Banana Split Cream Puffs

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For a unique fusion dessert, how about marrying the classic banana split dessert with the French cream puff? This banana split cream puff recipe is a stunning and interesting take on two classic dessert recipes. Katerina, the recipe developer at ‘Diethood’ recipe blog, stuffs these heavenly cream puffs with the traditional flavours of banana split sundaes, like vanilla pudding, pineapple, and banana, then tops them with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a maraschino cherry. Anyone you serve this cream puff recipe to is bound to feel special.

This banana split pastry recipe starts with choux pastry, which is a French pastry dough that is leavened with eggs so that it’s super light. This pastry dough is the same dough that éclairs, crullers, and churros are made out of, and due to the number of eggs, puffs up into light balls of pastry which are perfect vessels for cream. Instead of the more traditional pastry cream, Katerina makes a homemade vanilla pudding for the ice cream portion of this cream puff recipe, although you could use an instant pudding mix if you’re tight on time. You may think that vanilla pudding is a far stretch from ice cream, but it’s not. French vanilla ice cream is prepared by making a vanilla custard, and then churning until frozen, so you can think of the pudding portion of this easy cream puff recipe as being unfrozen ice cream instead.

Bananas are often a challenging food to incorporate into dessert recipes because they turn brown very quickly, but in the case of this cream puff recipe, you’ll likely be eating them fast enough that that shouldn’t be a problem. Bananas health benefits are that they help with digestion, and due to their low-glycemic index, also keeps blood sugars stable. Bananas are also excellent for athletes to consume, because low potassium is linked to muscle cramps, and one banana gives you over 422 mg of potassium. Along with this high nutritional value of banana, bananas also contain 25% of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin B6 and are good sources of manganese and vitamin C. While this cream puff recipe isn’t exactly healthy, it’s safe to say that the addition of fresh bananas can fuel you with many beneficial nutrients. Everyone needs an indulgence sometimes, so what better recipe than one that contains healthy bananas.

If you are worried about making cream puffs for the first time, you can substitute them with store-bought pre-rolled puff pastry instead. Just use your favourite cookie cutters, whether it be circular or heart-shaped, and cut out enough shapes to sandwich together, and bake until golden. You can easily sandwich the bananas, pineapple, and vanilla pudding between these puff pastry cut-outs for another easy take on this banana split cream puff recipe. Do be sure to try the choux paste dough, though, as it’s a cinch to make, but will make you look like a pro. Thank you to Katerina, author of ‘Diethood’ recipe blog for her intriguing banana split cream puffs recipe.**

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