I'm always looking for new ways to make or use banana bread. When we had our last baby shower, I decided to try this recipe out. Instead of the typical cake balls, I made banana bread balls. They ended up being really good! And on top of the entire THING being good...the banana bread itself was good, too! Maybe they'd be good for a post-Christmas breakfast treat...or a New Years Party dessert. Try them out.
Banana Bread Balls from Vanilla Sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
3 tablespoons yogurt
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups chocolate chips, melted
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together shortening and sugar. Add eggs one at a time then banana and yogurt. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients. Pour into a square baking dish and bake until done (30 minutes or so) or in a loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool.
When cool, crumble the cake into a bowl and stir in the cream cheese. Place in refrigerator so that it can cool and firm up. Roll into 1-2 inch balls. Place them on a baking sheet and place in refrigerator to chill. Melt and temper the chocolate. When ready, dip the balls into the chocolate and place on a wax paper lined pan. Let harden and enjoy! Chill until eating.