Monday, August 4, 2008

Baked Banana Bites

Paraphrasing a commonly used phrase if it looks like a muffin and smells like a muffin does that mean it is a muffin.In this case it turns out to be a baked banana bite,something that got created in my kitchen quite by accident.This is something that does not taste quite like a muffin hence the name banana bites.

For the last month every time I have slightly overripe bananas I have been experimenting trying to make a soft type of cookie using oat flour.The initial plan was to create a cookie without all purpose flour since it is not healthy and also because my attempts at using whole wheat flour entirely in my baking have yet to give me satisfactory results.

This cookie I created was very tasty and was disappearing quickly enough, but I felt it could be a little bit more softer. I played around with the proportions a little and added a little milk to the mix as well.The resultant mixture in no way resembled cookie dough.I stared at this mixture for a few minutes wondering what I should do with this. I could have added a little more flour to make it more cookie dough like but decided against it and tried baking it like a mini muffin.

I was ecstatic with the results of this experiment.The banana bite as I named it was soft and chewy and did not miss the taste of either the all purpose flour,eggs,butter or the overwhelming quantities of sugar used normally for baking.That's right this banana bite does not have any of these items yet it turned out very tasty and has the additional benefit of being low fat and healthy too.

Still I was skeptical as to how it would taste after a day or two but it has been over three days since I made this and it continues to be yummy.These taste best when warmed in the microwave for a few seconds.These have turned out to be great guiltless bite sized snacks and a definite keeper and at the rate they are being consumed at my place I am getting ready to whip up the next batch :)

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Ingredients and method to make the Baked Banana Bites.

1 cup fine semolina ( fine rava) (available in most Indian groceries)
1 1/2 cup oat flour ( I ground the 1 minute quick oats in my blender to a fine flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp salt.
4 tsp sugar

3 large ripe bananas ( yielded about 1 heaped cup when mashed)
2/3 cup jumbo raisins (either whole or cut into little pieces)
1/2 cup zante currants

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 deg F

Grease mini muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners ( I did the latter)

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients really well.(Items 1 through 8 )

Fold in the mashed bananas the raisins and the zante currants.Mix well.

Add to this the vanilla extract,oil,milk and honey.Mix well.This mixture will be of dropping consistency.

Spoon this mixture into the paper lined muffin cups and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes until a tooth pick inserted into it comes out clean.

Cool and Enjoy.Store in an airtight container.

This proportion yielded me about 34 -35 mini muffin sized bites

Notes: In case you bake these as regular sized muffins do note that baking time will increase.

This is my entry into the culinarty original recipe event being hosted by Lore.

I would like to mention that I received the Blogging Friends Forever Award from Sukanya of Sukanya's Musings .Thanks so much Sukanya I am touched.

I would in turn like to pass this on to

Holler of Tinned Tomatoes

EC of Simple Indian Food

Dibs of Chitra Amma's Kitchen

Dershana of the Footloose Chef

Padma of Padma's Kitchen


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Hi Usha, I love those banana bites. Bananas are so good in muffins and cakes!

Thank you so much for the award, it was totally unexpected and lovely :)

Dibs said...

Hi Usha - Thanks so much for the award! What a surprise! We got our first awards today - and two at one go! I think the second award has also come, through a reader of your site. Thanks again!

This recipe sounds and looks too good to be true! No eggs and no butter - yet looks 'springy' enough! I think I will plan this weekend with all recipes from your site.

Dershana said...

Hey Usha, am totally floored! Thanks a tonne for the award.
My first one ever and so please forgive me for being an i to copy the award and paste it into my blog? is that the way it works?

thanks a bunch ,dear

all smiles, dershana

Lore said...

Healthy and tasty is always the way to go and your baked banana bites fit the bill perfectly. A healthy choice of flours and a delicious choice of fruits.
It's also the first time I see cream of wheat used for a baked bite, how creative!!!
Thank you for your entry Usha :)

Lore said...

I almost forgot about the award, congrats and many more to come :)

EC said...

Muffins look yummy...congrats on the award and thanks for sharing it with me

A_and_N said...

I loved the healthy spin with the oats and rava! Great recipe :) And it looks cute too :)

Suganya said...

This is a very nice and different recipe. looks so good. YUM! Never used rava in cupcakes...

Usha said...

Thanks Holler,I agree bananas are very versatile to use in baking and using them in baking gives me something to do with those ripe bananas too :)

Usha said...

Hi Dibs Thank you so much,the bites really turned out well,I guess they got their springiness from the bananas :) Congrats on you second award too,you definitely deserve it for all the hard work you have done on your blog :)

Usha said...

Hey Dershana,your welcome,yes you need to save the image from my blog page and display it in yours :)

Usha said...

Thank you so much Lore,I am looking forward to the roundup :)

Usha said...

Thanks EC,enjoy your award :)

Usha said...

Thanks so much A & N it tasted yummy too :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sukanya,this does not taste like a regular cupcake that is why I call it banana bites,but it is yummy:)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi usha
thanks you for passing by my blog and leaving such encouraging words. This led me to your blog and i discover lot of new things, learn new things ..thanks for post on banana bites it good and is healthy as well !

Dershana said...

Usha, come to my page ;-)

Unknown said...

loved this going totry it..thanks for sharing!!

Purva Desai said...

hey these bites looks really tempting....

hey check out the blog for fun filled ''Festive Food' event

Usha said...

Thanks Anamika ,your cakes are awesome,I would not have the heart to cut into them :)

Usha said...

Thank you so much Dershana :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sowmya,let me know when you try this :)

Usha said...

Thanks Purva,your event sounds like fun :)

Rajani said...

hi usha,just discovered ur blog- banana bites look great and I love ur posts!! do drop by my blog when you've the time - I've atleast two wholewheat cake recipes that taste pretty decent.

Usha said...

Hi Rajani,thanks for visiting my blog I will check out your blog very soon:)

Sukanya Yogesh said...

Lovely cakes...mouthwatering.Have a booky MeMe for you waiting in my blog

Usha said...

Thanks Sukanya :)

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