Leftover Pastry Almond Banana Pinwheels

March 16, 2018
Smoked almond and banana pinwheels

 These leftover pastry almond banana pinwheels are a tasty way to use up the pastry. You can easily adapt the recipe to use whatever is in your store cupboard. Read on to find out how to make them.

Isn’t it annoying that whenever you make something with pastry there is always some leftover? When I made Chicken, Leek, Prune and Caerphilly Pie recently I had a whole sheet of puff pastry left. I could have frozen it but instead made these almond banana pinwheels.

If you are looking for something quick and fuss free these are ideal. You can make them in minutes then just leave them to bake. The finished pinwheels are great for breakfast or for an any time snack when you are feeling peckish. You will be wondering why you didn’t have more pastry to make a bigger batch.

Almond Banana Pinwheels

How to make leftover pastry almond banana pinwheels

These almond banana pinwheels are really easy to make . First, roll out the pastry into a thin square. Next, hunt in your cupboard for something to put on them. I had a jar of Nutural World Nut Butters smoked almonds spread so I used that. A thin layer was spread over the pastry. As I had some bananas that were starting to look a little ripe I mashed them.  This was spread on top of the smoked almond butter.

Once the toppings are on just roll up the pastry into a sausage. Slice this into segments about a centimetre wide. This will make the pinwheels. Finally, place on a baking tray. I put a sheet of baking parchment on the tray first to stop them sticking. Brush the pinwheels with egg wash and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 C, Gas Mark 4.

Almond Banana Pinwheels

These can be eaten warm or cold. When cold they are ideal for a quick breakfast or a packed lunch. The great thing is you can use any topping you like on the pinwheels. Jam and peanut butter, tomato purée and ham, make them sweet or savoury, the choice is yours.

Nutural World Nut Butters

Recently I was lucky enough to be chosen to take part in the Tried & Tested Taste Test Panel. Tried & Tested search for the  best in food and drink innovation from around the world and send bundles out to their panel to test. One of the products was a smoked almonds spread from Nutural World Butters.

smoked almonds spread from Natural World Butters

Nutural World Butters make their spreads with no sugar, oil or artificial flavours. The smoked almond spread combines cold-smoked almonds with a dash of Himalyan salt. The result is a savoury spread which has overtones of smoke in the flavour.

The flavour was a surprise as I was expecting the spread to be sweeter. It is delicious, a grown up version of peanut butter. My son did not like the taste as much so I think this spread is definitely one for adults.

The smoked almond flavour combines really well with the sweetness of the banana in these pinwheels. You will only wish that you had made more.

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Smoked almond and banana pinwheels

Almond Banana Pinwheels recipe

Smoked almond and banana pinwheels
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4 from 1 vote

Almond and banana pinwheels

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Alison Maclean


  • Leftover Puff Pastry
  • Mashed banana
  • Smoked almond spread
  • I egg whisked for eggwash


  • Preheat oven to 180C, Gas Mark 4
  • Roll out the pastry to a sheet about 2mm thick
  • Spread on a thin layer of smoked almond spread
  • Spoon over the banana to make a think layer
  • Roll up the sheet of pastry and cut into strips about 1cm thick
  • Brush each pinwheel with egg wash
  • Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes until baked though and golden.


You can replace the bananas and smoked almond spread with whatever is in the store cupboard.

Why not pin for later?

smoked almond and banana pinwheels. A great way to use up left over pastry

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A chicken pie is perfect comfort food and this one fits the bill.

John Torode's My My chicken Pie in dish

Pippin Pie

This is an historical pie recipe made with apples. It is a delicious sweet treat.

Pippin pie

John Whaite’s Spliced Lamb Pasties

There is nothing nicer than a pasty for a delicious lunch and these are really tasty.

John Waite's spiced lamb pasties

What is your favourite recipe to make with pastry? Let me know below.

6 responses to “Leftover Pastry Almond Banana Pinwheels”

  1. 4 stars
    That’s a nice idea with banana… I never think of ‘cooking it’ other than banana bread. Reallyinto nut spreads recently and I wasnt familiar with this brand… so will check it out, because I am always looking for 100% nuts rather than added oils sugars or salt…

  2. 5 stars
    What a coincidence. I’ve just approved a comment on my jam pinwheel recipe from a year or so ago, then come to look at your blog, only to find pinwheels. This sounds a great flavour. They are so versatile as to the range of flavours you can do. I often use up leftover pastry on either pinwheels or cheese twists

  3. Galina V says:

    5 stars
    I love the sound of the smoked almond butter. The leftover pastry almond banana pinwheels look very tasty. I’d be happy with one or two to have with a cup of coffee.

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