Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chocolate Banana Crepes


Liv is addicted to crepes!  Good thing we discovered that crepes are super easy to make and that the little pancakes are extraordinarily versatile.  Sweet Strawberry Crepes were our first attempt so many months ago quickly followed by Peach.  Today we went a whole new direction and made the whole thing chocolate!  

After a searching for the perfect recipe we settled on an adaption to one we found on MegKat's blog.  Her photos alone gave us cravings!  A simple crepe batter mixed with powdered sugar and cocoa delivered rich, chocolaty crepes in a flash.  Her addition of a homemade chocolate sauce (we did a kid and adult version!) sent these little wraps over the top.  

Liv's first bite brought an odd look to her face giving me a momentarily thought of concern, however, within seconds her bright smile spread even broader than usual followed by, "Wow!  I have never, and I mean never, had anything this good!"  Admittedly bananas and chocolate are two of her favorite ingredients,  add in a dusting of powdered sugar and you have Liv Heaven!

The chocolate sauce made us both swoon, but I think it may have been the addition of a splash of Grand Marnier that did it for me!  I can easily see this sauce used over a chilly bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream, or better yet Coffee Ice Cream.  Overall, the crepes provided a wonderful chocolaty treat with a healthy banana addition (I think Liv actually ate 2 1/2 bananas!).  Chocolate, banana and a big smile, we have Liv's stamp of approval.




Chocolate Banana Crepes

½ cup milk (I used fat-free with a splash of cream)
1 Tbs butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs powdered sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
2-3 ripe bananas, sliced
Chocolate Sauce (recipe below)

In a medium bowl stir together the milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla.  Whisk in the cocoa powder until completely incorporated, then the powdered sugar, and lastly the flour.

Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray or coat with a very small amount of butter.  Pour about ¼ cup of the batter into the pan and swirl to form a very thin disk.  Cook for about 2 minutes then use a fork or spatula to flip, cook about 1 minute more or until completely cooked.

Place the crepe on a plate and add desired amount of sliced banana.  Drizzle chocolate sauce over the bananas and fold crepe closed with the seam side down. Drizzle with additional chocolate sauce and a  sprinkle of powdered sugar. Repeat the process for each crepe and serve warm - but the crepes are just as good cold!

Chocolate Sauce
 
1½ Tbs butter
1 Tbs milk
1 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs powdered sugar
Splash (or two!) of Grand Marnier (optional)

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat then stir in milk and Grand Marnier, if using.  Whisk in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar.  Heat gently over very low heat to keep warm enough to drizzle. 


Note:  Liv says you might want to double the sauce...  It was that good!


39 comments:

  1. wow, these look delicious and your description really makes me want to try these - so they're on my list! great recipe!

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  2. Omg, these as so wrong in a good kind of way! I'm with Liv, I love crepes. The photo rocks too. I could lick the chocolate off my screen.
    -Gina-

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  3. I am also addicted to crepes, these sound sooo good, will you make me some????

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  4. Heaven on a plate. The only way to make it better would be if there were TWO.

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  5. They look great and very tasty ! the photos are gorgeous :)

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  6. it looks absolutely amazing and I want some of it now!!! slurp! ^_^

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  7. Crepes are so delicious, but they intimidate me a bit to make myself. Thanks for making it sound simple and satisfying!

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  8. Oh my, that looks fantastic..lover of both Chocolate and Bananas..Thanks for sharing..

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  9. Liv has impeccable taste! Your crepes look perfect and incredibly delicious! I really should have waited till after lunch to open this post as my yogurt and fruit don't look very appealing any more after reading this! Great pictures as well :o)

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  10. These look insanely delicious! Love the banana and chocolate combo! Such a special treat.

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  11. Chocolate mmmm. I love the combo of bananas and chocolate. They go together so much.

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  12. OMG, my husband would love these! But even if I'm not a chocolate lover I could totally try these! Great pics!

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  13. This post makes me wish I liked bananas. You might have inspired me to try to LEARN to like them... Your pictures are really good to, I felt like I was reading Bon Appetite Magazine :)

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  14. I think that you've hit all the right notes with these lovely chocolate banana crepes. I love all these flavors and would make these in a heart beat, thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog, have a great week:)

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  15. these are absolutely irresistable! thank you for sharing this.

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  16. Wowza...these look FAB! Now I have something else to make with bananas!!

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  17. I made these once (I found a similar recipe somewhere). They are really good and tasty, but a little bit too sweet for my taste. The banana makes everything sweeter:) So I love to make these with strawberries. Absolutely love em!! :))

    Greets from BFC !!!

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  18. chocolates and banana, perfect combination.

    hey liv, save some for me the next time mommy make some of these.

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  19. These look so good! I love the splash of grand marnier in the chocolate sauce. My mum used to do that when we were kids, and we'd pour it over ice cream. You've made me think I really need to try my hand at crepes very soon!

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  20. oh, finger licking good! Love crepes and this recipe is fantastic

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  21. I have been contemplating a crepe pan for years and this recipe might have pushed me over the edge. I love the sauce recipe because it makes only as much as you need.

    Anything combining Grand Marnier and chocolate is my to do list!

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  22. Your crepes look beautiful, almost too pretty to eat. And the chocolate sauce with the Grand Marnier is wonderful. I used to make crepes a long time ago, they're very elegant I think. But I"m saving this recipe for sure!

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  23. I bet those would be great spread with nutella, too. What a fun treat!

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  24. Oh holy heaven--that looks amazing! Dangerous and amazing...

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  25. Chocolate sauce should always have a little Grand Marnier added in...wow, these crepes look amazing. Thank you for sharing them with me and thank you for your warm words today on my blog. They mean a lot to me (and to my family)

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  26. These crepes sound fantastic! Chocolate, bananas, Grand Marnier...yum! I've always been scared to try making crepes...for some reason I've built them up as a difficult thing. I think it's time to get over that and give this a try!

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  27. Picture-perfect crepe! Beautiful presentation, and oh, so yummy!

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  28. Oh boy, that looks simply amazing.

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  29. These look fantastic. I am going to give these a try tonight.

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  30. These crepes look so indulgent and fabulous.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian food photo gallery showcasing beautiful and flavorful vegetarian food.

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  31. Those do look fantastic. Your crepes are a perfect thinness too. Delicious.

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  32. Hi, I was just wondering how many crepes this recipe yields.

    Jessie

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  33. Jessie, the batter will make a good 10-12 crepes, you will have to adjust the bananas to make that many though. Also, since we posted this we have started spreading a little Nutella on the crepe, then layering it with banana, folding and dusting with powdered sugar. I never knew how well banana and Nutella went together!!

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  34. Oh yum, that crepe looks delicious! We are huge crepe fans and this recipe is now in our favourites! Thank you for stopping by our blog, we really appreciate it!

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  35. Just found this from yummly and made this. My 10 year old has a smile of bliss on his face. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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