Paleo Crepes with “Nutella”

September 22, 2012 in Categories: , by

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This is the recipes that I was trying to perfect when I accidentally created my Perfect Paleo Pancake recipe.  Creating a paleo crepe has been a goal of mine for a few months and I am so happy to finally be able to share a truly delicious paleo crepe recipe with you!  This is yet another green plantain-based recipe (see my Plantain Cracker recipe for tips on storing plantains).

Crepes were always a special treat growing up.  We didn’t own a crepe maker so my mom made them the old fashioned way in our old cast iron frying pan.  I always liked them plain with just a dusting of icing sugar on top.  My brothers usually ate them with jam in the middle.  As an adult, I rediscovered crepes while gallivanting through Paris with my then fiancé (now husband).  Crepes are a standard street food in France and that’s when I discovered the sheer joy of a nutella-filled crepe (nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread and one of my greatest weaknesses before discovering paleo).  Two great loves thus combined into one delicious diabetes-inducing addiction.  So, creating a paleo version of this favorite treat makes me very, very happy.

These crepes are nut-free (and coconut-free if you substitute another oil for the coconut oil), although clearly the paleo nutella isn’t.  Other delicious fillings or sides for crepes are fresh fruit, fruit spreads (like jam or coulis), coconut cream (the top fatty half of a can of full-fat coconut milk), coconut cream mixed with lemon juice, and nut butters.  You can also try a savory filling with these crepes or even use these crepes in place of tortillas for enchiladas.   You could even roll some deli meat and paleo mayo or mustard into these crepes for a fun lunchbox food!

Crepes are easiest to make with a crepe maker or a crepe pan.  However, these specialty kitchen tools are not a necessity.  I made my crepes with a 12” non-stick omelet pan (the edges are at a good angle for getting underneath the crepe to flip it).  Sure, it’s more work and my crepes are not as thin or even as they would be with a crepe maker, but it still works for me.  But, if you find yourself wanting to make these often, investing in a crepe maker is definitely worth it.  This recipe makes 6-7 crepes and is easily doubled.

Ingredients (Paleo “Nutella”):

 

  1. Blend hazelnuts in food processor or blender for 2-3 minutes until a paste begins to form.
  2. Melt chocolate and coconut oil together (you can use a small saucepan over low heat or your microwave).
  3. Add warm chocolate to hazelnuts and blend an additional 2-3 minutes until completely smooth.  Let cool.  Store at room temperature for up to a few days or in the refrigerator for a few months.

 

Ingredients (Nut-Free Paleo Crepes):

 

  1. Peel plantains (I find it easiest to quarter them first) and place in a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Puree batter for 2 minutes until completely smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a crepe maker, crepe pan, or omelet pan over medium to medium-high heat (I set my element to 6).
  4. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil to the pan for each crepe (just enough that the crepe doesn’t stick, but not so much that the batter can’t spread out when you swirl the pan).  Add 3-4 Tbsp of batter (you could use a ¼ cup scoop or just eyeball it) to the pan and immediately hold the pan up over the element while you swirl/angle the pan so that the batter spreads out into a uniform circle. (If you have a crepe pan, use the spreader to spread out the batter.  If you have a crepe maker, follow the directions.)
  5. Cook for 45-75 seconds on the first side, until the top looks dry.  Flip and cook for 15-30 seconds on the second side.
  6. Add more coconut oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.
  7. For nutella crepes, spread 2-3 Tbsp of paleo “nutella” over one side of the crepe and roll or fold.
  8. Enjoy!

Watch this video from my YouTube Channel to learn more about green plantains:

 

Comments

Did you try a banana I’m curious to know if it worked and if you need to use a very ripe banana or a greener one. Plantains are very hard to find in my area.

These certainly can be made without the filling. I think you could freeze them flat. You might want to freeze on a cookie sheet and then stack after frozen so they don’t stick together.

I just got done making these, and I’m in love!!!! Om nom nom nom!!!! My kiddos are going to be so thrilled to take these to school <3 They have dearly missed sandwiches and tortilla wraps for the past year. I bet these would do nicely for burritos and enchiladas, too….

oh you have just changed my life! I have tried a million paleo pancake and crepe recipes and they are always, meh, ok. But THESE! the texture is perfect, the flavor just right, so easy, no special expensive flours and my kids are begging for me. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I made the crepes this morning and OMG they are sooo good!! The kids want them every day now. Thank you so much for the recipe.

