Nutella Recipes: Banana Crumble

Well, it’s taken me very long to pay homage to one of my all-time favourite things! My love affair with Nutella started several years ago, and I’m pleased to say it’s going as strong as ever (minus the annoyance of recently cold evenings that make Nutella jars un-scoopable). And because my sweet tooth always gravitates towards a dessert with chocolate, it was high time I reflected this on my blog. Every now and then I’ll be posting recipes that use Nutella, in a bid to win over anyone unsure of how versatile Nutella is, to provide new takes on classic non-chocolate recipes and generally be in awe of the wonder that is Nutella. Today, I’ve started quite basic with one of the easiest dishes I’ve ever made…!

You will need:

  • Two and a half ripe bananas
  • 200g Nutella (or *ahem* as much as you deem necessary…)
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 30g demerara sugar
  • 60g plain/all-purpose flour
  • 20g ground almonds

First up, slice the bananas and scatter them in your heatproof dish. Using a tablespoon, generously spoon out Nutella and spread it all over the bananas, so that you’ve got as even a coverage as possible. FYI, it says 200g in the ingredients but I’m pretty sure I finished a whole jar on this ; ).

Next, put all of the dry ingredients in one big bowl, and get physical! Making crumble mixture couldn’t be more simple; rub the ingredients together through your fingers as if you’re sifting through sand to find something. All of the butter should have mixed through properly by the time you’re done. Put this on top of the banana-Nutella already in the dish, and hey presto! Your crumble is ready for the oven.

The recipe says to leave it for 15-20 minutes, or until the top looks nice and golden, and that’s all there is! I plan on making these recipes with Nutella as easy as possible, simply because my current lifestyle means I’ve rarely got more than an hour free at home on the weekends. Let me know if there’s a specific recipe you’d like to see, simplified or just simply with Nutella added in! x

 

Monochrome & Winter Pastels

What I Wore: Jacket – c/o Blackfive, Shirt- ASOS, Skirt – Noisy May via ASOS, Bag – c/o Blackfive, Socks – c/o Barbour, Boots – ASOS, Gail’s Bakery – c/o myself to myself ; )

This outfit was very close to being ‘just another monochrome look’ (I’m not hating on black & white, but I’ve been overusing thode shades a lot recently) until I spotted the latest accessory hidden among a pile of clothing. Winter pastels are definitely ‘a thing’ but I’ve been a little hesitant to properly dabble in it without looking like an overgrown marshmallow (see recent Instagram photo), which is why subtle hints to it in the form of this crescent-shaped bag are right up my street! It’s a simple touch but it made me really love this ensemble; something about the lilac bag makes the look a little less smart and a lot more playful.

And someone definitely agreed because halfway through shooting these photos I was stopped by a special blue & brown-eyed Persian cat called Hakim! His owner told me he’s signed up to a prestigious cat modelling agency, and I completely understood why. He was so friendly he even perched up with me when I sat on the brick wall for photos – it took me by surprise that’s for sure! Though, it might have also had something to do with the little Gail’s Bakery treat I’d just bought myself ; ) x

Toni & Guy: Cool Defining Cream

Now, this might be the easiest review I’ll ever write (and my very first one!), because it’s not often that I think a hair product ‘just works’. But this cool defining cream honestly does. Before I even announced that I was collaborating with the amazing Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe team, I went for dinner with them and got the chance to receive some styling tips all about this little badboy of a cream. And now it’s part of my everyday routine: a walnut-sized portion to run through all of my hair after brushing, it slots in just perfectly! And the result is (hopefully) clear below; ridiculously smooth hair that actually stays straight. To someone with thick frizz-prone hair that is naturally crazily wavy, it’s a bit of a godsend. I’m more used to my hair resembling an attempt at straightening, prompting people to ask me if I ever have my hair straight, when that was precisely the look I was going for…! x