Cinnamon Banana Bagels

I really love bananas. If you have been following my posts you will see that a lot (most) of my posts have something to do with bananas. They’re just so darn good, am I right or am I right? Especially home grown bananas. SO GOOD. Once you’ve had a home grown banana there’s no going back.

Here is the story leading to my banana addiction:
One day my parents decided to plant a banana tree in our backyard.
If you don’t know about how banana trees work I will inform you. Once the banana trees are all grown up, they start a stock of bananas. These stocks are HUGE. Then they ripen on the tree. You cut off the stock and you admire your cute little bananas and then devour them. [These bananas are about half the size of a ‘normal’ banana you see in the grocery store] That is the only stock that particular banana tree will make. It only makes one and then it dies. I know, it is sad.
However, they pour down their little seedlings all over the ground and before you know it you have five banana trees in your backyard.
{I think we may have close to ten trees right now, hehe}
For some reason, the trees decide to grow stocks and ripen all at the same time. Remember I said the stocks were huge? So, you have like 400 bananas that you have to try to mash/bake/eat/freeze/chip-ify, etc, before they rot.
And now you understand why I have so many banana recipes…it was out of desperation! We didn’t have anymore room in our freezer and we were tired of dehydrating them.

I totally made the inundation of bananas sound like a bad thing, but I actually love it a whole darn lot. I make smoothies, cupcakes, bread, chips, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins/mugfins, cake, dough, filling, ice cream, and use them as a topping. It’s an art.

Soo now after that long introduction about bananas I present to you…..CINNAMON BANANA BAGELS!
Perfection? I’m thinkin’ yes.
These bagels are slightly sweet, and not super banana-y. You could add more sugar if you want them to actually be sweet, but I like them just how they are.
They smell heavenly. That’s thanks to cinnamon and banana combo.

Cinnamon Banana Bagels


Cinnamon Banana Bagels
Adapted from French Press and A Beautiful Mess

Ingredients: 

-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour (unbleached, not bromated)
-1 tablespoon yeast
-1 tablespoon coconut sugar
-1/4 cup warm water + 2 tablespoons set aside
-3 tablespoons ground flax meal
-1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
-2 ripe (normal sized) bananas, mashed
-a pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
2. Mix together the flour, flax, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl.
3. You don’t have to have a stand mixer with a dough hook, but it makes it a lot easier. You could just knead it with your hands.
4. Mash your bananas and pour them in the bowl with the flour.
5. Pour in the yeast-water mixture + the 2 tablespoons of water.
6. Turn your mixer on low. Knead until you have soft elastic dough.
~Dough is a bit finicky, so you may have to add water or flour accordingly. Not too soft, but not crumbly either~
7. Once your dough is a good consistency, cover it with a towel and let it rest for an hour and a half. It should at least double its original size.
8. After the first resting period, plop your dough on a well floured surface. Shape into 10-12 equal balls.
9. Poke a hole in the center of each ball and gently pull the dough until shaped like a donut.
10. Again, cover with a towel and let them rest for 30 minutes.
11. Fill a large pot about half way with water and bring to a boil. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
12. Boil your bagels – 2 at a time – for about a minute and a half on each side.
13. Place boiled bagels on your baking tray.
14. Bake them for 10 minutes and turn your tray around (180 degrees.) Then bake for another 10 minutes.
15. Let them cool on a baking rack….but eat one fresh out of the oven because it’s futile to try and resist it.


Bagel making in pictures:

What they look like after they have rested, are shaped, and have rested again.
Cinnamon Banana Bagels

A close up of the beautiful rested bagel.
Cinnamon Banana Bagels

What they look like after you have boiled them…
Cinnamon Banana Bagels

After they’ve been rested, shaped, rested, boiled, and baked….look at that delicious looking bagel :p
Cinnamon Banana Bagels

Nooks and crannies. yum.
Cinnamon Banana Bagels

I like to toast them, spread peanut butter all over it, and top with chia seeds. It would be great with butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, jelly, or chocolate spread. Or you could just eat it straight up 🙂

Cinnamon Banana Bagels

In my humble opinion, these are way better then store bought bagels.

Ingredient List Links:

Bananas 

I had never made bagels before and it was so much fun! It’s not nearly as difficult/scary as I thought it would be. A lot of waiting actually. If I can do it, you most certainly can!
Hope you enjoy your handy work! Not too many people can say they made their own bagels, so revel in your awesome-ness.

Until next time,

chels

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard

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