Banana Balls

Banana Balls with oats and apricots,

You'll find two recipes for Banana Balls on this page. The first is a relatively healthy no-cook recipe, with nuts, apricots and oats, that can be sweetened up with a little icing if the mood dictates.

The second is all out bad-good deep fried, prepared with cinnamon and coconut and dusted with confectioner's sugar. And you don't even have to roll them into balls, just scoop. Either way, you've finally found the perfect way to use up those over-the-hill leftover bananas.

Banana Nut Balls

These are rich, no-cook dessert balls or snacks. After a failed first creation, I got the idea of cooking the excess moisture from the bananas from FatFreeVegan and it did the trick! For dessert, you can top the banana balls with frosting or candy-coating but I think they make a better snack without it.

3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
1 cup coarsely ground oats (a few seconds in the food processor) 

Peel and thick-slice the bananas onto a large, microwaveable plate or platter. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes, until much of the moisture has been evaporated from the bananas. (Don't skip this step.) Immediately scoop the bananas into a medium size bowl and mash. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add the oats. Fold in the nuts and apricots.

Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and frost/candy-coat if desired. Cover and chill. Makes about 24 balls.

Fried Banana Balls

3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or allspice
2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 6 medium)
2 cups dried coconut flakes
Oil for deep frying
1/4 cup (give or take) confectioner's sugar, optional

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon or allspice. Add the bananas and mix well. Fold in the coconut flakes.

Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot (375°) oil and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper toweling. Dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired. Makes 3 to 4 dozen, as I recall.

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