I love bananas, they're healthy, sweet and a good source of potassium. What I don't like is how quickly they go bad. I find myself freezing them or baking them much faster than I can eat them. You can only make so many banana nut muffins or banana protein shakes before you become completely sick of them. So I started playing around in the kitchen and I decided to mix banana and Nutella, because duh. Then, I got tired of muffins and decided to try making whoopie pies, because why the hell not?!
- 1 Cup of all-purpose flour
- ¾ Teaspoon of baking powder
- ¼ Teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ Teaspoon of salt
- ¼ Cup of room temperature butter
- ¼ Cup of brown sugar
- ¼ Cup of white granulated sugar
- 1 Large egg
- ¼ Teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 Large over-ripe banana
- 1 Tablespoon of milk
- ½ Tablespoon of lemon/lime juice
- ¼ Cup of Nutella, separated and more for the filling.
- Toasted and candied almonds or nuts of your choice for garnish
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt) and set aside. In another medium sized bowl, combine butter and sugar until well combined. Add egg and beat well. Then, add banana, milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix until well combined and there are very little banana lumps. Stir in dry ingredients until well incorporated.
Add the Nutella one tablespoon at a time. You should have four dollops of Nutella on your batter. using a kitchen spatula, fold the batter 3 times. DASSIT. Anything more than three times will begin to mix the nutella into the batter and get rid of the swirls.
Scoop the batter one tablespoon at a time onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Leave 1 ½ - 2 inches between each scoop. Bake for 7-9 minutes until you are able to stab them with a toothpick and it comes out clean. If you want giant whoopie pies, scoop ¼ cup onto the parchment paper and cook for 12-15 minutes.
Once removed from the oven, let them cool completed before you start assembling your whoopie pie minions. This recipe will make about 10-12 whoopie pies. On the bottom side of one of the cookie, slather on as much Nutella as your little heart desires. Go on, don't be shy. Add some chopped/candied nuts over the top of the Nutella for some added crunch. Place another cookie on top and place back onto the parchment. Continue the process until you've assembled all the whoopie pies. If you'd like to harden them up a bit, you can place them in the fridge for a couple of minutes or eat them as is. Store them in an air-tight container for upto three days.