Tropical Banana Bread

This banana bread has pureed banana, pineapple, and mango to give it lots of fruit flavor.

Tropical Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup banana, pureed
  • 1 c. pineapple, pureed
  • 1/4 c. mango, pureed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. unsweetened coconut milk

Yields Approximately 48 slices

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat together the oil, sugar, and eggs until the mixture is lighter in color. Add the pureed fruit and vanilla extract and beat to combine. In a bowl, sift together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Add the flour mixture and coconut milk in two alternating additions, scraping the bowl after each addition. Divide the batter into two greased 9×13 pans and bake for 45-50 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean with a few moist crumbs.

Nutter Butter Krispy Treats

Nutter Butter Krispy Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. salted butter
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbs. coco powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. marshmallows
  • 1 c. crushed nutter butter cookies
  • 1 c. roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 c. rice cereal
Nutter Butter Krispy Treats

Yields Approximately 24 bars

In a large pot, melt the butter. Add the peanut butter and coco powder. Allow to melt, then add the marshmallows. Melt the marshmallows fully,brown remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract, nutter butter cookies, peanuts, chocolate chips, and rice cereal. Stir to combine, then pour into a greased 9×13 baking pan. Allow to cool before slicing.

Brown Butter+Cashew Krispy Treats

These krispy treats are warm and toasty thanks to the brown butter.

Brown Butter+Cashew Krispy Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. salted butter
  • 12 oz. marshmallows
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. chopped, unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 c. toffee bits
  • 8 c. rice cereal

Yields Approximately 24 bars

Brown Butter+Cashew Krispy Treats

Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue cooking the butter, it will start to foam and smell toasted. Once the butter is a light nutty brown, turn down heat and add the marshmallows, salt, and the vanilla extract. Continue to stir constantly until the marshmallows are almost completely melted. Remove from heat. Add the cashews, toffee bits, and rice cereal and mix to fully combine.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth the top and allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Peanut Butter+Banana Krispy Treats

These are fully loaded with peanuts, banana chips, and chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter+Banana Krispy Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. salted butter
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) marshmallows
  • 1/2 c. roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 banana chips, broken into smaller bits
  • 6 c. rice cereal
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Yields Approximately 12 Squares

Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside. In a pot, melt the butter, peanut butter, and salt over medium heat. Add the vanilla and marshmallows, stirring constantly until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Add the peanuts, banana chips, rice cereal, and chocolate chips and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and allow to sit for 30 minutes to set up.

Peanut Butter+Banana Krispy Treats

Sesame Brownies

These brownies are gluten-free, with tahini paste mixed into the batter and topped with a chewy sesame seed topping.

Sesame Brownies

Ingredients

Sesame Seed Topping

  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 3/4 c. white sesame seeds

Brownies

  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter (6 oz.)
  • 6 oz. milk chocolate
  • 2 oz. semi-chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. tahini paste
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 c. sweet white rice flour
  • 3 tbs. unsweetened coco powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

Yields Approximately 12 bars.

For the Sesame Seed Topping

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, brown sugar, and salt. Heat until mixture begins to boil. Add the sesame seeds and stir mixture frequently. Cook until liquid is mostly evaporated. Pour mixture onto a parchment paper- lined baking sheet and let cool. Break into pieces to serve.

Sesame Seed Topping

For the Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate, microwaving in short bursts and stirring to melt the butter and chocolate. After chocolate is fully melted, stir in the vanilla extract and tahini paste. Set aside and let cool.

Beat the eggs and egg yolk until the eggs are frothy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat until the mixture is aerated and lighter in color. Add the chocolate mixture and mix to combine. In a bowl, sift together the sweet rice flour, coco powder, and kosher salt. Add the flour mixture in three additions, scraping the bowl after each addition. Pour batter into a parchment paper-lined 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs.

Sesame Brownies

Let brownies cool completely before cutting and serving with the sesame topping.

Brown Butter+Mizithra Cheese Shortbread

These shortbread bars are toasty from the brown butter and lightly sweet.

Brown Butter+Mizithra Cheese Shortbread c

Ingredients

1 c. salted butter
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. All-Purpose flour
1/3 c. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 c. Mizithra cheese, shredded
1 tbs. turbinado sugar
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

Yields Approximately 16 bars.

To Make Brown Butter

Brown butter in mixing bowl.

In a light-colored pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Give the butter an occasional stir. The butter will start to bubble and foam. Once this happens, start stirring more frequently.

Butter is foaming.

The butter will start to darken and begin to smell nutty. Once the butter reaches the desired color, remove from heat and pour butter into a heat-safe container and allow to cool to room temperature. I poured my butter into the mixing bowl I planned to make the shortbread with.

To Make the Shortbread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together until combined and the mixture is slightly lighter in color. Add vanilla extract and mix to combine. Scrape the bowl. In another small bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and the ground nutmeg. Add flour mixture to the bowl in two additions, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add the Mizithra cheese and mix until just combined.

Press the dough into a greased 9×13 pan. Dock the dough with a fork. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar and the 1/4 tsp. kosher salt over the dough. Bake for 24-27 minutes until golden brown. If the shortbread starts to get dark, cover it with some aluminum foil. Let shortbread cool before cutting and removing from the pan as the bars are soft and crumbly when warm.

Brown Butter+Mizithra Cheese Shortbread