I love crisp. Apple crisp in the fall, peach crisp in the summer. There seems to be a crisp for every season. You can make it for an evening treat topping it with ice cream, frozen yogurt or even a dollop of whip cream. It also makes a great breakfast or snack with a bowl of yogurt. My newest variation of crisp I created is Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp. Warm bananas tossed with chocolate chips topped with a crunchy oatmeal topping. This is so good I love to dive into it warm out of the oven with just a spoon.
Crisp is relatively a healthy dessert except for the butter. After I created the oatmeal topping for the Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins that I used maple syrup instead of butter I thought I would give it in try in this Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp as well. The maple syrup is a great substitute in this opposed to butter. It creates a crispy oatmeal crust without the additional calories and fat from butter. This recipe only requires two tablespoons of maple syrup which is about 110 calories and no fat. Butter would be about 200 calories and 22 grams of fat. If the end result is about the same, I’ll take the lesser of the two anyday. This Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp averages only 148 calories per serving.
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- Cooking spray
- 4 cups bananas, sliced (about 4 bananas)
- 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add bananas to the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- In a small bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar and coconut flakes. Stir in maple syrup until mixed together. Sprinkle on top of bananas.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown.
- Serve warm with desired topping.