Gluten free crepes are a delicious treat your whole family will love. If you are dairy-free, you can enjoy this crepe recipe too! It is also a dairy free crepes recipe, and it's perfect for making sweet crepes or savory.
This easy crepe recipe is so versatile, you can adapt the crepe batter recipe to whatever recipe you need it for. Love savory crepes? Here is a savory gluten free crepe recipe to try too!
Learning how to eat gluten free is easy and delicious when you have recipes like this one to make. I also include below what to look for if you are thinking about having gluten free crepes in a restaurant so you can ensure you stay safe dining gluten free.
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You are in for a treat today. These delicious, light crepes are not only gluten free, but they are also dairy-free. Dairy free crepes are an extra special treat! These crepes are perfect for anyone with food allergies because they are soy free, nut free, peanut free, and sesame free.
Ooh-la-la these gluten free crepes take me back to a trip we took to France, way before I knew we needed to be gluten-free. Mr. Fearless Dining and I would sit at a cafe and enjoy real French crepes with a cup of espresso. It was romantic, and just fun to sit and people watch.
I haven't really had many crepes since then. Some creperies have gluten free crepes available, one of our favorites is at our local Campbell Farmer's Market. But these crepes are not quite the same as what we enjoyed in France...they lack something.
My family decided I should try to make gluten free crepes to capture that flavor.
I have to confess I had an ulterior motive for making these gluten free crepes this week. I really wanted to teach my kids how to make crepes as well. Crepes are one of those foods that have a reputation that impresses people. If you can make crepes, you have a head start for dessert or even a savory dish."
How do you eat crepes?
Crepes are a thin pancake that is very thin and light. Crepes can be enjoyed by themselves with powdered sugar, but more often, they are filled with a sweet or savory filling and rolled. They are very common in France, although there are many variations all around Europe.
You can enjoy crepes in so many ways and my whole family loves this easy gluten free crepes recipe.
Sweet crepe fillings:
- Vanilla custard from this tart recipe.
- Your favorite fruit jam.
- Strawberries and other fresh fruits
- Top your crepes with this delicious homemade vanilla cream sauce
Savory crepe fillings:
- Chicken or sautéd vegetables topped with this easy creamy alfredo sauce.
- Broccoli and cheese crepes are a great way to get your kids to have some veggies!
- Breakfast crepes are a big hit. Fill your crepe with eggs and top with a cheese sauce.
Do you have to fill crepes?
Not at all! You can also enjoy your crepes plain without filling and just sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Mr. Fearless Dining likes to drizzle a little honey on his crepes :-).
Are crepe restaurants safe for gluten free dining?
If you decide to eat gluten free crepes at a crepe restaurant or "creperie" you will want to make sure they take some precautions to keep you safe from cross-contamination. Here is what to look for:
- Make sure the restaurant cleans the crepe pan or machine very well.
- Ensure the cook changes their gloves before making your crepes.
- Check to make sure the chef uses a clean knife to cut your crepe.
- Check ingredients of meats and fillings so there is no hidden gluten.
- To make a savory crepe batter, add 1/8 teaspoon salt and remove the vanilla.
- If you don't need this recipe to be dairy-free, substitute coconut oil for butter.
- Feel free to use real vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.
- If you don't need the crepes to be dairy-free, feel free to use regular milk.
This photo is a little blurry, I find that when I am making a video, I forget to take pictures to show you the steps. I use my camera to make the videos, so I will need to figure out a better way to get pictures of each step as well.
Here I added the dry ingredients to the bowl and I am pouring in the coconut milk. This crepe recipe is dairy-free, but you can use any milk you like and it will work beautifully.
Crepe Making Tip!
Make sure to use a non-stick pan or special crepe pan so that your crepe batter doesn't stick to the pan! Cook the crepe over medium heat for 2 minutes then flip it over and cook an additional 2 minutes on the other side.
Another so-so picture, but I wanted to show you how to move the gluten free crepe batter with the pan. I pour the batter into the middle of the pan, then I tilt the pan to move the batter into a thin circular shape.
I hope that the video helped you see how easy crepes are to make :-).
Once the crepes are finished cooking, choose your favorite filling and spread it into the middle of the crepe. There is a farmer in our local farmer's market who makes a delicious pear vanilla bean jam. It is so good in this gluten free crepe recipe!
If you love jam in your crepes, you can use a store-bought jam, or make a homemade jam to fill your crepes.
Make a homemade fruit jam:
I like to make a quick jam that will keep in the refrigerator for a week (if it lasts that long!!) I take 3 cups of fruit, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice and simmer them on the stove. I let it cook on a really low heat a long time to really blend the flavors.
Another delicious option would be gluten free Lemon curd.
Fold both sides of the crepe over the jam, and then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Enjoy!!
Here are some things that can go wrong in making crepes...and how to fix things.
Q: My crepes tear easily.
A: You may not have put enough batter into the pan, making the crepes to thin.
Q: My crepes are hard to fold.
A: You may have used too much batter and your crepes are too thick to fold.
Q: My crepes keep sticking to the pan.
A: Are you using oil like coconut oil on the pan? You want to make sure to have a light coating of oil on the pan. You can also use a non-stick pan.
Q: My crepes are lumpy.
A: You need to whisk your crepe batter a lot to make sure you get all of the flour clumps out. You can also use an electric mixer to do this.
More Delicious Gluten Free European Desserts to Try:
- Gluten Free Cream Puffs
- Panna Cotta with Toffee Crunch
- Gluten Free Vanillekipferl Cookies
- Gluten Free Pfeffernusse Cookies
- Gluten Free Flaky Pastries
- A great non-stick pan. I use a T-Fal Thermospot pan. Nothing is worse when crepes stick to the pan!
- My favorite gluten-free flour blend.
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend
- 2 1/4 cups canned full fat coconut milk, (You can use any milk)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add the flour to a large bowl.
- Stir in the milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Whisk to blend.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
- When the pan is hot, add a scoop of crepe batter.
- Tilt the pan in a circle (as shown in the video) to spread the batter thinly across the bottom.
- When you see tiny bubbles, flip the crepe onto the other side.
- Cook 20 seconds more and remove from the pan.
- Fill with jam or your favorite filling. Dust with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
(*This post was updated from an 10/17 post.)