Friday, May 9, 2014

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I feel like there is a new craze with Greek yogurt.  It's super healthy and everyone is eating it.  I feel like it's dominating the yogurt aisle.  However, there is just something about Greek yogurt that I don't like.  It's just too tangy for me.  With that said, I do love cooking with Greek yogurt and substituting it instead of sour cream. 

I tend to buy Fage Greet yogurt the most.  I am not sure why.  Maybe it's because Bobby Flay sponsors it.  I dunno.  The power of advertising. 

Now if you are anything like El Husbee and me, there is never a shortage of bananas in the house.  I mean, bananas are the perfect snack food.  They are healthy, filling, and super easy.  I like to buy lots of bananas in hopes of leftover to make treats such as these cupcakes. 

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, large room temperature
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 rip bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with liners.
2.  Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
3.  Cream together butter and sugar until creamy and smooth.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Stir in the Greet yogurt and vanilla extract.  Mix in the mashed bananas.
4.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until flour disappears.  Do not over mix!
5.  Use a ice cream scoop and scoop batter in cupcake liners.
6.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7.  While cupcakes are cooling make the peanut butter frosting.  Cream butter and peanut butter on high until smooth.  (make sure to use a spatula to scrap down the bowl to make sure butter and peanut butter is fully incorporated)  Slowly add the powdered sugar.  Add milk and vanilla extract.  Beat until frosting is smooth.
8.  Frost the cooled cupcakes. 

I made these cupcakes for my grandmother's birthday.   The cupcakes are super moist and full of banana flavor.  If you can resist waiting they taste even better the second day.  There is just something about baked banana goods that get better the next day. 

Keeping making yummy food for your family.


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