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Chocolate Dessert Crostini with Banana & Walnut

Chocolate Dessert Crostini with Banana and Toasted Walnuts

I was in dire need of some sumptuous chocolate today … and didn’t have much time … so I whipped up some chocolate crostini  … so yes I confess, I did just make up a fancy name for “chocolate ganache frosting on toast” … but we’re talking about that dreamy whipped chocolate ganache I made for my daughter’s cake … oh my it is so good. Rich, decadent, creamy chocolate taste. And it’s really pretty healthy when you think about it … there are only 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole recipe. And a whole bunch of egg whites. Excellent source of protein!

You see, there was some ganache left after I frosted the cake and I just couldn’t let it go to waste … and this ganache really does elevate toast to fancy dessert status. Besides, having it on toast has to be healthier than cake, right? I added a little extra healthy goodness by adding bananas and walnuts. That counts, right?

Okay, so it’s not total health food, but it’s not THAT bad for you. And it satisfied my chocolate craving. That’s the important part. Because who knows what I would have eaten if I hadn’t made that nasty craving go away … see that’s the trick to staying skinny. Not avoiding your cravings, but satisfying them without over-indulging. To satisfy a craving, you need something that TASTES totally decadent. (It doesn’t have to actually BE totally decadent, but it has to TASTE totally decadent.) Don’t settle for anything less. That cheap chocolate will just leave you longing for more. And you know where THAT goes …

Chocolate Dessert Crostini with Banana and Toasted Walnuts

Chocolate Dessert Crostini with Banana and Toasted Walnuts

  • French bread, sliced thin
  • Whipped Chocolate Ganache (recipe here)
  • Banana slices
  • Toasted walnuts

Toast the french bread lightly, and spread each little toast with a good thick layer of ganache. Top with banana slices and a few toasted walnuts. Serve immediately. Seriously, this is so simple, but it works! The crunchy toast with the creamy decadent chocolate and then the sweet bananas and toasty walnuts on top … mmmm.

Chocolate Dessert Crostini with Banana and Toasted Walnuts

I really need to ditch the purple nail polish from the birthday party sleepover … it’s so distracting …

This recipe was shared at Sweet & Simple Sundays and Newlyweds Recipe Linky.

9 responses

  1. This looks HEAVENLY!!!! You ROCK :)

    May 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Lauren :)

      May 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

  2. PolaM

    What a wonderful way of eating dessert! I could probably eat a whole baguette dressed that way!

    May 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    • Ann

      it was definitely fun … thank you so much! I’m so pleased you thought so too :)

      May 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  3. Wish I read this before I ate some low quality chocolate that I had sitting around that I really did not need. You may have talked me out of it. And the crostini look awesome. I have to try this ganache!

    May 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    • Ann

      I am discovering new uses for that ganache every day! Yesterday I mixed some ganache with some plain yogurt to make a chocolate yogurt parfait. Now it’s all gone though! I think I might have to make another batch …

      May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

  4. Shannon McCarthy

    Looks incredible; thanks for sharing. My husbands birthday is coming up and I may give these a shot as part of his 60th bday celebration.
    - Shannon @ Crumb Cake Creations, LLC

    July 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

    • Ann

      Shannon I think that’s a great idea! Happy birthday to your husband :)

      July 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

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