Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce

Bananas wrapped in flour tortillas, then fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar. I know, NOT a churro. But it tastes like a banana-filled churro, spot on. And then there’s the Chocolate Peanut Butter dipping sauce, so really I’m not even sure why you’re complaining. 

Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

One time a few years ago my friend Sarah and I were chatting about our workout routines. I was like, “Sometimes I run!” (vague, much?) and she was like, “I love to go to my spinning class twice a week!”

Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

I had never heard of a spinning class, and I’m being serious when I tell you that I was picturing a group of grown women spinning around until they got dizzy. Arms spread out wide, maybe? Tucked tight?

And then what? Collapse into laughter like kids, while the class instructor  yells at them to keep spinning? Learn the spotting thing that ballerina’s do so they don’t get dizzy pirouetting? Do they take turns, watching each other and competing to see who can spin the fastest? Does this really burn that many calories?? Questions I had to ponder for much too long, because I was too embarrassed to ask her for details.

Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

Now I know what spinning is, I swear. And for those wondering, it’s a biking class. I think. Sounds like something that would kick my butt. I think I’ll stick with traditional spinning. Charlotte prefers that anyway:

Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

She had her first dance class ever today!! I could not stop grinning watching her. Yes, I was the annoying parent sneaking my phone around the corner to get a picture. Worth it.

Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

Okay, so these “churros.” I know, not churros, don’t hate! But I swear they taste like a churro with a banana on the inside. I originally had the idea for a dessert egg roll, so first I tried frying these with egg roll wrappers. Gross! I don’t know if I just wasn’t frying them long enough or what, but they were not good. Tortillas are so much easier to wrap around a banana, not to mention crunchier.

I tried out a RIDICULOUS number of versions of these and finally landed on something simple: a banana wrapped in a tortilla and fried, then rolled in cinnamon-sugar. Easy peasy. And SO GOOD. Don’t be scared of the frying part. It really doesn’t take too long.

These would be perfect to have while watching the Super Bowl! Or even dessert for Valentine’s Day, see the strawberries even look like hearts. I like these warm, but they are also killer served room temperature.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce

Yield: Makes 8 churros

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

    For the banana churros:
  • peanut oil, for frying
  • 2 bananas
  • 8 small flour tortillas*
  • toothpicks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 cup cream
  • 8 ounces (1 and 1/4 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • big pinch salt
  • strawberries, to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a high-sided skillet, add the peanut oil. Turn the burner on to medium and heat for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Slice the bananas in half, then slice lengthwise. You should have 8 banana quarters.
  3. Tightly roll each banana in a tortilla and secure with toothpicks (see photos).
  4. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dump it onto a large plate. Line another large plate with paper towels.
  5. Test the oil by adding a small scrap of tortilla. If it immediately starts to bubble, the oil is ready.
  6. Add the wrapped bananas 4 at a time. Fry for 1 minute, then flip and fry for one more minute, or until light brown.
  7. Remove the churros to the paper-towel lined plate, but only for a few seconds. Transfer them soon after to the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat the churros well. Remove the toothpicks.
  8. Repeat with the remaining bananas.
  9. To make the chocolate sauce: Add 1 cup cream to a medium size microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, then microwave for 1 more minute, or until the cream starts to bubble on the edges.
  10. Immediately add the chocolate chips and peanut butter to the cream. Let sit for about 1 minute, then use a whisk to stir until it is smooth. Add a big pinch of salt and combine. (If you don't like peanut butter, add 2 tablespoons butter instead.)
  11. Dip the churros in the sauce and garnish with strawberries.

Notes

*Flour tortillas that are about the same size as corn tortillas.

The sauce will start to harden at room temperature, just zap it in the microwave for a bit to return to a liquid-y consistency.

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Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

Banana Churros with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce from The Food Charlatan

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  1. Sarah says

    i don’t exercise that much these days, don’t worry. But maybe I’ll make an exception to lift the deep fryer down from my pantry. It’s gotta weigh at least five pounds right? Also: Charlotte in dance class = heart melted.

  2. says

    Ok, that is too funny Karen! I bet that type of spinning class would make you might dizzy. And how cute is Charlotte at her first dance class? That is just the best. Glad you snapped that picture of her. These churros sound amazing! And I love the sound of that peanut butter chocolate sauce.
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  3. Misty mi says

    I think i’ll just pour the choc pb sauce in a cup and drink it. Another good way to test if oil is hot enough is to stick the bottom of a wooden spoon into the oil. If bubbles form around the spoon it’s ready.

  4. says

    But really though, why is spin even called spin? Can’t we call it intense biking or something? While on the subject of names, you can call these whatever you want and I’d gladly take one down. Probably more like two, let’s be real :-) Pinned!

  5. says

    frying bananas wrapped in a tortilla and then smothering them in a cinnamon-sugar mixture is freaking brilliant!! and the chocolate peanut butter sauce!! Be still my heart!! oh my gawd, woman! I love this!!! and hey, our kids are only young once so I say take as many photos as you want!!!
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  6. says

    These look amazing, Karen! I want to stick my face into that first photo and steal the chocolate sauce, haha.

    I love that your kiddos are just a bit ahead of mine and I get sneak peeks of what I have to look forward to. Yay for adorable little dancers! :)
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  7. says

    When I first saw the photo of these on your instagram (which I just started following) I may have said “oh NO”. Because instantly I knew I would have to make these…asap. This might be the prettiest looking dessert ever, and reminds me of my trip to france where we would eat nutella banana strawberry crepes forever!
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  8. ann says

    They aren’t churros, but they *are* empanadas (say: em.pahn.yah.days). They’re extrememly yummy with cherries where bananas would be.

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