Attention, CAMP WALDEN! The campers are just buzzing with excitement (Marvas included) for the recipe we have in store for you this week. So put on your best Elizabeth James original and grab a glass of your finest Nick Parker Napa Valley wine (if you are of age, obv) and settle in because this recipe is more drool worthy than Leo DiCaprio. Wait… don’t tell me. You have never heard of Leo DiCaprio? Phew, I thought so. Okay that was a close one. Well, fret not, GoNanas fans because this surprise is much more secret awesome twin and much less… surprise, your dad is marrying Meredith Blake. If you know what I mean. That is right. This week’s recipe is inspired by none other than… THE PARENT TRAP! What is not to love about this nostalgia filled Lindsay Lohan double duty extravaganza?!
Now, if you ask me, one of the most underrated things about this 1998 classic is how well traveled our girlies Annie and Hallie are. From camping to Napa to London to… well camping again, this movie basically spans the whole globe. And each section is just as iconic! But really, can anything beat this beginning sequence when the girls first meet each other at Camp Walden? And let me tell you, it sure was not love at first sight. I think we all remember when Hallie and Annie get sent to the isolation cabin. How could we forget? That is when they discover that they are sisters! Right, no, not just sisters… they’re twins! But we would be remiss if we glossed over their other equally iconic discovery. I am referring, of course, to their shared passion for dipping OREOS in PEANUT BUTTER. BIG yum. Now, you might think, simple enough - this recipe is pretty self explanatory. But hold your horses. Because Nana babies, have we got a twist for you.
If you have been keeping up on our Insta (which of course you have) then you have heard the good news by now. We have a brand new collab with our fave Healthy Girl Kitchen! This new GoNanas and Healthy Girl Kitchen Banana Bread Line is all VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, and (unless you incorporate some mix-ins) NUT FREE. And she is dropping Sunday June 12! Our collab will feature THREE new flavors: Caramel Brownie Banana Bread, Single-Serve Brownie Batter Instant Banana Bread Mix, and… *drumroll please* our NEW and IMPROVED (thanks to Healthy Girl Kitchen) Fudge Brownie Banana Bread Mix. I can’t even take all this yumminess. So, we took that original PARENT TRAP recipe, ripped it right down the middle (see what I did there?), and taped it back together and instead of a picture from The Queen Elizabeth II - we revealed this stunning Fudge Brownie Banana Bread Cookie recipe with Peanut Butter Filling! Let me tell you, the twins were really onto something with that chocolate cookie peanut butter idea.
Besties, let’s dive right into this recipe like Annie into the lake when she loses the poker game. Promise not to steal your clothes. Here’s what you will need. First, one package of GoNanas and Healthy Girl Kitchen Fudge Brownie Banana Bread Mix. Second, 1 ripe banana (mash that baby up). Next gather 2 teaspoons of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ cup greek yogurt, 1 beaten egg, 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar. For your filling, we just need 1 cup of powdered sugar and ½ a cup of peanut butter. Et voila! Or as Hallie would say, Read ‘em and Weep.
Now, let’s go over the plan. You go back to Napa with my dad and I’ll fly to London with Martin. Wait, sorry. Wrong plan. Here are the recipe instructions. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees farenheit. Then, in a large bowl, add the Gonanas Mix, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and whisk that all up to combine. Next, add the mashed banana and yogurt, and mix until it forms a dough. Go ahead and flour a clean flat surface so you can shape the dough into a log with your hands. Cut the dough into 8 pieces. Take 1 tablespoon of your peanut butter mixture and put it in the center of your dough then carefully fold the sides over the peanut butter and pinch them together. Brush that all with a beaten egg and then sprinkle coconut sugar on top. Bake for 10-12 minutes. And enjoy!
Readers, bakers, babes and babettes - if you are anything like me, you grew up thinking “Am I an Annie or a Hallie?” You know I’m right! And here’s the thing. We are all a little bit of both. Personally, I think I am a Hallie sun with a Chessy rising and an Annie moon. We have stumbled upon a very fun game here and I am immediately going to need you to head on over to Instagram and let me know your Parent Trap Big 3. But FIRST. I have a point. Maybe if you identified as an Annie, you might be a little more of a peanut butter person. She’s classy, she’s timeless, she smooth and elegant. Well-spoken! Can fit into any situation! Like good, old-fashioned peanut butter. And we love her for it! If you always felt like you were more of a Hallie, you might be a little bit more team Oreo. She’s funky, she’s complex, she’s get a nice duality. A little something for everyone! With a cute little FUDGEY darkside. And here’s the thing. The Parent Trap would just not be The Parent Trap with only ONE of our girlies. We need both! Oops, did I just stumble upon the moral of the story here? We need both! A perfect duo. What more could you ask for than FUDGE BROWNIE and PEANUT BUTTER in a scrumptious nostalgic cookie. As always, when you whip up this masterpiece, please take a pic and be sure to tag me. I won’t be looking at them any special way. I’ll be looking at these cookies like I’ve looked at them for 11 years since the day they came home from the hospital. 6 pounds, 11 ounces, 21 inches lng. This is how I look at these cookies. Can I hug them?! Wait… oh, you get it. Bon appetit!