Banana Crepes {With Walnuts!}

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This simple crepe recipe is filled with an easy custard filling, plenty of bananas, and chopped walnuts. Banana Crepes are easy to make — the actual crepes and custard can be made ahead of time so when you’re ready to serve, everything comes together in a flash.

Serve Banana Crepes with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, maple syrup (or this vanilla sauce), homemade whipped cream, a few additional banana slices, and a good handful of chopped walnuts. These crepes make the perfect fun breakfast or brunch! Or, you can jazz them up for a special Valentine’s Day treat by cutting the banana slices into hearts.

Overhead photo of a plate of Banana Crepes. Bananas are cut into heart shapes!

There’s nothing that says “Valentine’s Day” to my boys like a homemade breakfast/brunch. While I’ll make pancakes (or waffles), bacon, and eggs quite frequently for them, they love something a little extra like homemade crepes, homemade cinnamon rolls, or this bread pudding recipe.

So stuffing homemade crepes with a creamy filling, one of their favorite fruits (bananas), and favorite nuts (walnuts) — well, that is enough to really make them feel loved and special. In fact, I’m pretty sure these Banana Crepes would make anyone feel special this Valentine’s Day! 

Walnuts being chopped for Banana Crepes.

How to make Banana Crepes:

  • Blend: Add milk, flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, and eggs to a blender, and process on low speed until well combined — just about 10 seconds if you have a powerful blender!
  • Chill: Chill the crepe mixture for at least an hour. (The batter can chill overnight if you want to make the crepes without waiting in the morning.)
  • Cooking the crepes: Once the mixture has chilled and you’re ready to make the crepes, give your mixture a quick stir. Next, lightly butter a large skillet. (You don’t need a special crepe maker!) Lift the pan and pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into the pan. Immediately tilt and swirl the pan in a circular motion to evenly coat the entire bottom portion of the pan with batter. Once the crepe is golden brown (about 1 minute), use an offset spatula to lift the edge of the crepe and flip to the opposite side. Cook the other side until golden brown spots appear.
  • Make the custard: Prepare the easy stovetop custard and Refrigerate. Once it’s chilled through and thickened, Spoon some on to one half of the crepe. Top it with thinly sliced bananas and lots of chopped walnuts; fold it in half and in half again to form a triangle (or roll it up like a burrito).
  • Enjoy: Add a drizzle of syrup and some whipped cream (both optional), and garnish your crepes with heart-shaped banana slices and chopped walnuts.

Image of the eggs being added to the crepe mix in the blender.We Love Walnuts!

Adding walnuts to the filling of these Banana Crepes (and as a topping) enhances both the flavor and the texture of the crepes (we definitely need the “crunch” factor with all the creaminess going on), while also offering good fats (13g/oz polyunsaturated and 2.5g/oz monounsaturated fat), protein (4 g/oz), and fiber (2 g/oz). Walnuts are nutritious and have a variety of potential health benefits. So beyond their delicious flavor, it’s definitely a bonus you’re adding this nutritious component to these Banana Crepes.

Don’t you love it when eating healthy tastes great?!

Picture of the vanilla custard that goes into these Banana Crepes.Image of the crepe mixture being added to the pan to make Banana Crepes.

Crepe making tips:

  • Refrigerate the batter for at least one hour. Refrigerating the mixture after it’s been blended relaxes the gluten and makes for light, airy crepes.
  • Butter the pan: You want to make sure you have enough butter to evenly cover the bottom and parts of the sides of your frying pan. Your first crepe may be a bit crispy and buttery, but the following crepes should come out perfectly. The initial butter you apply to the pan should last for at least 5-6 crepes.
  • Don’t flip it too soon: Make sure you wait until the surface of your crepe starts to get golden brown spots, the edges have started to brown, and it is no longer shiny. If you flip it too early, the crepe will tear.
  • Immediately swirl the batter: It’s vital that as soon as you pour 1/4 cup of batter onto your heated frying pan, you immediately swirl the batter evenly around the whole base of the frying pan. If you wait at all, the batter will start to cook, and you won’t get that thin, delicate crepe.

