Banana Bread Cupcakes with a Surprise!

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There’s a lot going on with these cupcakes from Dreamy Blog.  So much going on that it wouldn’t all fit in the title.  Banana bread cupcakes are pretty awesome to start with but add some chocolate peanut butter frosting AND a pretzel “crust” and it’s a party for your taste buds.  Salty, sweet banana goodness all wrapped up into one delicious cupcake.   Heaven.

Pretzel Bottomed Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

makes 12-14 cupcakes

Pretzel Crust

1 1/4 cups crushed salted pretzels

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Combine crushed pretzels and butter in a bowl and stir until entire mixture is moistened. Line a muffin tin with lines and using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop pretzels into the bottom of each liner. Use the back of the spoon to flatten and press the pretzels together.


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

1 large egg

3/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside. In a bowl, whisk egg and add brown sugar, mixing until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Add melted butter and mix. Stir in dry ingredients, then add mashed bananas and mix until batter comes together. Using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop batter on top of each pretzel crust.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown on the top and set. Let cool completely.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 teaspoons milk, if needed

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. Add in vanilla extract then gradually add in sugar and cocoa with the mixer on low speed until entirely combined and smooth. If frosting it a bit too thick, add in milk 1 teaspoon at a time until it becomes a bit creamier. Frost cupcakes, then top with crushed pretzels if desired.


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