I’m Going Bananas on Monkey Island!

I promise you that these are edible for homo sapiens too! They’re also chimply delicious. πŸ˜‰

Monkey Island

I’ve had this obsession with Banana Bread since forever and I thought it’d be cute to put a monkey’s face on one! However, I started off with perfecting my banana bread with Brad before I turned them into muffins!

To cut down on calories I entirely did not add any margarine / butter / vegetable oil and instead replaced it with unsweetened applesauce.

Here is my recipe! Most of the ingredients are common products and the only thing I had to purchase was the applesauce and the half splenda & half brown sugar package.

BANANA LOAF

  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup of regular flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of mashed bananas
  • 2 egg whites & 1 yolk
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 4 tbsp of half splenda and half brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts OR
  • 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries

 

If you like, the ground cinnamon could go with the walnuts or blueberries too!

Not so common now, eh?

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven toΒ 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together your salt and optional ground cinnamon in the same bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash your 1 c of bananas with a fork. Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture after each one. Remember to cut out 1 yolk! Combine the applesauce, honey, brown sugar and splenda mix, vanilla essence, milk and water and blend well.
  4. Add the wet banana mixture to the large mixing bowl and fold until blended. You can now add your optional blueberries or walnuts. Fold in only using a spatula.
  5. Now coat your loaf pan with a low calorie cooking spray and pour the batter in. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, then drop the temperature by 20 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes. This is to prevent the top from being burnt and the bottom from undercooking. Perform the toothpick test on the centre of your loaf and ensure it comes out clean.
  6. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow to cool completely before indulging!

 

 

My Blueberry Banana Bread!

You can see that I obviously chose the blueberry option (because I ❀ blueberries)

SUCCESS! YAY!

Now, this was actually my 2nd attempt on the banana bread with blueberries. My first attempt was a complete flop! It turned out waaaaay too moist and didn’t look appealing at all! I had also forgotten to coat the pan with my non-stick spray :/

While I was trying to figure out the science and chemical reaction behind the oven, I started thinking to myself how health and taste make a double-edged sword. Must I sacrifice calories for a delicious banana bread? Was it the applesauce that made it too moist?

I tried the recipe again and made some adjustments. The second time was a success. Phew.. Reason? I put in 1, 1/2 cups of blueberries on my first attempt. (I’m a berry monster and I thought it’d be nice to have lots of berries in my banana bread. I guess I went overboard!)

Low fat and low in calories too!

So on to the muffins!

MONKEY BANANA MUFFINS

The ingredients for the batter are exactly the same as the banana bread but I entirely cut out the blueberries / walnut. Again, the ground cinnamon is optional.
Different colour icing pens
50g shredded coconut
Green Dye
Oreo Cakesters or any similar sized wafers / biscuits
Chocolate Frosting
Gumballs / White and black chocolate chips


DIRECTIONS

Frost the muffins with the chocolate frosting. (Go easy on them!)

MONKEYS

1) Separate the Oreo Cakesters, remove any cream in between. Cut one side to an approximately 40:20:40 ratio. Remove the :20 part, and use the rest as ears. The full circle on the other side will go as mouths on the Monkeys’ faces. They should stick to your frosting

40:20:40 ratio!

2) Using a red icing pen, draw a cute smile for the monkey. Using the chocolate frosting, dab a nose for it.

3) For the eyes, i used the same chocolate chips as the ones in the Cookie Monster Cupcakes. seeΒ https://sweetsamsations.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/cookie-monster-cupcakes-om-nom-nom-nom-nom/
I only had one pair of eyes left and had to resort to using a packet of multi-coloured gumballs that I happened to have in my kitchen. Unfortunately for me, there were only 6 black coloured gumballs in my packet. The gumballs were very hard though, so I wouldn’t recommend them. On one of the monkey, I used some cream from the Oreo Cakesters and rolled it into a ball. I then dabbed on pupils for the monkey with chocolate frosting.

GRASS

1) Mix the shredded coconut and green dye in a plastic bag. Rub and shake until the green is uniform in the coconut. Apply by pressing down gently onto the muffins.

2) Play around with your icing pens! Put flowers / butterflies whatever your creativity makes of you! I drew flowers on my grass and they were simpler. Have fun with the different colours you have! Refrigerate each muffin after completion to avoid having the icing melt or smudge. Remember that the muffin is not entirely flat and its spherical top surface can actually cause the icing to slide downwards if not refrigerated immediately.

That’s it! Now arrange your monkeys and grass together and you get MONKEY ISLAND!

Just don’t go bananas over them! πŸ™‚

19 Comments Add yours

  1. samology says:

    thanks Wai Wai! πŸ™‚

  2. Ty says:

    Wow Sam! Great job! Now I feel like playing The Curse of Monkey Island!

  3. YUMMMMMYY!!! mmmm banana breadddd

  4. samology says:

    hoho. They were very easy to make babe babes! πŸ™‚

  5. samology says:

    Dude you totally should! It’s one of my favourite games! ❀ it!!

  6. BC says:

    My silly BB can’t stop monkeying around! Very cute.

  7. samology says:

    Thank you beebs! I guess I chimply can’t…!

  8. CW says:

    Oh my! How lovely! I was searching the web for some monkey cupcake ideas and most of them used fondant which is hard to handle. I really love how you put yours together! Great job!

  9. samology says:

    That’s true! Fondant is quite troublesome and I hate the taste of it too! eeks! πŸ˜› But I have to say that they do make pretty cupcakes!

  10. nnsss says:

    ❀ ❀ ❀

  11. natzieee says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!these are the cutest sammie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think.. you should really, really consider the france plan. you really, really should!

  12. samology says:

    lol. These were the second thing I made! I’ve always loved banana bread and so I wanted monkeys on them! I’ll think about France. hehe..

  13. krispymilk says:

    Haha I totally thought this post was about the Tales of Monkey Island. I really admire how far you go to decorate your goodies even though you’re just baking them for yourself or your family/friends. Those monkeys in the jungle are so cute! Love the contrast in colours and the bright green “grass” xD

  14. samology says:

    hahaha! Thank you!! Aww! You’re reading my old posts! I thought nobody reads them anymore. lol. Yeah! I used to love decorating cupcakes and muffins when I just started baking because they were super fun and cute! πŸ˜€ Thanks!!

  15. krispymilk says:

    I picked up cupcakes from Steveston yesterday, but I finished them all yesterday already… Hahaha now I want to bake something quick and simple to eat tonight, but I have no idea what to make. And I only have the basic stuff like flour, eggs and butter. I don’t even have milk! Any suggestions on what to make? πŸ˜€

  16. samology says:

    ohhh!! haha..! You’re like me!! Nothing can last in the house for over a day. They will all be gobbled up in a whim. πŸ˜€ hmmm!! No milk eh? No problem! I would suggest cookies if you want something simple. Most cookies don’t use much milk. http://wp.me/p1M8tF-dZ and if you have ground almonds: http://wp.me/p1M8tF-9v OR you could also do muffins. There are a lot of muffin recipes that require none or little milk, to the point that you could definitely substitute the it with water or cream (half and half). πŸ™‚ Have fun baking! Let me know how it goes!

  17. foodjaunts says:

    Oh those are adorable! I love the cute little monkey faces! That banana bread looks delicious – I’ve got your recipe bookmarked for the next time I have some super ripe bananas.

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