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Fresh Berry Crepes – Dairy, Gluten, & Sugar Optional

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Fresh Berry Crepes – Dairy, Gluten, & Sugar Optional

If you have ever picked fully ripened strawberries fresh off the vine, and succumbed to the urge to bite into one right there, with its all its sweetness and juiciness at its peak, then you might agree that there is no yummier way to indulge in this nature’s candy. Indulge away! Your taste buds and your healthy body will thank you for it.

My first strawberry picking experience was as a little girl. I remember nothing about going to the field or leaving it. But that moment of realization that real food could actually come from the ground, out of the same dirt from which mud pies filled with rocks for nuts were made, was permanently imprinted on my mind. This was not pretend food. This was real food! Out of the earth that soiled my knees. How was this even possible? And that first taste was magical, stunning. Nothing had ever tasted so wonderful. If you have a chance to take your kids to pick strawberries, or anything, don’t miss it!

The second best way to enjoy these beauties may just be to simply slice them and wrap them in a crepe. No added sugar needed. No thickening agent. Just a few simple layers of flavor. In the spring, when strawberries are fresh, and inexpensive, it is pure pleasure to enjoy them raw, and as close to the earth as possible.

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Making Strawberry Crepes

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You can buy crepes, of course. but they are not so hard to make. AND you can make them gluten free, if you so desire. You can also make them in advance and refrigerate or freeze them. Here is an easy and surprisingly delicious walnut crepe. For a sweet crepe, I sprinkle a little cinnamon into the batter. Cinnamon is delicious in its own right, but it also makes food seem sweeter even with no sugar added.

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Add a little creaminess with a sweetened mascarpone or cream cheese. OR, if you would like a dairy free option, try this easy cashew cheese. Yum! This hits all the notes, and with your walnut crepe and fresh berries, creates a beautifully balanced bite.

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But let’s gild the lily just a little…. especailly if you are making these for someone you love.

Chocolate sauce. Any sauce you like. I had a bottle of coconut oil with only abut 2 oz left. A little cocoa powder and maple syrup and WOW! Chocolate is such an elegant fit with the nuttiness in the cheese and crepe and fruitiness of the berries. Mmmm

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If you really want to go all out, you can always throw a little whipped cream or coconut cream on top. Add other berries or bananas. You can’t go wrong. This is all just so right.

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Fresh Berry Crepes

If you can tolerate gluten, dairy, and sugar, go ahead and use those products. But you may find that you enjoy this version just as much.

Ingredients

  • Flourless walnut crepes, made ahead if you like – recipe here (add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the batter)
  • Cashew cheese
  • Fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
  • Optional: blueberries, or any berries, bananas
  • Chocolate sauce

Method

Spread a layer of cashew cheese across the middle of a crepe wrapper. Add a layer of strawberries over the cashew cheese. Fold crepe to form a roll. Use a bit of cashew cheese as “glue” to hold the crepe in place. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. If desired, top with whipped coconut cream and/or a mint leaf.

Serve immediately.

For the Raw Cashew Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 c raw cashews
  • 1 t nutritional yeast
  • lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
  • full fat coconut milk, about 2 T – more, if needed for creaminess
  • salt, to taste

Method

Soak raw cashews in the best water you have for at least 30 minutes. Drain water from cashews. Then combine all ingredients together, including cashews, and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste, and adjust flavorings as desired.

You can use this cheese immediately. Alternatively, making it ahead and refrigerating it will give you a firmer texture, if desired.

For a quick and easy dairy-free chocolate sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 oz (4 T) coconut oil, melted
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 2-3 T your choice of Maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup, or agave
  • 1 t vanilla

Method

Blend all ingredients together. Taste. Adjust sweetness, if desired. Add a pinch of salt to bring out sweetness, if desired.

Dairy- free Coconut Cream  If you want to add coconut cream, you can find easy instructions on my Tips page.

Enjoy!

 

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  1. Ricki
    RickiMay 11,14

    The wonderful recipes you create without dairy, gluten or sugar never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for another great idea.

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaMay 12,14

      Thank you! 🙂 It never ceases to amaze me how many things can be done with all these perfect little gifts of trees and soil and the sea, that we so often take for granted.

  2. Diane Roark
    Diane RoarkJuly 9,14

    Boy do these crepes really look amazing! Thanks so much for linking them up to my Facebook page. I shared and pinned.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaJuly 12,14

      Thank you Diane! I am still learning how to use links and media. Cooking is the easy part. 🙂 I love your page. It is gorgeous!

  3. Jennifer
    JenniferApril 28,15

    I had to stop and say how AMAZING these recipes are!! I have a paleo family who loves breakfast and I’ve worn my 3 and 5 year old out on different versions of eggs so this has helped me so much! Thank you!! Pinterest makes me a better woman because of post like these. Haha

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaApril 28,15

      Thank you, Jennifer! You made my day! The walnut crepes came from my own boredom with eggs. 🙂 And I am with you on the Pinterest thing too!

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