These healthy vegan crepes made with spelt flour and a little coconut sugar are surprisingly simple and easy to make. If you can make pancakes, you can make these!
What’s in my crepes?!
No fake eggs! No egg replacer! It’s really not needed for vegan crepes, just a bit of a binding agent very minimal ingredients.
I’ve had more vegan crepe failures over the past few years than I care to count. I’ve tried using chia, flax, banana, nut butter, agar, potato… they either didn’t work or tasted like the bottom of a shoe (potato, yuck). I had been regularly making them with eggs but my egg consumption is virtually nil these days and I needed an egg-free version.
Turns out the easiest, foolproof way to make healthy vegan crêpes is with a little arrowroot flour! My favourite vegan pancake recipe also uses arrowroot, so why not?
I also find the vegan recipe to be a little lighter than making them with eggs, and they sit easier in the stomach. These are, of course, not the very fatty and buttery crêpes I grew up with (my mom loves butter) but I definitely prefer them this way.
Tips for the best vegan crepes
The big one – flip confidently! If they break it may be either that your pan was too cold, or that you flipped too slowly, or that they didn’t cook long enough before flipping – they’ll still taste good if they break, but you might want to try making them once before showing off to your friends.
Use a thin spatula to flip, make sure you can get in on the edges of your pan (shallower is better), and, to reiterate, cook in a hot pan. I don’t mean screaming hot, but be certain the pan is heated before adding any batter.
Depending on how non-stick your cast iron pan is, you might have a hard time using cast iron. If you are, add a little extra coconut oil when cooking.
If you find that they are tending to break anyway, let the batter rest for a half hour before trying again. You can add another tablespoon of arrowroot as a last resort. I have never, in about five years of making these, had any real problems with breaking unless my pan was cold.
How should I eat them?
This is a sweet recipe, but I often cut the sugar down to a pinch and fill them with vegetables for a quick and easy dinner. They’re already healthy crepes so it makes sense to have them at all times of day with different fillings. I’ve included some sweet topping ideas here if you don’t want to use strawberries or if they’re out of season.
You can just have them very simply with a little maple syrup if you’d like, but it makes it a little special to add something extra. The actual crêpes are not extremely sweet on their own.
Any type of berries
Applesauce and cinnamon
Raw chocolate (and marzipan, why not)
Cookie dough dip
Coconut whipped cream or coconut yogurt
Lemon curd or go nuts with rhubarb curd
Roasted fruits (peaches, rhubarb, etc.)
Don’t do it! Just kidding. For this recipe, you can change a couple small things – all purpose flour will work even better than spelt. Whole grain flours tend to make a bit of a mess.
Tapioca starch and arrowroot can be used interchangeably, and any granulated sugar can be used in place of coconut. I specify oat or almond milk just because they’re most commonly used, but you could do cashew milk, another nut milk, or any kind, really – just full-fat coconut from the can won’t work so well.
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- 1 cup light spelt flour*
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups oat or almond milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, plus extra for cooking*
- Place the flour, coconut sugar, arrowroot, vanilla, and salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour the milk and oil into the dry ingredients. Gently whisk until just mixed.
- Heat a large, flat bottomed pan on medium heat with a teaspoon of oil. Make sure the pan is hot before adding your first crépe, and then ladle in about a quarter of the batter (I use a smaller ladle) and rotate the pan to coat the base of the pan in batter.
- Cook for about a minute and 30 seconds, then flip and cook for another minute on the other side. Repeat for the remaining batter and serve hot.
- The crêpes pictured were served with coconut yogurt, strawberries, and lemon zest.
* You can use all-purpose in place of spelt if preferred.
** I've also made this recipe with nut oils like hazelnut and walnut, and they were delicious alternatives to coconut oil.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 10g
This data is provided by a calculator and is a rough estimation of the nutritional information in this recipe.