Brazil nut & banana crunch Saturdaes

Make the crunchy caramel and sauce ahead and these grown-up ice cream sundaes will take just a few minutes to assemble

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 6
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 742
  • fat 49g
  • saturates 22g
  • carbs 70g
  • sugars 65g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 10g
  • salt 0.22g


  • 150g pack Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • a little vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 x 500ml tubs good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 100g bar dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150ml pot double cream
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup


  1. Toast the Brazils on a baking sheet at 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 10 mins. Tip onto a separate lightly oiled baking sheet. Gently heat the sugar in a non-stick pan for about 5 mins until it melts, then let it bubble into a dark golden caramel, swirling it around the pan if it colours patchily. Pour the caramel over the nuts and allow to cool. Once cold, put half of the nutty caramel into a food processor and whizz until grainy. Smash the rest with a rolling pin to give nobbly shards. Can be made up to 3 days ahead and kept in an airtight container.

  2. Soften the ice cream for 10 mins, scoop into a large bowl or tub, then use electric handheld beaters to beat until smooth and thick. Fold half of the fine, nutty caramel through it, then re-freeze. On the day of your party, scoop the ice cream, then return the scoops to the freezer on a tray. This will make assembling the puds really simple.

  3. For the sauce, put all the ingredients in a pan, then gently heat until melted and smooth. Make up to 3 days ahead if you like, then gently reheat.

  4. To serve, slice the bananas. Spoon a little of the whizzed caramel into the bottom of 6 glasses. Add some banana, then a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle with warm sauce, add some more banana, a little more sauce, then top with shards of Brazil nut caramel.

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