Banana-Stuffed Faux Crepes

>> Monday, September 20, 2010

Good morning! By now you know we love a good breakfast recipe -- and this one is certainly a keeper. Here's how it all started: We're slightly (OK. TOTALLY) obsessed with Flatout Bread right now. Wraps in general, really. We use them for our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Impromptu (and super healthy) pizzas. We even toast them to make pita "chips" and dunk them into hummus.

Then on Saturday, I got this idea to make French toast with them. Thing is, I quickly realized they were going to turn out way more like crepes than French toast. Crepes, at least for me, are difficult impossible to make. We made some great vegan crepes a year or so ago, but my more recent attempts (2 of them, in fact) went horribly wrong. So, forget all the mixing and tricky flipping. Just follow this recipe . . . and you'll be golden brown in no time at all.


What you'll need . . .
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 4 flatout bread slices (we like the Light, Original kind for this recipe)

Method . . .
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to vigorously mix together the banana, almond/soy milk, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and chia seeds. Mix until the consistency is smooth and there aren't any lumps.
  2. Then pour the mixture into a shallow dish big enough for dunking.
  3. Cut the flatout slices in half (not lengthwise, you want like two square pieces from each, not two long skinny pieces). Then dunk each (one or two at a time) in the wet mixture.
  4. Heat a pan over medium-high heat on the stove. Pour onto it a little oil. Then -- one at a time -- place each soaked piece of flatout on and cook on both sides until golden.
  5. Keep repeating with the remaining pieces, if you just want crepes.

If you want to take things up a notch and make banana-stuffed faux crepes, here's what you need to do.
  1. When you're "done" cooking a piece of the flatout bread, keep it on the heat and place half a banana on one corner.
  2. Then roll it up and place seam-side down on the pan (yes, you're still on the heat now).
  3. Flip over and cook -- again -- just briefly. You're mostly warming the banana at this point.
  4. Then remove from heat and repeat with the remaining pieces.
Sprinkle everything with cinnamon and powdered sugar. We served ours with maple peanut butter, though syrup would work wonderfully, too. To make the peanut butter, just mix a part peanut butter with a part maple syrup. Equal proportions.


I'm pretty sure you can make these with any other kind of flat bread/wrap that has a texture and thickness similar to flatout. If you try and succeed or fail, please let us know!

Did you have any out-of-this-world delicious or unique weekend breakfasts or brunches? Tell us all about 'em! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com. And stay tuned for our weekend recap.

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