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Banana Beignet Bites

When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they're pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • BEIGNETS:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix sugars and cinnamon until blended. In a large bowl, whisk the first 5 beignet ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, bananas, milk and 2 tablespoons oil until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry about 45-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm beignets in sugar mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 beignet: 72 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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