28 Dec

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crêpes

 
In North America, buckwheat kernels or buckwheat groats are often called kasha. Despite the name, this is actually a wheat-free fruit seed that is related to rhubarb. It has many health benefits, one of which is its ability to balance blood sugar, thereby lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
 
These crepes can be made as a sweet or savoury dish. Just omit the honey for a savoury crepe. Note: If you can’t find buckwheat kernels in your local health food store, you can use quinoa. The texture of the crepe will be a bit chewy, but it still tastes good.
 

Ingredients
3⁄4 cup     unsweetened coconut beverage or other unsweetened non-dairy milk
2 tsp         tahini
1⁄2 cup     whole buckwheat kernels 
1              egg
1–2 tsp    honey
1 tbsp      organic coconut oil
 
Optional:
2 cups      berries (for filling for sweet crepes)
1 tsp        dried basil (for savoury crepes)
1⁄4 tsp      pink rock salt or grey sea salt (for savoury crepes)
 
Directions:
1. Combine coconut beverage, tahini, and buckwheat kernels in blender. Blend for about 3 minutes on high, occasionally scraping down sides of blender. Add egg and honey (if making savoury crepes, omit honey and add basil and salt). Blend until well mixed.
2. When ready to make crepes, place 1 tsp of coconut oil in crepe pan for each crepe over medium-high heat. Pour batter into pan in small circles until you create a crepe that is 8 inches wide.
3. Cook until bubbles appears and crepe dries slightly. Loosen along edges with a thin spatula. Flip crepe and cook for another 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and keep warm by covering with a light towel. Add another teaspoon of oil to pan and continue making crepes until batter is used up.
4. Fill each crepe lengthwise with desired filling.
Makes 3 crepes.

Comments  

# Rebecca 2016-01-03 16:07
Are buckwheat kernels the same as groats?
# Julie Daniluk 2016-01-03 16:54
Hello Rebecca,

Thanks for asking! Yes, buckwheat kernels and groats are the same thing. :-)

Cheers, Julie
# Piera 2016-01-04 14:27
Can I use buckwheat flour instead of whole buckwheat kernels?
# Julie Daniluk 2016-01-05 10:24
Hi Piera,

Thanks for writing in. If you change the recipe to flour instead of the kernels, it will change the composition. It will not be the same recipe but you can experiment to see what works for you.

Cheers, Julie
# Olga 2016-01-16 22:44
Tried these but substituted the egg with gelatine egg (1TB gelatine dissolved in 1TB cold water and then mixed with 2TB boiling water). Held together without any issues, fried into a beautiful crepe (I used a cast iron pan), tasted delicious. Thank you Julie for the wonderful recipe.
# Julie Daniluk 2016-01-17 20:30
Fantastic to hear Olga!

Great problem solving.

Cheers, Julie

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