February 2, 2011 by Flora Dawn
Who doesn’t love cupcakes and banana splits? So, when I saw a recipe for Banana Split Cupcakes I knew I had to create a gluten free version.
These cupcakes are packed with pineapple, bananas, chocolate chips, and maraschino cherries. And being from Oregon, I can’t help but mention that Oregon is home to two of the biggest maraschino companies in the nation.
So, I am going to throw in a little history here, skip this paragraph if such info bores you to tears. Oregon State University developed the modern maraschino cherry manufacturing process in the early 1900’s; and today there is a building named after the inventor, Professor Wiegand, and a class entitled Maraschino 102. No joke, here’s a link from the actual college. I had to mention all of this because OSU is my husband’s Alma mater.
Okay, so back to the recipe. These cupcakes are really moist and dense from all the fruit. I think they are plenty sweet, but a banana or chocolate frosting would taste good too. I also think you could bake it in a 9×9 pan and use it as the base for an ice cream cake.
Banana Split Cupcakes
Although we make these nut free, I think 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts or walnuts would be wonderful!
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 oz vanilla or plain yogurt (1/2 cup +2 TB)
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 chocolate chips, we used the the mini-chips
- 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
- 1 cup diced bananas (about 1 1/2 bananas)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease a 12-muffin pan.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix together oil, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until well mixed; add to the dry ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly. Gently stir in the pineapple, chocolate chips, cherries, and bananas.
- Spoon or scoop batter equally into muffin tin, about 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center tests done. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack; frost if desired.