Banana Breakfast Crumble

For the last week or so, we have been being extra frugal in preparation for our trip across to the Northern Territory. Petrol is not cheap and we have a long way to go in a short period of time. What this has meant for us is eating very basic food, and using what we have in our little stores. We’ve been having noodle and pasta dishes, stir fries, salads, and the odd soup. So far we’ve been doing pretty well.

The other day we stopped at a bakery in Innisfail to check out what they had. It was late in the arvo and they were starting to prepare to close. Before we’d even purchased anything, the man there asked us if we’d like some bananas – apparently one of the local growers drops bananas to them to make banana bread but they had plenty left over. He didn’t want to waste any, and so filled up a bag with them for us. How generous was that?

We had to use them pretty quickly as they don’t really do very well in the heat of the van. So the next two mornings, we had this breakfast that I invented from our cupboard stocks. It’s kind of reminiscent of a crumble, and was so yummy.


Banana Breakfast Crumble
(serves 2)

2 bananas, sliced
1 tsp raw sugar or stevia
1 Tbsp coconut oil


¾ cup oats
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds
¼ cup almonds, roughly chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp stevia (or agave/maple syrup/sugar)
Pinch of salt

To make the topping, heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes, until the oats are slightly toasted. Remove from heat and allow to cool a little (it will become a bit crisp and crunchy!)

For the bananas, heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle sweetener over the bananas, and add to the pan when hot. Cook for a couple of minutes on either side, until they start to get golden.


Serve bananas in a bowl and top with oat mixture. This would probably be nice with a dollop of yoghurt too!

Hope you enjoy this one – we did!


The next few days we are going to be making our way up to Cape Tribulation. I’m pretty sure we won’t have reception up there, unless we find some wifi, so I’m not really sure how I’m going to go for the last few days of MoFo. Hopefully I’ll get a couple more posts in…we’ll see!


0 thoughts on “Banana Breakfast Crumble

    1. Thanks Cindy! We’ve got a friend working at the campgrounds up there so we’re going to stay with her. We weren’t originally going to make it that far but I’m glad we’ve scheduled it in, it sounds wonderful. I’ve never been to far north Queensland, and the whole area is just breathtaking!

  1. Same here, we have been extra frugal here in Buenos Aires. Making meals here is not fun and eating out daily adds up. I’m glad to know that you guys have been doing well 🙂 The breakfast crumble looks yummy with the sweet bananas! Safe travels to Cape Tribulation!

    1. It’s really hard being super frugal when you bump into places with good stuff on offer! We splurged today, so will have to lay low for the next few days to make up for it, oh well though, that’s how it goes! Thank you! 🙂

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