I have received product from Oreo for this post. It is an entry to the Foodies100 Wonderfilled recipe challenge sponsored by Oreo, which marks the launch of two exciting new flavours: Peanut Butter and Golden. The delicious new flavours are available in all major supermarkets at an RRP of £1.08.
So, I received an email from Oreo asking if I wanted to try their two new flavours launching in the UK market and participate in the Oreo Challenge. Goodness me, my eyes popped out from my skull when I read that email and almost had a heart attack. Wait, what, they know who I am, they know about Dooney’s Kitchen, huh, whaaaaaaaaat. I almost fell like rushing out of where I was and screaming. Lindy who contacted me was such a nice lady. I wrote back and said thank you very much for the offer but just to check in, I am a Nigerian food blogger, and you should be expecting me to work with these Oreos applying a Nigerian food twist. She wrote back and said sure, actually we are excited to see the African twist you would add to our products. Oh wow, really!!!!! Are you kidding me? Then I went to ask again how she found me, and she sent me a link to a site showing the rankings of top food bloggers in the UK. Dooney’s Kitchen came up as number 28, and wait for it, the only African food blog in the top 50. Like seriously, my day went straight uphill from there.
When the package arrived, I still didn’t know what I was going to do with it. The Oreo Challenge closes today and I kept ruminating the idea in my head. Funny enough, the day the package arrived, I was eating a packet of plantain chips and cooking. I looked at the Oreos and thought, wait a minute, what if I combine Plantain with Oreos. How I was going to do it, I didn’t know. I asked a friend and she said, Dunni, I don’t think it is going to work. her daughter and another friend who could overhear the conversation at the other end, said the same thing. The thing about me is, it is when you tell me something can’t work that I go ahead and prove you wrong. I am the type that doesn’t really listen to dissenting voices if i have an idea in my head, because it is my vision and not the other person’s, so if they don’t get it, it is up to me to bring that vision to life and ensure that they get it.
I kept munching on plantain chips and the Oreos peanut butter flavour at the same time, and gosh, the flavours made a whole lot of sense. The plantain chips brought another dimension of sweetness and saltiness to the Oreos, and the peanut butter just completed the marriage in taste heaven. OMG!!!!! I am going to do this, I kept telling myself. I am going to do this. I was especially happy with using Plantain because it is something I had NEVER seen anyone use before. trust me, I did an extensive Google search, not just that, this recipe will appeal to Africans, as wait for it, Oreos biscuits are snacks, and Africans loooove snacking on Plantain, so it is two for two. Beyond the shores of Africa, in the Caribbean and all across the Islands, plantain snacks are common, even beyond that to South America, plantains are commonly used as snacks. So, this is a truly global multi cultural way of using Plantains and Oreos Peanut butter cookies in one recipe. BOOM!!!!! There was no changing my mind from there. I truly had my answer. I was going to make Mosa (fried pureed plantain balls) and add Oreos to it, which would melt in the hot oil, to form a gooey centre but still be crunchy at the same time. Like a Beignet or a Bofrot or Tatale, or Zippole but with Plantains instead of flour. I imagine it to be quite yummy, it surpassed my expectations. You NEED TO TRY THIS. Like seriously, head to the nearest supermarket and buy these Oreos. These balls are sweet, spicy, crunchy, gooey and veeeeeery Nigerian too.
When I fried the first batch, it finished before i remembered I needed to photograph it. They were that good. I wanted a more defined uniform shape, so I decided to use the Cake Pops maker to achieve that. From the shores of Africa, to The Caribbean and South America, I present you Plantain Oreo Balls. The Nigerian term for it would be Oreo Mosa. Let’s Cook
- 1 - 2 over ripe plantains
- 6 - 8 pieces of Oreos peanut butter flavour
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of cayenne pepper - dry pepper
- A pinch or two of grated nutmeg
- 6 - 7 teaspoons of self raising flour
- Crush the Oreos biscuits in a food processor,
- or you can place in a freezer bag and whack with a rolling pin
- Puree the over ripe plantains until smooth. You don't need to add water. You can whisk for extra fluffiness if you wish. I let my electric whisk run for about 2 minutes, to get the pureed plantains to be very light.
- Season with salt, grated nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and stir in the flour until well combined. P.S - you don't need to add any sugar as the over ripe plantains and the oreos biscuits are sufficiently sweet.
- Fold in the chunks of Oreos.. Note, you would want a combination of slightly big and slightly small chunks. The small chunks will melt during cooking to achieve a gooey centre, whilst the bigger chunks, some of it would melt, but the rest will provide the signature Oreo crunch that many of us love and associate with Oreos. I even added a few extra bits of oreo just for luck
- Your batter should look like this. See the small and big chunks?
- You can choose to deep fry the batter to get fritters
- or go even further, if you want well defined, uniform balls, use a cake pops maker.
- This is so simple to make and so yum, kids and adults alike would love, love, love it.
Wondering what the insides look like
Slather on some of the oreos peanut butter filling and double yum
I have read some of your comments on the teaser post on Instagram and suggestions to try this with Akara (fried beans fritters), I really can’t wait to try. That would be deliciously mental. Lol