Grain-Free Vanilla Crepes

Grain-Free Vanilla Crepes

You may recognize this grain-free vanilla crepe recipe from an archived post. But I’m posting the identical crepe recipe again, with revised instructions and rambling musings about these delicious crepes… because they’re that good.

Lately, I’ve become less interested in trying out new recipes and more interested in curating a collection of classic, time-tested, no-fail, can-make-it-in-my-sleep recipes. This is assuredly one of those recipes. For friends who have asked me to pass on my best gluten-free recipes- take note! This is a golden classic.

I make these crepes at least once a week. My favourite time to make them is on lazy Sunday mornings, but I have also been known to make them on Tuesday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Saturday evenings. There *may* have been a day when I made them twice. These crepes are 100% comfort food for me.

Besides the fact that this gluten-free crepe recipe is easy, nutritious and delicious, I love making it because I can do it on autopilot. I think I’ve literally made this identical recipe at least 99 times. I no longer think about the measurements or the process… which is really important when you’re cooking before coffee. Or when you have pressing matters on your mind, like sewing projects and work deadlines.

Actually, it is probably the ritual of making these crepes that I enjoy just as much as the honey-sweet, nutty flavour. I always use my favourite medium-sized, non-stick frying pan and my large red spatula. (I literally refuse to use any other pan or spatula. You don’t mess with a perfect process.)

I have the ritual down pat… I start by gathering the 5 crepe ingredients and surveying the frozen berry inventory. You can fill these crepes with almost anything (yogurt, applesauce, fresh fruit, or lemon custard like in the picture), but absolute perfection for me is a hot crepe, fresh from the pan, with hot raspberry sauce inside.

Once I have my crepe ingredients on the counter, I start to gently heat the raspberries in a small pot. I fire up the crepe pan on medium heat and quickly whisk the crepe ingredients. I add a small pat of butter to the pan, spreading it to evenly coat the bottom, and then pour in a scant 1/4 cup of crepe batter. Then I swish the batter around to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. I wait a minute or so, until I can easily slide my spatula underneath it to flip it. Another minute or so and it’s ready to serve. (Or eat myself. Let’s be real.)

Once I get going, it becomes a familiar dance of stirring the berries, whisking and pouring the batter, twirling the pan, and flipping the crepes. I get in the zone. And I *might* get a little bit cranky if you interrupt my state of flow kitchen dance.

I would love to tell you that these crepes are going to work perfectly for you on your first try. But crepes, like pancakes, can be a tricky business. And, if you’ve worked with almond flour before, you know it’s not as forgiving as glutenous flour. In my experience, making these crepes comes down to a combination of the right pan and flipping tool, optimal heat and patience. Honestly, when I make this recipe in someone else’s kitchen, I struggle to get the crepes just right as I adjust to a different stove, frying pan, and non-red spatula.

My recommendation is to stick it out and figure out what combination of pan and cooking time gives you the perfect crepe. It is all about perfecting your kitchen dance. Once you get it down, there is no going back. Crepes forever.

Grain-Free Vanilla Crepes

Grain-Free Vanilla Crepes

Grain-Free Vanilla Crepes

  • Servings: 6 crepes
  • Time: 20-25 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients


-1/2 cup finely ground whole almonds (almond meal)
-5 large eggs
-2 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp vanilla
-1/4 tsp salt

-butter or coconut oil, for greasing the skillet

In a large bowl, mix almond meal with a fork to ensure there are no clumps. Add remaining ingredients and whisk vigorously until all ingredients are combined.

Heat a medium, non-stick skillet over medium heat. It is ready when a sprinkling of water sizzles and rolls into tiny balls.

Add 1 tsp of butter or coconut oil to skillet and swirl until the pan is lightly coated.

Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the centre of the pan, swirling the pan until the batter lightly coats the the entire pan but doesn’t climb up the sides. If it doesn’t totally cover the bottom of the pan, add a little more batter.

Cook until small bubbles form on top of the crepe, about one minute.

Using a flexible spatula, slide under the sides of the crepe to loosen. If it is hard to loosen the crepe, allow it to keep cooking until it loosens easily. Slide the spatula under the centre of the crepe and flip the crepe over in one fluid motion. The top should be golden.

Continue cooking for another minute or so, or until both sides are golden.

Transfer the crepe to plate and repeat the process with remaining batter. Make sure to whisk your batter between every crepe. (This is really important, because the almond flour wants to settle to the bottom.)

NOTES:

These crepes freeze very well. Cool them first and then stack them with a piece of parchment paper between each one. Store in a large resealable freezer bag.

5 affordable instant download art prints for your kitchen

Kitchen Art (1)

Hanging art instantly adds personality to a space. My preference is a few large, statement pieces, which leads to me agonizing over finding that “perfect piece.”

Recently, I’ve discovered the easy joy of downloadable art prints. I use Etsy to find a piece that I love, I pay to download the file, and then I send it to a local print shop to get it printed for a few bucks. The trick is to make sure your Etsy selection is labelled as a a printable or an instant download before you buy it. (You aren’t paying to have a physical print delivered.)

I like this way of adding art to my walls because its inexpensive, I can print it in almost any size, and I am paying (and can interact with) the artist directly.

I found some kitchen art prints on Etsy that are on point for my preferred kitchen vibe. They are all typography-based (because that’s my jam), but there’s a huge variety of styles available on Etsy. My picks below range from $5 to $7 CAD.

 

Inexpensive downloadable kitchen art from Etsy

This sweet and simple print from Limitation Free adds a fun touch to a kitchen. You could print it small and hang it between your counter and upper cupboards, or print it poster-size and hang it above your table. About $7 CAD.

 

Hangry Definition Print

This awesome print from PxlNEST on Etsy tells the truth. About $7 CAD.

 

Dancing Print

How darling is this whimsical art print from from WishfulPrinting on Etsy? And yes, my kitchen does frequently host dance parties. (Often of the music-blaring, solo dancing variety.) About $5 CAD.

 

Kitchen Print

I bought this verb-erific print from WallThreads on Etsy, just in case I forget what I’m doing in the kitchen and need reminded. About $7 CAD.

 

Tasty Print

This one is my personal favourite, mainly because I’ve always been fascinated with the word “umami.” Really, who throws around a word like that to describe their soup?  This tasty print is also from WallThreads. (I bought it and I LOVE it.) About $7 CAD.

What do you think? Would you add any of these prints to your kitchen walls? Have any other kitchen art recommendations?

PS. None of these are affiliate links. I just like these prints and wanted to share my finds. If you also like a print, you can buy and download it instantly from the Etsy artist. Also- some shops have sales, so watch out for promo codes if you’re planning on ordering a bunch. 

…And I’m back!

eggsHello again.  The blog has been dormant for such a stretch that I’m guessing you may have wondered if I was ever coming back.

My real-life friends have almost stopped inquiring when I’m posting a new recipe, although I’m still running into acquaintances who ask, “Aren’t you doing some kind of food blog thing? How is it going?” To which I sheepishly mumble something vaguely coherent while averting eye contact. Continue reading

Strawberry & Lime Sparkler

SparklingStrawberry4This Strawberry and Lime Sparkler is a light and refreshing non-alcoholic drink.

It is a thirst quencher that is perfect for sipping by the pool or on a warm summer evening.

This virgin drink  is made with fresh strawberries, muddled with a spoonful of raw honey and a generous squeeze of lime. Add ice and sparkling water; sit back and enjoy.

Does summer get any better this?
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