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Crepes were a childhood favourite of mine; I remember weekend breakfasts with my family, stuffing them to the brim with spreads and fruit.
Many people may think that you can’t have crepes as a vegan, as two of the main ingredients are milk and eggs. However, I’m sharing this recipe with you all to prove that you can indeed make a lovely batch of pancakes without any animal products in the mix!
Not only that, but these crepes are chocolate flavoured - just by adding raw cacao powder and some natural sweetener you can make some delicious chocolate pancakes.
The trick to making decadent vegan crepes is not to over complicate the recipe.
In the past I have experimented with putting mashed banana, liquid sweeteners and gluten free flours in the mix but, as these all have dominant flavours, the taste just isn’t the same and the texture tends to be more mushy.
For crepes that are more similar to those that aren’t vegan-friendly, it’s best to stick to the base ingredients of flour and non-dairy milk with a little granulated sweetener.
I’ve stuffed mine with soy yoghurt and strawberries but other tasty filling ideas are nut butter, other berries, banana, dairy-free ice cream... whatever takes your fancy! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
FOR THE PANCAKES
- 1/2 Cup Flour (I used spelt flour, but plain flour works just as well!)
- 1 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar (or, any other granulated sweetener)
- 1/2 Cup Non-dairy Milk
- 1/4 Cup Soda Water
- A Pinch of Salt
Either/or... (whatever tickles your fancy)
- Soya yoghurt and a handful of fresh berries
- Peanut butter and banana
1. To make your crepe batter, stir the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix together the wet ingredients and bit by bit, pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients - whisking as you go until smooth.
3. Grease a large frying pan with coconut oil before cooking each crepe so that it doesn't stick.
4. Pour a portion of batter into the pan - ensure to swirl it about to spread it out thinly and into a circle.
5. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side.
6. Serve with fresh berries and soya yoghurt or, whatever you fancy! Peanut butter and banana would also work really well with this recipe!