I was recently sent a soup maker in the mail. It has become one of my favourite small appliances because of it’s versatility and ease of use. What does that have to do with these crepes, you ask? I made them in it. It’s not just a soup maker, peeps, and you can find it here –> Soup maker.
I’ve used my soup maker to make an abundance of different recipes, such as: soup (duh!), smoothies, juices, pancakes and my favourite, alcoholic beverages. It’s truly simple to use and does all of the cooking and blending for you, allowing time to clean up your kitchen, or do something more fun, like snack while you wait for your food. If you have a soup maker, or are thinking of purchasing one, check out my Instagram account for some more fun recipes to make in it – @nevernoteatingca
So let’s talk about these crepes. Firstly, I struggle to call them “crepes,” because as a kid, my family and I only ever ate “Finnish pancakes,” which were more crepe-like in appearance, but were never referred to as crepes. Those were our style of pancakes. We never ate traditional American pancakes. But you know what?! I’m all about pleasing the people. People see flat pancakes, they say “crepes.” So, this is for you.
Secondly, if you follow my IG account, or have read some of my posts, or even tried some of my recipes (thank you), you know that I like to put a healthier spin on foods that aren’t so healthy. Therefore, I have made these “crepes” with gluten-free flour, plant-based milk and no refined sugar. If you want to indulge a bit more, feel free to sub in the healthy ingredients for the not-so-healthy ones.
I can’t decided whether my favourite part of this dish is the pancake…I mean crepe…or the filling. It’s apple season right now, and nothing goes better together than apples and cinnamon. And nutmeg. Nutmeg is bomb. The filling is tart and sweet and ooey and gooey. It’s a great addition to these less-sweet crepes. I prefer to use honeycrisp or granny smith apples for this, but you can definitely use whatever you have on hand. I also like to keep the skins on, mostly because I’m lazy, but feel free to peel your apples if that’s your jam.
Below you will find two ways to make this recipe. The first is the easiest way, but you need a soup maker for that! The second is more traditional, but totally yummy just the same.
May your day be enhanced with pancake-crepes and fall fillings!
Gluten Free Crepes with an Apple Cinnamon Compote
Serving Size: Makes 10 large crepes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 2.5 cups dairy-free milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tbsp maple syrup, plus more for serving
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups gluten free flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 medium apples, finely diced (I use honeycrisp or granny smith)
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of fresh nutmeg
- 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar
- coconut oil or butter (for the pan)
With a soup maker:
- Add the milk, eggs, syrup, vanilla, flour and salt to your soup maker. Set to “juice.” When finished mixing, skip to step 3 below.
Without a soup maker:
- Whisk together milk, eggs, syrup and vanilla and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. Add the wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
- Place a large pan over medium-high heat and add half a tablespoon of coconut oil (or butter). When the pan is very hot, add about 1/3-1/2 cup of the crepe batter (depending on the size of your pan). Swirl the pan around until the batter coats the entire bottom. There shouldn’t be a lot of batter sitting on top.
- Let the crepe cook until the edges begin to come up from the pan and the bottom is browned. Flip and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes or until darker spots begin to develop on the underside. Remove from pan, place on a plate and store in the oven or microwave to keep warm. Continue with the remainder of the batter.
For the filling:
- While the crepes cook, add the apples, zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and sugar to a bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Preheat a large pan over medium-low heat. Add a half tablespoon of coconut oil or butter to the pan. When melted, add the apples. Let cook until apples are fork tender, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Top each crepe with a few spoonfuls of the filling and a drizzle of maple syrup. Roll and enjoy!