Baked Banana Fritters

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Thanks for all the congratulations and well wishes! The move went off without a hitch. However, I managed to catch a whopper of a cold, and it doesn’t seem to be letting go anytime soon. So, boxes are still packed and rooms have yet to be cleaned. And blog posts have yet to be posted. Sorry about that! Hopefully things will get back on track the rest of this week!

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And what better way to get back on track than with some baked banana fritters! A healthier version of a fried favorite. These baked banana fritters are super easy to whip up and can be warm from the oven on your plate in 30 minutes! While I was packing up the kitchen for the move, I had two bananas sitting on the counter that really needed to be used up or they were going to end up in the trash. Obviously I couldn’t let that happen when this recipe was just waiting to be tried!

Lightened Up Baked Banana Fritters Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

It didn’t take long before the kitchen smelled like banana bread, and I was dipping these fritters in a simple confectioner’s sugar glaze. I say in the instructions to allow the glaze to cool before serving. Of course, I couldn’t wait, and it wasn’t long before I was digging into warm banana fritters covered with a gooey glaze! If you find yourself slightly impatient, grab a glass of milk or mug of coffee and dig in. You won’t be disappointed either way!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Baked Banana Fritters
Serves: 16
For the Fritters
  • ¾ C white whole wheat flour
  • ¾ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ C milk
  • 2 medium banana, cut into pieces
For the Glaze
  • 1 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in bananas until combined.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoon full onto prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While fritters are cooling, prepare glaze. Whisk together confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth. Add up to an additional tablespoon milk to reach desired consistency.
  7. Dip tops of fritters in glaze. Allow glaze to harden and serve.

This recipe is adapted from Hy-Vee Seasons.

Baked Banana Fritters Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Blackberry Lime Filled Cinnamon Twists

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If all goes according to plan, we are closing on a house this afternoon. And since we have to be out of our current house tomorrow, today and tomorrow are going to be kind of crazy. (If you send an email, message, tweet, etc. and I don’t respond, don’t be offended, I’m just going to have limited internet access the next few days!) In the midst of the busyness, we’ve been making sure to start the mornings with a good breakfast. The day just goes better when you start it with something delicious! These blackberry lime filled cinnamon twists have been that delicious start for us!

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I firmly believe that everyone needs a go-to cinnamon roll recipe! Mine is this base recipe. A few tweaks here and there can produce a variety of cinnamon rolls, cinnamon knots, and cinnamon twists! It never fails. Overwork it a little. No problem. Underwork it a little. No problem. This recipe takes the fear and guesswork out of making homemade pastries. I love getting emails from you guys saying that you’ve given one of my pastry recipes a try, and it worked and now you’re trying other yeast recipes. All you need to do is give it a try. You’ll be surprised at how easy working with yeast can be!

Cinnamon Twists Ingredients with Red Star Yeast

Especially when you use Red Star Platinum Yeast. Simply mix the yeast in with the dry ingredients. It’s simple to use and provides consistent results. But back to these specific cinnamon twists. While a lot of pastry recipes on here contain a cream cheese frosting or drizzle, these don’t. I almost couldn’t bring myself to leave it off, but in the end, I’m glad I did. The blackberry lime filling is sweet enough to make up for any missing glaze or drizzle. A simple egg wash gives the twists a rich golden color and locks in moisture keeping them tasting fresh for days after making them.

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Don’t let the shape scare you away. All you have to do is take each of your dough ropes and give it a twist. (The dough will lengthen as you twist it.) Then you’ll take the twist and form it into a spiral. You’ll then press down the center of each spiral. This will give you the well that you need to put the blackberry lime filling in. Just spoon in the filling and bake. Now excuse me while I go back to burying myself in packing boxes!

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5.0 from 1 reviews

Blackberry Lime Filled Cinnamon Twists
Serves: 12
For the Cinnamon Twists
  • 3 C bread flour
  • 2½ tbsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2¼ tsp Red Star Platinum Yeast
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 C milk, warmed to 120-130 degrees F
For the Cinnamon Filling
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
For the Fruit Center
  • 1½ C blackberries, halved
  • 1½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lime zest
  • additional lime zest for garnish
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add in egg, butter, and milk. Beat until just starting to combine. Add remaining cup flour.
  2. Replace paddle attachment with dough hook and knead on medium speed for 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and starts to pull away from edges of bowl. Dough will be soft and somewhat sticky.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl that has been greased. Roll dough around bowl to coat. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  4. While dough is rising, prepare blackberry lime filling. Combine blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes or until blackberries soften and mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest. Allow to cool.
  5. Turn dough out onto floured surface and punch down. Roll out into an approximate 12×10 inch rectangle. Spread dough with softened butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Gently fold dough in half width wise. Cut dough into 12 strips. Twist each strip and shape each twist into a ring. Press dough down in the center to create a well for the filling.
  7. Place twists on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise for 20 minutes or until puffed. You may need to press down the center of the twists again before filling with the blackberry mixture.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 while twists are rising.
  9. Fill center of twists with blackberry mixture. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until twists just start to turn golden brown. Remove to a wire rack.
  10. Sprinkle with additional lime zest and serve.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Red Star Yeast. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that make A Kitchen Addiction possible!

Blackberry Lime Cinnamon Twist Pastries from A Kitchen Addiction

Bruschetta Melts

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In the process of packing, I’m coming across food magazines that I haven’t even touched. (I’m also realizing how many food magazines there are out there!) Since I don’t want to haul all of those magazines from one house to another, I’ve been trying to scan through a few of them here and there when I have a few minutes. In doing so I’ve discovered some great recipe ideas. These bruschetta melts were the first on the list to get recreated!

