Quick and easy gluten free crepes are a cinch to make! Whip a few simple ingredients in your blender, pour into a skillet, cook, flip, and repeat. They’re fold-able, roll-able, filled with a tangy cheesecake filling and topped with fresh berries.
Growing up, we always had a big breakfast as a family on Saturday morning. I suppose that’s where I got my love of all things breakfast 🙂 We changed it up every week: German pancakes, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and (of course) crepes.
I’m a HUGE fan of gluten free crepes because they are sooooo versatile! They’re one of the only breakfast foods that you can legitimately eat for lunch or dinner, too because you can serve them with a sweet or savory filling. (pssst! Have you tried this ridiculously easy Chocolate Crepes recipe yet??)
As a kid we even ate the leftovers as a snack by spreading melted butter on top and sprinkling with cinnamon sugar before rolling them. <—–If you haven’t tried that last one, give it a whirl with these gluten free crepes – your kids will love you forever (and you’ll be hooked).
One of the best things about this recipe, besides the fact that it’s gluten free of course, is that it is so easy to make. It’s so easy in fact, that you don’t even need a bowl, a mixer, or even a spoon. Say What?! Just grab your blender, a few simple ingredients out of your pantry and fridge, and you’re set.
You can serve these gluten free crepes any way you like. Our kids always opt for the cream cheese filling with fresh berries on top, and I’ve included that recipe as well.
Don’t be afraid to experiment though! My brother is still famous among the young members of our family for serving crepes with Nutella and bananas (are you a Nutella addict? You’ll need to try these Nutella Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats!).
In the meantime, find one or a dozen ways to enjoy these gluten free crepes. A few tips before you get started:
- I’ve been making crepes for decades. Literally. And the trick to a good crepe is to use part milk, part water for the liquid. I know, I know, it sounds weird and maybe even a little bit gross. But trust me on this one! You’ll get the perfect texture by following this rule.
- Get a crepe pan. This was a game changer for me, it really makes the crepe experience so much more enjoyable! I got mine for less than $20 and don’t have to grease it at all, plus it’s super easy to spread the batter. Here’s a link to the one I use.
- Watch the cooking time and temperature. Chances are, you’ll be tempted to flip the crepes before they’re ready. This is what causes the crepes to tear…so if the crepe isn’t holding together then WAIT! Even if the crepes are a little over-done, they’ll soften as they sit.
- Don’t go to far while they’re cooking. I am usually breaking up fights, entering kindle passwords, listening to timed readings, and checking times tables while I’m cooking dinner, so I promise they won’t be ruined if you have to step away every now and again. But try to watch them fairly closely 🙂
- Last tip: as you’re removing them from the pan, put a piece of parchment or wax paper between the crepes so they don’t sweat or stick together.
- 1 cup milk (we use 2%)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 large eggs
- 2 T butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups high quality gluten free flour (SEE NOTES)
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (OMIT if your flour mix already contains xanthan)
- 1/2 T sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup sour cream (full fat)
- 1/2 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
- 1/2 T lemon juice
- Blend eggs, milk, water, melted butter, and salt on lowest speed in a blender just until smooth (5-10 seconds)
- Add flour, (please see notes!), xanthan gum, and sugar and blend on lowest speed until smooth, about 15 seconds.
- Heat a crepe pan or large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- When skillet is preheated pour just enough crepe batter to thinly coat the pan and gently swirl until the crepe is thin and covering bottom of the pan.
- Cook until crepe is set. It is OK if the bottom begins to brown and the edges get a bit crispy, they will soften after you remove them from the heat. Flip and cook the other side. If the crepe tears as you are flipping it, it isn't ready to flip yet! Cook a bit longer and try again.
- The second side will probably only need to cook 20-30 seconds since the crepe is mostly done when you flip it.
- When done, remove the crepe to a serving plate and repeat this process with remaining batter. Put a piece of parchment or wax paper between the crepes as you remove them from the pan, so they won't stick together.
- Serve with your favorite topping/filling: Nutella and sliced banana, butter and cinnamon sugar, cream cheese filling with fresh berries, a savory filling, or even just a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
- CHEESECAKE FILLING: With a mixer on high speed, mix cream cheese with 1/4-1/3 cup granulated sugar until creamy and smooth, 2-3 minutes. Mix in vanilla, lemon juice and sour cream. This filling is not very sweet because it's meant to be complimented with fresh berries. It tastes like a tart no-bake cheesecake filling.
- Choose your flour wisely. We have tested this recipe with a variety of gluten free flours and have found that a blend with no added xanthan gum works best. This is because the eggs act as a binding agent so you don't need as much xanthan gum as most flour mixes contain. Our favorites are listed below:
- King Arthur's Gluten Free Multipurpose blend. King Arthur's makes a few different varieties of gluten free flour, so be sure to get this one, which doesn't contain any xanthan gum.
- Gluten Free Mama's Almond Flour Blend
WHEN MEASURING FLOUR: always use the following method:
- Stir the flour.
- Scoop the flour into your measuring cup using a spoon.
- Level off with the flat side of a knife.