For Christmas last year, I bought my daughter a cake pop maker. She only used it once… but I recently dug it out, dusted it off and have been using it to make donut holes for breakfast!
I absolutely love the following recipe for banana bread because it is super easy. It only uses 1 banana, so it’s great for that lonely ol’ brown banana that no one wants to eat. ;) And it makes PERFECT donut holes. The ingredients are doggy safe, but the recipe does call for a lot of sugar. I have substituted 1/2 cup pure maple syrup instead of the sugar and it came out delicious! (You do need to reduce the amount of milk by a tablespoon or two if you decide to substitute maple syrup, or else you’ll end up with a runny batter.) You could also give 1/2 cup of honey a try, if you prefer.
One Banana Banana Bread
adapted from “What a Crock!“
1 Large, Very Ripe Banana (or two small ones)
1 Egg with enough milk to make One Cup liquid
1 Stick butter/margarine (softened) ( 1 stick = 1/2 cup )
1 tsp Vanilla
1-1/2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Sugar (or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup – decrease milk by 1 to 2 TBSP)
1 tsp Baking Soda
Chocolate Chips (optional – not doggy safe)
Directions for 1 loaf of bread:
Put all ingredients in a large bowl together (don’t need to sift or mix anything beforehand). Use mixer on slow to medium to mix until lumps are pretty well gone (not too long or bread will be too firm).
Spray bread pan with non-stick cooking spray (do not flour).
Fill pan 2/3 full.
Bake 55 Minutes @ 350 Degree until Golden Brown. Toothpick test for doneness.
This bread comes out quite moist and quite a lot of banana flavor (with only the one banana)!
You can use this same recipe to make itty bitty, kid-sized teacakes (bake time is about 15-18 minutes), cupcakes, small loaves, etc. or donut holes (bake time is 3 minutes in my cake pop / donut hole maker).
The baked bread can be wrapped up in foil and frozen. Just pull it out, defrost it, unwrap and reheat in paper towel in the microwave until warm.
Slice it and enjoy!