Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Pancake Day! and Easy Crepes with Hazelnut Spread and Sliced Bananas Recipe

Easy Crepes with Hazelnut Spread and Sliced Bananas. 
Hey there,

So apparently today is Pancake Day, and it is very fitting that I post this recipe now. Although Pancake Day sounds awesome, my inspiration for making these came from....

I found these wonders at my local supermarket for .99 cents each, and I felt compelled to utilize this hazelnut spread/butter blend somehow. 
If you are familiar with non-vegan hazelnut spread, which by the way I used to eat with a spoon as a kid, you will love this brand!

Let's cook. Cheers!
Lucky me! 
Easy Crepes (Makes about 15-20 Crepes)

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups water, cold
1 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice (I used soy milk)
1 teaspoon almond (any flavor will do) extract
1 teaspoon unsulphured molasses, maple syrup or agave syrup (I used molasses)

*Note: If you are planning on making savory crepes or don't have molasses or almond extract on hand, then skip both or one of these altogether.

Crepe Filling
4-5 sliced bananas
vegan hazelnut spread/butter

*Note: You know what? What? Peanut butter, fruit preserves and bananas would be great as a potential filling too. Now I have to try this combination. However, if you are feeling SAVORY, then use whatever leftovers you have in your ice-box as the filling. These may include: veggie burgers, tofu scramble, sautéed vegetables and so forth.

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and blend your heart out, but not for too long.

Don't have a blender? Use a whisk instead. Be sure to whisk the batter until all the lumps are gone. You can do it!

Preheat a skillet (large or small) on a medium heat, coat it well with non-stick cooking spray, and pour in the batter. Depending on the desired size of the crepe, you can use 1/4 or 1/3 cup measurement for each crepe. I used 1/3 cup measurement.

When pouring in the batter, quickly wiggle the pan back and forth until the batter spreads 'evenly.' The first crepe is never wicked-hot, but it tastes just as good :)

Fry each crepe for about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown or crispy. This time, I wanted mine crispy, so I fried each side longer than stated. Continue doing so until all the batter is gone. Use non-stick cooking spray as needed.

Spread the hazelnut spread on each, place about 5-6 slices of bananas, fold it in half and then another half. You can also fold each into a cigar or an envelope shape.

Sprinkle with organic powdered sugar, douse with maple syrup, vegan butter or whatever strikes your fancy. Yeah! you fancy pants you!


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