Although a hardworking soldier in the U.S. Army, when at home Tiana’s daddy is gentle, loving and inspirational. James' dream of owning a restaurant was shared by Tiana. He taught her to dream big, and to never give up on it.
These donuts showcase traditional New Orleans flavors. A delicious banana donut gives a subtle nod to a New Orleans original dessert, Bananas Foster. Topped with warm caramel and covered in praline pecans, one bite will have you dreaming you’re sitting at a table at Tiana’s Place.
// Kitchen Tools
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Piping Bag (+ Large Round Tip) or Gallon-sized Plastic Bag (+ scissors if using a Plastic Bag)
Donut Mold (I used and love this one)
Electric Hand Mixer (or hand mix with your muscles)
Donuts (Makes 10-12)
Non-Stick Spray or Oil for greasing donut mold
1 3/4 cup of Flour (I used Gluten-Free 1-to-1)
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon of Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup of Sugar
1 cup of Bananas (Mashed)
2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
1/4 cup of Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 cup of 2% or higher fat Milk
3/4 cup of your favorite Caramel Topping (I used this one)
1 1/2 cups of Praline Pecans (Crushed)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the donut mold by spraying with non-stick spray.
Prepare the praline pecan topping by crushing them in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, mash the bananas. Then, add the sugar, vanilla, eggs, applesauce and milk. Stir until combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Fill your piping bag and pipe an even amount of dough, filling the donut mold cavity. (If using a plastic bag, simply cut one corner of the bag to create a small opening for the dough to disperse from.)
Bake for 12 minutes, or until light brown.
Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the donuts are cooling, place your caramel jar in a bowl of hot water so that it can be drizzled and spread without crumbling the donuts.
Once the donuts are cooled, drizzle or spread your caramel topping over each donut.
Immediately sprinkle with the crushed praline pecans.
Allow the toppings to set and enjoy within 2-3 days. Store in an airtight container.
With whimsy & wonder,
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