Maple syrup. Organic cherries. Coconut oil. Christmas coloring books. Celtic Sea Salt. Easter sticker calendar devotions.
When I start to think of all the random things I’ve ordered in bulk with friends, I have to laugh. I just never know what will be offered in an email that starts out with, “I’m ordering some X and wondered if you wanted to go in on it with me…”
One of this spring’s gems was an offer by a gal in our milk group for frozen, pitted, organic cherries from northern Michigan, literally the cherry capital of the world. They were only $1.75/pound…but they came in 27-pound buckets. How could I pass it up? That’s how I ended up on my friend’s porch, coffee mug in hand (for scooping), hacking away at a 27-pound bucket of frozen cherries with my ladle. I split the bucket with another family because I wasn’t sure of my freezer space. Next time, I’ll make room.
In just over two months, we’ve happily consumed every last cherry of our 13.5 pounds, all of them simply in my recipe for homemade yogurt with a touch of vanilla…except the ones in these photos:
These fruity, nutty crepes came about because I had some coconut flour from Wildly Organic to try out and was going gluten free for the week. They have to be called a dessert because they’re so delicious, but there’s no grain, no refined sugar, and only a touch of real maple syrup in the whole dish. In the name of quality eggs, I give you Cherry Almond Coconut Crepes. The pictorial is very helpful and you will find it below the print version.
Cherry Almond Coconut Crepes
- Category: Breakfast
Adapted From Tropical Traditions
- 2 eggs (how to find quality eggs)
- 2 Tbs. coconut oil (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!), melted
- scant Tbs real maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. coconut flour (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!), sifted
- small pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- ½–2/3 c .yogurt cheese
- ½–1 tsp. maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp. almond extract
- Use a whisk to mix together the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond extract and salt (Use the code kitchenstewardship for 15% off of your first purchase). Be sure to whisk the coconut oil quickly as the cold eggs may cause it to firm up again.
- Stir in the coconut flour (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!) and spices, then the milk. You should have a thin batter ready to pour.
- Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. This is one instance I was happy to use non-stick, because I didn’t want to fight with each crepe. If you have a great cast iron pan with a small diameter, that would be another great option.
- When hot, melt a tiny pat of butter, coconut oil or palm shortening in the pan. Pour a scant ¼ cup of batter in the pan and tilt the pan around to spread a thin layer of batter over nearly the entire bottom of the pan. I recommend you start tilting the pan as you pour the batter for best success in spreading the batter before it cooks.Cook 1-2 minutes, or until batter is bubbly and looks dry and cooked around the edges. You could really set a timer for a minute; it’s almost exactly that long!Flip the crepe all at once with the largest spatula you have, and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes more, or until done.
- Mix well, beating slightly with a whisk or fork, until you have a nice creamy filling. Line the insides of your crepes with filling and frozen cherries (other berries would be delicious as well).
Optional: for presentation’s sake, you might dust the tops of the crepes with cinnamon, powdered sugar or shredded coconut (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!), and slivered almonds make a nice accent as well.
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Yes, the photo on the left is a perfect example of what you should NOT do while flipping. The crepe never really recovers. Nicely browned like the photo on the right is what you’re looking for. Filling Method:
If you have someone (like my husband) who just doesn’t like cheesecake or cream cheese style desserts, you can easily flavor some plain yogurt the same way, fill the crepe with cherries and drizzle the yogurt overtop like this:
It only took the first three crepes for me to figure out how to get them to look pretty, so I’m sure with my tips (tilt the pan while pouring and flip with purpose, the entire thing at once), you’ll probably only need one mashed up crepe to get the system perfectly.
It’s worth it to serve a gorgeous, gourmet-quality dessert that tastes like a million bucks and be able to say, “There aren’t any grains or junky stuff in this. It’s a gluten-free, sugar-free dessert.”
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29 thoughts on “Cherry Almond Coconut Crepes Recipe”
Can you use almond milk instead of milk?
I’ve never tried it Lindsay abut I would think it would be fine.
Why do you use still frozen cherries? Aren’t they too hard?
To buy frozen cherries try Whole Foods. Trader Joes might have them.
That was a great crepe tip! That will change my life when I’m doing crepes!!! 🙂 As for frozen cherries, that’s just what I had on hand to use. They’re not huge, so by the time they’ve been out of the freezer 5 minutes they’re quite lovely to crunch on. 🙂 Katie
I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have missed creeps. Here is the short-cut that Works well for regular crepes. Have a treated warmed up cast iron pan ready. Make the first crepe. When one side is done flip it into the (larger) cast iron pan. Immediately start the next crepe. By time the second crepe is ready to flip the first crepe can be removed and the second crepe can be flipped….repeat until all the crepes are done.
