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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I was looking for something to bake for my Moms club meeting and I landed on this recipe here. I knew I had to try this ...

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Large eggs, at room temperature - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Ripe banana - 1 cup, mashed
Low fat yogurt - 1/2 cup
Chocolate chip - 1/2 cup

Method Pre-heat oven at 325 Fahrenheit. Line baking pans with butter or wax paperSift all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt at least 3 times and keep it asideIn another (preferably, glass)  bowl cream butter, eggs and vanilla extract using electric mixerIn a separate bowl mix banana and yogurtAlternatively mix dry mixture and banana mixture into the butter-sugar mixtureFold in the chocolate chipsPour the batter in pre-greased baking pans and bake in the center for 60-70 minutes or until the tester comes out clean and top gets golden colorCool it before slicing.

Spicy Puffed Rice Snack

I have been munching on this since I was a child. Its absolutely a guilt free tea-time snack for our family. For those who don't know about puffed rice, read here. It is made by heating rice with sand. It is easily available in Indian stores or can be bought from here

Puffed rice (murmura/laiya/ lai/) - 3-4 cups
Peanuts - 1 cup
Red Chillie - 1-2 whole pieces
Mustard seeds (rai) - 1.5 tbsp
Curry leaves - 10-15
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - just enough to give sweetness
Vegetable oil - 1.5 tbsp

Method: Dry roast peanuts on stove or microwave. Let it cool to room temperature Heat oil in heavy bottomed pan. Add rai seeds and let it crackle. Add whole red chillies followed by curry leaves and spices minus sugar.Immediately add puffed rice & peanuts.  Mix everything thoroughly on low heat.Add sugar and adjust for tasteCool and store in an air tight container