written by Becky
Banana Bread-Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies with Dulce de Leche Buttercream
As is usually the case with any banana baking, the plan was to use up the rather brown 3 bananas that I had in the fridge. I had several thoughts of what to do with these inedible rejects including the usual banana bread, healthy banana oat or bran muffins, or of course Banana Whoopie Pies. And I had a mission to fulfill with these bananas: make
something for lab meeting since I was presenting and I like to provide something tasty and home-baked to distract people before I start presenting! In my head, people go easier on you if they are sweetened up a little!
The problem was that that I felt like Whoopie Pies might be a little sweet for a morning lab meeting. But when I realized that I needed to make some dessert to take to a friend’s for dinner on Saturday, I figured I would multi-purpose some Whoopie Pies and just make my lab-mates endure the sweetness at 10:30am. I had thought that I would try to make a more breakfast version by making them banana oat but since they needed to also now be served for dessert, they had to be banana-chocolate instead! But they are made with half whole wheat flour so they are almost breakfast-like!!
As a sidenote, I do realize this is the second Banana Whoopie Pie on this blog but I still needed to try the recipe in the book! Plus, I had to use up those 3 bananas and needed something not too sweet for lab meeting! So it made sense to me!
I mostly followed the recipe from the Whoopie Pie cookbook but changed it enough that I can actually
call it my own! Apparently you need to change 3 things in a recipe to call it your own but I will still comment that I adapted the recipe from this one!
For the filling, I had some Banana Dulce de Leche sauce I had bought awhile back, which I never really knew what to do with but I wanted to try it, and I decided that it would work just mixed into a regular buttercream. It ended up a not very strong flavour but it was the PERFECT texture to pipe!
In the end, I created a delicious cookie that really tasted more like sup
er moist banana bread with a creamy tasty filling! Mmm… it had great reviews. And, the friend that I took these creations to on Saturday night did eat her leftovers for breakfast Sunday, prior to going for a run with me!
Next time, I will try to make this even more breakfast like and make a Banana Oat Whoopie Pie (sans chocolate chips) with maybe Honey Cream Cheese Filling? Or the Peanut Butter buttercream would be good… or I mentioned a Nutella filling and had people drooling…
PS. sorry to those at work that aren’t in my lab that missed out on sampling these ones! I ran out 😦
Banana Chocolate Chip Whoopie
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tb unsalted butter, at room temp
- 2 Tb shortening
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350.
- Whisk together the two flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a stand mixer (or just a bowl with beaters), beat butter, shortening and vanilla until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well mixed.
- Add bananas and beat for about 2 minutes. Beat in dry ingredients with mixer on low just until mixed. Mix in chocolate chips.
- Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, portion batter onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 8-10 minutes (depends on your pan and your oven etc) until the cakes look slightly brown and cooked. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to rack to cool.
Dulce de Leche Buttercream
- 1/2 cup butter, room temp
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup dulce de leche sauce
- 2 cups icing or confectioners sugar
- 2-3 tsp water if necessary