These are so fantastic. I would love to hear what other filling people have used. We have a variety of food sensitivities (me:dairy, daughter: nuts) and picky eaters in the house, so the more options the better.

These are REALLY amazing, we had a lot of variations of them in the last time – if you make them thicker (4 crepes) they resemble the famous Austrian dish “Palatschinke”, which we cut up like thick noodles and add them to homemade bonebroth, or just fill them with apricot jam or the savoury way with minced meat and tomato sauce or – my pick- with cooked mushrooms, creme fraiche, parsley and ham, or you can even eat them cold as wraps filled with salad, salmon and cream cheese als lunch-to-go, it´s super-delicious! :) Thank´s for all your great recipes!! Here´s the link to my blog entry where you can see some pictures of the crepes as Palatschinken and also your plantain-pancakes:

http://www.gustoaroma.at/2012/10/palatschinkenpancakes-mit-der-geheimzutat-kochbanane-getreidefrei-glutenfrei-zuckerfrei-milchfrei/

Greetings from Vienna! :) Bettina

I made these this morning to take to a birthday celebration at work. They are totally yummy!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :-)

Made the crepes and they were so yummy! The Nutella though didn’t get smooth like your picture.
I used 100% dark bittersweet chocolate. Would that have made a difference?
Did you soak the hazelnuts?

OMG, those look so good. My inner critic is saying “no touch! Too fattening!” I just started looking into the paleo diet…after finding your website I may stay here forever. Thanks for all the inspiration and perspiration. You did all of the work for the rest of us.

I just made these without the Nutella. I put just bananas inside and then bananas with sunflower seed butter. Yum! I see lots of possibilities here. Thank you so much! I love all of your recipes, especially the plantain recipes, I hope you have more planned for the new year! :)

Ok, I did one more filling, leftover shredded pork, yummy! What a versatile crepe, it can go with a sweet or savory filling, and so quick and easy to make. Thank you again!

These were yummy, but my batter didn’t swirl around like you said. I had to spread it to form my circle. I wonder if I should add more water to the mix? Mine also felt like grains on the tongue…is that about normal? I blended it for longer than the 2 minutes you suggested. My plantains were half green, half brownish, maybe that’s why? I had never had plantains before.

Hubby had them with scrambled eggs & chorizo. I made some blackberry chia jam & they were YUMM!!!

I’m so thrilled to find your website. plantain as a base is so ingenious! Here’s my question; I made these tonight for the first time to have as a dinner savory crepe- and they came out almost amazing. The texture and ease of cooking was fantastic. However- there is a taste- hard to describe- and rather subtle- but definitly there- for lack of better word, I’d say fishy?… rancid? the coconut oil is fresh, the eggs laid by the chickens yesterday…. do you know what I’m talking about? is this a plantain thing we have to love or leave? i just put ham on them so the fillings flavor was not overpowering enough to cover it- and sad to say my kids declined them- and i must admit- i wasn’t super into them either- is this something on my end? thanks for the reply- and despite this i’m super impressed and excited for other tries of your reciepes!

Hi what are phantains? (google tells me it is a banana) & where do you get them from? I have not seen them in any local fruit & veg shops

Oh my goodness! I have been looking and looking for a Paleo Crepe receipe, and know I have found one. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to making these.

Thank you for the great ideas! I have been making a banana pancake that is just a banana and egg mashed together and adding small berries to the mix just before going in the pan. This crepe version looks very versatile and I’m definitely trying it when we are in Hawaii next, too. Any tips on selecting Plantains?

I made too much! im the only one eating them! I was going to store the *dough mix* and then i realized, shoot, it’s got eggs..I guess i need to cook them all?

This was a HUGE failure for me :( I don’t know what I did wrong but they turned out weird and not “bready” like yours look in the picture. The just fell apart when I tried to flip them. I am so sad. My nutella didn’t turn out either but I think it’s my food processor, I have a mini prep and I didn’t want to burn it up having it run too long so it didn’t get smooth. So I made cookies out of the nutella…lol. They are good though.

