Plantain Crepes (grain-free, nut-free)
I created this simple plantain crepe recipe one morning on a whim, out of a need to feed my family. The kids were starving, begging for something quick. I had a bunch of plantains on my counter and plenty of pastured eggs in my fridge so I just tossed ingredients into the Vitamix and came up with a very easy gluten-free and grain-free crepe recipe. Everyone loved them, and a few minutes later all of the crepes had disappeared! The kids were hungry for more, so I made another batch, measured everything carefully, and jotted the recipe down so we could make them again. These simple whole food crepes have now become a breakfast staple! Use this recipe to test eggs during Phase 3 of The Elimination Diet.
This recipe can also be found in my new Nourishing Meals cookbook and guidebook for raising healthy children!
There are so many ways you can serve them. Here are our favorite sweet and savory ideas. Just add the fillings to one side of the crepe, then roll it up and enjoy! Please share below in the comments your favorite fillings!
- long strips of bananas and dollops of raw almond butter
- a sprinkling of cinnamon and coconut sugar
- homemade berry jam and a dollop of coconut sour cream
- mashed fresh strawberries and a dollop of organic Greek yogurt
- smoked wild salmon, baby arugula, chives, and organic cream cheese
- cashew cream cheese, organic turkey slices, fresh dill, butter lettuce
- hummus, avocado, red onion slices, and broccoli leaves
- cabbage sautéed with cumin seeds, leftover cooked chicken, and sliced avocado or guacamole
About the Author
Ali SegerstenAlissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book.
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How durable are these? Enough so to make a breakfast burrito with?
Hello! Not sure if you will see this, but I just made a double batch to brig to my daughters Montessori school for cultural day tomorrow! 95 crepes!
What is the best way to store them for tomorrow?
Great idea Michelle! I will give that a try sometime. :)
That's fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
These really do need eggs, sorry! Unless someone else here has figured out a way?
I made these with green-yellow bananas & whole raw milk substituted for plantains & water, and they came out absolutely delicious! Thanks for the inspiration! Appreciate your blog and books so much.
I had never thought about the impacts to other countries when we buy non-organic. That's a great point. Some produce managers will order for you if you ask.
I've been making these for quiet awhile. Great without syrup and water for a sandwich bread.
Is there any way to make these without eggs? Thanks!
Yes! They really are so quick. My children really enjoy the crepes sprinkled with cinnamon and coconut sugar. :) I have not tried plantain pancakes. I'm guessing you would add baking soda and less water?
Thanks so much for bringing this to everyone's attention! This information is so important! If you cannot find organic plantains then just skip the recipe. I wonder if unripe organic bananas might work as a replacement?
We buy organic plantains from our local food co-op.
We have been loving plantain pancakes here! I hadn't considered adding water to make the batter a thinner crepe-like consistency. Great idea! I also really love that the plantain pancakes/crepes are a quick toss in the blender and pour on the pan kind of breakfast!
Sorry, but I forgot to add, when we buy conventional plantains, we are supporting the use of pesticides and herbicides in second and third world countries, where children are impacted by the use and over-use of these chemicals. Here is one example: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/2012/08/2012-1220-chlorpyrifos-children-costa-rica-plantations.
I also wonder if fumigation gases can penetrate the skin of plantains. We are all very much agains conventional bananas for these reasons.
Great recipe! But I can not find organic plantains anywhere. Conventional plantains are treated with synthetic pesticides/herbicides and are irradiated when they come into our country. If you have a source for organic plantains, please share it. Many thanks.