Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Rolls and Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Rolls Recipe (The Great PBE #10 Contest Reminder)

I found out a little too late today that it’s National Banana Bread Day.  However, I was already in the middle of making these Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Rolls and really that counts—the banana is in the dough, so I’m counting it!

Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Rolls 2-23-11 You can’t see the banana, but trust me, it’s there.  The smell in the house as the dough was rising and as they were baking shouted banana!  The peanut butter was just a nice kick to the rolls.  That and it was my small attempt to remind you about The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition #10-Things Are Heating Up recipe contest over at Nick’s Peanut Butter Boy blog.  I’m one of the judges and I’m seeing some great recipes coming in.  You still have time to enter.  The contest deadline isn’t until February 28 (this coming Monday).  Check out the simple rules of the contest on the link above!  Three winners will be chosen to win a six pack of Peanut Butter & Co. yummy peanut butter flavors.  Don’t forget to “heat things up” with your peanut butter recipes—as a rule, you should try to heat up your peanut butter concoctions—temperature wise and with a little spice!

Back to my cinnamon rolls.  For these my simple spice was just cinnamon, but I’ve been playing around for a good week now with some other things involving peanut butter and “real” spices.  Wait and see.  These cinnamon rolls are ooey and gooey as a cinnamon roll should be and they have a nice banana flavor as well as being slathered with a peanut butter spread full of aromatic cinnamon and a lick-your-fingers peanut butter icing on top.

Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Rolls 2-23-11

Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Rolls, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from a number of bloggers, which was ultimately adapted from King Arthur Flour (just the dough, the rest of the recipe is my own)

For the dough-- 

1  1/4 cup banana puree (about 3 1/2 sm.-med. bananas)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup lukewarm water

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (next time I will just melt it)

4  1/4 cups all purpose flour

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1  1/2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons yeast

Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer, adding the flour last a cup at a time.  Knead in the mixer for a few minutes until the dough is smooth—it will still be sticky though.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 1  1/2 hours.  Divide the dough in half and using a generous amount of flour, knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic—only about 1 minute.  (You might use a bench scraper because the dough IS sticky, but it comes together nicely.)

For the peanut butter filling—I used half the dough for peanut butter rolls and half for regular banana flavored cinnamon rolls-with chocolate added—below I will list both recipes.

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl with a spoon until smooth.  (This was the amount for half the dough, so if you’re making all peanut butter rolls, double this.)  Spread over half the rolled dough

For the chocolate cinnamon filling--

Spread 2-3 tablespoons softened butter evenly over half the rolled out dough.  Sprinkle with brown sugar—between 1/3 and 1/2 cup.  Shake cinnamon over the sugar (about 1 teaspoon).  Then sprinkle about 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips over the top and roll up the dough using the longer side.

Cut the rolled up dough into about 1  1/2 inch slices and place them in a pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Once the rolls are all in a pan (I used a 9x9 for the peanut butter rolls and an 8x8 for the chocolate rolls), cover them loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes. 

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool in pan on cooling rack.

For the peanut butter glaze--

1  1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons peanut butter

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 shakes of ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons milk (or to desired consistency)

Combine all ingredients together and stir until smooth.

For the powdered sugar glaze--

1  1/2 cups powdered sugar

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons milk (or to desired consistency)

Combine all ingredients together and stir until smooth.

Each half of the dough made about 9 rolls, not counting the smaller cut off ends that are still good for baking. ;)

Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Rolls 2-23-11

Here’s the Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Rolls in all their glory.  Truth be told, though I like the peanut butter ones, I prefer the ones with chocolate—they are like having a slice of my favorite cake--the Banana Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Coffee Cake but as a cinnamon roll.  Yum!


You just might have to give these a try the next time you have some overripe bananas and don’t want to make muffins or bread again. 


Kristen said...

That is an amazing combination! They look fantastic!!

YourBrainMedia said...

May I say this is a lovely vegan dessert and also a lovely plate! I would definitely give you a feedback once I try this on. Thank you

Amanda said...

Oooo! Those look and sound fabulous Katrina!

Fallon said...

Mm wish I had one of those for breakfast this morning! They look so moist and gooey.

Thank you for the reminder.. I'll be submitting my recipe this coming weekend!

RecipeGirl said...

Looks perfect! Not good for my diet, but I like to look :)

Judy said...

Katrina, these look really delicious. I'm saving the recipe.

Cate O'Malley said...

Those look seriously sinful!

Feast on the Cheap said...

It DEFINITELY counts. And these look heavenly...

one said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

oh my, you are killing me with these. luscious.

Sagan said...

Oh my gosh these sound amazing. Please mail me one ASAP.


Also, I'm crushed that I missed out on National Banana Bread Day. Can we celebrate it a few days late instead? Love banana bread.

Pamela said...

Wow! Yes, please!

Natalie said...

oh goodness. you had me at the title of these!!!

Anonymous said...

i love that you're not afraid to try anything new. chocolate+peanut butter+banana+cinnamon=sure recipe for success. throw the 'roll' in after cinnamon and you're golden!

Unknown said...

These look insanely good Katrina! I can't make cinnamon rolls unless we have company because I cannot resist eating the entire pan :)

Jacque said...

Oh wow, those will definitely go on the "to-bake" list. I can only imagine how good they taste. Great job!

gloria said...

OMG these look scrumptious!!!! I've never made from-scratch cinnamon rolls...kinda of intimidated by yeast..but will try these because of.....BANANA!

Megan said...

These totally count! They look beautiful and I can only imagine how good they were!

Lisa said...

Those rolls sound too good to be true. Love the PB banana combo.

Leslie said...

Oh good lord Katrina. These are over the top delicious looking!

c said...

What an interesting and tasty recipe. These are more tempting that most. I want one NOW.

Kerstin said...

Wow, this takes cinnamon rolls to a whole new level! I would totally buy extra bananas just to make them :)

MaryBeth said...

WOW... what a great change up idea on a classic...I love it

Anonymous said...

Wow, those look absolutely scrumptious, both the PB & the chocolate versions, yum!!!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Wow, Katrina, these look WAY too tempting to resist! So much for my long-awaited follow-through on plans to lose a couple of pounds:)

Deeba PAB said...

YES PLEASE...these look seriously delicious!

Jennie said...

These look incredible!!! I'll definitely be trying these in the very near future! Thanks Katrina!

Lisa said...

Oh, wow..just saw this. Dang, girl! Amazing!

Jaime said...

holy yum! I may have to try these...

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Wow both of these recipes sound amazing! I am not sure what one I would make first :-)

sarah said...

these look fab! Really can't wait to try them! Thanks for the recipes!