|Chia Date Nut Crumble atop sliced bananas; placemat from Bed Bath and Beyond|
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Flexibility in the Kitchen
Recently I posted this picture of a dessert Beloved and I enjoyed while watching a movie at home on an unusually cold late summer's night. My focus in that post was more than food, so a recipe was not included.
However, since that time, one of my most faithful readers, The Cook on Fifth Street, has written to request the how-to of this easy dessert.
Banana with Chia Crumble Topping
1 banana per serving, sliced
1 Tbsp (per serving) Tollhouse Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels*
1 Tbsp Chia Crumble Topping, per serving (recipe follows)
Place one sliced banana in a small bowl. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a glass measuring cup in the microwave by cooking on HIGH for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat. Do this as many times as necessary until the chocolate can be spooned over the sliced bananas. Sprinkle the Chia Crumble Topping over the melted chocolate.
Chia Crumble Topping
1 cup walnuts
1 1/3 cup Medjool dates, tightly packed
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
Slice each Medjool date in half; remove and discard the seed.
In a food processor pulse together the walnuts, Medjool dates, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and salt. The mixture should be crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the melted chocolate. Store leftovers of the Chia Crumble Topping covered in the refrigerator.
Depending on availability in your area, some of the ingredients may have to be purchased from a health foods store. But in reading the recipe, you get the idea that it's just a mixture of finely-chopped nuts and dried fruit. You can substitute raisins or dried apricots, etcetera, for the dates. Use any nuts you prefer, and substitute poppy seeds, ground flax seeds, or omit the seeds entirely.
We all learn to be flexible in the kitchen when certain ingredients aren't on hand. While typing up this post, I decided to make up the recipe again, but we were out of bananas. So in their place I diced up a yellow apple, combined it with some applesauce, and then topped that with the melted chocolate and Chia Crumble Topping.
*Tollhouse Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels are gluten free