Bananas for Bananas: Banana Bread Coffee Cake

There are many food hybrids. The piecaken, cronut, cookie shot, waffle taco, cinnamon roll pancakes, wonut, just to name a few. But one food hybrid that I’ve never seen is a combination of banana bread and coffee cake. So I decided to make a new trend. And here-in lies the top-secret recipe to Banana Broffee Break. Yeah… That’s a really bad name. So if any of you have any good name suggestions to this banana bread-coffee cake hybrid, let me know in the comments below! Let’s get baking!

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Oprah’s Favorite Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar’s Banana Layer Cake

I hope you all had an food-filled, family-filled, and love-filled Thanksgiving this past week! Every Thanksgiving my family and I go to our friend’s house and have the most wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, full of turkey, chicken, prime rib, gravy, cranberries, potatoes, veggies, stuffing, and of course dessert. It has always been my job to supply one of the many desserts, and this year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try to create the most complex dessert I’ve ever made! The success of my Banana Cream Pie lead me to create another Momofuku Milk Bar Dessert, this one much more complicated (but perhaps even more delicious!). This cake, said to be Oprah’s favorite, consists of a moist Banana Cake, creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache, Hazelnut Crunch, fresh Banana Cream, and fluffy Hazelnut Frosting. This cake may be intimidating, but the results are so worth it! Let’s get baking!

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Happy Birthday Dad: Momofuku Milk Bar’s Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pie: a perfectly buttery, flaky pie crust topped with a fluffy banana cream and lightly sweetened whipped cream. Or so you may think… Momofuku Milk Bar, made famous for their cereal milk, compost cookies, and crack pie, takes the traditional and elevates it to new levels. This banana cream pie consists of a chocolately crust reminiscent of a graham cracker crust. On top of this unusual crust is a bright yellow, luscious, banana-flavor-packed cream.  Trust me, this recipe will change the way you look at banana cream pie forever. Happy birthday, Dad. I know you will enjoy a slice.

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Oh No, Another One? Something Healthy: Green Banana-Nutella Shake

So I guess this is a thing now. Blended beverages on Mugs and Makeovers. Who would have thought? Well, here we go. Another shake recipe. I have to say, this Green Banana-Nutella Shake is my go-to drink recipe. It tastes like the classic flavor combination of bananas and Nutella, but has the nutritional boost of spinach. Ew, gross. No it’s not gross. You can’t even taste the spinach (it’s like magic!). I am not one of those people who like green juices or juices made solely with vegetables because I mean, ew. It’s like bitter and blechy. So trust me on this one: this shake is sweet and tastes nothing like spinach. You have to try it!

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Something Healthy: Matcha-Banana Shake

What do ya know? There’s actually something healthy being posted on Mugs and Makeovers. Good for me! Now I’m not one of those people to eat (or slurp, or drink, or consume, or whatever) things just because they are the latest-and-greatest super-food. I will eat things because they are yummy and make me feel happy. And if that yummy ingredient happens to up that metabolism, then yay! And that’s exactly how I feel about matcha (but seriously, I can’t get enough of this green tea powder; best flavor profile ever!). Fun fact: I was considering naming this blog Matcha, Mugs, and Makeovers. (Come to think of it, why didn’t I?) Anyway, here is a delicious, fresh, fruity, and earthy shake that will refresh you make you glow!

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Chocolate Tropical French Toast in a Mug

Oh French toast, how I love thee. I will write a poem for just for you, my love:

Bananas are yellow,

chocolate is brown.

I don’t know where this is going,

I should stop writing now.

But anyway…. My point is microwave mug cakes don’t have to be just for dessert. They have every right to be at the breakfast table too! Think about it, they’re quick and super easy to make. So I have taken the liberty to create a Microwave Chocolate Tropical French Toast in a Mug (I know, I shouldn’t have). This French toast in a mug is a complete breakfast. You’ll be getting fiber from the whole wheat bread, protein from the egg, calcium from the milk, and vitamins from the fruit! (But don’t worry. If you’re freaked about it being healthy, I added chocolate. No worries, bro.)

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