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Beet Crepes

These delicious and gluten-free beet crepes are made with just 10 ingredients and served with a light yet hearty apple and pear stuffing!


This past Sunday, the pastor of the church I go to, rode onto the stage in an 83 year old Harley, and opened up a new series by challenging us to pick a word -one word- that would help us get a better life. He shared his word suggestion of “resilient“, and used Harley Davidson as a company that stood firm and made adaptations to thrive – in spite of the depression and other challenges.

For me, a “box on wheels” (whether that be 2 or 4 wheels) is a means for getting from point A to point B – so the whole 83 year vintage Harley didn’t intrigue me at all – but his word suggestion did! As my daughter and sat in the parking lot waiting to leave (our church is huge), we got into a conversation as to who the most resilient person we know is – and we both agreed that that person has gotta be my mom!

Wowzers - look at the color of this crepe mix!
Wowzers – look at the color of this crepe mix!

Other than to mention my mom’s cooky measuring methods, I don’t think I have shared a whole lot about her – so here goes…

 My mom wasn’t born into a wealthy family, and after her dad’s untimely passing, money was tight and things were very tough – so, my mom went to work at an extremely young age. A few years after she met my dad and got married and my sister and I were born, Sri Lanka was ravaged by the Riots of 1983, with looting and burning and killing spreading through businesses and residential neighborhoods like a Tsunami!

I don’t remember much other than being in a car with my mom (when the riots broke out) and looking out and seeing buildings on fire and people walking around brandishing axes! Those early years were a blur, but I also remember my mom, in her quest to give us a better life, transferring into a job that sent her -and all of us- overseas to Abu Dhabi! Since I can remember, she has sacrificed, been firm and stood resilient through all adversities – just to make sure we had a better life than her!


As my daughter and I talked more (it takes a while for 2000+ people to clear out of a parking lot), we figured we needed to come up with our own word that would help us be better – for the next 3 months at least. My daughter decided she needed to work on “consistency”; and I think I need to work on “community”.

With that said, and inspired by my blogger friends Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health (who is kicking off her “blogger of the week” series TODAY), Suzanne @ A Pug In The Kitchen (who asked for recipe suggestions to recreate) and Charlie @ Hotly Spiced (who traveled the world through the recipes of fellow bloggers)…

I am thinking of picking a recipe from one of you amazing bloggers in this “blogging community” I have grown to love, and, recreate it – WITH BEETS (maybe)!

I might do this once a month; giving my mystery ingredient posts a little break…


Once every 2 months…

What do y’all think?

Do y’all want to send in recipe suggestions?

I asked my daughter for her opinion and her sassy answer was that I should have picked “decisive” as my word!!!

And then she mentioned she could give me a more concrete answer with a belly full of BEET crepes stuffed with apples and pears for lunch!


So – only fitting I share these with y’all!
These beauties are totally gluten-free as I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour….and seeing I have a picky teen who used to detest beets as a young one blackmail me into making these now… well…I guess y’all know these are THAT good!

[Tweet “Easy and gluten-free AND teen approved Beet Crepes @BobsRedMill @RunninSrilankan”]

What do y’all think about my fellow blogger recipe doctoring -with or without beet- idea?

What would be a word y’all picked that would help y’all have a better life?

Beet Crepes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Shashi
These delicious and gluten-free beet crepes are made with just 10 ingredients and served with a light yet hearty apple and pear stuffing!


For the Crepes:

  • 2/3 cups pureed beets 1 beet roasted for 45 minutes and then thrown in a blender
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the apple/pear stuffing

  • 1 apple cubed
  • 1 pear cubed
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • juice of 1 orange


For the crepes:

  • Place the beet puree, milk, eggs, butter, flour, honey, salt, and vanilla into a blender and give them a whirl till well incorporated.
  • Add 2 large spoons fulls of batter to a greased and heated up pan and swirl till the mixture coats the bottom.
  • Flip and cook 20-30 seconds on the opposite side
  • Repeat till batter is used up
  • For the apple/pear stuffing: Add orange juice, apple, pear, butter, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar to a pan and let simmer over low heat for 15-8 minutes till the liquid is absorbed
  • Assembly: Place 1-2 tablespoons of stuffing on a crepe and roll each end in, top with honey and almond butter or any other topping of your choice.
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  1. Jennie says:

    My celiac daughter always needs more veggies, so was happy to find this recipee. They didn’t work as crepes for me- they fell apart, so I added an extra cup of millet flour and made them mini pancakes instead. I also added 1/2 cup sugar and omitted the salt because I cheated and used a tin of beets (instead of roasting my own) and they were pickled beets. But they’re asking for thirds, so I think my changes were ok 🙂

  2. HI Shashi, thanks for sharing with us the dramatic story of you and your family leaving Sri Lanka.
    As for the word that could improve my life, I would probably adopt “confidence”. I really need to work on that side…
    p.s. Your beet crepes look great.

