Nutella & Caramelized Banana Crepes – Improv Challenge

by Kate on January 17, 2013

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When it comes to breakfast some of my favorites end up look more like dessert. This is one of those times. Now, don’t get me wrong 99.9% of the time I’m eating oatmeal or Kashi GoLean Crunch for breakfast but now and then, you just gotta live a little. This was one of those times. I’ve actually never made crepes before and I’ve been dying to. In fact, I really want to make a crepe cake! Have you seen those? Layers and layers of thin, airy crepes filled with all sorts of goodness then cut into slices just like a cake. Genius! That will be happening in my kitchen, especially now that I know how very easy they are to make! If you can make a pancake, you can make crepes.

As if a light, thin pancake weren’t good even all on its own the best thing about crepes are filling them. Anything, everything, sweet or savory, it can all go into a crepe. This month for Improv Challenge, our ingredients were bananas and nutmeg. Bananas are definitely a fantastic filling for crepes. I caramelized mine with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and of course, nutmeg. But one of my other favorite things to pair with bananas is chocolate and my favorite version of chocolate is most definitely Nutella!

Caramelized Banana Nutella Crepes 1

These are definitely sweet but they are strangely addicting. I couldn’t make all the crepe batter for fear of eating the whole batch myself. This is the honest truth! I made 3, let Maddy have one then I scarfed down two and said, “Self, you must absolutely not make the rest of this batch of batter.” There’s no way I would have been able to exercise self-control with these. You won’t be able to either!

Enjoy!

~K

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Nutella & Caramelized Banana Crepes

20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 crepes

Nutella & Caramelized Banana Crepes

Thin, airy crepes filled with Nutella and caramelized bananas.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Slice the bananas into circles.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt the butter, then add light brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir. Then add the bananas and cook for 2 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, lightly whisk eggs. Slowly, incorporate the dry ingredients alternating with the milk. Mix until smooth. Stir in the olive oil.
  5. Spray an 8-inch frying pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of the crepe batter to the pan and turn in a circular motion, evenly distributing the batter in the pan. Cook until the outside edge of the crêpe is light brown; then flip the crêpe and cook the other side, about 2 minutes total.
  6. Slide the cooked crêpe onto a plate. With a spoon, spread 2 tablespoons of Nutella down the middle of the crêpe. Place the bananas (which should still be warm) on top of the Nutella and roll. Drizzle with a bit of the sauce in the banana pan, if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Oprah

http://foodbabbles.com/2013/01/nutella-caramelized-banana-crepes/

Now let’s take a look at all the other lovely Banana & Nutmeg creations!



{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Mimi January 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

Looks incredible!

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Thank you Mimi!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

I want this for breakfast! And lunch! And dinner!

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

And don’t forget dessert! Never forget dessert ;) Thanks Anna!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary January 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Wow you really were on the same page! Funny thing about me; I like bananas on a bowl of cereal but I don’t love them for much else, not even banana bread. But I love them caramelized like this…sounds fantastic. I’m thinking next time you add some vanilla ice cream to yours and I’ll add some Nutella to mine? :)

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I think that sounds like a fabulous idea!! In fact, I plan on making yours this weekend :) Now that I know how easy it is to make crepes I think they’ll be making an appearance in my kitchen more often. I also want to make a savory version.

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Kristen January 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Crepes always look so fancy. What a great filling, too.

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thank you Kristen! They do have that knack for making ordinary things look pretty :)

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ChristineM January 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

yum! Nutella is so delish and with bananas, these crepes look fantastic!

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Christine! I’m so glad you think so. I have a small addiction to Nutella :)

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Robyn January 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Kate
I have made crepes once and thought they were yummy. This recipe may be the excuse I need to make them again.

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I like the sound of that! Hope you enjoy them if you do. Thanks Robyn!

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Liz January 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

These look magnificent, Kate! I’d have two for breakfast then save two for dessert!!!

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Liz! I don’t know that mine would last until dessert if I made 4 :)

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The Ninja Baker January 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Bravo, Kate for your oh so elegant crepe filled with caramelized bananas and spices.

For my Improv challenge, I also incorporated Nutella so I sympathize completely with the magic spells cast by the hazelnut chocolate spread mixed with bananas and nutmeg =)

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Kate January 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked these. Nutella truly does have some sort of magical power, doesn’t it?

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Jennie @themessybakerblog January 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

I would really love to have a few of these for breakfast this morning. They look perfect.

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Kate January 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Jennie! These are dangerously good.

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Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) January 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

You had me at Nutella. And caramelized bananas. Heck, I’d eat anything stuffed in a crepe (I share your love for all things pancakes.) I cannot wait to make these and will definitely make sure there are others around when I do otherwise I would definitely be eating these all myself too.

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Kate January 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hope you enjoy these Deanna! They’re really something special.

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Deborah January 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Oh my goodness – I’m so in love with these – I’m afraid I wouldn’t have any self control, either!! I’d love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!

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Kate January 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Thanks so much Deborah! I’ll definitely come check out your link party this week. Thanks for the invite!

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Cookaholic Wife January 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Mmmmmm crepes! Then you added the awesomeness of Nutella. It doesn’t get better than that! I must make these ASAP.

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Amy January 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

This looks amazing! I love Nutella, but haven’t ever tried cooking with it. I found your post through the LLR linky party this week. I would love it if you could swing by my blog sometime! :-) http://www.justdoityall.com Thanks!

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Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

I will definitely check out your site! Love discovering new blogs :) Thanks for the comment and so glad you like these crepes!

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Lynn January 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Nutella. Bananas. Cremes. Oh, my tummy is grumbling just thinking about that delicious combination. Pancake Tuesday is less than a month away and I know what I’ll be making!

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Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thanks Lynn! So glad I could make your tummy rumble ;)

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Lisa~~ January 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I love making crepes, have made a crepe cake and of course have filled them with nutella and bananas but your caramelized bananas in there are insane and put a wonderful dish over the top, so delicious. YUM!

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Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thanks Lisa! And that crepe cake sounds fantastic!!

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Karen January 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Nutella and bananas is a a combination up on the level of chocolate and peanut butter. Add in crepes and this dish looks to die for! A definite breakfast treat.

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Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Thanks Karen!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I am sure making the rest would be dangerous. I would love to try a crepe cake, too!

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Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

It truly would have been dangerous. I wouldn’t have had enough self control. No way!

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kelly @ kellybakes February 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm

These sound like bananas foster crepes with an extra dose of delicious (and minus that whole overrated flambe thing!). Seriously, some of my favorite flavor combinations going on here! I love the idea of an improv challenge too–I feel like I should start calling it that when I open my cabinet and see what I have to work with sometimes! Pinning these for World Nutella Day tomorrow!

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Kate February 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Ha! I hear ya, sometimes I feel the same way. Especially when I think I have all the ingredients I want and then I’m missing one. These crepes are ridiculously good! They’re really more like dessert, truth be told ;)

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Mariel April 4, 2013 at 3:09 am

Just tried out this recipe yesterday! It was super yummy!!! Thank you for the awesome recipe. :)

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Kate April 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I’m SO happy to hear you enjoyed it!! Thanks for coming back and telling me :)

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