Do you know, we throw away a lot of our food. Some things, like bread, can see as much as 40% of what we buy ending up in the bin. Bananas are not far behind. In our house, it’s rare we throw away bananas as they make such a fantastic ingredient for a huge variety of things. So here’s one of the recipes I use for over-ripe bananas, which your kids can easily help with. Jack can’t get enough of the frosting!
You will need:
- 110g plain flour
- 120ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 120g of ripe bananas, mashed
- 140g caster sugar
- 80g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 10g cocoa powder
- Half teaspoon ground cinnamon
- One teaspoon ground ginger
Plus for the frosting:
- 200g icing sugar
- 75g unsalted butter, softened
- 25g cocoa powder
- 30ml milk
So, heat the oven to 170 degrees and add muffin cases to a 12 cup muffin tin.
In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, cinnamon and ginger together with a pinch of salt, then either combine with a wooden spoon or a slow setting on an electric whisk until it looks even with very small lumps throughout.
Slowly add the milk, whisking quickly, then do the same with the eggs. Stir in the banana. Pour evenly across the muffin cases, which should end up around 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes but keep checking and take out the oven when the sponge is springy and a skewer stuck in comes out clean. Let them cool in the tin for a bit, then on a wire rack until properly cool.
For the frosting, sift the sugar and cocoa into a smaller bowl, add the butter and whisk until well combined. Stir in the milk gradually and once fully combined, whisk again until everything is light and fluffy – the point your kids will probably want to stick their fingers in!
Add the frosting to the top of the muffins, either by using a couple of teaspoons or a piping bag. Cheap, disposable piping bags are available in most supermarkets or spend a little on a kit, they’re always useful!
Feel free to add sprinkles, a cut strawberry or even a small Flake for super indulgent chocolate and banana joy!