Friday, July 29, 2011

Chocolate Nutella Banana Crepes


Leisurely summer mornings with no real schedules and definitely no alarm clocks have not taken us long to get used to.  With our mornings free of demands, Liv and I have taken to enjoying more elaborate breakfasts in place of the school morning quick and easy bowl of cereal.  While oatmeal is a favorite of mine, Liv prefers her morning meal with a little more pizazz (though I personally maintain that my Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal is pretty darn snazzy).  Requests of Buttermilk Pancakes, Vanilla Waffles and Strawberry/Mango Smoothies have met my ears nearly as soon as she wakes, but today's Chocolate Nutella Banana Crepes have become an all time favorite.

As easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!  Clockwise:  1.  Slather with Nutella  2.  Layer with bananas  3.  Fold  4.  Garnish with powdered sugar

Last summer's welcomed discovery that crepes really are not all that difficult to make has opened up a new world for us.  From plain old Strawberry Crepes to Peach Crepes to Orange Crepes, we have been stepping out and experimenting with flavors.  Most of the recipes are oft repeated, however these Chocolate Crepes have become the most frequently visitors to our kitchen.  Liv has her own splattered copy of our recipe tucked away on my cookbook shelf and now pulls it out without even asking.  She gets right to mixing and only seeks me out when it's time to flip the crepes in the pan.

Her first version from last summer had the chocolate crepe layered with a homemade chocolate sauce (I'll admit to adding a splash of Grand Marnier to mine) and Bananas, however our next summer of 2010 discovery, Nutella, has since replaced the sauce and made the concoction even easier to put together.  A simple slather of Nutella down the center of the crepe serves as a base for the sliced bananas.  Rolled and then topped with powdered sugar the crepes are rolled in a flash and ready to start you day.  (note:  prepping the actual crepe takes about 30 min).

It's not often that I gush about a flavor combination, however chocolaty Nutella topped with sweet banana and all wrapped up in that thin pancake-like crepe has me groaning with pleasure at the mere thought of the creamy decadence.


Chocolate Nutella 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
Nutella
2-3 ripe bananas, sliced
Powdered sugar to garnish
n 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.  Allow to rest for about 15 minutes.

Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray or coat with a very small amount of butter.  Pour approximately 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.  Slather with Nutella (1-2 Tbs - or more if desired) and layer sliced banana over Nutella.  Fold crepe closed, preferably with the seam side down. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Repeat the process for each crepe and serve warm - but the crepes are just as good cold!

55 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks wonderful! Must try this.

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  2. Nutella goes so well with bananas... I saw this combination on all creperies' menues and it's one of my favorite

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  3. I really need to pop by for a snazzy breakfast :-) This is another winner, ladies!

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  4. I have only one word for this recipe...HOLY COMMOLY!

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  5. Now THAT is a decadent breakfast!

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  6. Now that is a brilliant idea for an energy punch bag in the morning. Love it!

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  7. Wow! This looks fantastic! Looks like Sunday breakfast is sorted!

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  8. These do look like a special weekend breakfast:-)

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  9. I have been on a banana craze lately and these crepes look awesome. I can see why it is your favorite breakfast-yum!

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  10. I'm reading this as I'm eating cereal...not fair! I want these crepes instead!!

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  11. kris @busygirlgoodfoodJuly 30, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    LOVE this! I have fond memories of fresh crepes with Nutella on the streets of Paris. My kids will eat this up!

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  12. These look divine! Chocolate and nutella are such a great combo.

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  13. You should gush about these. I was just sitting here contemplating breakfast, I think I shall look no further. I haven't had crepes in too long. Don't you love summer, I'll miss mornings, we start school on Monday.
    -Gina-

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  14. These crepes look so simply wonderful;-) I'm loving these for a leisurely weekend breakfast.

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  15. Oh good lord do these crepes look incredible! I love anything with nutella! Yummy! :)

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  16. Yup, I'd totally groan. I'd be terrified to attempt crepes...they're for fancy-restaurant-date-night only and here you are having it for breakfast. Multiple times! So jealous :)

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  17. YUMM!!! Hubby is a huge Nutella fan, and this looks like a fabulous treat ... thanks for the inspiration. and thank you for visiting my little corner of BlogLand ..Happy LBSTP xo HHL

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  18. It would be even more delicious with a side of whipped cream! :D

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  19. Wow, that looks delicious, will have to try this soon,you've been buzzed!

