Chocolate Honey Granola

  The tenth of the month, it is, and time for the Muslim Food Blogger Challenge! This month, the theme chosen was “Cooking with Honey”. We all know what honey is and how, just like coconut oil, it has gone from being super-food to notorious food back to “good food”. Did you know there is a chapter in the Quran called as “An-Nahl” (Chapter 16)?   Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect. (Surah An-Nahl:69)   While reading through, I found some very interesting articles about the mention… 

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Chocolate Oatmeal

  During fasting, we are always on a lookout for a simple yet filling meal. I have always felt that oats is an amazing staple to have in your kitchen during this time. First of all, it cooks amazingly first and tastes good if made in your own twists too. You can keep your porridge simple and go for topping of your choice in the forms of fruits and/or nuts. I have already mentioned in my suhoor post about many oats options already on the blog.   It got me thinking, why haven’t I included any of the oats with chocolate, especially when it is one of my favorite ingredients? Hmm… Finally here is the cooked version of chocolate oats. Just like any cooked oats, it comes through together in minutes and gets over soon too. I have made it with cocoa powder, which can be replaced with some chocolate,… 

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Vegan Mixed Berry Overnight Smoothie

  You will still keep saying a lot of vegan stuff on this blog. Even though I am off from the diet, I still go for it when I don’t want to feel bloated or just want to go light. Very recently, a colleague of mine started Ayurveda for his skin treatment and now whatever I bring for them to eat, I have to make it vegan. 😀 So I still continue to explore it as much as I can. In fact, the thought that you can make desserts and dishes without eggs, milk and butter is definitely an encouragement. There was a time when baking without eggs and butter would have been considered “sacrilege” but not any more! 😀   But we ain’t baking anything today, but sharing with you an “overnight smoothie”. You must have read of overnight oats, but smoothie? Yes, the only difference is that instead… 

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Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats

  The days are literally dark now. The morning prayers – Fajr – is almost around 5:30. While it is time to send Rasha off to school, it is just like evening, the sun is not to be seen and the light is all faded away. It is getting cozier so waking up in the morning is getting tough and since the sun sets too fast, all I want to do is to go off to sleep once I land home, without even eating anything. But then you can’t do that when you have family to feed, right? 🙂 I totally love this season irrespective of the flu bouts going on. I love the cozy feel of this climate. Can’t wait for it to roll on completely…   Till then, sharing a super easy breakfast for you. Overnight oats is usually my go-to breakfast at least once a week, since… 

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Grilled Pineapple Pecan Overnight Oats

  Time to write about the weather! Come October and my favorite part of the year starts. This month and the next are the best for all sorts of outdoor activities – barbeque, beach, road trips, just about anything. You can shun the malls and be out more. The sun doesn’t hit you hard even in the afternoons, which is such a joy and relief, Alhamdulillah. Even though we haven’t moving out much recently thanks to HD’s packed schedules, I am already looking at options to go on for the coming months – some long drives and trips that will keep the kids engaged and will free up our minds too. InShaAllah, let’s see how it goes… 🙂   Meanwhile, coming back to one of my favorite lazy breakfast – the overnight oats. I have already shared a few on the blog previously and today what I have is just… 

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Carrot Pistachios Mini Cakes

  My last two posts were typed and scheduled in advance. I was somehow sure that the long weekend would leave a hangover on me and I wouldn’t want to do live posts. So the hyper blogger is me just typed it out and placed it on schedule. 😉 I wouldn’t say we had a fantastic Eid. We were mostly at home. The day of Eid was loaded with cooking, since HD decided to call in some impromptu guests and I was caught off guard. With just a couple of hours and a little more to finish the whole process, it was indeed a struggle but thankfully HD was of good help too. A big pot of Thalassery Mutton Biriyani, along with a roast chicken, and the normal sides – raita, chammanthi, onion soaked in vinegar and store bought pickle, since my trial of Kadumaanga (a Malabar raw mango pickle)… 

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Chia Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples

