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September 29, 2011

Banana Donuts w/ Peanut Butter Frosting

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Are you sitting down? Good. So, I baked these banana doughnuts to share with you. That's right, baked. I spared a few calories by baking the doughnuts but don't worry I made up for it on the back end.  Peanut butter frosting sounds pretty amazing right? What could possibly make it better?

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Cue the flashing lights, throw confetti in the air, hug the person next to you because Browned Butter has made its way into this peanut butter frosting. Check out those browned butter bits! That's totally not vanilla bean, it's butter!

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

A banana bread like doughnut gets glazed with a sweet/savory peanut butter & browned butter frosting. Watch out, you're getting drool on your keyboard!

And we're off!

Get your ingredients together.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Dry ingredients in a bowl.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Prep your wet ingredients & spray your doughnut pan with cooking spray.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Dry meets wet! Stir stir stir.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Fill up your pan with batter. Off to the oven it goes.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Let's make some browned butter! As if peanut butter frosting wasn't enough...

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Hello peanut butter.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Melt the peanut butter in the microwave. Get that browned butter off the stove.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Peanut Butter + Browned Butter = True Love.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Now add in your confectioner's sugar. 1/4 cup at a time.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Oh look who decided to show up!

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Let the doughnuts cool and dunk them in the peanut butter frosting.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Keep it up. This recipe makes 12 total! Watch out.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Take a break.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Eat a doughnut. You deserve it.

Banana Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Makes 12

(recipe heavily adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine)

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • hot water

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease 2 nonstick, 6-count doughnut pans. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla and the oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Spoon the batter about three-quarters full into the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out dry, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool completely on a rack.

Put the salted butter in a small pan and heat over medium-high heat until melted and nicely browned, about 4-5 minutes. Place the peanut butter in a small bowl and microwave until melted & smooth (about 15-30 seconds). Add the browned butter to the peanut butter and slowly stir in the confectioner's sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of hot water into the mix. Dip the bottom (smooth edge) of your doughnut into the peanut butter frosting and repeat until done!

Shutterbean Notes:

-if you don't have a doughnut pan, make muffins! The cooking time should be pretty similar, give or take 5 minutes (more).

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