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Char-grilled banana splits with salted peanut caramel


Barbecues don't have to end with the snags. Throw bananas on the grill for a touch of caramelised goodness to make the ultimate banana splits.

You'll need

6 bananas, skin on, halved lengthways For brushing: coconut oil, melted 30 gm coconut sugar (see note) 12 large white marshmallows To serve: coconut ice-cream 50 gm coconut chips (see note)   Salted peanut caramel 200 gm caster sugar 60 gm salted butter, coarsely chopped 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream 75 gm roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped, plus extra for serving

Method

  • 01
  • For salted peanut caramel, stir sugar and 60ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until light caramel in colour (4-5 minutes). Add butter, whisk to combine, then add cream (be careful, mixture will spit) and 2 tsp sea salt flakes and whisk to combine. Add peanuts, stir and set aside. The sauce is best used on the day it’s made; if you’re using the sauce the next day, you may need to thin it with a little hot water.
  • 02
  • Brush bananas with coconut oil and scatter with coconut sugar. Grill cut-side down until just starting to caramelise (2-3 minutes). Set aside. Thread marshmallows on skewers and toast over a flame until just charred (1 minute). Cool, then halve marshmallows crossways.
  • 03
  • To serve, place 2 halves of banana on each plate, top with scoops of ice-cream, drizzle with salted caramel, and top with coconut chips, toasted marshmallows and extra peanuts.

Note Coconut sugar and coconut chips are available at most health food stores and select supermarkets.


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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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