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Chocolate Crepes with Banana-Pecan Topping
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Grilling the bananas for this dessert recipe brings out their sweetness without adding any sugar. Whole-wheat flour and egg product in the chocolate crepes makes them higher in fiber and lower in fat.”
⅓ cup white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅔ cup fat-free milk
¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cooking oil
½ teaspoon vanilla
Nonstick cooking spray
¼ cup sugar-free caramel-flavored ice cream topping
¼ teaspoon rum extract
¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)
1Prepare the crepe batter: In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add milk, egg, oil, and vanilla; whisk until combined.
2Heat a lightly oiled 7- to 8-inch nonstick skillet with flared side over medium heat. Remove from heat. Spoon in about 2 tablespoons of the crepe batter; lift and tilt skillet to spread batter. Return to heat; cook until top is set and dry (30 to 45 seconds). (Or cook on a crepe maker according to manufacturer's directions.) Invert over paper towels; remove crepe. Repeat with remaining batter, oiling skillet occasionally. (Should have 8 or 9 crepes.) Set crepes aside.
3Peel bananas; half lengthwise, and then crosswise. Lightly coat a nonstick grill pan or large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Grill or cook bananas for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and softened, turning once. Remove bananas from grill pan or skillet.
4In a small saucepan, heat ice cream topping over low heat until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in rum extract.
5To serve, divide crepes among eight dessert plates, folding crepes as desired. Top crepes with banana pieces; drizzle with caramel mixture. Sprinkle with pecans.
Tips: Choose from Sweet 'N Low(R) Brown or Sugar Twin(R) Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Nutrition Facts Per Serving with Substsitute: same as below, except 142 cal., 75 mg sodium, 26 g carbo.
To toast whole nuts or large pieces, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.