  Even though I am not a fan of oats as such, most of the time I resort to it as it is the easiest breakfast that you can make and ensure that you have some. With so many reports emphasizing on how important breakfast as a meal is for our overall health and weight maintenance matters, it becomes imperative to have a filling breakfast, how much every fast life may be. That reminds me how breakfast is a lavish affair back home, and how sometimes meals are divided into two – a glass of sulemani with ripe plantains, boiled eggs and biscuits to begin with and moving onto a spread which can be a full meal in itself. In a fast paced life like that of UAE, we are mostly dependent on quick fixes like cereals and oats.   Sharing with you today, a vegan breakfast which is easy… 

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Tropical Sunrise Muffins ~ Vegan!

  Time for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post! To review all my previous posts and read about them, you can check out here. I have enjoyed each and every post that I have been working on and this one was no different. Since I am moving for my vacation back home next month, I wanted to make sure that I participate in this month’s challenge. If you would love to join the challenge – which I would highly recommend! – then do hop on to their page and submit your blog. I am sure that you will enjoy the ride once you hop in… 🙂     This month I was assigned the blog, Cook with Sara. She is a Midwestern American blogger, who has been blogging for the past eight years, so you can imagine how much of a treasure trove her recipe index is! The very first… 

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Cookie Batter Granola

  A month after the other seems to come in full speed, and I guess it comes faster when it is for something exciting! Even though I am very new to the Secret Recipe Club – this is my third post, I am seen excitedly waiting for the email to come and start my browsing through the assigned blog for the recipe of my choice to try! So here I am with this month’s post… 🙂   I was assigned a blog with a very interesting name: Join us, Pull up a Chair. Heather, who runs the blog, basically asks us to get comfortable, feel at home and to read on. 🙂 I loved the name, seriously! 🙂 She has a variety of interesting recipes on the blog and since I was somehow fixated at wanting to make some granola, since it has been a long time since I had… 

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Banana Date Crumble {No Sugar!} ~ Ramadan Guest Post for Muslimah Bloggers

  I am very excited, Alhamdulillah to be on the Muslimah Bloggers as a part of the month long Ramadan series, where you will find Muslimah bloggers from all over the world, chipping in with their views and their insights about this holy month. It makes me feel honored to be posting on this lovely platform that unites a niche yet strong base of bloggers, dabbling with a variety of subjects in a Halaal way. May Allah make your endeavor successful and everlasting, in this world and the Aakhirah… Aameen…   They had invited guest posts for this month and I quickly volunteered to post for the second of the month, which is today, Alhamdulillah. While trying to figure out what to give, my eyes fell on this “too-easy-to-believe” sort of a dessert. A healthy crumble, with two of my favorite fruits, and what more – no added sugar! To… 

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Oats Kanji ~ Oats Milk Drink

  As much as focusing on our inner balance during the coming holy month, it also becomes imperative that we have good nourishing food to keep us going for the whole day. Nowadays, there is so much emphasis on what to eat and what not to eat. This left me intrigued as to how were the fasts during those days of the Prophet – when there was hardly any food to eat. There is emphasis on two foods – dates and water. Dates is a super-food that nourishes the body and brings it back to its normal state after fasting, without causing any disturbance to the balances. Water is also the same. There is no mention of any other kind of food – they used to eat whatever was available. And we plan and plan on what to cook and eat. I guess we need to reflect on the irony…… 

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Wholewheat Oats Pancakes

  I must seriously say that I am so glad that there are many of my readers who look forward to the 3 back-to-back series on the blog. Ever since I started with smoothies a few months ago, I have been able to do one series every month without much trouble, Alhamdulillah. Sometimes, it is challenging to come up with a theme but somehow browsing through all the recipes does give me ideas as to how to go about it. 🙂   After a little contemplation, I decided to an interesting theme this month, and that is “pancakes”! I love pancakes, totally… If I were given a chance to make it as breakfast every other day, I would happily do it. Unfortunately, I have folks at home who will accept it only once a month and not more than that. 🙁 There are times when I make small quantities that… 

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