  3. Super pretty crepes, and amazing story about your mom. Resiliency, community, and consistency all wonderful traits to lead a great life 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    Your mom sounds like a pretty remarkable woman Shashi! And I love the words that you and your daughter picked.

    And these beet crepes… my goodness the color! I’ve actually never made crepes (shame shame!) and really need to give them a try!

  5. Vibrant and beautiful! I think these crepes are so delicious that they could be a great breakfast, lunch dinner or anything in between. Your mom is an amazing person and I think she has passed on some of her resilience to you as you are strong and resilient and take life as best as you can with the challenges in front of you. Pinning for sure!

  6. Girl, you and your beets! Every time I pop back over here you’ve done something even more creative!!! These crepes have such a brilliant color! Absolutely stunning!

  7. I capitulate, the war on beets is over.
    Shashi and her beets wins – Mike loses.
    I hope you’ll grant me at least the “Honours of War”, I’ve been a fierce adversary.

  8. Gorgeous crepes, Shashi. You are blessed with an amazing mother and I’m pretty sure you are amazing yourself 🙂

  9. What a lovely colour these crepes are, I can see why they are so popular 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Your mother does sound resilient, and I love your creativity here! These crepes are so beautiful and the filling sounds divine. What a lovely breakfast, which I also think would make a great dessert!

  11. Girl, this is breakfast or dessert on steriods. LOVE LOVE IT. Love how you’ve incorporated beet in it, super healthy and it looks beautiful. Yours pictures or so good. Pinned.
    Btw, your pastors advice is spot on.

  12. One thing about beets…they sure give up their gorgeous colour. These crepes are beautiful! I’ve been meaning to do a series like what you’re thinking, for a while now, but I just have no time to commit to it so it’s shelved again. Once I can get some free time, I’d love to feature my fave recipes from my friends. So, I think it’s a great idea.

  13. The blogging doctoring idea is fabulous, Shashi … as are all of your ideas! 😉
    Love your daughter’s cheekiness, as usual and, of course, your amazing creative post! Beet crepes, huh? They look really beautiful with the fruit filling in!

  14. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, oh my gawd, I love beets!!! what a great idea!! These crepes look sooo good!!!! and “resilient“ is a great word for 2015! your mother sounds like my mother!!!

  15. Gingi Edmonds Freeman says:

    WOW, look at the color!! Those look stunning!! I must try!

    Anyhoo, I stumbled upon your page through a fellow blogger, and thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same.. or better yet, keep in touch! <3 –

  16. What an incredible story. Your mom sounds like an absolutely amazing woman. And the beet crepes are pretty amazing themselves! Love the color!

  17. kitchenriffs says:

    Love the idea of beet crepes! Very original, and looks terrifically tasty. Love the story about your mom — thanks.

  18. Mira says:

    I love the amazing story about your mom you shared! She is a hero!
    These crepes look fantastic! Love the use of beets, such a great color! Will definitely try them!

  19. Kelly says:

    Your mom sounds like such an amazing woman, Shashi! I loved hearing how resilient she is to give you all a better life 🙂 I also love how creative you are with beets. These crepes are just beautiful and the apple, pear stuffing sounds amazing! Recreating recipes with beets sounds like such a fun series too – can’t wait to see everything you make 🙂

  20. Farrah says:

    I haven’t made crepes in many moons, but clearly, I need to change that! :O These look super good; I love the vibrant color! <3

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Farrah – I took these pictures on an overcast day, they seem more vibrant when its sunny outside! I <3 cooking with beets! 🙂

  21. Love the message your pastor tried to convey on his Harley – that’s good food for thought. Love how you use beets in these crepes – you could call them red velvet almost 😉

  22. OMG, yum, crepes, I am totally starving right now…and now all I can think about is crepes 😉

  23. I hope you’re growing beets this year because you need to get your crepes on! What a clever recipe idea for beets!

    • Shashi says:

      Pamela – I need your green thumb – er, make that green fingers! I tried growing them last year and they grew to about 2 inches and died! 🙁

  24. Kim says:

    So fun to read more about your mom – she sounds like an amazing woman and clearly she passed it down to you!!!
    Love that you and your daughter discussed the sermon more and ended up choosing your own words!