Bruschetta Melts Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

As soon as I saw them, I knew that I wanted to create a version of my own. We love bruschetta, and I was intrigued by the use of cream cheese. Let’s just say that it won’t be the last time I use cream cheese when making bruschetta. The layer of cream cheese gives the bruschetta melts a rich, creamy flavor. Plus, it keeps the bread from getting soggy if they sit for awhile!

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The fresh, bright flavors of tomato and basil make these a great addition to your next summer party. I’ve made the tomato mixture ahead of time and let it refrigerate until I’m ready to use it. That way the assembling of the bruschetta melts ends up taking no time at all. We’ve had these as appetizers and even turned them into a meal on a lazy Saturday!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Bruschetta Melts
Serves: 12-24
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ C chopped tomatoes
  • ½ C red onion, finely chopped
  • 12 slices french bread, about ¼ inch thick (if you are using a small loaf, you will want about 24 slices)
  • 4 oz ⅓ of the fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ C torn basil leaves
  • 1½ C shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Stir in tomatoes and onion until combined. Set aside.
  3. Spread cream cheese over the tops of the french bread slices. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with torn basil leaves. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve.
Because the size of a loaf of french bread varies, you may find yourself using more or fewer pieces of french bread to use up the tomato mixture.

This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.

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No Bake Berry Cream Pie + Folgers Iced Cafe

Disclosure: I customized my coffee using Folgers® to pair with a no bake berry cream pie as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #MyIcedCafe All opinions are my own.

No Bake Berry Cream Pie Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction #myicedcafe

It got up to the 90′s the other day, so I guess summer is here! While I’m not a fan of super hot weather, I do enjoy when the weather warms up enough to get out on the lake and kayak without freezing when the water splashes up on you from the waves. We’ve been doing a lot of kayaking lately to take advantage of the easy access while we have it. And after spending an hour or more on the lake with the reflections off the water hitting us, we’re always in the mood for something cold and refreshing to go with our meal. The answer? No bake berry cream pie.

No Bake Berry Cream Pie from A Kitchen Addiction #myicedcafe

Cool and creamy, no bake pies are perfect for summer. No oven. Just a few simple steps. Perfect for hot, busy summers! And the perfect summer pairing to a no bake pie? Ice coffee! With the help of Folgers® Iced Cafe, it couldn’t be easier! Just add it to cold milk, and you have instant iced coffee. The concentrate is made from Mountain Grown® beans with a fresh, consistently satisfying taste.

Folgers Iced Cafe Vanilla Latte #myicedcafe

The best part is that you can customize the strength to your liking. If you have guests over they can all make their iced coffee to meet their tastes. With four flavors to choose from, there’s a flavor for everyone! It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!

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Vanilla Latte pairs perfectly with this light and airy cream pie. A simple combination of homemade whipped cream, cream cheese and vanilla provide the base of this pie. This allows the flavor of fresh, sweet strawberries and blackberries to shine through and give the pie that summery flavor we all love. Serve up a slice with a glass of iced coffee and settle in to enjoy the lazy days of summer!

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No Bake Berry Cream Pie
Serves: 8
For the Crust
  • 1½ C graham cracker crumbs (about 12 whole graham cracker sheets)
  • ¼ C sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
For the Filling
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C strawberries, washed, patted dry, and quartered
  • ½ C blackberries, washed, patted dry, and halved
  • 3 C homemade whipped topping (or an 8 oz container of frozen whipped topping, thawed)
  1. Lightly spray a 9 inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter until combined. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of prepared pie plate. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  3. In a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer), beat together cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Gently fold in whipped topping.
  4. Gently stir in chopped fruit. Pour filling into prepared crust. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
  5. Serve.

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Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

No Bake Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Bars from A Kitchen Addiction

Chocolate and almond butter. Are you a fan? Normally I go straight for the chocolate peanut butter combination in baking, but this time I just couldn’t get past my jar of almond butter. It’s been awhile since I’ve used it for anything other than toast, so I stopped at the jar of almond butter, grabbed a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and got to work. Since my life is all about quick and easy lately, these salted chocolate almond butter bars are a simple no-bake dessert that require only a microwave.

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The bars start with a simple graham cracker crumb crust with a bit of almond butter mixed in. For the topping all you have to do is melt some chocolate chips, stir in some almond butter, and add a few chopped almonds. Spread it over the base and sprinkle with coarse salt. Refrigerate and eat up!

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Sweet and salty. Crunchy and creamy. These no bake bars are perfect in so many ways! And did I mention they’re super easy?! Bring them to your next bbq or serve them up as an easy dessert for the family. Either way these bars will disappear in a hurry!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Bars
Serves: 24
For the Crust
  • 12 whole graham cracker sheets, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
For the Topping
  • 1½ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ C almond butter
  • ⅓ C almonds, chopped
  • coarse sea salt, for garnish
  1. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil so that the edges hang over the side of the baking dish.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together crushed graham crackers, sugar, and salt until combined. Add in melted butter, almond butter, and vanilla extract and pulse until completely combined.
  3. Firmly press mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips according to package instructions. Stir in almond butter until smooth. Stir in chopped almonds.
  5. Pour mixture over the top of the graham cracker base. Spread with a spatula to even out. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before lifting bars from dishes and cutting into pieces.

 Easy Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

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