Monday 20 September 2021

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana and Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Eating a good breakfast keeps you going till lunch time without getting mid morning hunger pangs. It helps you to concentrate and keeps your blood sugar levels constant. Most people skip breakfast and grab a chocolate bar or a coffee on the way. This is really unhealthy and does not do your body any good. My go to breakfast for my family is overnight oats. 

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are a no cook method of making oatmeal. They are prepared overnight and generally consumed cold. They are time saving, quick and super healthy and as they can be prepared the night before they make the perfect on the go breakfast. You can add any toppings of your choice, the combinations re endless.

I always make a basic plain batch of overnight oats and then let my family choose their own favorite toppings to add to them. Before I share the recipe, I will answer some questions that are often asked about overnight oats.

What type of oats can you use ?

You can use rolled oats or gluten free oats

What type of milk can you use?

Any type of milk, full cream, skimmed, semi skimmed or plant based milk such as almond milk, hazelnut milk, coconut milk or soya milk

What toppings can you add ?

You can add fruits, nuts, sauces, seeds, syrups or just eat them plain.

What can I serve overnight oats in?

The best way to serve overnight oats is a screw top mason jar, however you can serve them in any type of container, there is no hard and fast rule.

Can I eat overnight oats cold or hot.

Normally they are eaten cold but there is no reason why you cannot warm them for a few seconds in the microwave, however I recommend you don't add yoghurt in the oats if you are going to warm the oats up. 

Are overnight oats unhealthy.

Overnight oats are not unhealthy if you keep your topping light. Of course if you overload the oats with sugary topping then they will be high in calories.

How can I make overnight oats gluten free and vegan?

You can use gluten free oats and plant based milk and yoghurts to make vegan and gluten free overnight oats.

In this recipe, I am making peanut butter overnight oats with banana and vegan salted caramel sauce. I made the peanut butter in my froothie Optimum 9200 blender and the vegan salted caramel sauce was sent to me by the Bad Brownie 

The Vegan Salted Caramel sauce had a lovely texture and complimented the oats and banana combination really well.

The Vegan Salted Caramel sauce is really versatile, it can be added as a topping for oats, ice cream, porridge, fruits, brownies, cupcakes and cookies too.

You can batch makes these and keep in the fridge for a couple of days. I keep mine in individual serving mason jars so that my family can take one to work, school and college and can be eaten on the go. Just attach a spoon to the side of the jar and breakfast on the go is ready.

Yield: 2 Servings
Author: Nayna Kanabar
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana and Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana and Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce

Overnight Oats with banana, peanut butter and vegan salted caramel sauce, This is the perfect vegan, gluten free healthy breakfast, that is super tasty and delicious.
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 10 M


  • 125g Gluten free Oats
  • 200g Almond Milk
  • 50g Soya Yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsps Vegan Sated Caramel Sauce
  • 2 Walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp Flaked Almonds
  • Mint Leaves for Garnish


  1. In a Jar add the oats, almond milk, soya yoghurt, vanilla essence, maple syrup and chia seeds.
  2. Mix everything together, cover with lid and keep in the refrigerator overnight
  3. In the morning mix the oats mixture and dive into two serving jars.
  4. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter on top pf the oats mixture.
  5. Slice the banana and place a few slices on top of the peanut butter.
  6. Drizzle with the vegan salted caramel sauce and top with flaked almonds and a walnut. Garnish with a mint leaf.


You can add any type of plant based milk and yoghurt in this recipe.

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There are many overnight oat options, you can make them chocolate flavoured by adding cocoa, coffee by adding coffee powder. Flavoured milks such as strawberry, butterscotch or toffee are great flavours to add too. Have you tried overnight oats? What is your favorite flavour, do share in the comments below.

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Friday 10 September 2021

Churma Ladoo without frying


Churma Ladoo are an Indian sweet dish usually shaped into round balls called ladoos. They are very popular in all Hindu households as they are commonly made on special occasions and as an offering to Lord Ganesh on the Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chavithi. It is an auspicious Hindu festival which is celebrated for 10 days every year. The festival is celebrated in the Bhadra month as per the Hindu calendar which generally falls in mid-August to September. It marks the birthday of the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha.

How is it Celebrated?

There are four main rituals which are performed during the 10-day long festival.  

Pranapratishhtha- Devotees install Lord Ganesh Idols in decorated pandals in their homes or temples and decorate them with flowers, garlands and lights. A priest then chants prayers to invoke life in the deity.

