Nutri Surprise Cake is a recipe I invented one casual evening when I wanted to play around with the seeds I had in my kitchen.
It is soft, with the satisfaction of nuts and dry fruits in every bite. This cake is absolutely bursting with flavour and healthy ingredients!
Everyone knows that when you feel peckish, you must reach out for fruits or nuts and seeds. They are much better for health as compared to cookies or other such snacks. While my family eats up the nuts happily enough, the seeds always get left over.
I had these pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and I knew that they would not remain fresh for long. Ta daa! New recipe, and all the seeds were put in and consumed happily!
Steps to the Nutri Surprise Cake
You will require the most unusual ingredients that you’d never have associated with baking at all! So get your ingredients together — this cake has poha (beaten rice flakes), muesli and oats! And a lot of apples! And nuts and seeds to give it an additional boost. No maida! Only whole wheat flour/atta.
Preparation of the Batter
I used cream collected over a couple of weeks (always stored in the freezer till I need it). You can use butter or oil instead.
The steps are straight-forward too! And if you have a hand mixer, it is all the more easy.
Just beat the cream and brown sugar well. I don’t like it to be very sweet. So I added less sugar. If you prefer a sweet taste, add 1 1/2 cups.
Add the eggs. Then the baking soda and salt, some cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. After another whisk, add the whole wheat flour, oats, muesli and beaten rice flakes or poha. Mix well.
After this its the turn of the grated apples and the mixture of your choice of nuts/dry fruits/seeds/desiccated coconut.
Your mixture is ready for the baking tray!
Baking the Nutri Surprise Cake
You can use two tins instead of one large one. At our place, anything cooked even in this monster of a tray lasts for just 2-3 days, so I doubled the recipe.
For one batch, you will need two medium-sized (4-5 cup capacity) or one large baking tin (8-10 cup capacity). Prepare them by greasing and dusting them well before pouring in the batter.
Bake it at 200° C for 35 minutes, and you will soon get this tray of goodness! Make sure it is cooked by inserting a toothpick in the centre of the cake. It should not be sticky when you take it out.
Since it is full of crumbly ingredients, you cannot unmould the cake easily, especially if you are a beginner. So I suggest that you cut it in the tray itself. Store in airtight boxes in the fridge. It will last for a week, unless you eat it up!
Just make a batch of this and have it with milk before you leave the house. Or pack it in your kids’ school lunch boxes. Take it as a snack to office. Have it for tea time. It will not disappoint you! If you’re looking for other healthy snacks, also check out the whole wheat pumpkin muffins.
Nutri Surprise CakeCourse: SnacksDifficulty: Easy
A healthy snack to grab without guilt. Full of nutritious ingredients. Seeds and nuts in every bite.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup beaten rice/poha/aval
1/2 cup muesli
3/4 cup whole wheat flour/atta
1 cup milk cream (alternatively, you can use 3/4 cup of oil/butter plus 1/4 cup of milk)
1 cup mixed nuts/dry fruits/desiccated coconut/seeds of your choice
2 cups grated apples
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/.2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp salt
- Beat the cream with sugar for 1 minute.
- Add eggs and beat till blended.
- Add salt, cinnamon powder, vanilla essence and the baking soda. Mix well.
- Add whole wheat flour/atta, the muesli, the oats and the beaten rice/poha/aval. Mix well.
- Now add the grated apples and the nuts. Mix well.
- Pour into prepared tray and bake at 200° C for 35 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Cut in the tray itself after it is slightly cool.
- If you do not have access to beaten rice/poha/aval, you can substitute it with oats/muesli.
- In case you don’t have cream stored up, you can use 3/4 cup of oil/butter plus 1/4 cup of milk instead.
- You can also add chocolate chips with the nuts.
- Try it with a scoop of ice cream!
- Store in an airtight box in the fridge