Gluten Free Crepe Recipe

Our son’s first grade class spent the two weeks before Christmas break “traveling around the world,” learning all about different countries and cultures. They all made cute little passports (with photos and everything!) and in one week they “went to” Russia, Spain, Mexico and finally stopped in Paris on the day I volunteered. So their wonderful teacher brought in her electric skillet and all the makings for chocolate crepes! They had a super fun, yummy time. So much so that my dear son brought home the recipe and excitedly said he’d like to make crepes for breakfast the next day.

(As you may have guessed, our son isn’t Celiac and is allowed to eat gluten outside the house. Here inside, we’re completely gluten free.)

So I had to quickly come up with a gluten-free version. I have to tell you that this is a very familiar recipe for me. Many years ago when I was waitressing my way through film school, I would get roped into being a “dessert girl” at the fine restaurant at which I worked. This was a lowly position that no one wanted (no tips and a low hourly wage) so I’d begrudgingly push that dessert cart around the place once a month or so. But those few nights of nearly searing my eyebrows off concocting Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster also lead me to now being able to make my 6-year-old son happy with real professional grade crepe making.

Sans my little cart stocked with 151 rum for my flaming desserts, I gladly gerryrigged a little dessert cart of our own (dining room table with electric skillet) and attempted to channel my long dormant inner Dessert Girl. And it worked! The crepes came out WONDERFULLY! In fact, they were so great that they’ve been requested several times in the two weeks since “visiting” France. :) So I figured I’d share my gluten-free crepe recipe here.
(CLICK HERE FOR A PDF GLUTEN-FREE CREPE RECIPE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND PRINT)

______INGREDIENTS______
1.5 cups of gluten-free pancake mix (Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix or Simply Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix)
1 Tablespoon sugar
2.5 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Favorite Crepe Fillings (see list for suggestions below)

______DIRECTIONS______
Measure pancake mix and sugar into bowl.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Beat until smooth.
Preheat skillet on Medium.
For each crepe lightly butter skillet
Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto skillet (for thinner crepes, “pull” batter across pan with edge of spatula)
Cook until bubbles appear in batter and batter looses it’s shine as it becomes firmer
Carefully flip and briefly cook other side until done.
While warm, spread favorite filling thinly across middle of crepe.
Roll crepe and sprinkle with powdered sugar. (Remember: If you’re newly gluten free, get rid of your old sifter!! It’s full o’ gluten!!)
Enjoy!!

_____Favorite Crepe Fillings_____
Fresh Fruit: Apples, Pears, Bananas, Blueberries, Strawberries.. anything you want!
Jams & Jellies Strawberry, Blueberry (“Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves are the best!!!), Raspberry, Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter (this was my favorite ’cause it’s during the holidays)
Nut Butters Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Almond Butter…
Pie Fillings Cherry, Blueberry, Apple.. (All Comstock Pie Fillings were gluten-free when I checked earlier this year… But I should double check to be sure. Will post back later…)
Chocolate Spreads Nutellais gluten free! Yeay! (Dairy free and peanut free too: it’s a hazelnut spread) Chocolate Dessert Crepes dusted with powdered sugar. Yum! This was by far my little man’s fave (of course: it’s dessert for breakfast!!)
We also use Natural Nectar Dark Choco Dream Spread – it’s fair trade & gluten free (we get it at Whole Foods)
Chocolate Chips (make sure the brand you use is gluten-free!)
Applesauce (can get messy ’cause it’s so wet, but my 6 year old loved the mush!)

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7 Responses to “Gluten Free Crepe Recipe”

  1. Liz Wells 08/19/2012 at 11:12 AM #

    GREAT Recipe!! I just made a savory crepe with Turkey, white cheddar and basil. It was fantastic!!
    Then we made the nutella crepes that rocked our socks off!
    Thank you !!

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    • noi 08/29/2012 at 9:28 AM #

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it Liz. Your savory turkey crepe sounds DELICIOUS. Thanks for that great idea!!

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  2. Jennifer 04/24/2012 at 10:28 PM #

    This looks like a great recipe, can’t wait to try it. However, in the fillings section, you list Nutella as dairy free, and it definitely is not! There are hazelnut spreads available that are dairy-free, but Nutella unfortunately is not one of them.

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    • noi 05/13/2012 at 9:49 PM #

      Whoops! Sorry about this! You’re totally right, Jennifer. Nutella is NOT diary free!!
      There’s another dark chocolate spread that I’d been getting.. I can’t remember the name of it. I was getting it at Whole Foods… I’ll have to look and see the name of it next time I go.
      Thanks for catching this mistake!!

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      • jennifer 01/01/2013 at 8:31 PM #

        Whole Foods sells Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend. It is gluten free and dairy free. It is not quite the same as Nutella, but a good substitution. My son loves it!

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        • noi 01/01/2013 at 11:09 PM #

          Oooooh…! What a great idea Jennifer! We love Justin’s choc hazelnut butter (our son loves making ” apple monster mouths” with apple wedges covered in it with cashew pieces stuck in for “teeth”). But I never thought to put it on a crepe – what a fab suggestion! Thx!

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