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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Recipe: Easy Mummified Bananas for Halloween!

Easy Healthy Halloween Treats - Mummified Bananas - Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Clean Eating Recipe, Nut Free, Egg Free, Allergy Friendly Halloween
A special thanks to ALDI for sponsoring this recipe!

Growing up, Halloween wasn't really a thing in Australia - but each year, friends would gather at my house in costume ready for a night of trick or treating. 

A few kids in the neighbourhood went out trick or treating so we joined in on the fun, knocking on the doors of our neighbours, hoping they'd know what Halloween was (because so often we'd be met with confused faces and have to explain why there was a bunch of kids at their door in weird costumes wielding pumpkin shaped buckets on a Tuesday evening) and checking out everyone's costumes as we walked around. 

But the best part of Halloween? Dinner! Each year my Mum would turn ordinary food into something spooky for Halloween. Spaghetti Bolognese became blood and guts, Garlic Bread became Green Ant Bread, Soda Spiders became Witches' Brew - there wasn't anything Pinteresty about it, just a few silly names and a whole lot of imagination. 

Easy Healthy Halloween Treats - Mummified Bananas - Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Clean Eating Recipe, Nut Free, Egg Free, Allergy Friendly Halloween Recipe

So that's what inspired this recipe. Sure, you can spend hours whipping up elaborate Halloween concoctions, but I thought I'd put together some simple no fuss Halloween treats you can make in minutes - and that the whole family will love. 

These Mummified Bananas are seriously delicious - and healthy too. They're gluten free, egg free, nut free and refined sugar free and you can make them even simpler by using storebought pastry. The pastry recipe I used (and shared below) is super simple too - it's just a matter of adding everything to your food processor or blender and pulsing it until combined before rolling it out, cutting into strips and wrapping your "bandages" around your "mummies". 

A few minutes in the oven and you'll have a delicious Halloween treat that smells incredible and tastes even better.

So let me share the recipe with you! >> 

Easy Healthy Halloween Treats - Mummified Bananas - Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Clean Eating Recipe, Nut Free, Egg Free, Allergy Friendly Halloween Recipe

Easy Mummified Bananas Recipe
gluten free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free
makes enough dough to cover ~12 bananas

No Fuss Pastry:
1 1/2 cups (180g) gluten free plain flour 
120g cold butter (about 8 tbsp), cut into cubes 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup (50g) coconut sugar*
1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

For Your Mummified Bananas:
Thin strips of the no fuss pastry or store bought puff pastry, cut into strips
Bananas, peeled 
Candy eyes to decorate (or use melted chocolate)
  • Preheat your oven to 180C/355F. 
  • Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a food processor, add your butter, flour and baking powder and pulse into your mix resembles course breadcrumbs. 
  • Add in your coconut sugar and greek yogurt and pulse until combined. Your mix should now form a soft dough, however, if it's still too try - add ice cold water 1 tsp at a time until your mix comes together. 
  • Take your dough out of your food processor and place on top of a sheet of baking paper. Place another sheet of baking paper on top and roll your dough out with a rolling pin (on top of the paper - this stops it from sticking). 
  • Peel the baking paper off one side to make sure it's not stuck, place it back on top of your dough and repeat with the other side (this makes sure you can take your pieces off easily in a second). 
  • Cut your pastry into thin strips and wrap strips around your peeled bananas to form your Mummy. 
  • Continue until all of your bananas are wrapped and place each banana onto your prepared baking trays.
  • Bake your bananas for 7-10 minutes or until your pastry is golden and your bananas start to caramelise. 
  • Allow your bananas to cool slightly before eating! We like them best served warm (and if you ask my Mum, they're best warm with a scoop of ice cream!).
*This makes pastry that's quite sweet - so you can drop the sugar to 1-2 tablespoons if desired.

But tell me, 
Did you go trick or treating on Halloween as a kid? 
What was the one treat you hoped would end up in your bucket?
For me it was anything chocolate! Cadbury Freddo Frogs were always a winner - especially if they were the top deck ones!

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