Char-grilled banana splits with salted peanut caramel

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  • Serves 6 people

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.

  • 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)
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  • 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
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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