BAKED WHOLE WHEAT PISTACHIO EMPANADAS – Kids Lunch Box Dessert / After School snack .

Over the  weekend  I baked this dessert to pack for Kids Lunch Box as Dessert and for After school snack. . I just tried out as a sample and they turned out delicious. Need two main ingredients which are outer covering and filling. It takes 20 minutes to prepare ( outer covering , grinding the filling and rolling , stuffing empanadas) and Baking 10 + 10 minutes. After 10 minutes flip and brush with some Oil and bake for 10 more minutes. They are delicious with tasty filing and Crispy outer covering.  . But I left them in the Oven for 10 more minutes after switching  it off   for extra crispiness. Filling is with Pistachio’s and few more easy available  ingredients. While the dough is resting you can prepare the filling. Easy and tasty filling if you have  store bought roasted Pistachio’s. Here is the Simple recipe with few ingredients. 

No need of Baking soda . Just follow my recipe to enjoy a tasty Dessert .

Recipe for 7 . Preparation time : 20 minutes and Baking time : 10 + 10 minutes. Extra 10 minutes after switching off the Oven . 



1. Mix 1 measuring cup Whole wheat flour with little salt and 4  to 6 tbsp Oil . Using fingers mix oil with flour.

2. Need 1/2 cup ( Measuring cup) water . Add water slowly and mix until the dough comes together . Keep aside for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile prepare the filling.

FILLING :   Store bought roasted NUTS. 

1. Grind 1/2 cup  Pistachio’s with 1/4 th cup Cashews , 1/4 th cup walnuts , 1/4 th cup dry coconut, 1/2 cup raisins , 6 Cardamom and 1/4 cup Jaggery ( Brown sugar) or Dates  . Transfer to a Bowl . Taste for sweetness and add accordingly .

2.Add 2 tbsp  melted ghee  to the filling and bind Lemon size Balls. Divide the  wheat dough into 7 equal parts. 

3. Roll the dough into half inch thick circles. Place the filling ball and crumble with your fingers. Fold  half of the  circle over to form half moon. Press the edges together with fingers. Use the fork to form ridges. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough and filling.

4. Preheat the oven . Brush the empanadas with Oil . Bake for 360 degrees F for 10 minutes . After 10 minutes flip and bake for 10 more minutes or until light brown .

5. After finish baking I left in the oven for 10 minutes for extra crispiness.

They are tasty and crispy when served warm .





DIWALI DESSERTS – Sweet potato coconut rolls, Coconut Pistachio rolls, Adirasam ( Short cut method)  and Spinach vada. Easy Dessert recipes prepared with 5 ingredients . All ingredients you can find easily in your pantry .Preparation and cooking time – Less than 30 minutes 

Last week I shared Coconut Pistachio Ladoo . I thought I would try with different flavors ( like Apple, Pear, Carrot or Beetroot ) as I have sweet potatoes in my household( I buy big bag for everyday cooking) . I realized that I didn’t try any dessert with sweet potato, so I gave it a try . The rolls turned out tasty . You don’t need to spend much time to Cook as it took less than 20 minutes to prepare. I made this with 8 Ingredients that you will have in your pantry . Try for Diwali and you can pack for Kids Lunch Box and after school snack. Here is the recipe . 

Some of the Diwali recipes that I prepared .  Sweet potato Coconut Rolls , Coconut pistachio Ladoo , Adirasam ( Short cut method) No need of Soaking and Grinding rice. They almost taste the same . Recipe for 20 Adirasam . No need to rest the dough . Shallow fried in Minimum Oil . SPINACH VADA .


RECIPE for 20 Medium rolls .

Preparation time and Cooking time :   20 minutes


One cup = Measuring Cup 

1. Sweet Potato – 2 ( Cooked and Mashed ) ( Wrap Sweet potato in wet paper towel and cook in Microwave for 3 minutes ( 1 +1+1 ) stop microwave for every one minute. 

2. Dry coconut – 1 1/2 cup

3. Jaggery – 3/4 th cup or accordingly

4. Milk – 2 cups 

5. Ghee – 1 tbsp

6. Sooji ( Semolina) – 3 tbsp or Fine Wheat rava or Roasted Upma mix or Wheat ladoo flour .

7. Cardamom – 6 ( Powdered )

8. Chopped Mixed nuts – 1/2 cup


1.Dry roast Sooji in 1/4 th tbsp Ghee and transfer to a Bowl .

2. In a wide pan add Dry coconut ,  Cooked and mashed Sweet potato , Milk and Powdered Jaggery . Mix and cook on a Medium high flame for 5 minutes. Stir in between to avoid the burning.

3. After 5 to 7 minutes  add roasted Sooji ( Semolina) and ghee . Cook until it thickens ( say 5 minutes) .

4. Add chopped nuts and Cardamom . Mix well and Switch off the stove.

5.Cool before you make rolls. 

