We’ve started our practicals at Uni which is really fun, every other week we spend 2 hours in the kitchen making a dish to present to the rest of our class. This week the theme was desserts! We were split into pairs and given a recipe to cost and work out the nutritional content.
Here’s our group in our attractive lab coats and hats;
My partner, Hannah, and I were given the ‘healthified’ banana fritter recipe which they had modified using a Skinny Taste recipe (love that blog!). Another group were making normal banana fritters, whilst other pairs made rice pudding, bread and butter puddings, and muffins.
Our recipe used sweetener instead of sugar, and butter flavoured spray to fry the fritters. Neither Hannah or I held out much hope that they would taste nice, and were pleasantly surprised with the result. The hardest part was frying the fritters using the spray as it was not very non-stick!
After presenting the nutritional and cost information to the group, we tasted and compared the normal version and the healthy version.
In almost every case, the normal version came out on top – no surprises. However, it might have had more to do with the modifications, like using sweetener in everything, swapping white bread for brown, or using wholemeal flour in a vanilla muffin recipe that meant that they didn’t taste good. I’ve had plenty of healthified desserts that taste amazing, it’s all about making the right switches. Also I hate sweetener but that’s a different story!
In most cases the healthier versions actually came out more expensive, as processed sweeteners and fat sprays are more expensive than sugar and butter. I wish we’d chatted and learned more about the importance of fat and sugar in baked goods, as well as discussing other, more natural substitutes. But that can be something I play around with in the kitchen at home!
Here’s my re-modified recipe for Healthier Banana Fritters, and there’s no sweetener in sight!
Serves 3-4 people for pudding or brunch!
Healthy Banana Fritters
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1.5 tbsp sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- knob of butter
- icing sugar, to decorate
- Greek yogurt, to serve
Preheat oven to low. In a large bowl, mash together the bananas thoroughly. Stir in the sugar, egg, flour, vanilla and cinnamon.
Heat a little of the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat, and spoon 3 or 4 tablespoons of the mixture into individual blobs around the pan. Fry for 1 min before flipping over and cooking for another 45 seconds on the other side.
Transfer to a warm plate or baking tray in a low oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Dust with icing sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup and served with Greek yogurt .