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Classic Vegan Crêpes

A complete guide on how to make classic vegan crêpes at home. This super easy recipe will make the best crêpes that are soft and delicious. Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free and vegan!

Vegan crepes with nutella and fresh banana.

Classic Vegan Crêpes

I am definitely a crêpe kinda girl, I look forward to pancake day each year just so I can have an endless supply of delicious, lightly crisp, sweet and zesty crêpes, drowned in zesty lemon juice and sugar. It’s just so good! The combination of the lightly sweet crêpe with lemon and sugar is super nostalgic and a flavour which is unbeatable.

The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t need any funny or unusual ingredients to make French style / classic crêpes! These are honestly the most amazing crêpes I’ve ever tried. Even my Dad who is a critic when it comes to pancakes and crêpes asked not only for seconds, but thirds! That’s a sign this recipe is SUPERB!

Gluten-free vegan crepes on a plate with fresh fruit

Whats the difference between crêpes and pancakes?

A crêpe is similar to a pancake but quite different. Crêpes are larger, thinner and more delicate than your classic pancake, due to creating a thinner batter, the size of the crêpe and due to the fact there is no raising agent in the batter, so they won’t rise and lift like fluffy pancakes.

Crêpes are also extremely versatile as you can serve them for dessert or as a treat with a sweet filling or for breakfast and brunch with a savoury filling. They are extremely popular in Europe, with most people choosing to serve them with lemon and sugar ( which is also my personal favourite way to serve crepes).

Close up of nutella filled crepes

How to make the perfect Vegan Crêpe batter (ingredients)

  • Gluten-free plain flour : I use gluten-free flour for my crêpes and they taste divine. To be honest, you won’t be able to tell they’re gluten-free! You are of course more than welcome to use regular plain flour for this recipe, keep the same measurements and you’ll be good to go. I use Doves Farm GF Plain flour. Don’t use self raising!
  • Caster sugar : Just a little bit of sugar helps to add some sweetness to the crêpes. If you wanted them to be a little sweeter, you can add in a tablespoon more sugar.
  • Dairy-free milk : To be fair, any dairy-free milk works great in these crêpes. My personal favourite though is soya milk, as it really helps to thicken the crêpe batter when resting.
  • Sunflower oil : You want to use an oil which is of neutral flavour and colour. Sunflower oil is my personal favourite and think it works best in bakes.
Ingredients in bowls for crepes

How to cook vegan crêpes:

While there are fancy crêpe pans, you absolutely don’t need one! You simply need to use a regular non-stick frying pan, it works perfectly! Simply heat a teaspoon of oil in the pan, then pour in the crêpe batter.

The thinner the crêpe the better. If you add in too much batter, the crêpes will become thick and will result in a chewy texture. Once the batter is poured in the pan, swirl the pan around to coat the entire base of the pan and thin out the crêpe. Make sure to leave the crêpe to cook and brown before attempting to loosen the edges and flip it. Only flip when you can run a heat proof spatula until the edges of the crêpe, then flip and cook until golden in colour, then serve!

Crepes rolled up on a plate

How to make Classic Vegan Crêpes

Homemade classic vegan crêpes are ridiculously easy to make, and actually difficult to mess up! The main ingredients for these French style crêpes is flour, milk, sugar and oil. You will need a frying pan, heat proof spatula and some very hungry family members and friends!

  1. Batter

    Mix the ingredients together to form a thin batter. Set aside for 15 minutes. This resting period helps with the batter and will make for epic crêpes.

  2. Cooking

    Heat some oil in a frying pan, pour in some of the batter and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping the crêpe over with a heat proof spatula.

  3. Serving

    Serve the crêpes with whatever you fancy. I have listed lots of serving suggestions below!

Frying a crepe in a frying pan on the hob

Serving suggestions for vegan crêpes:

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versitle. I have listed a few of my favourite crêpe fillings and optional flavours below:

  • Lemon and Sugar : This is the most classic and BEST way to serve crêpes in my personal opinion. Serve a crêpe or two on a plate, squeeze over some fresh lemon juice and a few teaspoons of caster sugar. It’s light, zesty, sweet and scrumptious!
  • Nutella and banana : Another personal favourite of mine is the classic combo of ‘Nutella and banana. Spread some vegan friendly Nutella over the crêpes and top with some fresh slices of banana. Fold over the crêpe and tuck in!
  • Strawberries and cream : Go fresh and fruity with some dairy-free cream, fresh slices of strawberries and a very light drizzle of maple syrup. Gives summer vibes.
  • Mixed berries : A simple mix of berries in a crêpe with a drizzle of maple syrup is a delicious breakfast option.
  • Blueberries and yogurt : Spread some dairy-free yogurt over the crêpes and sprinkle over some fresh blueberries, you could even use some delicious blueberry compote. Dust with some icing sugar.
Close up of classic vegan crepes

