Even an indulgent treat like Banana Napoleon can be made into a low-fat recipe, with a few substitutions that preserve the flavor and texture while lowering the calories.

Ingredients for the Cocoa Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  of cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoon of water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
For the Napoleon
  • 6 graham crackers
  • 3 large bananas, sliced into 4 inch pieces on a diagonal
  • 10 tablespoons of light non-dairy whipped topping
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together  the cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of water until smooth.  Set       aside.
  2. In a small pot, combine the remaining water with the sugar.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. When it comes to a boil, remove from the heat and whisk in the reserved cocoa powder.
  3. Return the mixture to the stove and let it cook for one minute, until it thickens slightly.  Transfer the sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. This sauce can be made in advance.
  4. Break the  grahams crackers in half .  You will have 12  two –inch squares.  Place one graham cracker square on each of four plates. Place some of the bananas on each graham cracker.  Top with one tablespoon of whipped topping and then 1 teaspoon of  cocoa sauce.
  5. Top and repeat with another graham cracker, banana, whipped topping and cocoa sauce. Place a third graham cracker an top and garnish with half tablespoon of whipped topping.  Serve immediately.
Yields  4 servings, Prep time  20 min, Cooking time 45 min (including cooling)
Nutritional Information
  • Calories: 175
  • Calories from fat: 20%
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat:  2 g
  • Cholesterol:   0 mg
  • Sodium: 128 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 34 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Exchanges: 2 Carbs, 1 fat

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