There is a charity run that takes place in London where all the runners dress up as gorillas.  Not just a little bit gorilla, but a full-on-suit gorilla, down to wearing a gorilla headpiece (and of course, a hipster sweatband).  The run goes through the heart of London, across the Tower Bridge and by the London Eye and St. Paul Cathedral.  It’s capped at 800 runners, representing the total number of mountain gorillas still living in the wild.

The charity is aimed to save the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction.  It does so by funding several grass-roots projects that are run by local African partners, and are aimed at tackling various threats to the gorillas’ long term survival.  I’m so happy to say that my husband, Jonathan, will be one of the runners that day.  Way to go, my monkey-muffin!

Banana Whipped Cream and Strawberries View

I can’t wait to see the city overtaken by gorilla-runners.  And in the spirit of it all, I’m sharing my newest creation, which features none other than bananas!

This banana whipped cream is super simple to make.  You whip the cream, add sugar and vanilla, and mix in a very very mashed banana at the end.  I used a ripe banana with some good spots on it.  Unlike banana bread, there is no need to use an overly ripe banana, but just one that is ripe and soft enough to mash easily.  I also used my vanilla extract made with gin.  And since there is no baking or cooking involved to burn the alcohol off, it essentially is like adding half a shot of gin to the whipped cream.  No wonder it was good ;)

Le Parfait Mini JarsSince I recently came across these adorable french petite jars, I’ve been looking for any excuse use them.  And each day I walk by a farmer that sells cute little strawberries for a quid.  Naturally, those fit perfectly in the jar.  On last thought, I added a some crispy sponge fingers I was snacking on into the jars too.  I topped it all off with the banana whipped cream.  But really, this banana whipped cream can go on anything – waffles, pancakes, peaches, banana bread, blueberry muffins, and probably even over an iced blended mocha.

 

Banana Whipped Cream Recipe

about 2 cups (depending on how much you eat while making it) 
– 1 ripe banana
– 300 ml (1 1/4 cup) whipping cream
– 1 tbs superfine icing sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla extract (use a homemade version for a slightly spiked whipped cream)

In a small bowl, mash the banana very very well, until there are no chunks left, or at least only very small chunks.  I used my hand mixer on the slowest setting to help with this process, and mashed my banana until it was almost a thick liquid consistency.  In a separate bowl, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.  Add in the mashed bananas to the whipped cream and mix together by hand, or on the lowest setting of the hand mixer for a very short time (so as to not over whip the cream).  Spoon or pipe over anything!

To make the strawberry and biscuit jars, break 3 crispy sponge fingers into each jar and top with a generous handful of strawberry pieces.  Pipe the banana whipped cream over it using a large piping star.

Banana Whipped Cream and Strawberries and Biscuits

 

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21 Comments

 

  1. February 12, 2014  7:32 pm by Janine Reply

    I love the idea of banana whipped cream, and don't get me starting on the genius of using gin to make vanilla essence. The gorilla run sounds like a great cause so I hope the fundraising went well. Thanks so much for drawing my attention to this recipe, and of course for entering Baking With Spirit!

    • February 12, 2014  7:33 pm by Janine Reply

      Woops, sorry didn't mean to comment twice!

  2. February 12, 2014  7:29 pm by Janine Reply

    This whipped cream sounds amazing. I love how you made vanilla essence with gin, too. Thanks so much for drawing my attention to this recipe, and also for entering Baking With Spirit!

  3. October 1, 2013  12:41 am by Allie | Baking A Moment Reply

    These are too stinkin' cute! Love the jars, and the way you can see the layers peeking through. And the gorilla run sounds hilarious. What a fun way to raise awareness!

    • October 1, 2013  11:33 am by Tina Jui Reply

      Thank you so much! These are so fun to make. I just need to expand my collection of mason jars to make more :) I posted a picture of my husband, dressed as a gorilla in my latest post... he was a real dapper gorilla!

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  5. September 12, 2013  1:00 am by Linda Brulé Reply

    Beautiful presentation. I'm drooling. BTW...I couldn't help but notice the connection between the banana whipped cream and 800 gorillas.

    • September 12, 2013  9:17 pm by Tina Jui Reply

      Haha I'm sure the 800 gorillas would love some banana whipped cream :)

  6. September 5, 2013  10:44 pm by Lauren Reply

    This looks awesome! Something so simple yet I would have never thought of it! However, I don't think I would bother with the piping or strawberries. This looks like something I would eat straight out of the bowl I made it in.

    • September 6, 2013  3:53 pm by Tina Jui Reply

      Yes, it's hard not to just eat it all from the bowl!

  7. September 3, 2013  1:06 pm by Anneli (Delicieux) Reply

    A seriously pretty looking pot of deliciousness! I love the simplicity and your clever presentation. Thanks for entering Four Seasons Food!

    • September 3, 2013  9:08 pm by Tina Jui Reply

      Thanks for visiting! I read your round-up today, and all the dishes look fantastic. Especially loved the strawberry tiramisu!

  8. August 26, 2013  10:51 am by Michelle Reply

    This looks amazing!

    • August 26, 2013  11:31 am by Tina Jui Reply

      I'll make it for you next time!

  9. August 13, 2013  4:58 pm by Dina Reply

    banana whipped cream sounds like a good idea!

    • August 14, 2013  10:22 am by Tina Jui Reply

      Thanks, Dina! Hope you enjoy it.

  10. August 13, 2013  10:38 am by Tamara Reply

    Strawberries and cream is a combination made in haven! It is not just for Wimbledon time...I can have it any day! Adding banana to this perfect mix sounds great Tina! I'm not a fan of sponge fingers, so I will try this one with shortbread biscuits instead.

    • August 14, 2013  10:21 am by Tina Jui Reply

      That sounds delicious. I will have to try that next time too.

  11. August 12, 2013  9:17 pm by Hotbiscuitbakes Reply

    How long will the frosting last in the fridge (or on the cupcake)?

    • August 12, 2013  11:02 pm by Tina Jui Reply

      Whipped cream is best when it is made, so I would recommend eating it the same day. It's easy and quick to make, so it is normally not a problem. But if you need to keep it in the fridge, it can usually last up to 2 days. It might start to deflate though, so it may not look so pretty.

  12. August 9, 2013  11:44 pm by jj Reply

    I prefer this way of eating bananas.

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