Overhead image of the ready-to-eat Banana Crepes.

Serve these banana crepes alongside the following:

Image of the syrup being added to these banana crepes

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Banana Crepes with Walnuts

This simple crepe recipe is filled with an easy custard filling, plenty of bananas, and chopped walnuts. Banana Crepes are easy to make -- the actual crepes and custard can be made ahead of time so when you're ready to serve, everything comes together in a flash.
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Banana Crepes with Walnuts

This simple crepe recipe is filled with an easy custard filling, plenty of bananas, and chopped walnuts. Banana Crepes are easy to make -- the actual crepes and custard can be made ahead of time so when you're ready to serve, everything comes together in a flash.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, French, Vegetarian
Keyword banana crepes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 25 crepes
Calories 145kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Crepes

  • 2 and 1/2 cups whole milk (for best results, do not use lower fat milk)
  • 2 cups white all-purpose flour, measure by spoon and level
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (plus additional butter for the pan)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • Additional melted butter for greasing pan

Custard

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 firm bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Top Crepes with:

  • 1 banana, thinly sliced (cut slices into hearts if desired)
  • 2-3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • whipped cream, maple syrup, optional

Instructions

Crepes

  • Add milk, flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, and eggs to a high-powered blender. Blend on low speed until well combined, about 10-15 seconds.
  • Scrape sides and bottom of the blender if there's any flour sticking, and blend a few seconds longer. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight if desired).
  • Heat an 8 to 10-inch NONSTICK skillet over medium to medium-low heat. Remove the batter from the fridge and give it a quick stir. Set out a large tray. Cut small squares of parchment to separate crepes. Remove the batter from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir.
  • Lightly butter the skillet with melted butter and a pastry brush or paper towel dipped in the butter. Barely lift the pan off the heat and immediately pour 1/4 cup batter into the pan. Immediately, and working quickly, tilt and swirl the crepe pan in a circular motion to evenly coat the bottom of the pan with batter. Return skillet to the heat.
  • Cook until the crepe is golden brown on bottom (1-2 minutes); use an offset spatula (I like to use a rubber spatula) to lift an edge of the crepe. Gently grab that edge of the crepe and using your fingers and the spatula, flip the crepe to the other side. Cook until golden brown spots appear (another 1-2 minutes) on the bottom; remove to the prepared plate/tray. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper on top of the crepe. (See Note 1.)
  • Repeat until all of the batter has been used. If crepes are cooking too quickly, reduce the temperature of the burner as needed and alternatively increase if they are taking longer than 1-2 minutes per side to cook.

Custard

  • In a small pot, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Heat on medium-high heat; gradually add in the milk while whisking constantly. Cook and stir until thickened and slightly bubbly, about 3-5 minutes. 
  • Reduce the heat to low. Cook and stir for 2 minutes longer and then remove from the heat; let cool for 1 minute.
  • Meanwhile, place 3 ROOM-TEMPERATURE egg yolks in a small heat-safe bowl. Stir a small amount of hot milk filling into egg yolks while whisking constantly. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the pan, stirring constantly. Return the pan to medium heat and bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Assembly

  • Place one crepe on a plate. Spoon the custard on the bottom half of the crepe and top with thinly sliced bananas. Add a sprinkle of chopped walnuts on top. Fold the crepe in half and then in half again to form a triangle.
  • Top with desired toppings: whipped cream, maple syrup, heart-shaped banana slices, and/or finely chopped walnuts. (See Note 2.) Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: You can stack the cooked (completely cooled) crepes with parchment paper, place them in a large ziplock bag, and refrigerate them for 3-4 days.
Note 2: Instead of maple syrup you can top these crepes with this "caramel" syrup.
Nutritional information includes the custard, but not the optional whipped cream and syrup.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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