Banana Cherry Pancakes

Banana Cherry Pancakes Ronit PensoQuick and easy to make, fluffy and tasty pancakes are a favorite weekend brunch item. They are also great as a light snack, and if you celebrate Hanukah this week, they are a wonderful addition to the traditional Latkes or fried doughnuts. The version I have here has a pronounced banana flavor, with a touch of acidity from the cherries. Try them and enjoy. Continue reading

Fruity Nutty Mini Cupcakes

Fruity Nutty Mini Cupcakes Ronit Penso
These mini-cupcakes are small in size, but large in flavors and textures. Loaded with dried and fresh fruits and pistachios, they will delight any fruitcakes fan, in a fairly short time.
They are perfect for a tea party, for serving in buffets dinners or brunches, or as a light snack and even as breakfast on the go.
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Flourless Banana, Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies, with Chocolate Drizzle

Flourless Coconut, Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies, Ronit PensoThese tasty and chewy cookies started with a minor disappointment: I’ve tried one of the popular recipes for flourless peanut butter cookies (the ones that contain only peanut butter, sugar (or sweetener) and an egg), and the result was not as exciting for me as it was for a lot of the online reviewers. I thought the cookies were on the boring side taste-wise, and found their texture too crumbly to handle.
However, by then I was already in “flourless peanut butter recipe” mood, so I started to add “this and that” to the original recipe. The cookies here are the result of that process.
They are tasty on their own right, but the chocolate drizzle adds another layer of flavor, which goes so well with all the ingredients.
Try them and decide for yourself.

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Chocolate Banana Cake

Banana Chocolate cake Ronit PensoI was about to make a chocolate cake, when I noticed didn’t have the amount of butter the recipe required. Noticing I have three very ripe bananas in the kitchen, I thought the bananas could act as a butter substitute, while also add their unique flavor to the cake. The result was a rich and moist cake – definitely a keeper.
Try it and see for yourself.

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Sweet Potato Banana Breakfast Bread

Sweet Potato Banana Bread Ronit Pensofast Bread Ronit Penso

“Nutritious” doesn’t necessarily mean “not tasty” – and this breakfast bread is all the proof needed. Not too sweet, packed with good things like sweet potato, banana, orange juice, applesauce, pecans and cranberries – this bread is great for a breakfast on the run, or as a part of a weekend brunch. It is also wonderful lightly toasted, and served with a bit of cream cheese or honey – or both…

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Banana-Carrot-Apple muffins

Banana-Carrot-Apple muffins Ronit Penso

Writing recipes for a health/diet oriented magazine, requires experimenting with transforming “regular” recipes to ones that will be friendlier to the readers’ requests. It’s not so easy, especially when it comes to cakes and desserts. The results are not always edible, to put it mildly, and it requires quite a few trials in order to come up with a texture that’s moist and flavorful, yet not rubbery or heavy due to using whole wheat flour and less fat and sugar. Continue reading