February 28, 2010


What do you do when a good banana goes bad?  In my house, the solution typically comes in the form of banana bread.   But due to the fact that my family suffers under the delusion that eating any of the final three bananas in any given bunch is punishable by death, we have grown rather bored by the ever-present banana bread.   I had saved a recipe a while back for banana biscotti, thinking that it would be another good way to reform bananas gone bad, but alas when I pulled it up I found that it called for banana bread mix.  Heavens!  So, my little chef protege and I  donned our aprons and inventing caps and came up with a marvelous recipe of our own that is simple and yields professional looking results.   It keeps for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

Rook No. 17's Banana Bread Biscotti
makes approx. 3 dozen

5 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 overripe bananas
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup toasted chopped pecans

12 oz. good quality chocolate, chopped and melted at low heat

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, mix bananas, oil, vanilla and eggs on medium speed for five minutes.  Add dry ingredients and pecans and mix until just combined.  Dough will be thick.  Turn out on a floured surface and divide into four equal pieces.  Shape each piece into rectangles, flattened to a 1/2" thickness.  Place the four dough rectangles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  Remove rectangles from baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Cut each rectangle vertically into 1/2" slices.  Place slices, cut sides down, on a baking sheet.  Reduce oven to 275 and bake for another 15 minutes.  Turn cookies over; bake an additional 15 minutes.  Cookies will be very lightly browned and still slightly soft, but will harden as they cool.  Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  

Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.  Because of their length, I prefer to dip my biscotti into melted chocolate held in a long, narrow dish.  Pyrex loaf pans work beautifully.  Dip each biscotti, flat edge down, in melted chocolate and arrange on lined baking sheet.  After all biscotti have been dipped, you can rest them in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to help the chocolate solidify.


  1. one of my absolute favorite things is banana bread....but i am anxious to try this recipe...sounds delish!!!

    thank you so much for sharing with all of us!!



  2. I LOVE bad bananas! Yeah dated quite a few bad boys as well until I figured out that the good ones were so much better:) Never thought of using them for biscotti. With the tremendous amount of coffee I drink this recipe is perfect. Great idea. Holly

  3. I actually have some bananas that I need to use up- thanks for a new way to use them!

  4. I am so happy you posted this recipe! I forgot to tell you how yummy they were...I was tempted to take the tray...but knew what would happen! I am totally making these (with brown rice flour perhaps???)

  5. I like that you posted a photo with your super chic air!!!!!

  6. You're my new BFF for posting a recipe to use those bad bananas (other than banana bread)! We have the same problem with the last two or three on every bunch. Part of the problem is my husband. He always tells me "I like bananas, I just don't really eat them". Go figure!

  7. You know, I also have a problem with the overabundance of banana bread!! I will definitely be trying this little recipe out... so thanks!!

  8. I'm a banana a holic so I rarely have them go to the point I can make banana loaf from them. I went to a grocery store once and asked the produce guy if they had any "bad" ones in back. He thought I had lost my mind...

  9. Oh my goodness! That pirate bannana is SOOOOO funny!!! Love it!

    The recipe sounds deelish! Thanks for sharing:)


  10. Love the Banana Pirate,lol.

    Thanks for the recipe. I love Biscotti and I never made them with Banana

  11. I'm so glad to hear that this isn't only my issue. My kids BEG me for bananas and clementines, but won't eat the last of them. I always end up tossing them because I'm too lazy.

  12. I've never made my own biscotti. (surprise-surprise) I usually make banana bread everytime a bunch goes bad (say, every week). Then I eat the whole loaf as nobody else likes it. This sounds like a better option.

  13. I bake quite frequently but haven't ever made biscotti!

  14. OMG... two of my favorite things! I tried once to make biscotti, and it was a terrible mess. This looks like a much easier recipe. Can't wait to try it!

  15. I love the dragon diaper bag. Thanks for all your creative ideas and this amazing blog!


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