Monthly Archives: April 2014

Frozen Banana Bites

My love of foods that come in tiny portions is endless. Take a cupcake for example; it’s already a miniature version of a cake, a cake in a cup as it literally says, yet a mini cupcake

Honey and Raisins Frozen Banana Bite

Honey and Raisins Frozen Banana Bite

excites me more than a cupcake. It’s bite sized! I can just put it in my mouth, bite once and move on. A cupcake requires AT LEAST 3 bites, and all that chewing is exhausting!

My significant other brought home a bunch of bananas this week, so I decided to look up recipes to use them. I have many recipes for ripe bananas but none with fresh ones. I attempted to make one ingredient banana ice cream once and failed horribly but I always liked the idea of the frozen banana as a snack. I kept that in mind and after searching a little bit online I found that frozen banana bites were a thing.

This recipe doesn’t take long to make and it’s extra delicious. It can be as nice or naughty as you’d like!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh bananas

How many bananas you will need will depend on how many bites you want. Cut the banana into 1/2 inch slices. For the toppings, you can use a wide variety of ingredients. Anything that goes with ice cream technically goes well with these. If you research online most banana bites are dipped in chocolate and some in peanut butter. Some chocolate dipped bites are decorated with sprinkles, nuts, fruits, etc which just adds deliciousness and personality to your bites. You can really be creative with this recipe!

Dips:

  • Melted milk chocolate
  • Real honey
  • Greek yogurt (I used plain but vanilla or any other flavour would work as well)
  • Real crunchy peanut butter (none of that added sugar Kraft stuff, just peanut goodness)

I dipped my banana pieces into the 4 different dips using a fork to help get the excess off. Be careful not to poke your banana to death. I then put the bites onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment paper and I sprinkled some toppings on it. I unfortunately didn’t have any nuts available so I couldn’t make a chocolate-nuts covered bites but I found other things to work with.

Toppings:

  • Fresh, dried cranberries
  • Fresh raisins
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Shredded Coconut

Once you have dipped, topped and laid your bites on the cookie sheet, you pop them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they’re ready, you can transfer them to a container and you have bite sized yums at your disposal!

Frozen Banana Bites - Chocolate and Coconut bite cut in half

Frozen Banana Bites – Chocolate and Coconut bite cut in half

Assorted Frozen Banana Bites

Assorted Frozen Banana Bites – Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Coconut, Greek Plain Yogurt & Cranberry, Chocolate & Sprinkles, Honey & Raisins

Assorted Frozen Banana Bites

Assorted Frozen Banana Bites

Categories: Banana, Chocolate, Food, Food Experiment, My Photography, Peanut Butter, Raw, Recipes | Leave a comment

Mini Baked Cake-Donuts

I spend too much money buying donuts at Tim Hortons so I decided to try making some myself. Since pretty much everything about donuts is pure delicious evil, I looked for alternatives in the baking process as well as ingredients. I found a few recipes that called for baking the donuts but none really had the ingredients I was looking for. Once I found this delicious sounding recipe over at Baker Bettie,  I knew I had found something I could work with. I experimented with baking times and ingredients and I think I made something decent but I still find it tastes more like a cake than a donut so I shall call these mini baked cake-donuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 real honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of any spice you might like such as allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, etc…
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour

Preheat oven: 325ºF

  1. Lightly butter the mini donut or muffin pan (I used a muffin pan)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the Greek yogurt and the honey until combined.
  3. Add the egg, the milk and the vanilla. Mix until combined.
  4. Add the baking powder, the pinch of salt and the allspice. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  6. Pipe mixture into the pan. (I used a plastic bag with the tip cut off. I piped twice but once should be plenty as I find my end result to be too dough-y)
  7. Bake 13-16 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean when ready.

Topping options:

  • Glazed (Powered sugar and milk or water)
  • Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Chocolate – Add some nuts, sprinkles or pieces of your favourite chocolate bar!
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Powered Sugar
  • Use your imagination!
Mini Baked Cake-Donuts.  Milk Chocolate with Sprinkles, Cinnamon and Sugar, Coconut and Powered Sugar

Mini Baked Cake-Donuts.
Milk Chocolate with Sprinkles, Cinnamon and Sugar, Coconut and Powered Sugar

Categories: Baking, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Food Experiment, Granulated Sugar, Greek Yogurt, Honey, My Photography, Whole Wheat Flour | Leave a comment

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