When I was a kid, my brother and I would have knock-down, drag-out fights at dinnertime over who got to slice off the perfectly swirled top of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spread. It makes me giggle now, thinking about how ridiculous we were. I would get so mad if he got to it before I did, almost as if the spread below was somehow tainted forever. Did we really think the top tasted any better? Maybe. Or did we both just have an inherent need to be the first one to it? Likely. As shameful as this is, even today, I still get a slight feeling of bliss as my butter knife carefully carves out that same perfectly swirled dollop of spread and I methodically slather my bread.
I have issues.
Back then, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter was a staple in our house, I spread it over toast, rolls, pancakes, corn on the cob – pretty much any vessel that allowed something to be smothered across was covered. Today, I still use it as a healthier alternative to butter when I’m cooking or baking.
When PopSugar contacted me about trying out the brand’s spankin’ new product, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Deliciously Simple™, I jumped at the chance. This version of the classic uses super simple ingredients like non-fat yogurt and vegetable oil, and what I really love is that you can recognize and pronounce every single ingredient on the package. Bonus: It has 70% less saturated fat than butter, something I desperately need right about now after my 21-day eating binge.
The texture is smooth, and spreads like a dream, while the taste is slightly salty (in a good way!) with a hint of tang from the non-fat yogurt. So in love. Both Kev and I agreed we will be using it more often instead of butter — in fact last night he made a perfectly browned and crisp grilled cheese using Deliciously Simple™. The versatility is endless.
Of course, it’s delicious with toast, slathered across thick slices of sourdough bread or dolloped on to tall stacks of pancakes, but I wanted to do something a little different instead of just using it as a spread.
Bananas foster is one of my favorite desserts of all time, and I’ve been dying to do a crepe rendition. Couple that with the fact that I’m attempting to watch my diet this month and these skinny bananas foster crepes were born.
I used this crepe recipe from Martha’s website as a loose guide in my crepe making. I subbed out part of the all-purpose flour for almond flour, and used ½ teaspoons of Deliciously Simple™ to cook the crepes. I also nixed chilling the batter, because who wants to wait hours and hours for crepe making? Not I. That’s the only thing about Martha’s recipes, they’re just a little fussy, don’t get me wrong I’ve never had anything of Martha’s turn out for the worst, sometimes there’s just an easier way, less complicated way.
The filling is also super simple with only five ingredients and a modest ten-minute cook time. Sliced bananas are sautéed with a little bit of Deliciously Simple™ and brown sugar, then hit with a splash of brandy and half & half. I served them as is, with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar, but a big scoop of slow-churned vanilla ice cream or low-fat cool whip would be heavenly.
- ¼ cup almond flour + ⅛ cup
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 1% milk
- 2 eggs
- 4 teaspoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Deliciously Simple, divided
- 4 bananas, sliced
- 4 teaspoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Deliciously Simple Spread
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- Salt to taste
- In a large bowl, whisk almond flour, all-purpose flour and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, measure out milk and then whisk in eggs. Slowly whisk egg mixture into flour mixture.
- Heat an 8-inch non-stick skillet over a medium heat. Drop ½ teaspoon Deliciously Simple Spread on the skillet and swirl to coat the bottom. Ladle ¼ cup batter into skillet, swirl to coat the entire pan. Cook until edges start to brown, about 1 minute. Using a spatula, flip crepe. Cook until other side is brown, another 30-45 seconds. Stack crepes on top of each other. Set aside.
- In a large skillet melt Deliciously Simple Spread over a medium heat, add bananas and brown sugar. Cook until sugar has melted, about two to three minutes. Add brandy and a sprinkling of sea salt, and cook another minute or two until the alcohol has cooked out. Turn the heat off and stir in half and half.
- Place bananas foster mixture on top of crepe, fold crepe into quarters. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
This post was sponsored by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® Deliciously Simple™, all opinions are my own.”