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Going Bananas

29 Apr

It’s not what you think.

I’m not whining, or complaining, or going out of my mind.

I’ve just been thinking a lot about bananas.

I *heart* bananas.

I have a banana with breakfast every day.

If it’s the last banana, I write my name on it, and put it aside so I’m sure I have one in the morning.

One time I forgot my banana at home on a day that I eat breakfast in my car, so I stopped off at the dreaded W*lmart to buy one (the only thing open at that hour of the day……..that sells bananas anyway.)

I also *heart* banana flavored candy (‘specially laffy taffys), and have been craving banana cream pie.

So…..

I went searching for ideas for a banana cream cupcake!

I finally decided on a banana cupcake, made with real bananas, filled with banana cream, and topped with a vanilla wafer streusel. But as I was assembling them, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to add the cream to the center because of the crunchy topping.  It woulda just crumbled and broke apart.  So I left them creamless and set them aside for breakfast muffins for the kids.  They loved them!

Banana Cupcake with Vanilla Wafer Streusel

Since it wasn’t the banana cream pie cupcake  I was envisioning, I went to work again.

This time, I settled on a recipe for vanilla cake, mixed with a box of banana pudding (unprepared). I baked them with a vanilla wafer lining the bottom.  Once baked, I filled them with banana pudding that I had prepared with a little less milk than called for so that it would be thicker.  Finally I topped the cupcake with a mixture of the leftover filling and whipped topping, and sprinkled vanilla wafer crumbs on top.

OMG.  They tasted just like banana cream pie!

Banana Cream Pie Cupcake

Success!

But that’s not all!  A long time ago I came across a recipe for banana maple pancake bites that I’ve been wanting to try!  These called for real bananas too, and the kids went ape over them!  (I hear the groans, but I had to say it….)

Mini Banana Maple Pancake Muffins

Now you can see why I haven’t been keeping up with bloggin’.

Or at least that’s the reason I’m hoping you believe…..

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17 Comments

Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Baking, Everyday Living

 

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17 responses to “Going Bananas

  1. Jules

    April 30, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I did some banana cupcakes during wedding cupcake trial. They were tasty!! I loved them, but didn’t want to hassle with doing real fruit, especially finding the perfect ripeness of so many bananas, a day or two before the wedding so I decided against them.

    Can you send me your recipe for the banana maple pancake muffins? =)

     
    • shadowrun300

      April 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      True. Working with real fruit for a wedding (cup)cake could be tricky. My banana cream pie cupcakes had no bananas in them though. lol
      I’ve got the banana maple pancake muffin recipe on its way!

       
  2. towardshealthylife

    April 30, 2012 at 3:04 am

    They look delicious!

     
  3. Rock Chef

    April 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Banoffee Pie is one of my all time favourite desserts.

    I often chop a banana over my breakfast cereals – gives a good boost for the day.

     
    • shadowrun300

      April 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Okay. I HAVE to know what banoffee is. It looks a lot like banana and coffee – probably my most two favorite breakfast items.
      I chop bananas over my oatmeal when I’m home for breakfast, but I eat ’em right outta the peel if I’m driving into work an early shift. I think they are key to starting your day off right! 🙂

       
      • shadowrun300

        May 1, 2012 at 1:15 am

        So I went researching…. and it’s banana and toffee! Sounds delicious and I imagine I will be incorporating those flavors into a cupcake soon. Thanks for the idea!

         
  4. agg79

    April 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Wow. I can understand why you went bananas over those recipes. Those sound delicious! Especially the Banana Cream Pie cupcakes! Of course, now that RC had thrown out Banoffee Pie, I might have to see where I can sample some of that (short of going back to England).

     
    • shadowrun300

      April 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I know! I’m really curious about the Banoffee Pie as well! It SOUNDS like it would be awesome! I’m gonna have to do some research on that…..
      The Banana Cream Pie cupcakes were a huge hit at work! In fact, I got my first inquiry about ordering a dozen for a graduation ceremony for one of my co-worker’s relatives. I may be moonlighting in my spare time. 🙂

       
  5. meleahrebeccah (@meleahrebeccah)

    April 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    OH MY WORD! HOLY DELICIOUSNESS!

     
  6. Abby

    April 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Oh, these all look Yummo! I bet they taste even better.

    And thanks for the idea of writing my name on the last banana! It’s tragic how many bananas I’ve missed for not realizing that!

     
    • shadowrun300

      April 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I’m surprised you don’t know that trick, what with living with a couple of teenage boys. With four teenagers in the house, if I want to ensure I have something to eat in the morning, I write my name on it…. in big capital letters!

       
  7. territerri

    May 1, 2012 at 12:56 am

    My muffin pans are wishing they lived at your house. Yours get much better use than mine.

    I LOVE bananas too. The banana cream pie cupcake is something I MUST try! Yum!

     
  8. shadowrun300

    May 1, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I remember the banana muffins you made. Those looked incredible. My muffin pans may get a lot of use, but there are many other appliances, kitchen and otherwise, that rarely get used.

     
  9. The Thin Lady Inside

    May 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Those look really yummy!!! I love bananas too!!! Whenever I feel like having fruit is a banana… but they have to be slightly green for me to eat them.. I don’t like them ripe (unless it’s for bread or something like that) I just made banana cream pie on Sunday… I had none of it though… Hubby loved it!

     
    • shadowrun300

      May 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      I like bananas best when they are completely yellow with a few brown polka dots. Anything riper than that gets eaten by hubby or made into muffins. 🙂 Such will power you have to not eat any banana cream pie! It’s hard to make that low-calorie, isn’t it?

       

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