicious!!! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Potato Wedges (oven baked)

These lightly flavoured potato wedges take no effort to make, are BAKED and go perfectly with a sandwich, which makes a great meal when I want a day off from cooking. 
They also make a lovely evening snack with tea or coffee when you are catching up with a friend :) 
Before I got this lovely recipe, I always had a packet of frozen wedges stocked in the freezer. Home made wedges are definitely more healthy cos they are made fresh, have no hydrogenated vegetable fat, can be made to suit your taste and are easy to make.
I got this lovely recipe from Ruchika who is an excellent cook and makes some yummy treats, just like these wedges.
I have used Rooster potatoes here as they are perfect for baking. If they are locally available to you, they are a good choice for baked wedges.
Here's what you will need to make potato wedges
Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking times 50 minutes to an hour
Serves 2 people
4 medium sized potatoes
2 tbsps olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes        
1 tsp oregano
2 cloves of garlic - crushed
salt to taste
  • Pre heat oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Wash and thickly slice the potatoes. Transfer them to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the olive oil, chilli flakes, oregano, crushed garlic and salt to this. Mix well so all the slices are coated with the spices.
  • Transfer to a baking tray and pop it into the pre heated oven.
  • Let them bake for 50 minutes or until a lovely golden brown. 
Enjoy hot with ketchup or mayo
  1. You can add coarsely ground black pepper instead of chilli flakes depending on your taste.
  2. Check on the wedges after half an hour and turn over a few if need be.


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