It’s been a long time since I made them, but there are at least 6 if not 10 crepes in there, plus filling, which for us is a smear of the yogurt cheese and 5-8 cherries…as a dessert, I’d say it serves 6-8, one apiece. But it’s not really made to fill anyone up, just be a treat! I hope they were at least tasty!
(And so sorry I took so long to reply; my comments got out of hand as I finished up the second edition of my snacks book!)
How many is this suposed to serve? I doubled the recipe and it wasn’t quite enough to satisfy our family of 4.
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Those look amazing.
Right now in our local grocery store (Oakland, CA) we can find cherries for as low as $0.59 lb.
I’m not sure why they are so cheap this year but I’m having fun enjoying them.
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I love crepes! I’ve never tried them with coconut flour but I will…bookmarking to try soon.
I wish I had friends to order in bulk with…I just buy them and find a way to stock them. We bought a second refrigerator…a deep freeze is next.
Thanks for linking to SIT!
These crepes look wonderful and I LOVE coconut! Thanks for the recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.
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Cherry source? I’m wanting some now… 🙂
Yum! I just tried these today.. but I used strawberries and vanilla extract because thats what I had and they were delicious!
Yum! I have to get on the coconut flour and coconut sugar train. I’m missing out on a lot of yumminess!
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Yum! Can’t wait to try these. If it’s any consolation, I had a friend from France who said the first crepe never turns out. (That’s pretty much been my experience too!)
these sound so good and look delicious
Love it! My husband really enjoys taking desserts to work and telling people they’re healthy. 🙂 He doesn’t like yogurt or cream cheese though. 🙁 But I do! Might have to try this….
And if I can manage super-thin rolled, oiled tortillas I think I can manage these. ha.
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I’d love to order bulk foods – how do you do it?
One source I know of is azure standard. There are more, but they are the ones I am going through now (just starting out). You order a minimum of $50 and then it is sent to a drop off point and you go to pick it up. Orders go in monthly (at least here in my area). BUT I found a local health food store that carries raw milk, fresh eggs, CSA drop point for produce etc. and saw that they had some azure standard products, got to talking to the owner and found he can order for me and he earns some money on it, I can order every 2 weeks, and its closer than the drop points near me. SWEET!! Good luck figuring it all out! Another blog to check into is heavenlyhomemakers.com she has a lot of good info too!
All sorts of ways! Country Life Natural Foods is a local (sort of) Michigan bulk foods retailer that our raw milk farm will make big orders from. I make an oil order from here every so often, a friend ordered Celtic sea salt from their website, I believe…it’s all so random and totally different, but if you start knowing the right people, these things will just start happening. Even Amazon offers bulk organic foods that you could go in on with friends to save shipping. Good luck!
I’d also really like to know your source. My family loves cherry banana smoothies.
I wish I knew! For me, the source is just “my friend’s porch”. I didn’t even get the bucket, so I don’t have the name of the farm. If I find out, I’ll add it to my local resources page that is going up in 2 weeks as part of the Go Local! Challenge.
That said, frozen cherries from Meijer ain’t half bad in smoothies!
Doing some catch up reading and excited to see you are going to do a local resources page! I can now stop feeling like a hound. 🙂
I hope the cherry source turns up!
I was definitely curious when I got to Christmas coloring books. The cherries sound wonderful and the crepes look delicious.
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I am so excited that you posted this! I went gluten-free just a few weeks ago, and happened to have ordered both coconut flour and frozen cherries from my natural foods co-op. I’m excited to see that this only calls for 2 eggs. I made some awesome blueberry coconut muffins–they were delicious, but it took 6 eggs to make them! I will *definitely* be trying this recipe!
Those look amazing! I had coconut pancakes on Sunday and Monday… I may have to add a little zing to it for next Sunday by making this recipe. Thanks!
P.S. I LOVE cherries!!
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Oh my, if you only knew… I have been wondering how/where I could buy sour cherries for literally years now. When we were in Washington (my home state) I could get my hands on them pretty easily but since we moved to Alaska I have been missing them sorely. Would love to know if yours is a source that anyone can use. I would seriously make room for however many I needed to… and your recipe looks to-die-for!
B, I have no idea…so sorry!