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The Napoleon

ImageI’ve been watching a lot of “Chopped” on Food Network lately, and a common dessert for those chefs is a French pastry known as a Napoleon. Usually, a Napoleon is made of puff pastry sheets with a crème or custard filling between the layers. While looking through my fridge for dessert, I found that I had one egg roll wrapper left. My imagination started going and I decided I was going to try to make my own faux-Napoleon!

Traditionally, Napoleons have only crème or custard fillings, but I decided to add blueberries to give it some more flavor since I wasn’t working with the sweetness of puff pastry sheets. A traditional Napoleon will run you anywhere from 250 to 400 calories per slice! This Napoleon-esque dessert will fill that “pastry” craving for much less!

 

Serving size: 1 Napoleon

Makes: 1 serving

Amount per serving:  143 calories- 25g carbs- 2 g fat- 3g protein- 8g sugar

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg roll wrapper (these vary between 80-90 calories each- the recipe counts for 1 80 calorie wrapper)
  • 1/3 c blueberries (or fruit of your choice)
  • 3 tbs. Cool Whip (or other whipped topping)

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut wrapper into 4 squares
  3. Place on a very lightly greased baking sheet with the edges on the edges of the pan (this helps it get crispy). Very very lightly spray the top of each square with nonstick spray (also helps crispiness).Image
  4. Bake for 3 minutes, then flip each square over and bake for another 2 minutes.
  5. Take the wrapper out of the oven and let the squares cool. They’ll look a little like this (mine are a little browner than I woulda have liked, but you get the picture :) )Image
  6. Layer the wrappers on top of each other with a layer of blueberries (or other fruit) and ½ tbs of whipped topping in between each wrapper.
  7. Top with fruit and the rest of the whipped topping.
  8. Eat!
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It’s a little crunchier than an actual Napoleon, and I ended up eating it with my hands, but it was still delicious! I can see this recipe being used with many different flavors and fruits! I may try it stacked in 2 layers with banana and honey or strawberries with chocolate! Yum!

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