Super healthy & easy to make vegan crepes that are made from almond milk. Can be filled with either sweet or savory fillings !
Don't be fooled by its fancy name, but crepes are actually pretty easy to make ! Especially this recipe of mine, all you need are 6 simple ingredients that you most probably have in your pantry.
Traditional crepes are oftentimes not vegan, but I had recreated and successfully veganize them using common vegan substitutions. Almond milk instead of regular cow's milk and chickpea flour in place of eggs ( which actually works surprising well as an egg substitute ! )
🥞 Crepes vs pancakes
The biggest difference between crepes and pancakes are their thickness. Pancakes are thick and fluffy, while crepes are really thin and delicate. Traditionally, crepes are served as dinners in France and is stuffed with savory fillings like seafoods and stir-fry vegetables. Oftentimes, pancakes contain a rising agent of some sort ( think baking soda or baking powder ) while crepes do not. But in this recipe, I am using a small amount of baking powder. This is to imitate egg whites to produce a lighter and less gummy crepes.
🍌What you will need
- Use gluten-free oats to make them gluten-free.
- Maple syrup is optional in this recipe. If you are looking to make a more savory crepes, I suggest leaving it out and use a pinch of salt in place instead.
- Apple cider vinegar can be substituted with rice vinegar.
- Tapioca starch can be substituted with any other kinds of starch like corn starch or potato starch.
✅ Top tips
- Using baking powder - As this recipe is eggless, I find that baking powder works really well to prevent the crepes from being dense and gummy.
- Controlling the heat - Avoid the pan from being to hot. I recommend heating the pan with low to medium heat. Or not, the crepes are at a big risk of being burnt and I am sure no one would like that to happen !
- Allow time for the batter to rest - This step is a must in my books. This enable the flour to soak up the liquids thus preventing the crepes from breaking apart. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
- Non-stick pan / crepes pan - Trust me, a non-stick pan will making the cooking process must easier and save you some frustrations. And if you are thinking of making crepes regularly, you can consider investing in a crepes pan. But it is not necessary !
- Double or triple this recipe - They are freezer-friendly, making them a perfect quick breakfast to have on hand. Simply heat it up in the microwave oven and you will have crepes ready to go on busy mornings.
🍳 How to make
Start by placing all ingredients needed for the crepes into a blender. Let it blend at medium speed for 1- 1 ½ minutes, until the batter is smooth.
Pour it into a large bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes- 2 hours. Alternatively, you can just let it sit in the blender ( and save washing one more bowl ! )
Heat up a pan and in the meantime, give your batter a quick stir and add more water, if needed. Place ¼ cup of batter at a time and immediately swirl the batter around.
Let the batter cook for about 2 minutes, or until the top has dried out and cooked through. Carefully flip the crepes and let it cook for another 30 - 60 seconds, or until slightly browned.
Serve it with whatever fillings you want ! Below are a list of both savory and sweet crepes ideas :
🍇 Crepes filling ideas
- Maple syrup, berries and sliced bananas ( the classic ! )
- Drizzle it with melted chocolate / chocolate sauce and some peanut butter and fill it with chocolate chips.
- Homemade coconut flavored almond butter and desiccated coconut.
- Fill it with apple butter + caramelized apples
- Top it with some freshly made mixed berry compote
- Creamy vegan ricotta cheese
- Serve it with some fresh tomatoes blender salsa if you prefer something lighter
- Tofu bacon or tofu scramble for a more filling meal
- Sweet and sour chickpeas for an Asian twist
🔪 Equipment needed
❄ Storing + Freezing
Let the crepes cool down. Store it in a sealed container or zip lock bags. From here, you can choose to store them in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To prevent them from sticking together when freezing, simply place a sheet of wax paper in between every layer of crepes.
To reheat frozen crepes, simply let it thaw and heat it up in the microwave oven. Alternatively, you can use the oven to reheat them.
❔ Commonly asked questions
Yes, just use gluten-free oats in place of regular oats.
Heat up your oven to 100c / 212 F. Immediately place cooked crepes on a lined baking tray in the oven. That way, the first few crepes will still stay warm when its time to serve !
🍽 More breakfast recipes
- Healthy vegan sweet potato oatmeal muffin
- Vegan chocolate banana baked oatmeal
- Vegan banana protein pancakes
- Vegan sugar-free peanut butter granola
Vegan Almond Milk Crepes ( Easy + Healthy )
- ½ cup rolled / quick oats ( use gluten-free if necessary )
- ½ cup chickpea flour
- 2 tablespoons tapioca starch *
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar/ rice vinegar
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup ** ( optional, see notes )
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until the batter is smooth.
- Let the batter rest for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Heat up some oil in a pan ( omit oil to make it oil-free ). In the meantime, give your batter a quick stir and add more water if the batter is too thick. Adjust the heat to a medium low after the pan is heated up.
- Pour in ¼ cup of batter into the pan and swirl it immediately so that the batter spreads out. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until the batter is fairly dry on top. Then, carefully flip it and cook it on the other side for another 30 seconds.
- Continue until the batter is used up.
- From here, you can serve it with your favourite topping or/and fillings. Enjoy !