Those who believe that vegans only eat grass and lentils are totally wrong. Choosing a plant-based diet does not mean that you have to deprive yourself from all the comfort food you’re used to have as an omnivore. There are plenty of meat-free, dairy-free and egg-free versions of all your favorite recipes. All you need to do is a bit of research on the Internet. When you “Google” a recipe, add the word “vegan” and you will discover a bunch of plant-based options that you had never thought of. It is amazing to know that it is possible to eat yummy food and be healthy.
Like many of you, my parents use to make me crepes on weekends. As a child, I loved them with peanut butter, banana and maple syrup. I would sometimes go crazy and have a scoop of Nutella on top of that. Hummmm, so good! Of course, I do not eat Nutella spread anymore, as it is loaded with sugar, dairy and chemicals.
But I still do eat crepes; Vegan crepes! No egg, no cow’s milk. I substitute the eggs with flax seeds, and the regular milk with almond milk that I make at home. If you do not make your own, you could use any type of plant-based milk such as soy, hemp, hazelnut, etc… that you find at the grocery store.
Ingredients (4 crepes)
– 1 cup of organic whole-wheat flour
– 1 ½ cup of almond milk
– 1 flax egg replacement *see recipe below
Mix well the 3 ingredients and let sit for 30 minutes. Cook the crepes in a crepe pan, with a little bit of coconut oil.
In a different pan, I cook the fruit of my choice. My favorite is apple and cinnamon crepes. I peel and slice 2-3 apples. On medium heat, I cook them in a bit of coconut oil and a teaspoon of cinnamon, until brown. Then I add raisins. I serve this mixture in the crepes, with a lot of maple syrup!
Another one that I like comes with pineapple. I simply heat up pieces of pineapple in the pan, with a bit of maple syrup and water. I let it caramelized for a few minutes then I serve with the crepes. It’s really yummy! You can use canned pineapple, but a fresh fruit is definitely tastier. Plus, it does not come with preservatives.
My boyfriend’s favorite is the chocolate crepe. When the crepes is almost ready in the pan, I add a handful of dark dairy free chocolate nibs, and I let it melt for a minute. Then I add banana and maple syrup. During the summer, i choose fruits like strawberries and raspberries. So delicious!
*How to make the egg replacement
The recipe is simple: For 1 egg, you need 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed, and 3 tablespoon of water. Mix well for a minute, until you reach the consistency of an egg.
Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.
Read more about Flax Seeds here