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Banana Maple Munchkins (Donut Holes)

Looking for a new way to use those overripe bananas? These Banana Maple Munchkins are super fun to make, have a delightful touch of maple, and can be either coated with a maple glaze or rolled in cinnamon and sugar!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Diet Kosher, Vegetarian
Servings 20 Munchkins
Author Tracy

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 overripe banana mashed
  • 1 medium egg
  • Oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Maple Sugar Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a small bowl add maple syrup, vanilla, and banana. Mash banana with a fork or with a potato masher until well combined. Add melted butter and mix well. Whisk in egg.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a sticky dough forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and cool in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add vegetable oil to a sauce pan so that it is about 3-4 inches deep for frying. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees. Use a thermometer to ensure temp and that your oil isn't getting too hot. Once it's 350 degrees turn heat down to medium low.
  • Meanwhile, once dough has chilled, remove from fridge and then roll out into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. Use flour to coat hands to work with dough because it will be sticky. Add to parchment paper lined tray.
  • Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
  • Add dough balls, only 4 at a time, to the hot oil and let cook for 3-4 minutes for 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. For larger balls, cook longer. Use a slotted spoon to turn balls in the oil while they cook to ensure even cooking.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove donut holes and add to paper towel lined plate.
  • Cook in batches of 4 until all are done.
  • Prep Cinnamon Sugar Coating and Maple Sugar Glaze by adding ingredients to separate small bowls.
  • If using Maple Syrup Glaze, add wire rack to parchment lined baking sheet and add munchkins to wire rack before glazing.
  • If using Cinnamon Sugar coating, roll munchkins in cinnamon sugar.
  • Enjoy!!

Notes

Glaze and Cinnamon Sugar Coating amounts are if you are splitting batch.  Double each to do a full batch of each topping.  But doing both is fun to have a mix! 
Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.