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Easy Healthy Crepe Recipe

This healthy crepe recipe will give you the starting point for all of the sweet crepes you could hope to make—and you'll get guidance for delicious savory crepes, too. 

Healthy crepe recipe

Whether you like sweet crepes or savory crepes, these delicious thin pancakes can act as a blank canvas for some of the most scrumptious flavor combinations out there.  This healthy crepe recipe makes a batter than can be formed into slightly-sweet crepes that work perfectly as a base for your favorite sweeter crepe ideas. 

You don't need a special crepe pan or spreading tool to make these, either. All you need is a regular non-stick pan and your favorite cooking spray to get your crepe-making station ready for action. 

What is a crepe?

Imagine a pancake (or a flapjack or maybe even a hotcake depending on where you're from and how much nuance you have time for). Now take what you imagined and imagine it got a whole lot more thin. You've just imagined a crepe. 

You might have an impression of crepes as fancy food, as things associated with French cuisine are often imagined in this way. Yet crepe batter is simple, and crepes can be made perfectly even if it's your first time trying. 

So what's all the intimidation about? Well, good food doesn't have to be hard. With this recipe, you can count homemade crepes among the next great addition to your arsenal of sweet breakfast ideas. This recipe isn't going to produce authentic french crepes, but it is going to use healthy ingredients and create a nutritious breakfast option that you can enjoy with fresh fruit or whatever your heart desires in the moment. 

What goes well on crepes?

A basic crepe (whether you're having an authentic french crepe or one of its variants) is like bread or tortillas. What you decide to put on a crepe after it's made is limited only by your imagination.

Savory fillings can provide for anything from a light appetizer to a main course. Meats, veggies, cheese—the possibilities are more numerous than you might expect. A crepe with eggs can work as a healthy breakfast option, and your favorite toppings can be combined with a basic crepe recipe to work at just about any meal time. 

The crepe recipe below—which uses whole oats instead of traditional flour—incorporates vanilla and cinnamon to provide a slightly sweet flavor that works as an excellent base for sweeter crepe combinations like fresh berries, whipped cream, other sweet toppings, or even just a bit of melted butter. These simple ingredients are hard to go wrong with. 

What if I want a savory crepe?

If you desire a more savory crepe, fear not! You can still use this easy crepe recipe as a base, though you might consider leaving out the vanilla extract and cinnamon and instead opt for a pinch of salt for these savory crepe recipes. 

​With these easy crepe recipes as your base, you basically have a blank canvas that will work for whatever you want. You're not even limited to breakfast!

​Like a sandwich, a crepe can be just as fitting for lunch or even dinner. Late-night snack, anyone? I'd have a crepe there too. 

You can fill a crepe with ingredients that you'd normally put on a sandwich or in a wrap, or you can go another route and just put in whatever ingredients you want most. Peanut butter and jelly? Sure. Grilled chicken and spinach? Absolutely. You can do whatever you want. 

Healthy Crepe Ingredients

Here's what goes into this healthy crepe recipe (full recipe at the bottom of the post):

  • egg whites
  • oats
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder

As I mentioned above, if it's a savory crepe you want, skip the vanilla and cinnamon and replace with a pinch of salt. 

How to make healthy crepe recipe

If you've been to a creperie and seen the chefs working their magic with a fancy crepe spreading tool on a large cast-iron surface, you may wonder if you can achieve something similar without hours of practice. If that's you, you're in luck, as this recipe can be made in a regular pan (a non-stick skillet is ideal) without a delicate technique. As long as you can pour a thin layer of crepe batter, you can have a good time making these. 

  • Gather all ingredients and add to a blender.
  • Mix until smooth consistency.
  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking grease.
  • Pour a very thin layer of batter inside the skillet. Let the crepe cook until small bubbles form on the face up side of the crepe and the face down side of the crepe is light brown. Flip until both sides are light brown and fully cooked.
  • Spray the skillet with cooking grease and repeat the process until all batter is cooked.
  • Fold the crepes and top with sliced strawberries, powdered sugar, and melted chocolate.

How healthy are crepes?

You might be wondering about the nutritional value of crepes. Like bread or pancakes, it's possible to have crepes that are loaded with sugar or other additional ingredients that you may not want to load up on. However, with homemade crepes, you're in control of this, so it's perhaps less of a concern. 

Because these tasty crepes use egg whites, you're getting a high protein version that can form a foundation for whatever healthy recipes you want to cook up. 

In general, the nutrition is more likely to be affected by what you put into or on top of it while you're making your delicious crepes. Individual nutritional needs vary, but I find that I can absolutely incorporate this easy healthy crepe recipe into a tasty breakfast that fits well into my eating plan to help me stay fueled and meet my goals. 

How many calories are in a basic crepe?

It's a good estimate that a single crepe might have anywhere from 90-150 calories in it. As you can imagine, crepes can have many variables like ingredients, diameter, and the amount of oil/butter used to cook them. 

This easy healthy crepe recipe makes about 3 pan-sized crepes when I use a 10-inch pan. Each one of these crepes has about 95 calories in it. The nutritional information in the recipe below is provided for the whole batter mixture, which amounts to 1 serving. If you want more crepes, you can scale the batter accordingly, and the nutrition will obviously scale with it. 

What is the secret of a good crepe?

I doubt you've come to this post wondering how to achieve the perfect crepe (although you may find your new favorite way to get homemade crepe goodness). In general, there's no secret. Use a simple batter, pay attention to the amount you add to the pan, and get a feel for the heat and when to flip. As you do this, you'll be able to hone your technique to achieve crepe mastery. 

You might be surprised how a kitchen environment can really vary. If you've ever tried cooking a meal in a vacation rental with a new kitchen, different cookware and unfamiliar utensils, you know this firsthand. Nevertheless, it's best not to overcomplicate. You'll get a good crepe if you give it a good attempt, and you'll only get better with experience. 

You may still always be wowed by an ultra-thin crepe from your favorite local spot, but perhaps that's for the best. Knowing that you can get a delicious breakfast at home with this healthy crepes recipe is still worth a lot in my book.

Are crepes better hot or cold?

You may have only had crepes hot before, so you might not have been thinking about having them at a different temperature. Yet you can definitely serve crepes cold in the right context. In general, I think this works better with certain sweet crepe options rather than savory ones, and I ultimately prefer the warmth of a crepe fresh from the pan. As with any recipe, however, you have the right to have this exactly how you like it. 

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Healthy Crepe Recipe

This healthy crepe recipe will give you the starting point for all of the sweet crepes you could hope to make—and you'll get guidance for delicious savory crepes, too. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crepe, healthy crepe
Servings: 1
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • Blender
  • Measuring Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup egg whites
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

Optional Toppings

  • whipped cream, powdered sugar, strawberries, melted chocolate

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients and add to a blender.
  • Mix until smooth consistency.
  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking grease.
  • Pour a very thin layer of batter inside the skillet. Let the crepe cook until small bubbles form on the face up side of the crepe and the face down side of the crepe is light brown. Flip until both sides are light brown and fully cooked.
  • Spray the skillet with cooking grease and repeat the process until all batter is cooked.
  • Fold the crepes and top with sliced strawberries, powdered sugar, and melted chocolate.

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 11mg
Recipe Rating




Amy

Sunday 10th of December 2023

OMG!!! Who doesn’t love a crepe? These disappeared so fast…

Cammy Brown

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

My whole family love these so easy to make and delicious !