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  20. Those are totally made for me ;)

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  21. WOW! I don't know which post to comment on first :) You have such great recipes! I can taste your pictures, they are so good.

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  22. Bananas+Nutella is such an amazing combination!

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  23. I can see how this is becoming such a favorite! Breakfast at your house sounds wonderful this summer :)

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  24. You reminded me how much I love crepes and that I haven't had them in forever! There is no better topping for crepes than nutella. I need to make some crepes

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  25. This looks so yummy. Haven't tried making crepes at home. I find myself inspired now.

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  26. Yummy! I've done nutella and bananas in regular crepes, but I have never made them with chocolate crepes! That sounds perfect! Thank you for this recipe, Kim! You can be sure I will be trying this soon... I feel a craving coming on :)

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  27. Hello, Breakfast! These are gorgeous, Kim. I envy your crepe making talents!

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  28. I saw these on Foodgawker and was instantly drawn to them. They look heavenly! Crepe making might be in my near future. :)

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  29. Kim, so glad you stopped by my blog Big Mama's Home Kitchen, so I could find you. I'm a new follower. All your dishes look delicious with such beautiful pictures! My girls would love these crepes, and me too.

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  30. Love this! Anything that can incorporate Nutella is a must try :)

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  31. Match made in heaven! Looks phenomenal and sound so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing nutella goodness with us!:))

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  32. Wow! Anything with nutella is always good. But for breakfast...even better! These crepes look wonderful!!! : )

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  33. OMG- those look so good! What a perfect flavor combo.

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  34. What a delicios crepe!! Nutella and bananas make a perfect combination. I usually add a few walnuts as well...

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  35. These look amazing! This is my perfect breakfast. Lovely photos too.

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  36. Hooray for new discoveries! I bet this would make a wonderful and impressive breakfast! Hope you guys are enjoying the rest of summer =)

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  37. You had me at Nutella! oo and it seems like you have a lot of good Crepe recipes on your site! Can't wait to check them all out!

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  38. A while back I posted a Nutella crepes recipe http://www.roxanagreengirl.com/2011/02/nutella-crepes.html but yours is a little different. Can't wait to try it. Love the banana filling.
    Congrats on top 9!!

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  39. A smear of nutella is good on just about anything. I put it on some doughnuts here:
    http://mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-i-atebaked.html
    And bananas here:
    http://mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com/2011/07/csa-haul-and-updated-banana-split.html
    The stuff is just YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!

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  40. Oh dear ... that is making me drool!! So nicely done .. the crepe looks beautiful and what better to use than nutella. Goreous!

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  41. congrats on the top 9 delicious nutella crepe

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  42. These are so good! It was my go to breakfast in Thailand. They call them Thai pancakes and cut them into little squares that you eat with toothpicks. Think that I will have to make some to bring me back to Phi Phi Island.

    The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.com

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  43. You deserve to be on top 9, your crep is perfect!

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  44. That is decadence times ten! What a wonderful way to eat Nutella.

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  45. Oh I need one of these NOW!
    Amazing chocolate creation

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  46. I love making and eating crepes! I always have them with bananas and nutella... but I have never made the crepe chocolate so I will have to give it a go!

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  47. What beautiful crepes! I have never tried making them on my own but these look so tempting!

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  48. We will have to make these for a lazy weekend breakfast. We love Nutella, and paired with banana, Yum!

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  49. Oh, yum yum YUM! This looks amazing.

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  50. This is a perfect breakfast for ANY season!

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  51. Fantastic blog.
    The best blog i have ever read on chocolate tempering machine.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Gorgeous crepes, the combination of nutella and bananas is just wonderful!

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  53. I'm sad to say that this is where Liv and I are going to differ...I'm not a chocolate person. However, that being said, these crepes actually look quite delicious. I may have to give them a chance since Liv hasn't steered me wrong yet. (The buttermilk pancakes have become a Sunday breakfast staple). Thanks for sharing!

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  54. What a great recipe. I've had bananas and Nutella in a crepe, but never a chocolate crepe. Yum.

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  55. Here is an authentic French crêpe recipe , taken from the index of Famous French Desserts. While it does list crêpe recipes centering around desserts, you can use this particular one for any purpose and any time of the day.

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