I've been on a crepe kick for the past couple weeks, and this was one of the sweet creations I came up with. Perfectly ripe, in-season strawberries are so delicious, I didn’t want to cover their flavor up by doing too much to them. A little honey and creamy pureed cashews is enough to enhance their tart flavor. I prefer stuffing the sliced strawberries into the crepes, where they mingle with the honeyed cashew cream, but they look picture perfect sprinkled over the top.
To make these gluten free, try buckwheat flour or oat flour. Fresh crepes always taste best, but for me, convenience wins and I just cook all the crepes at once and refrigerate. You could always keep the batter in the fridge a couple of days, stored in the blender. Before making the crepes, give it a quick whir to blend. Since out of season strawberries are pretty awful, I suggest making these when strawberries are in season, or using frozen strawberries and chia to make a quick chia jam by blending frozen strawberries with a little sugar and a tablespoon or two of chia seeds, then letting it sit to gel for 10 minutes.
Strawberry Crepes with Honeyed Cashew Cream
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (the kind in a carton)
1 cup white whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
Honeyed Cashew Cream:
1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours
1/4 cup unsweetned coconut milk
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
Place the ingredients for the crepes (eggs, coconut milk, flour, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt) in a blender. Blend until combined. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so the bubbles subside (this keeps the crepes from breaking).
While the batter is chilling, make the cream. Drain cashews and place in a food processor with coconut milk, honey, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Blend, scraping down sides, until creamy, about five minutes total. Remove to a bowl and set aside until ready to use.
When ready to make the crepes, heat a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Using a quarter cup measure, pour a scant quarter cup into the hot skillet. Lift the skillet off the heat and quickly swirl the batter, helping it spread thin. Place back on the stovetop and cook about 30 seconds - you should see little bubbles forming. Carefully flip and cook another 10 seconds. Remove with a spatula and set aside on a plate. Repeat with remaining batter, stacking the crepes on top of each other.
When ready to eat, spread a little cashew cream down the center of each crepe (about 2 tablespoons), top with strawberries and fold the sides over.