Growing up, one of my favorite Saturday morning activities was when Dad took over the kitchen and would make breakfast for my mom and us four kids. While the typical breakfast was eggs, bacon, and hash browns, my favorite breakfast was when Dad would whip up batches of Polish nalesniki, or crepes. It was quite an undertaking, often using two or three burners at a time on the stove since there were plenty of hungry mouths to feed. We would fight for them as they were being made, spooning gobs of jelly or jam, rolling them up, and eating them faster than he could make them.
Although I am now grown and Dad isn’t around anymore to tempt my tastebuds with the old family recipe, my sisters have both perfected the art of nalesniki. So naturally, when they make it, I will eat it once in a while, you know, for purely nostalgic reasons..
However, since flour, milk, and sugar are necessities for this delicacy and none of which are staples in my diet anymore, I have been on a search to find a replacement recipe that still brings the comfort food feeling without the inevitable carb coma.
Enter Against All Grain Tortilla recipe. With a small tweak of adding some vanilla extract, and serving with a side of bacon, this was an epic win in my kitchen.
- Mix all ingredients except for coconut oil in a bowl. Let sit for ten minutes to allow coconut flour to absorb wet ingredients, then mix again. (I prefer to whisk).
- Lightly grease pan with coconut oil (or fat of your choice; but coconut oil flavor seems to work well with this!)
- Meanwhile, simmer frozen raspberries in a small saucepan and heat on low. Berries will breakdown into a liquidy “jam”
- Use 1/4 cup of batter at a time and pour into the center of the pan. Proceed to spread the batter into a thin layer (I grab the pan handle and shake to spread. I am sure there is a more proper way to do this, but this is how my Dad always did it).
- Let one side cook for about a minute, then flip (carefully) and cook the other side for about 20-30 seconds.
- Transfer to a plate and avoid eating them while you repeat the steps above with the remaining batter.
- Pour raspberry filing into center of finished crepes, fold them up, and top with more berries.
Other paleo-friendly topping ideas could include strawberries or blueberries, baked apples, banana slices, almond butter, and more!
Do you have a favorite childhood treat?
Have you ever tried to make an unhealthy meal healthy?