Banana dough is made by mashing ripe bananas along with banana essence or flavoring with wheat flour, milk, yeast, baking powder, sugar, salt and yoghurt. This dough is usually used to make sweet or savory loaves, rolls, and buns.
How to make Banana Dough?
Banana dough can be made with a wide range of ripe bananas. Generally, sweet or dessert bananas are used to make sweet banana dough. These bananas are creamier with a mild sweet taste. Cooks wait for the bananas to turn black and over-ripe as the sugar content of the fruit increases with the ripening process. These softened bananas are then mashed and incorporated into a wheat flour, milk, yoghurt, baking powder, sugar and salt mixture to make soft dough. The recipe does not generally call for the inclusion of leavening agents although some may choose to add it optionally. In Asian countries, cooking bananas are also used to make soft dough. These cooking bananas are referred to as plantains. Plantains are starchier and firmer and are cooked before they are incorporated into wheat or rice flour to make dough. Dried bananas are also ground finely to produce banana flour. This banana flour may be mixed with rice flour or wheat flour, salt, and/or leavening agents to make a soft dough. Spices like cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and ginger may be added.
Popular Banana Dough-based Recipes
Savory or sweet banana bread, cake, muffins, cupcakes, and rolls are very popular as breakfast dishes. The banana dough is made with fresh dessert bananas which are mashed and then combined with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, sugar substitutes like molasses and honey and yoghurt to create a soft, spongy bread. Usually, a variety of fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raisins, prunes, apricots and plums may be added to the dough to create a sweeter, lighter breakfast bread.
Banana dough cookies and biscuits are made by kneading dessert bananas with wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, oats, rice flour, butter and raisins. Other ingredients like chocolate, peanut butter, almonds, cashews etc may be added to the dough to create several varieties of cookies. These cookies are baked but vegan versions use dehydrated bananas to create softer no-bake cookies. Dehydrated bananas slices are blended with walnuts, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and agave nectar or honey to make soft dough. This dough is then shaped by hand to make round cookie bites that do not require baking.
Banana Dough Trivia
Usually, when sweet bananas start getting black spots on the peel, they are considered ideal for the baking process. The riper the banana, the sweeter the fruit and the better it tastes in a baking dough. Over ripe bananas preferred for baking and just ripe bananas should be eaten as dessert fruits.