Shhodashopachara- During the 10 days 16 different types of prayers are offered to the lord Ganesh by singing chanting dancing and drum beating and lighting divas (oil candles)

Uttarpuja-On the 10th day a farewell ritual is then performed  to Lord Ganesha  

Ganpati Visarjan – This is the final ceremony where the Lord Ganesh Idol is immersed in the sea or flowing water. During this ceremony prayers are offer to the Lord to return again the following year.   

Many delicious dishes are served during this time, however Churma ladoo, Modak and Boondi ladoos are commonly offered to Lord Ganesh as these are classed as his favorite sweet dishes.

I am sharing the Churma Ladoos here as these are my families favorite.

Before I share the recipe let me answer some questions about these ladoos.

What flour is used?

You can use any type of wheat flour, however the whole wheat coarse flour achieves best results.

Are there different ways to make the muthias (dough balls)?

You can bake the muthias as I have done to make them a little healthier, the authentic way is to deep fry them on a low heat until crispy. You can also roll out round chapatis and cook them on a griddle until crispy if you prefer

Can I use another sweetening agent?

Yes you can, you can add sugar instead of jaggery , however you do not need to make a syrup you just add powdered sugar and melted ghee to the churma and form ladoos.

Can I add dry fruits to the ladoos?

Adding finally copped dry fruits like almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts can be added if desired. 

I don't have a ladoo mould how can I form the ladoos?

You can just make lime sized balls of the mixture and roll the ladoos in poppy seeds if you don't have a ladoo mould or use a mini icecream scoop

How to store the ladoos?

The ladoos will last up to a week in an air tight container, if you wish to store them longer keep them in the refrigerator and take them out and eat at room temperature.


Do not skimp on the ghee quantity or oil as it is necessary to use this quantity for achieving the texture.

Do not over cook the jaggery, only cook it enough to melt it, otherwise the ladoos will turn hard.

You can also check out my video showing how to make these Churma Ladoos below:



Churma Ladoo Ladoos are a very special ladoo made in many households all over hindu households. They are made as an offering to the Elephant God Ganesh and served as an offering. This prasad is a firm favorite of Lord
Yield: 24 mini bite sized ladoos
Author: Nayna Kanabar
Churma Ladoo without frying

Churma Ladoo without frying

Churma Ladoo is an Indian sweet dish that is traditionally made to offer as a prasad to Lord Ganesh for the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Prep time: 45 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 200g Coarse Whole Wheat Flour 
  • 30g Chickpea Flour 
  • 30g Coarse Semolina 
  • 4 Tbsps Sunflower Oil
  • 100 ml Warm Water
  • 100g Ghee/ Clarified Butter 
  • 100g Jaggery 
  • 1 Tsp Cardamom Powder 
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg Powder 
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds


  1. In a bowl add the whole wheat flour, semolina and chickpea flour
  2. Add the oil and mix into the flour to form a crumb mixture.
  3. Add approx 100 ml water little by little to form a very firm/tight dough
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/360F 
  5. Pinch lime sized balls of the dough and pinch them in your fist making indentations in the dough ball with the tips of your fingers.
  6. Repeat for all the dough.
  7. Place the dough balls (traditionally calle muthis) on a baking tray and bake for 30 mins until firm, crisp and slightly browned. Remember t turn them over after 15 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes remove the baked muthias from the oven and transfer to a plate to cool down.
  9. After muthias have cooled down fully, grind them in a food processor to a fine powder. Transfer the powder to a bowl. and add 1 Tsp Cardamom powder and 1 Tsp Nutmeg powder. Mix and keep aside. This is called Churma
  10. Ina heavy duty pan add the ghee and heat on medium heat until it melts. 
  11. Add the jaggery and cook the mixture until jaggery fully melts. Remove from the heat and pour the melted jaggery mixture to the prepared churma and mix it well.
  12. Grease a  ladoo mould with a little ghee  and add some poppy seeds in the bottom of the mould.
  13. Tightly pack the mould with the churma mixture and smooth the surface.
  14. Turn the mould spoon over and tap it in the palm of your hand 2-3 times to de mould the ladoo.
  15. Repeat the process for remaining churma.


The churma dough balls can be deep fried on a very low heat, this is the traditional way for making the muthia.

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There are many sweets that are made during this festive period such as Boondi, Bombay HalwaSemolina HalwaPistachio Barfi. Do try them they are equally delicious.

How do you celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, I would love to know about the way its celebrated in different households. Please do share in the comments below.

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