Banana is one of the easiest food to eat. No washing or cutting required, this fruit is a great filling options to curb those evening hunger pangs. The only problem is that they ripe away too fast and then finishing them up becomes a challenge at times. This recipe is a real time saver and is a complete make over to those ripe bananas… plus you get yourself some real delicious dessert fudge squares !
While trying to save 2 over ripe bananas, i happen to create this recipe. Starting with the idea of just adding in butter and sugar to make some banana puree as a pancake topping, i let my mind wander free and my hands just started putting in what seemed a natural fit. The result was gorgeous !
I have always had my reservations for consuming this fruit as i find it can be difficult sometimes to digest banana. In India, we usually consume cardamom (elaichi) along with banana to aid in its digestion and that really works ! So i was clear that i had to include cardamom in my recipe. Snowing (as u can probably see in the picture… yes ! i dared to go and take a picture in the -25 c montreal weather :)) as it is , i ended up loading my recipe with raisins and spices for my soul’s warmth. I liked the mix of these spices together but if you wish, you can just use any one or a combination of spices and create your own masterpieces.
BANANA FUDGE SQUARES
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Makes : 8 fudge squares
- 2 over ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup wheat flour/ all purpose flour
- 1 tsp all spice (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp cardamom/ elaichi powder (optional)
- 20-25 gms chocolate chips
- 20 -25 gms black currant/ raisins
- 2 tablespoons sugar/ maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter/ coconut oil/ oil
- take a mixing bowl. Add in the banana and mash using a fork. The mash need not be too fine and few lumps are ok.
- Take a saucepan. Add butter and bring to medium heat.
- Once the butter melts, add in the banana mixture and cook for 4-5 minutes. The banana will start to form a little glaze.
- Add in the cinnamon powder, all spice powder & cardamom powder and stir in with the banana mixture. cook for another minute or so till the spices start to release their aroma.
- Now, add in the sugar/ maple syrup and mix well. Stir till the sugar is dissolved well with the banana mixture. The banana mixture will start to caramalize now and turn a little dark in shade.
- Now, slowly (adding 1 teaspoon at a time), add the flour to this mixture and fold in till the mixture is homogenous.
- Lower the heat and cook this mixture for another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from flame and keep aside.
- Now pour this doughy mixture in flat dish and even out on the top using the flat side of a spoon.
- Now sprinkle chocolate chips on the top and using the spoon, push them a little inside the warm fudge. Let this cool down completely. Banana Fudge squares are ready.
These fudge squares are simply delicious ! I am not a fan for bananas but man did i go bananas over this yummy transformation :) Banana works like a binding agent by itself and makes for a very easy and simple recipe. It is amazing to see how sometimes very simple ingredients yields such amazing dishes !
Try this recipe the next time you have some over ripe bananas to take care of .. and i am sure you will like this recipe… maybe you would want to let some bananas over ripe for this the next time :P