Crepes are sumptuous treats that you can have as a breakfast meal, snack or dessert. They are perfect for any time of the day and fully customizable to any dietary preferences. By using alternatives of refined white flour, you can drastically lessen the number of carbohydrates in your crepes. Incorporating high-quality fats will also make your crepes more filling. You can also use a sugar-free sweetener to prevent your blood sugar levels from intensifying. With all these guidelines in mind, we have come up with a healthy and easy almond flour crepes recipe that’s perfect for your ketogenic diet.
The history of crepes goes way back into the early 13th century when instead of a dessert, it was consumed by many as a carb staple similar to bread. According to common belief, crepes originated in the northern part of France, close to Brittany. Legends state that the discovery of crepes has been caused by a housewife’s mistake of spilling thin porridge on a hot stove. The accident resulted in a thin, crispy fried cake. Accordingly, the name crepes have been derived from the Latin word Crispus which as the sound of the term implies means crisp.
The oldest recorded crepe recipe has been found in a medieval French book from the 14th century entitled Le Menagier de Paris. In this written record, the flat pancake was called “Crispus.” From this, many variations of the name have been made until it became popularly known as crepes.
Another fun fact about crepes is that a religious holiday actually centralizes it. February 2nd is also known as le jour des crêpes or in English translation, the day of crepes. Another name for it is La Chandeleur which means “the return of light” as the crepe’s round shape and golden-brown color are similar to the appearance of the sun, thus reminding the people that winter is ending and spring is about to come.
Almond Flour Crepes Recipe
Without further ado, let’s now move on to the ultimate keto crepe recipe that’s gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb, and high-fat.
You will need
- ¼ cup of Almond flour
- A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- a dash of cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- tablespoon of coconut oil
Almond flour contains protein, fiber, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and iron. It’s also significantly low in net carbs with just three grams in every serving of 28 grams. Eggs are a good source of selenium and healthy fats. Cinnamon does not just add flavor to your crepes but also speeds up fat loss. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is scientifically proven to raise the levels of good cholesterol and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, almond flour, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until you achieve a smooth consistency. Heat a 25-centimeter (9-inch) pan and grease it with coconut oil. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter into the pan. Tilt the pan and spread the batter evenly on the surface of the pan by moving it slowly in circles. Fry each side for about two minutes. This recipe makes 10 servings of 10-centimeter crepes.
Here are some ideas to spice up your keto crepes.
Savory Breakfast Crepes
If you want to take a break from the sweet varieties of crepes, try making savory versions by adding high-fat food items like bacon, ham, sausages, and cheese. Spread some sriracha on the surface of a crepe, top with some grass-fed cheese and pieces of fatty cured meat of your choice. Fold into thick triangles.
Keto Ice Cream Crepe Scones
Start by making some handcrafted keto ice cream. There are two variations for this recipe: avocado and casaba melon. For the first one, you will need the mashed flesh of two ripe avocados, ¼ cup heavy whipping cream, a teaspoon of powdered stevia, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence. Combine all ingredients and mix in a blender or food processor. Pour in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. You can make the second version by replacing the avocados with a cup of casaba melon puree.
Use some scoops of these ice creams for the filling of your crepes. Fold the crepes into a large rounded triangle that mimics the appearance of a scone. Add some unsweetened chocolate syrup and some crushed almonds as garnish.
Spread some heavy whipping cream on each crepe. Add some berries low in net carbs such as blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Alternatively, you can mash some berries and use them as a sugar-free jam. Garnish with some pecans and mint leaves.
Make some keto buttercream frosting in two flavors: chocolate and mocha. You will need one cup of grass-fed butter, one and a half cup of powdered erythritol, three tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Combine the butter and whipping cream in a bowl. Add the sweetener in batches and incorporate them using an electric mixer. Continue to mix until you achieve a thick and smooth consistency. Use this mixture as a base. Just add two tablespoons of melted 75% dark chocolate to the mixture to make a chocolate buttercream frosting. Alter the recipe by adding half a teaspoon of coffee and a teaspoon of chocolate malt powder instead of the dark chocolate to make the mocha version.
Pile your crepes high while adding this buttercream frosting in each crepe. Add some low-carb fruits, fatty nuts, and unsweetened chocolate shavings or cacao nibs if you prefer.
To make this rainbow cake, just add a drop of liquid food color on your batter. Make separate batches of batter with different food colors. Pile your multicolored crepes high following a pattern of your choice. Use some vanilla buttercream frosting (follow the recipe but don’t add anything on the base) to ice your crepe cake. Add some unsweetened white chocolate chips to decorate your cake.
Spread a teaspoon of sriracha on a crepe. Add some mozzarella cheese, pepperoni slices, chopped fresh basil or parsley, and black pitted olive halves. Top with another crepe and repeat the process. Place in an oven at 300 °F for about two minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot the pizza hot as crepes tend to turn soggy when they cool down.
With these ideas, you can turn your regular keto crepes into gourmet adventures. Another tip is to experiment with different types of folding techniques to ensure that your crepes aren’t just delicious but visually appealing as well.