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Banana Crisp With Macadamia and Coconut Streusel

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Penny Lulich has won numerous awards for her baking and cooking, including the top prize in the Hubpages Recipe Contest.

4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Banana Crisp with Macadamia and Coconut Streusel

This Banana Crisp with Macadamia and Coconut Streusel is my own twist on the banana pie made at home in many island kitchens in Hawaii. Instead of pie crust, I have made a topping out of ingredients that go wonderfully with the banana filling. My filling is simple, just bananas soaked a few minutes in pineapple juice. I kept it simple for a reason. Bananas are a wonderful "stand alone" fruit, and there is so much going on in the streusel that I didn't want to add to the complexity of the dessert by adding even more ingredients to the star of the recipe; Bananas. Top this dessert crisp with some vanilla ice cream and toasted macadamia nuts, and you truly have something wonderful and delicious, any night of the week!


Cook Time

Prep time: 55 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 6-8 bananas, sliced
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal, quick oats work best
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup coconut, shredded or flaked
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 butter, melted
  • 3 cups pineapple juice

Streusel Topping Can Be Prepped Ahead

I like to begin with the oats, then add the other ingredients.
I like to begin with the oats, then add the other ingredients.
You can use light or dark brown sugar, but I like the lighter color for this topping.
You can use light or dark brown sugar, but I like the lighter color for this topping.
All-purpose flour holds it all together.
All-purpose flour holds it all together.
Coarsely chop the nuts so they will get a little more broken up in the processor when I pulse the mixture  quickly together.
Coarsely chop the nuts so they will get a little more broken up in the processor when I pulse the mixture quickly together.
Doesn't that look yummy already!
Doesn't that look yummy already!
In goes the baking soda.
In goes the baking soda.
Yum!  Butter!
Yum! Butter!
Don't over pulse.  You just want to incorporate the butter, not make a paste.
Don't over pulse. You just want to incorporate the butter, not make a paste.
Something is missing.  Oh, yes, the coconut!
Something is missing. Oh, yes, the coconut!
I purchased most of my ingredients in the bulk section of my grocery store, including this shredded coconut.
I purchased most of my ingredients in the bulk section of my grocery store, including this shredded coconut.
Stir just to mix.
Stir just to mix.
The mixture will dry out if you do not keep the bowl air tight.
The mixture will dry out if you do not keep the bowl air tight.
Refrigerate streusel until fifteen minutes before using.
Refrigerate streusel until fifteen minutes before using.

Bananas and Topping; Couldn't Be Any Easier!

  1. Place oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, and 3/4 cup macadamia nuts into 4-8 cup food processor. Pulse 2 times, quickly.
  2. Add melted butter, and pulse quickly until butter is evenly incorporated. Do not over pulse.
  3. Remove mixture from processor and place in bowl. Add coconut and mix until incorporated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  4. Next, place 1 cup of macadamia nuts on baking tray. Toast in 400 degree oven, for 12-15 minutes, or until nuts are golden brown in appearance. Nuts should be turned half way through the toasting process. Remove to bowl, and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour pineapple juice into separate mixing bowl. Slice bananas into 1/4 inch slices, and place in pineapple juice to cover. Strain and remove bananas, placing them in baking dish.
  6. Remove macadamia and coconut streusel topping from refrigerator,and let stand at room temp. for fifteen minutes. Then, completely cover bananas in baking dish.
  7. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream topped with toasted macadamia nuts.

Put This Dessert Together In No Time

Placing nuts on foil lined baking sheet helps them to toast evenly.
Placing nuts on foil lined baking sheet helps them to toast evenly.
Oh, these are so good!  I just want to eat them right now.
Oh, these are so good! I just want to eat them right now.
Pineapple juice keeps bananas from turning brown.
Pineapple juice keeps bananas from turning brown.
Make sure all the slices are covered with the juice.
Make sure all the slices are covered with the juice.
Remove banana slices with a strainer.  You don't want the liquid, just the fruit.
Remove banana slices with a strainer. You don't want the liquid, just the fruit.
Place banana slices in baking dish.
Place banana slices in baking dish.
Cover with streusel.  Gently pat down with hand making sure entire surface is covered.
Cover with streusel. Gently pat down with hand making sure entire surface is covered.
Bake until golden brown, and no longer.  Bananas do not break down like apples, so there's no need to check the fruit for done-ness.
Bake until golden brown, and no longer. Bananas do not break down like apples, so there's no need to check the fruit for done-ness.

Bananas Are Good For You

Bananas are an amazingly healthy food. Just one whole 9" banana contains a whopping 600 mg of potassium, and only carries 140 calories. That same large banana even has 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. There's very little sodium in bananas so they're great for low-sodium diets. If you're watching your carbs though, beware. One of these large bananas can add up to 36 carbohydrates.

When you add up all of the nutrients found in bananas (only a few are mentioned here), it's no wonder that it is considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Bananas are an especially important fruit for children in developing countries. With its soft creamy texture and sweet flavor, they are an easy fruit to eat. No wonder they are a favorite of young and old alike.





This Banana Dessert Is No Humble Pie!

When my husband tasted this banana crisp, he declared it an even better dessert than crisp made with apples. That's huge. We grew up in apple country, on the west side of Oregon. When I asked him what it was that he loved about the dessert, he stated, "it's just so good. It's sweet but not overly sweet. The nuts and the coconut in the streusel give it a richness that apple crisp toppings are missing."

All put together, this dessert is no humble pie. And, as the "proof is in the pudding", as they say, so this banana crisp proved itself by disappearing from our bowls, twice! We both had second helpings. Yum!

Dish It Up and Enjoy!

Try Out My Other Recipe

If you like this recipe, you might want to try out my Tahitian Vanilla and Macadamia Nut French Toast.

Calories Depend On Amt. Of Ice Cream Added

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup with ice cream
Calories 530
Calories from Fat0
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • pennylu profile imageAUTHOR

      Penny Lulich 

      5 years ago from Indiana

      I have eaten at Mama's Fish House and never asked for the dessert menu, but I am of course not surprised there is a banana crisp served there. I will have to try it out next time I go to Maui. Yum!

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      Shash 

      5 years ago

      I can't wait to make this! I had something similar at Mama's Fish House on Maui and have been longing for the recipe.

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      Penny Lulich 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Simone, I really appreciate your comments. I can't tell you how much fun I'm having with the recipe hub. It inspires me to cook! Right now I'm vacationing in a trailer so my kitchen is tiny and my cookware limited, but I'm kind of liking the challenge of seeing what I can do with what I have. My husband is certainly enjoying my attempts to create new recipes.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Woooow, this recipe Hub ROCKS! I love the step by step photo guide you've incorporated into it- SO useful. And the quiz you added to the end is so much fun!

    • pennylu profile imageAUTHOR

      Penny Lulich 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks, Moonlake!

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      Penny Lulich 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, very much, Mary615. I sure like the way the contest is encouraging me to try out the recipe hub, and to create some new dishes.

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      Penny Lulich 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Unknown spy, thank you.

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      Penny Lulich 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, Ktrapp! I love making crisps. Have you tried strawberry rhubarb crisp? That's probably my favorite.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Looks very good. Good job on the hub. Voted.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      You did an outstanding job with this Hub. Good instructions and gret photos. Good luck in the contest!

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      5 stars for this very delicious recipe! I love it!

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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Oh my gosh. This looks incredibly good. I've had apple crisp and blueberry crisp, but never banana crisp. Just the bananas in the pineapple juice looks delicious in and of itself. Very nice photos and your instructional photos are perfect if I get the chance to make this.

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