COCONUT PISTACHIO LADOO . Chewy and tasty . 5  Ingredients with very less Cooking time . Preparation time : 5 minutes .

ADIRASAM ( SHORT CUT METHOD) with SPINACH VADA / No need to Soak rice and Grind. No need to rest the dough. Preparation time- 10 minutes . Cooking time – 15 minutes


Coconut Pistachio Ladoo – 10 minute Dessert ( Cooking time) Diwali Dessert/ Kids Lunch Box Dessert/After school Snack 

You can add Carrot, Grated Apple, Pear, Beetroot or Sweet Potato . I’m going to try all these combinations with Coconut and will Update . I can say it is one of the easiest and tastiest Dessert recipe. It takes only 10 minute Cooking time and 5 Ingredients recipe. Preparation is just transferring things into the pan all at a time except couple of ingredients you need to add at the end .Stirring in between and not continuously . I remember eating this Dessert during festival time when we have lot of Coconuts after offering to the god. I remember me and my sisters helping my mother in grating coconut and stirring till it thickens. Good old days. Now I do this alone after Kids goes to school . There is no Holiday for festivals . But they do help and  enjoy in decorating . Love the smell of house with Agarbathi and festival food. I didn’t prepare this for long time as  I don’t buy fresh coconut because it is difficult to break and didn’t like the frozen one. I prepared just a sample before ( 10 ladoo’s) Diwali with dry coconut . They turned out good . I’m going to make a big batch to share with friends  . Here is the simple recipe with 5 ingredients. 

You all might have tasted Coconut Burfi , Do try this delicious and tasty Coconut Pistachio Ladoo. It is little chewy and tasty . 

Recipe for 10 medium Ladoo’s.

Preparation time – 5 minutes Cooking time – 10 Minutes


1 cup – One measuring cup

1. Dry coconut flakes – 1 1/2 Cup

2. Jaggery – 1 cup or accordingly  or Sweetner of your choice. or Brown sugar

3. Milk – 2 cups

4. Ghee – 1 tbsp

5. Pistachio’s crushed – 1/2 cup

6. Cardamom – 6 Powdered 


1. Transfer Dry coconut , Powdered Jaggery and Milk into a pan . Mix well . Cook on a Medium high flame . Stir in between to avoid burning. Cook until it becomes thick  ( takes less than 10 minutes .)

2 . Switch off the stove and add Crushed Pistachio’s , Ghee and Powdered Cardamom .

3. Mix gently . Taste little and add Jaggery accordingly if needed .

4. Cool and mix in between .

5. Once cooled take a handful and shape Ladoo’s. Enjoy .


Egg less Whole Wheat Apple Cake – Kids Lunch Box Dessert

  Egg less Whole Wheat Apple  Cake is my first Cake post in my Blog. I don’t bake . My daughter ( In middle School) is a self taught baker and Baked this Eggless Apple cake using my recipe . It turned out delicious . The Cake is moist because of apple with Crispy crust. We used Oil and Ghee instead of Butter and Whole wheat flour instead of APF flour. You can use Sweetner of your choice ( White or Brown sugar) . It took 15 minutes to Prepare and Baking 40 minutes and additional 10 minutes ( If tooth pick didn’t come out clean) . I don’t have Cocoa  Powder at home , so we used Chocolate Powder . Serve as a Dessert or Pack for Kids Lunch Box Dessert . Simple recipe with easy available Ingredients.

Serving 8 . Preparation time :15 minutes Baking time : 40 Minutes and 10  more minutes ( If tooth pick inserted didn’t come Clean )


One cup – Measuring Cup

1. Whole wheat flour – 1 1/2 cup

2.  Brown Sugar – 1 cup  Note : Add 3/4th cup . Taste the Batter , if needed add 1/4 th Cup 

3. Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

4. Salt – 1/4 th teaspoon

5. Milk – 1 cup

6. Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

7. Ghee – 4 to 5  tablespoon

8. Chocolate Powder – 4 tablespoon ( Swiss miss)

9. Apple – Medium ( Peeled and Chopped)


1. Mix Wheat flour , Salt and Baking soda in a Bowl

2. Mix Sugar, Oil , Melted Ghee in another Bowl . Add Milk and Vanilla essence . Use Hand Blender and Mix well .  

3. Add dry Ingredients to wet Ingredients and Mix with the help of Electric beater until both are well incorporated  .

4.  Grease Loaf  Pan with Oil . Pour half the batter in a Loaf  Pan and fold in finely chopped apples .

5 . In remaining  half batter add Chocolate Powder . Drizzle Chocolate Powder batter into the Loaf Pan . Swirl with tooth Pick .

6. Preheat Oven at 350 degrees  F and Bake for 40 Minutes ( If tooth pick didn’t come Clean Bake for another 10 minutes )

7. Cool for 10 minutes and loosen the edges with the help of Knife and unmould . Wait for 10 more minutes and cut into Slices. 

