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Winter spice banana crumble


  • ripe bananas, sliced in half 4

to melt/ cook

  • coconut oil 1½ tablespoons

  • maple syrup 2 tablespoons

  • cinnamon 1 teaspoon

  • apple pie spice mix * 1 tablespoon

  • almond butter 1 tablespoon

for the crumble mixture

  • oats 90g

  • whole wheat flour 50g

  • coconut oil 1 tablespoon

  • coconut or brown sugar 1 tablespoon


Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 (180°C / 350°F). Start by laying the banana halves on the base of the dish - try not to leave any large gaps. Now make the sauce by melting together the coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter and spices in a small pan on low heat. Stir together and once completely melted, pour over the bananas and place the dish in the oven. While the bananas are baking, you can make the topping for the crumble by mixing together the oats, flour and sugar. Melt the coconut oil and pour and mix it into the dry ingredients for the crumble. After 30 minutes, take out the banana dish and evenly layer the crumble on the banana. Place back in the oven for another 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and cooked.

Having baked a banana for the first time last week with spices and maple syrup, I decided to try this luxurious spiced dessert for a dinner party. The fact that it was almost finished (when there was also another mouth-watering just baked oozing apple pie served with ice cream) – well it absolutely delicious! The almond butter makes it wonderfully rich and provides that nutty warmth, enhanced by the hearty blend of spices.

*if you don’t have a spice mix, just add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (as well as the cinnamon)

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