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Chocolate and Banana Crumble with Spelt and Walnuts Recipe

Spelt flour lends an extra nuttiness to this crumble mix and complements the walnuts and bananas. It’s also easy to make without too much help from Mum or Dad – they just need a little supervision while chopping the bananas and chocolate, then popping it into the oven.

Serves 4 Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 80g spelt flour   
  • 80g light brown or demerara sugar  
  • 100g cold unsalted butter, diced  
  • 30g rolled oats   
  • 30g walnuts, roughly chopped   
  • 4 large ripe bananas, peeled and thickly sliced 
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)  
  • 50g dark or milk chocolate, coarsely chopped (or use chocolate buttons)  
  • vanilla ice cream or extra-thick double cream, to serve (optional)   

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C/Gas Mark 6. To make the crumble topping, combine the flour, half the sugar, the butter and a pinch of salt in a large bowl, then rub with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Or, if you have a food processor, pulse the mixture until just combined. Stir in the oats and walnuts.
  2. In another large bowl, combine the banana, remaining sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup (if using) and chocolate. Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof dish measuring approximately 20cm x 20cm and scatter with the crumble topping. 
  3. Sprinkle the top of the crumble with drops of water (about 1 tbsp in total), then bake for 25-30 mins, or until the crumble topping is golden brown and crisp in parts.  
  4. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of cream, if you like.

Nutritionist, Dr Laura Wyness says: “Spelt is high in beneficial fibre and a source of protein. It also provides essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium and iron, which help reduce fatigue and are important for children’s cognitive development. The walnuts provide lots of antioxidants and healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids.” 

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