I debated posting these Deep Fried Peanut Butter Banana Balls as they're a strange (but lovely) treat that resulted out of anger and discontent! Let's just say a pork shoulder crock-pot dish (I intended on feeding my family for at least the next two days) became severely overcooked!
Before I knew the meat was inedible, I spent all morning crafting creative ways I would reinvent that pork the following night...dare I admit patting myself on the back for how wonderful it smelled simmering away in the pot...not to mention its bottom dollar price tag!
"Such a thrifty gourmet...budget conscience shopper!"
And so yes, it was simmering....smouldering actually..... into oblivion.... into a piece of shoe leather so tough.... I wouldn't have even considered feeding it to my neighbor's annoying dog! (Oh...If any neighbors are reading - not YOUR dog - that "OTHER" dog - your dog is adorable - I love its bark - call me -)
Anyhow, while the children napped...I sat venting! I needed to get as far away from that pig butt as I possibly could! In a tizzy (about 1 hour later) I was staring down a dish of Deep Fried Peanut Butter Banana Balls with a Sweet Panko Breading.
They were a little finicky to work with and I wasn't at all sure how they'd turn out. ..Ball shaped? Flat? A fritter perhaps? But they held up great in the 350 degree oil, maintaining their round shape and browning nicely all around. The kiddos and husband loved them!
Please expand on this recipe...serve with chocolate sauce or a spicy mango chutney! After the pork debacle, this was all I could handle!
Deep Fried Peanut Butter Banana Balls
Approximate recipe I came up with while angry...enjoy!
1 ripe banana
1 1/2 cups Smuckers Creamy All Natural Peanut Butter
3 plain graham crackers, crumbled
1 piece whole wheat bread, crusts removed ripped into tiny pieces
1 cup + panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Vegetable oil for frying (about 3 inches up side of pan)
Hot Oil thermometer Helps!
Mash together with fork first four ingredients, refrigerate at least a half an hour. In small bowl, prepare panko, sugar breading.
Form Peanut Butter, banana mixture into small balls (about 1 teaspoon size) it will be sticky but it's fine. Drop it into panko mixture and press coating all around. Continue until you've used all the mixture.
Heat oil to 350 degrees. Carefully drop balls in the hot oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes or until browned.
remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Eat ...or cool and then eat. Loved it cold!!!