Today on my way back home from very tiring shopping, I noticed a shop keeper arranging beautiful and colorful paper stars outside his shop….peeking out little from the car window, I saw there are beautiful bells, paper made snow flakes and other cute little accessories to decorate Christmas tree. As the car started to move, I laid back and closed my eyes…..slowly I started drowning in the pool of my childhood memories….the memories which are my treasure now….the memories which are always fresh and the memories which make me laugh, cry and sing….
I spent most of my childhood days in Christian locality and I have done my schooling in a beautiful missionary school. So my bonding with Christmas is from long….Being in school, December is always cherished as a Holy Month and lot of cultural and annual programs used to be held during this month. I still remember, how we friends use to sit under the shadow of big banyan tree and recite the songs The Happy Christmas comes ones more….., Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells……., Oh Holy Night……etc….and in the far students from other classes rehearsal there part of skit….and teachers busy with dress designs, guest list invitations, etc….Overall it use to look like a festive day everyday…..
As the big day of festival come nearby….I can see pretty star lighten up in front of the houses….a cute Christmas tree with all beautiful embellishments gets ready to stand up in a corner of the room….As the festival come very near…I can smell in the aroma of gorgeous plum cake being baked in many of the houses, ginger bread house getting ready to steal the show in the parties, chicken pot pies, piping hot chicken casseroles are getting ready along with some sweet and savory goodies which are to be shared with friends, family and neighbors…..
On the school cultural and annual day, my way back home, I can hear from a distance, girls singing in chorus The Happy Christmas comes ones more…..the beautiful evening has just began to turn into night where stars are shining bright…I can’t see moon…may be it is feeling lazy today to peek from the cloudy blanket….apart from street light, I can see dim light coming from the decorative lights hanging on the shrubs and bushes in the gardens and also little light from the glowing paper stars….baking smell of cakes, cookies, bread etc…..chill winter breeze and I am walking down to my house along with my dear school buddies….chit chatting and planning what we are going to do this winter vacation…..
As the car stopped in front of my house, I opened my eyes to see the sun has gone down giving way to the beautiful wintery evening…..and while stepping out I saw a cute elderly couple hanging a star in their balcony…..with a smile I greeted them and said it’s a beautiful star and dragged myself into the house carrying the bags I shopped and the memories I bought…..
To satisfy the urge which rose after soaking me with the warm memories of cakes, cookies, Christmas, etc…I thought it is good to treat myself with a cake. As I was dam tiered and in no mood to stand for long in the kitchen, I thought I will go simple and made this Chocolate flavored Banana and Oats Flavored Muffins and Cake…..which I call as ‘Goodness Cake’.
Microwave Chocolate, Oats & Banana Muffins
- 1½ cups + 2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
- ½ cup Oats powder (see notes)
- 1½ cups Icing sugar
- 3 tbsp. heaped Cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp. unsweetened Cocoa powder (I used Cadbury brand)
- ½ tbsp. Baking powder
- ¼ tbsp. Baking soda
- pinch of Salt
- ½ cup +2 tbsp. Butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup Milk (room temperature)
- 2 Eggs
- ½ tbsp. Vanilla essence
- 3 ripe Bananas
- Colored Sprinkles/ Colored Vermicelli
- Semi-sweet white/dark Chocolate Chips
- Grease a microwave safe bowl with butter and dust with all-purpose flour. Set aside. If making muffins then lightly brush silicone mold with butter and set aside.
- In a large bowl sieve in all the ingredients listed under dry ingredients. Repeat this process for 2-3 times.This process helps in combining the ingredients all together without any lumps.
- Puree the ripe bananas in blender and set aside. Now in a bowl beat eggs, vanilla essence and milk. Add in banana puree to this mixture and beat till everything combines together. Now add in butter and mix well. This is our wet ingredients mixture.
- Now make a well in the sieved dry ingredients and add in the above wet ingredients mixture folding slowly and gently. Mix till you get lump-free batter.
- Slowly pour the batter into greased microwave safe bowl and gently tap the bowl on kitchen counter by turning around the bowl. This process helps in scattering the batter evenly and removes air-bubbles.
- Sprinkle the colored vermicelli. Cover with cling film.
- If making muffins then pour the batter into silicon muffin molds and tap gently or place muffin cases/liners in the mold and pour in the batter by tapping gently. Sprinkle the colored vermicelli.
- Microwave on high for 1-1½ minutes or till the skewer comes out clean. Leave it to cool for 2-3 minutes and remove from silicone mold and place on cake wire stand to cool completely.
- Microwave on high (1200 W) for 4 minutes. Remove and check by inserting the skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean then it’s done. Allow the cake to stand for another 4-5 minutes, then remove the cling film and turn onto a cooling rack. Once the cake is completely cool, cut into pieces and serve.
- Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.
Dry roast 1½ cup oats on a nonstick pan for 2-3 minutes on low flame and leave it to cool. Once cooled completely grind to make a fine powder. Store in an air tight container till use.
You can substitute banana puree with strawberry or mango puree. Adjust sugar depending on the fruit.
Microwave timing can differ depending on the models. Mine is 20 lit. capacity IFB Microwave with 1200 W.