Banana Caramel Pockets

banana caramel pocket

It’s VDAY tomorrow! Vday actually sounds pretty dirty.. let’s just stick with Valentine’s Day.

In all the years we have been dating, Grant and I have never really done the big Hallmark Valentine’s Day. Instead of buying big expensive gifts for each other we make homemade cards and make a meal together. This year Grant is tasked with the main course and I have dessert. We’ll probably get a nice bottle of wine and watch a movie. We are SO romantic.

Grant decided for his main course he is going to make something complex that uses pots, pans, blenders, and mashers… all so that I can experience the aftermath of what I usually do to our kitchen. My dessert is going to be pretty simple. Maybe some chocolate dipped strawberries? Did I ever tell you guys Grant had chocolate dipped strawberries when he proposed? No? Well he did.. so it’s our thing now.

open pocket

Grant also loves cheesecake but it was his birthday on Tuesday and I bought him some mini cheesecakes so I’m not going to make anything cheese cake flavoured. Grant isn’t a huge fan of chocolate (the horror) so I’m not doing anything drenched in chocolate either.. boo. Instead I made these delicious little pockets! Let’s see if they last until tomorrow..

Did you know Pillsbury crescent rolls are vegan? I didn’t.. until a few months ago when I read one of those “you won’t believe these things are vegan” articles. I never buy them but when the idea for these pockets came to me I knew they would be perfect. They aren’t the healthiest but they sure make an easy dough!

These little pockets come together so quickly and they really do taste like caramel! Oh yaaaa.. sorry, there isn’t actually any caramel in these.. just dates. But we love dates? Right?

caramel pocket

Treat yo self, friends.

Chocolate Banana Caramel Pockets
Makes 8 pockets

  • 1 pkg Pillsbury crescent roll dough
  • 8 dates
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life vegan chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Powdered sugar

1) Soak dates in water for about 20 minutes. Drain and squeeze them gently with a paper towel. Take the pits out.

2) Add dates to a food processor with the peeled banana, salt, and flax seeds. Pulse for 30 seconds or until well combined. Scoop into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

3) Preheat oven to 375F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove date/banana mixture from freezer.

4) Open the crescent roll container and separate each triangle from the giant square (you should get 8). Take a triangle and put about 1 tbsp of the date mixture in the middle. Fold the dough over and pinch the sides together (should make a triangle). Use a fork to seal the sides shut. Place on baking tray. Repeat until all the triangles are used.

7) Bake on the baking tray for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

8) Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool completely.

9) Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave (about 1 minute). Once melted, use a spoon to drizzle on each pocket. Place in the fridge to harden slightly. After 10-15 minutes, dust each pocket with powdered sugar.

caramel pocket

And yes Davida, I made this for The Great Valentine’s Day Healthy Bake Off! Make sure you check out The Healthy Maven tomorrow for lots of great recipes :).

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

12 responses to “Banana Caramel Pockets

  1. I would not have guessed that Pillsbury crescent rolls are vegan. What a fabulous way to use them! Dates, banana, and chocolate together just makes my heart sing.

    John and I are going out for dinner in Toronto tomorrow and spending the night in the city so that we can go to the St. Lawrence Market and the aquarium on Saturday!

  2. Chocolate. Banana. Caramel. Are we talking about heaven in pockets?! These look amazing, Christine!
    I’ll be packing for my move tomorrow so I won’t do anything special but I’ve actually never celebrated Valentine’s Day before. However, if I ever did your way would be my perfect idea of it, too. I don’t like the whole commercialized gift-buying and making a big fuss, either. And it’s so cute Grant brought chocolate-dipped strawberries for his proposal. Keeping my fingers crossed that any future husband will do that for me, too :).

  3. That sounds pretty romantic to me! My kind of Valentine’s Day :) These look absolutely delicious! And no, I didn’t know those rolls were vegan…who knew?!

  4. I think everyone just drooled over these at 7 am…. haha

  5. Thanks for linking up!!! I’m desperately wishing I had these in front of me right now! There’s no food in the house (minus lava cakes) so I am epicly hungry! Come save me.

    And I legit said “awwww” when I read that grant had chocolate covered strawbs! I need to hear the entire engagement story on Sunday. I’m a sucker for all things love ;)

  6. Pilsbury rolls are VEGAN!! Mind. Blown.

  7. wow I had noooo idea they were vegan! Well that’s pretty freaking cool. And I love what you did with them here! So special but not super complicated- those make the best desserts :)

  8. OH MAN do these look good!! Anything with banana and caramel sounds like a match made in heaven :)

  9. Love this idea… why do I never think of pockets? And did not expect Pilsbury rolls to be vegan…

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  11. These look amazing! What a combination!

  12. These are so cute! (And no – I sure didn’t know that Crescents are vegan!?!?!) I’m totally with you on the homemade dinner and cards – 1000x better than store-bought, for sure! :D

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