Thank you so much! I tried the nutella recipe in my vitamix and it came out kind of rough. Today I pulled it back out of the fridge, put it into the food processor and added some coconut manna. The texture then looked like yours and the flavor was better than my original. The crepes were awesome.

On a side note, my hubby is hooked on your plantain pancakes. Today he found my baggie of plantain crackers and informed me that I needed to make more. Thank goodness the Aldi’s in town has large green plantains for 39 cents each.

I don’t know if it changes the characteristics of the plantain, but if you quarter them & then boil them briefly, the peel pretty much falls off.

When I look up plantains and white potatoes, they are about the same amount of carbs which turns into sugars. Help me understand how choosing plantains is a better choice.

Ah. Maze. Ing. Haven’t made the “nutella” yet, but topped these with berries and whipped cream (I still use diary sparingly.) Excellent as a once a month treat, my husband and I have decided.

Thank you for this recipe! These are amazing. I never thought I would be able to have good crepes again after going paleo. Now I just have to talk myself out of making them every day…

Delicious! I managed to find plantains just after finding this recipe and watching your video on plantains so I tried this recipe out. I don’t have a crepe pan so I just used a regular non-stick frying pan. The first one was a bit too thick and wasnt spreading so I added more water to my batter- after that they spread out perfectly. I didn’t have hazel nuts on hand so I added about 5 TBS of peanut butter to my chocolate/coconut mixture (I know, not paleo but I like pb!) and I added about 1 TBS of honey to the mixture. Added some berries and drizzled some maple syrup on top – perfect! Even my non-paleo husband loved these. Will definitely be making again but will whip up some coconut milk cream to top it off next time.

Thank you so much for the recipe! I have 2 more plantains in my fridge so now I’l be looking for another yummy recipe of yours to try :)

Holy paleo crepe Batman! I bought 3 plantains in anticipation of some weekend paleo baking and of course headed straight to your site. Well clearly I should have bought 700 more because while I nibble on your plantain crackers with chicken liver pate and just gobbled up all the crepes with my 3 girls we are desperately in need of mass production to keep us through the week!

Thank you so much for you reliable recipes and excellent descriptions as much of the paleo world can produce unreliable results. Headed to the farmers market right now to clean them out of plantains…I hope you didn’t need any xxx

I made these crepes and the plantain pancake recipe, and both were great, but I prefer the crepes for their smoother texture, both with the batter and the final product. I have also made the “nutella” twice, the first time in my Vitamix, and it was perfect, really almost like real Nutella. The second time I used my Cuisinart food processor, and the nutella was a big lump until I added heavy cream (drop by drop through the dispenser you normally use to drip olive oil into homemade mayonnaise) until the chocolate smoothed out to the right consistency, and even then, delicious as it was, it still had a grainy texture. I’ve been Paleo-fied for a few months now, and tonight I needed a chocolate fix, so I ate a few spoons of this nutella, and it hit the spot. Lots leftover, so it’s going in the fridge. Bottom line: crepes over pancakes, and Vitamix high powered blender over food processor for best result. Not an every day or every week food, but works great as a treat once in a while, especially during PMS time! :)

any thoughts on tying this with an equal amount of another starch? say, pureed leftover sweet potatoes? i guess it would change the flavor but i’m wondering – would it work?

I’m not sure. Green plantains are somewhat unique in texture and “stickiness”. If you have to substitute them, I usually recommend very green bananas. If you do try it, let us know how it goes! – Christina, Sarah’s assistant

These look so yummy! Is there any substitution for the eggs? Unfortunately I am allergic and flax and chia are not allowed on the aip diet.
Thanks!
Love your book!

This is the best gluten free crepe recipe I have found. I feel like I have tried them all with so so results. Love the plantains. Will try more recipes with them.

I tried the pancake version and loved them, now this is perfect to use as a wrap. I’m going to make a bunch and freeze them to pull out and use as a grain-free “tortilla”. Thank you for sharing your genius with the world!

Hey all I just wanted to let you know that this morning I steped out to try these crepes with my 2-3 week old GREEN BANANAS that never seem to ripen! I did 5 bananas with 6 eggs then added some cinnamin and vanilla. It worked! The only thing is that they broke a little easier then the plantain ones, I found that making them a little thicker on the pan made them a little bit more durable, but none the less I still was able to eat them as a crepe! I got 8-10 crepes!

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