Serve as a Dessert or pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX 


No Cooking Dessert with Over riped Banana’s 

If you have Over riped Banana’s and no one in your family are interested  to eat and want to Prepare Simple Dessert , here is the recipe . Banana’s have originated around 4000 years ago and from there they spread throughout the world. Banana’s are good source of Potassium an essential mineral for maintaining normal Blood Pressure and heart function. Over riped Banana ‘s are  packed with antioxidants . Antioxidants are extremely beneficial for your body because they prevent or delay some types of cell damage and lower the risk of certain diseases. Over ripe banana’s are easy to digest . In over ripe Banana’s the starch changes to Simple sugars. ( Diabetics should avoid over ripe Banana’s because they may result in a quicker rise in Blood sugars) . Unripe Banana is full of Complex carbohydrates . Brown spotted Banana’s is a sign that antioxidants levels have increased . The brown spots form when the chlorophyll in the fruit begins to break down and turn into antioxidants. They should be left ripen at room temperature. To fasten ripe process you should place Banana in a Brown Bag or wrap in a News paper. Source : Health Magazines . Try this recipe whenever your Banana’s are over ripened and enjoy a tasty Dessert with Less work. 

Time taken to prepare : 10 minutes

Recipe for 2 . 


1. Over riped Banana’s – 2 Note : If you want to serve Chilled freeze Banana Slices for couple of hours and grind in the food processor . 

2. Graham Crackers – 4 ( Crushed into Powder )

3. Cashews – Handful ( Soaked )

4. Roasted Crushed Nuts – Almonds , Pistachio’s and Walnuts

5. Cardamom – 4 ( Powdered)

6. Milk – 2 tbsp

7. Strawberries – Sliced

8. Brown Sugar – 1 tbsp or Raisins- 10 or Dates – 2 ( Chopped) or Coconut sugar 


1. Crush Graham Crackers in a Ziplock.

2. Grind  Soaked Cashews with Milk and Sweetner of your Choice . Then add One sliced Banana or Frozen Banana slices  and Cardamom . Pulse for 3 to 4 times. Transfer to a Bowl . Mix with Chopped Nuts.

3. In a serving Bowl pour Half of the Crushed Graham Crackers and Half of the Blended Banana .

4. Top with sliced Banana and Sliced strawberry .

5. Repeat the layers . Cover with Sliced Banana , Sliced strawberries and Crushed Nuts . 

SERVE immediately .


 One Ladoo is enough to Satisfy Kids sweet Cravings. Healthy Ladoo’s prepared with everyday Ingredients from your Pantry.  No sugar added .Pack for  Kids Lunch Box /After school snack/Dessert /Summer Snack . These are very easy Dessert recipes which doesn’t need much Cooking except ROASTING .Preparation and Binding time – 30 minutes.

                                Roast , Grind and Bind Ladoo’s . I have used very less Ghee  to  PREPARE these  Dessert’s . Spend 30 minutes and enjoy whole week . I have packed these Ladoo’s whole Year for my Kids Lunch Box/ After school Snack . Now I’m filling the jars for Summer snack .

11. APPLE DESSERT. Crispy outer covering with tasty filling. Prepare ahead of time and refrigerate . Pan fry before you serve to Kids . It takes 5 minutes to Pan fry. with Apple

12. COCONUT PISTACHIO LADOO.  Chewy and Tasty .Simple and easy Dessert prepared with 5 Ingredients and cooking time – 10 minutes and Preparation time – 5 minutes .

13. MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS LADOO . It is a No Cooking Ladoo if you use store bought Nuts and Seeds . Recipe for 20 Medium Ladoo . You can prepare in less than 30 minutes. nuts 

14 .SWEET POTATO COCONUT ROLLS. Few ingredients . Transfer everything to the pan and will be ready in 15 minutes

15. BAKED WHOLE WHEAT PISTACHIO EMPANADAS. Prepared with few ingredients and very less Baking time( 10 + 10 minutes) . 2 ingredients ( Outer covering and filling) 

Recipe link : 

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6. RAISIN LADOO – Make good use of Raisins if you have in your Pantry or Refrigerator. No Sugar added . ladoo

7.SESAME SEEDS LADOO – Simple and easy ( Melt in mouth ) Ladoo’s Prepared with nuts and Sesame seeds. No sugar added and used minimum Ghee for Binding Ladoo’s . seeds ladoo

8. NUTS CLUSTER WITH BOONDI :  A little Sweet and little Crunchy and what not to love about these nuts clusters with Boondi and Jaggery . Easy sweet recipe that is more satisfying when you prepare at home. Took a little help from store bought Boondi. cluster 

9. WHEAT RAVA LADOO : Easy  dessert prepared in less than 10 minutes ( Cooking time) Preparation time :10 minutes and binding Ladoo’s in 5 Minutes rava ladoo

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17. PEANUT BUTTER BALLS . If you have a jar of Peanut Butter try this Quick Dessert for After School snack . Doesn’t need much cooking. Kids who doesn’t like Peanut butter won’t smell and taste Peanut Butter .