In this months’ version of 5 elements I’m going for a sweet combination of foods (mostly), because sometimes you just feel like you need something sweet. There are plenty of us sweet tooths out there who just want some sort of dessert even after we’ve made a wonderful main meal. And then there are those times when you just feel like you need to bake or create a culinary masterpiece out of spun sugar (don’t you want to make the Croquembouche like they all want to do on Masterchef? (yes, this is sarcasm!)).
Croquembouches aside, in this post I’ll share with you some of my favourite sweet recipes that don’t take forever to make.
As with all recipes just stick to the basics the first time you make it and the second time tweak it to your tastes. You can go nuts with the decorating by adding shaved or grated chocolate, dusting with powered/icing sugar or going all out and making candied fruit. Or if you’re not so adventurous just tear into a warm banana and choc chip muffin – just like I did the other night! 🙂
Hopefully you’ll find something in these ideas that you love to eat or want to make, but I especially hope you’ll find this post inspiring.
The 5 Ingredients
Now I’ve taken a bit of creative license here, so when I say corn I mean that it could be popcorn, polenta or even corn cobs, depending on the recipe. So you might find some interesting choices here that you hadn’t expected, and that just might inspire you to try something new.
The 5 Meal Ideas
Meal idea 1: Banana bread, muffins or doughnuts
I love a good banana bread, and the recipes I prefer to make are always the ones that include a good dollop or two of yoghurt – they tend to make the banana bread more moist and it stays moist.
I recently made some really yummy banana and choc chip muffins that were really good too so I had to include them here.
And then you have cupcakes; you can make cupcakes with bananas in them or use the banana to keep a cupcake moist too. Or make cupcakes with banana icing and stick caramel popcorn on top.
Basically the idea here is to use up your overripe bananas into some sort of cake, muffin or even doughnut. Here’s some recipes to give you inspiration:
- Banana bread made with yoghurt (to keep it moist).
- Traditional banana bread recipe.
- Spiced banana cake
- Banana and choc chip muffins
- Banana cupcakes or here’s the no bake cheat version.
- Banana and nutella doughnuts or this banana and nutella doughnut recipe
Meal idea 2: Banana pancakes with grilled bananas and chocolate sauce
Pancakes come in plenty of different varieties, but if you’ve read my Pancakes vs Crepes vs Pikelets post you’ll know that my favourite pancakes are actually these banana blender pancakes from Mountain Mamma Cooks.
Oats are more gluten friendly than wheat flour pancakes, and you can even buy gluten free oats too if you need them. I particularly like the oat pancakes because they are much more filling than the traditional white flour pancakes, and you can make them in a blender and pour the mix straight into the pan – what’s not to love about that?
And what would be cooler than eating them with glazed grilled bananas and chocolate sauce on top?
Meal idea 3: Savoury scones or muffins
Savoury scones are those that are usually not very sweet and are often served with soups or stews. To make any of these savoury scones an afternoon treat instead, why not serve them with honey and mashed banana? Or a lick of ricotta, slices of banana some cinnamon and nutmeg and a drizzle of honey?
- Sweetcorn and cheddar scones
- Mexican corn scones
- Polenta scones (on top of eggplant bolognaise for something a little different).
- Corn and polenta muffins
- Zucchini and corn muffins
Meal idea 4: Flavoured popcorn
Who says popcorn has to be plain? Try these interesting combination to give your next snack a real boost (and to use more spices in your everyday cooking!).
- Sweet, spicy, salty popcorn (add nutmeg too if you’ve got it, but not much).
- Cinnamon honey popcorn
- Honey glazed popcorn
- Pumpkin spice popcorn
- 30 popcorn ideas (okay they don’t all fit todays post but I wanted to include this list anyway cause there are some great ideas in it).
Meal idea 5: Miscellaneous recipes
As I was collecting recipes for this post there were a bunch of recipes I found that didn’t fit into the other categorizes. Instead of just look past the ideas I’ve included them here. Don’t forget, that you might find something new here, or you might be able to make these with things you have at home already.
- Spiced carrot tea cake (any tea cake the uses cinnamon can use a little nutmeg too).
- Spicy banana kisses
- Honey tea loaf
- Honey tea cakes
- Banana brioche bake
- Banana choc-almond toastie
- Banana, honey and raspberry roll up (great for kids)
- Banana and honey fruit loaf sandwich (great for kids)
So there you have it, 27 different recipe ideas to get your juices flowing. And you thought bananas and corn could only be used one way, right? Nope! That’s what cooking is all about – learning new ways to use the ingredients you love, and combining them with other ingredients you didn’t know how to use.