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Yes We Have Some Bananas – We Have Banana Fritters Today

One of the fruits we regularly go through, no matter what time of year it may be, is bananas. Michelle eats a banana every morning as part of her routine I have one also on most days. But even as fast we can go through them, there is always a time where it seems you end up with a couple of bananas that enter that stage where they are a bit overripe and not ideal for just picking up and eating. Instead of just tossing them in the garbage, take them, peel them and then freeze them in a zip-lock bag and then you will have them to use for all kinds of great things, like smoothies, ice cream, banana pudding for banana cream pie or for this recipe I just came across from Marcus Samuelsson for banana fritters. They are easy to make, only use a few ingredients you probably have on hand and are a great snack.

Banana Fritters

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 tablespoon ground pumpkin pie spice mix(allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Vegetable oil, for frying

Cinnamon sugar, for dusting

In a medium bowl combine the bananas, eggs, water, melted butter, and the spice mix until the ingredients are well combined.

Add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar to the mashed banana mixture and stir everything together until all of the ingredients are well combined.

In a heavy bottomed pan or Dutch oven pour about one inch of vegetable oil and heat the oil over medium heat until it registers 375 degrees on a candy thermometer or instant-read thermometer.

Drop spoonfuls of the fritter batter into the hot oil and allow it to cook, flipping once, until the fritters are golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Cook them in batches so you do not overcrowd the pan.

Drain  the fritters on paper towels and repeat the process with the remaining batter. Sprinkle the fritters with cinnamon sugar before serving, if desired.

These are really easy to make and taste great while they are still warm. I dusted mine with confectioner’s sugar instead of using cinnamon sugar, but I think either would taste great. I did not have pumpkin pie spice mix so I just used a teaspoon each of ground allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon mixed together to get the same flavor mix and it was fine. Sean and I enjoyed these as dessert with dinner one night and they are great with a cup of coffee in the morning. Mine came out a little darker than I would have liked but the oil was a bit too hot I believe and I did not watch it as closely as I should have, but they still were very good. You can easily warm them up again in a warm oven for a few minutes if you want to get the warm flavor again. This was a great use for those leftover bananas and I think the same recipe would work well with all kinds of different fruits, though you might want to change-up the spice mix or eliminate it to get the right flavor.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Fruit, Snacks

 

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A Quicker and Healthier Snack Alternative – Banana-Oat Snack Cake

Trying to find snacks to eat to appeal to kids and that provide something of a healthier alternative is not always an easy thing to do. Kids get turned off just by the name of something if it sounds healthier a lot the time and aren’t always willing to even give it a chance of tasting good, so it can be a challenge to find something that is better than the usual snack cakes, candy, chips, brownies, ice cream and the like. I saw this recipe recently in Bon Appetit for a banana-oat snack cake that provides a good alternative to a typical snack using some healthier choices like oats and bananas. This recipe only uses a few ingredients and can be done in under an hour to give you something quick and easy to offer as a dessert or snack after school.

Banana-Oat Snack Cake

6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, melted, plus more for the baking dish

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 bananas, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with butter and line the baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk the oats, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and set it aside. Whisk the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in another large bowl until the mixture is smooth.

Slowly stream the butter into the brown sugar mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture is well blended. Add the bananas to the dry ingredients and toss the bananas to coat them well. Stir the banana mixture into the brown sugar mixture. The resulting batter will be quite thick. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in the oven and bake until the cake is golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the dish, about 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let it cool completely in the dish. Cut the cake into 12 servings and serve.

The resulting cake has great flavor from that oats and bananas with a nice hint of cinnamon throughout the cake. I think it is a great snack cake and it stayed quite moist for the few days we had it around the house, making it the perfect after school snack. it also goes really well with your coffee in the morning if you are looking for something a little different for your breakfast and it certainly is a great dish that you could add to any breakfast buffet or lunch or something you can throw together easily if you have some last-minute guests drop by and want something tasty to serve over coffee.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day (we have a snow day here in our area of New York today) and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Breakfast, Brunch, Cakes, Cooking, Dessert, Fruit, Snacks

 

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