Gluten Free Crepes for the Win

by fitforthesoul in , , ,


Happy Sunday everyone!  When you think of Sundays what exactly comes to mind?  For some of us it may be church, football, sleeping in, volleyball at the beach, banana pancakes…Oh, the possibilities are just endless right?! For me it usually means a full day of fellowship with my bros and sis at church, lots of kiddos, and a tall stack of pancakes.  Okay I lie.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Here in our household, pancakes are for everyday of the week, but for some reason Sundays just give off that “pancakey” feeling.  I have no idea what I just said but if you get it, then more power to you.  :)

So why am I talking about pancakes on this gorgeous Southern California day?

Because there’s something else that I love just as much as I love pancakes, if not more—and that something is a wholesome, delicious and fruity crepe.  Crepes are so versatile due to the fact that the batter is spread out thin on the skillet; therefore, it’s easy to use almost any kind of flour regardless of its original taste.  You know that grainy and nutty flour taste that so many people seem to stay away from?  (By the way, I love that grainy taste)  Well, here’s some great news for those folks because these taste just like regular crepes despite their healthy nutritional profile! That is why this morning I was set on coming up with an easy recipe that anyone can follow.  Yes, even those who have a hard time boiling an egg can make these. ;)

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Gluten Free Crepes {Lots of Protein}

These crepes are full of protein, which helps the body sustain more energy than if one were to eat regular crepes.  They can be filled with so many different kinds of fruit, nuts, and sweeteners!  If you don’t happen to have berries and bananas readily available, then you can easily caramelize some apples on the stove, with lots of cinnamon and maple syrup sprinkled on top.  The bonus is that they’re gluten-free so they are easier to digest.  Although I don’t normally calculate calories, this one had me somewhat curious.  One serving of these GF crepes is approximately 160 cal. plain, whereas the regular ones are approximately 229.3 cal.  Pretty cool, eh?

Makes 2 large servings (around 10” diameter)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C gluten free oats (I used oats from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 3 TBSP cottage cheese
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBSP soy milk
  • 4 drops of Stevia (or other sweetener/sugar)
  • PAM oil spray

Directions

  1. Grab your food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet and grind up the GF oats. Once it’s ground up into a fine texture, add all of the ingredients into the processor.
  2. Blend it for approximately 10 seconds, or until it’s thoroughly mixed.  Stop to scrape the sides if necessary.
  3. Heat a large skillet on the stove at a low heat and spray it with oil.  Wait for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour the runny batter onto the skillet and quickly spread it evenly with a ladle or by simply tilting the pan around.  Cook each side until it starts to bubble up and it’s golden brown.  Be very careful when you flip it because it might want to rip!  So start flipping it from all around the edges very gently.   And voila!  Place it on a plate and fill it with your desired ingredients.

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I filled mine with vanilla greek yogurt, cinnamon, blueberries and strawberries.  Instead of my usual nut and seed butter, I decided to go simple and topped it with walnut pieces and caramelized bananas.   <—Those take crepes and pancakes to a whole different level!  Although I enjoy my buckwheat crepes, I think these will be my new choice for a while.  Sometimes change is good!

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I hope you have a blessed Sunday and start of the week! :D

What do Sundays usually mean to you? 

Are you a pancake or crepe type of person?

Do you count calories at all?  Or do they ever cross your mind?

-I usually don’t count calories but sometimes get an idea of how many cal. something might contain. I prefer not to keep track of them in fear that it might become an obsession.  However, I am always mindful of how much fiber and protein I get in each meal.  Wee!

Love,

Ellie <33