Tips for making the best vegan crêpes

  • Make sure the batter is lump free : Vigorously whisk the batter before using. This will help break down and remove any flour lumps.
  • Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes before using. It will give you the best crêpes that are soft and delicious!
  • Brush oil into the pan. It helps preventing them from sticking to the pan.
  • Cook with even, medium (to medium high) heat. Make sure that the pan is evenly heated and there are no hot spots.
  • Use a measuring spoon or same sized ladle to help to portion out the batter for each crepe. This will ensure even thickness with each crepe.
  • Use a heat proof spatula to get under the crêpe to flip it over. Start by loosening around the edges, before flipping over the crêpe.
  • Stack the cooked crêpes on a wired rack, and cover them with tea towell to prevent them from drying out.
  • Go big on the fillings: Crêpes are a delicious blank canvas but even better when loaded to the brim with allll the delicious fillings.
Lemon and sugar crepe on a plate with gold fork

Looking for more gluten-free vegan recipes, check these out:

Gluten-free Vegan Brownies

Gluten-free Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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crêpes on a white plate with nutella and banana slices

Classic Vegan Crêpes


Description

Thin, delicate and perfect for filling, these delicious gluten-free, vegan and 4 ingredient crêpes are the best breakfast treat!


Ingredients

Units Scale

Ingredients for the vegan crêpes 

  • 250g of gluten-free plain flour (you can use regular plain flour)
  • 35g of caster sugar
  • 520ml of dairy-free milk (soya works best)
  • 20ml of sunflower oil

Topping suggestions

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Caster sugar
  • Vegan ‘Nutella’
  • Fresh berries

Instructions

Method (vegan crêpes)

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift in the flour, sugar, dairy-free milk and oil. Whisk to combine and break up any lumps. The batter will be thinner than a regular pancake mixture, but should be slightly thick and pourable. Set aside for 15 minutes. This resting period will help the batter thicken.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a medium sized non-stick frying pan.
  3. Once it’s nice and hot, pour or scoop the batter into the pan (approximately 3 / 4 tablespoons worth of batter) for each crêpe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter thins out to coat the pan evenly.
  4. Cook for around 1-3 minutes on one side. You know it’s ready to flip the crêpe when the underside is getting crispy and unsticks by itself. You can then loosen the sides of the crêpe with a heat proof spatula and flip it to the other side and cook.
  5. Once ready, flip out onto your serving plate and serve with your desired toppings. Repeat for the rest of the crêpe batter.

Serving crêpes

  1. You can go crazy with the serving options with crêpes. You can serve them with a simple lemon and sugar duo or go all out with a vegan ‘Nutella’ drizzle, fresh fruit and a dusting of icing sugar.

Notes

To store: These crêpes are best served and enjoyed immediately. Serve them warm for the best crêpe experience! If you leave them to cool, they will become slightly soft & chewy. 

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: basics
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan crepes, crêpes, vegan crêpes, pancakes, vegan pancakes

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9 Comments

  1. February 20, 2023 / 10:22 am

    Absolutely yummy! Perfect texture, and is very easy to make. Everyone who tried it thought it was delicious – even my cousin, who has thinly veiled contempt for anything vegan.

  2. Laura
    February 21, 2023 / 8:17 pm

    Practically perfect in every way!

    I have been vegan for almost six years and in that time I have struggled to make pancakes using many different recipes, egg substitutes etc. None have worked and Pancake Day has become depressing in our house as both me and my husband sulk due to our lack of pancakes.

    Well, we shall be sulking no more thanks to this simple, easy and delicious recipe which makes perfect pancakes that taste just how I remember them!

    Can’t thank Holly enough for not just this recipe but in general for bringing back the love of baking that I lost when I became vegan.

    Would highly recommend that you make this recipe straight away, and as soon as you are finished order her book so that you can continue to make perfect vegan baked goods with her help!

  3. Josh Peters
    February 22, 2023 / 1:44 am

    BEST CREPES IVE HAD SINCE TURNING VEGAN. THANK YOUUUU

  4. March 4, 2023 / 3:18 am

    I love making crêpes, and this recipe is fantastic! The vegan batter is easy to make, and the crêpes turn out thin and delicate. I especially love serving them with lemon juice and sugar, just like the classic French way. Highly recommend trying this recipe!

  5. Angie
    April 22, 2023 / 2:52 pm

    The best vegan crepes. tha k you Holly and keep up the great work.

    • April 23, 2023 / 2:11 am

      Hello, Aw thank YOU!!! That means so much to me, glad you enjoy them! xx

  6. Emily Winters
    February 11, 2024 / 9:54 am

    I just made this recipe for me and my daughter which is very picky with her food. She asked for a second one which never happens!!!! Shows you she really enjoyed this recipe, as did I. Easy to make and fast really lovely. Will be making again on pancake day xox

  7. Alice
    February 16, 2024 / 8:35 pm

    The Best crepes I have ever made! Thank you so much. My non vegan family said they were better than their ones and have asked for the recipe.

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