It always seems like there are a few bananas that never get eaten before they turn brown, and then no one wants them. At my house I cannot wait until the bananas turn brown because then I can make my famous Banana Bread Pops. I make mine using a cake ball maker so they not only taste good but they are fun to eat. The reason I call them vanishing is because whenever I make them for my friends they just vanish. I know there are many other banana bread recipes out their but give this one a try and I know it will be your new favorite recipe.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups and spoons, a rubber spatula, a medium bowl, a mixing bowl, two loaf pans and the oven, or a cake ball maker, a hand or stand mixer.
If you are not allowed to use a mixer, cake ball maker, or the oven by yourself you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Banana Bread Pops (2 Loaves, or more banana bread pops than I can count)
1 2/3 Cups AP Flour
-You can substitute 2/3 cup whole wheat flour for white if your prefer
-AP stands for All Purpose flour. This means that you can use the flour for most cooking or baking recipes. There are flours for specific recipes like cake flour for cakes and bread flour for breads.
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
-You can use milk or semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer)
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
-If you or your friends are allergic to nuts you can just leave them out. The recipe will taste just as good without them.
3. Measure flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt into your medium bowl. With a fork, gently mix the ingredients. If you mix too fast you will get your dry ingredients all over the counter and cleaning up spilled flour is not any fun.
1/4 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
4 Tbl. Applesauce (about one 3.9oz snack pack cup)
1 tsp Vanilla
2 ea Eggs, Large
2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
3 ea Bananas, medium sized, Ripe or Over Ripe
-Ripe bananas will have a deep golden yellow colored peel. Over ripe bananas, the peel will begin to have brown spots and even turn a brown or black color. If you do not use ripe or over ripe bananas they will not blend into your batter and will taste raw in your banana bread.
4. Pre-heat oven to 350F, or turn on your cake ball maker.
5. Add yogurt, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla to your mixing bowl.
6. Using the whisk attachment, mix on a low speed (1 or 2) until all of the ingredients are blended well.
7. Add your eggs and brown sugar to the bowl. Take your bananas, break them into small pieces and add them to the mixing bowl. Blend the mixture on a low speed until all of the ingredients are blended and there are no large pieces of banana left.
8. Turn your mixer off and add half of your dry ingredients. Mix on low until the batter looks like mud.
9. Add the other half of your dry ingredient as well as your dark chocolate chips and walnuts, and mix again until the flour, chocolate, and nuts are just mixed in. Take care not to over mix the batter or it will be chewy like bread when you bake it.
10. Spray your loaf pans or cake ball maker, top and bottom, with pan spray. Using your rubber spatula, divide the batter equally between the loaf pans. If you are making muffin balls use a small scooper to fill the holes ¾ full.
11. Bake the loaves for 20-25 minutes. Test the banana bread by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean the loaf is done. If it is coated with batter it needs more time. Try adding 2-3 minutes at a time until the loaves are done. Remove from the oven and let the loaves cool, cut and enjoy. If you are using a cake ball maker cook for 3 minutes. You will have to test your finished banana bread pops to see if 3 minutes is the right cooking time.
This recipe makes a great snack after school, after sports, or any at any other activity. And if you are going to share them with your friends don’t be surprised how quickly they disappear.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring the ingredients
Mixing dry ingredients
Older helpers can help by:
Running the mixer
Testing the banana bread for doneness