  25. I love the relationship that you and your daughter have, Shashi. And what a sweet and inspirational tribute to your mom!

    BTW, these crepes are just beautiful and I’m sure they’re delicious too.

  26. I love anything with beets! The color just always gets me 😉

  27. Girl, I love what you do with food and these are super pretty! Can’t wait til I come over for breakfast some day and you make me these. 😉

    Have a beautiful day Shashi!

    • Shashi says:

      Aww Melanie – you made my day! Yes – come on over anytime and I will whip up a batch of these for you! My daughter is trying to talk me into making these for dinner tomorrow with cheese and bacon stuffed in ’em!

      Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  28. Oh my! The color! These are gorgeous!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Sean – BTW, that’s the original red from the RAW pictures! I made a beet crepe cake and took pictures of it on a sunny day and ended up trashing the pictures as the red came out so vibrant it didn’t look real!

  29. Almost Getting It Together says:

    I love the idea of apples in crepes… I can’t wait to see what they taste like with beets!! I am going to either have to a) ratio my roasted beet or b) buy more beets and roast them so I can make these post-long run this weekend!!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Cassandra – actually, the beets are not overpowering at all in these crepes. In a previous version I added cinnamon to the mix and they tasted more “cinnamony” than “beety”…weird eh?

  30. These look divine and your daughter’s sassiness made me lol.. I’m pretty indecisive myself. So many choices!! Oh, and moms are the best, aren’t they?

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – one thing my daughter has in abundance is sassy-ness!
      You are right – so many choices!!!! And mom’s are the best! 🙂
      Thanks oodles Erin!

  31. Janelle J says:

    My goodness does this look delicious! And so bright! I have to try this out, I haven’t cooked with beets in a long time, I miss it!

  32. spicedblog says:

    Wow, your mom sounds like the shizzle, Shashi. By “shizzle,” I mean she sounds pretty darned awesome! I can’t imagine just picking up and moving the entire family to a new country…that’s pretty resilient in my book. Also, these beet crepes are so colorful…I love them! What a fun recipe adaptation. I definitely vote for more beet adaptations to common recipes. Maybe you’ll even get me to finally like beets…haha! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      My mom is full of “shizzle” or is that my mom is the “shizzle”???
      Thanks my friend!
      But, wait, didn’t you and Laura pick up and leave the south for upstate NY? In terms of temperatures, that’s like a whole new country to me!!! 🙂

      I think beet recipe adaptations it will be – starting in February – might even have to tackle those donuts of yours!

  33. Joanne says:

    Your mom sounds like an amazing person!! And I love the idea of picking a word to make you a better person…such a good thing to strive for. THESE CREPES!! So gorgeous.

  34. They’re almost too pretty to eat! Almost 😉 I really love the idea of having a word to motivate your life, which is why I went the One Word route this year instead of making a lot of concrete resolutions… And the word I chose was “do.” I spent WAY too much time stuck in my head, and not enough time transferring those thoughts into actions. This year is the year to work on changing that.

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – thanks oodles Amanda!
      You were one of the people I was thinking about when I mentioned that I had heard about this one word dealio before – I remember you mentioning your word – and I LURVE it! I dunno why – but it makes me think of Nike!

  35. Beet crepes? Get outta here! What a clever idea. I love beets any way any how and this is more like a treat than food. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Maureen!!!
      Yes – these were most definitely a treat – a treat that tasted good, but didn’t feel like it was good for ya (even though they are) – though, once time I made these crepes, my daughter stuffed them with ice cream and topped them with whipped cream and chocolate syrup!

  36. thanks for the shout out…also, your stories are always so moving!!!! if you are looking for an amazing beet recipe – in my ecookbook, there is a beet carpaccio with chickpeas and goat cheese. i think you will like it.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much my friend – I cannot thank you enough for featuring me today! Your sweet questions still have me on cloud 9! 🙂
      I did see that beet carpaccio – so dang tempting and a definite must for when I start my recipe re-creation – though not sure how I am gonna be able to NOT eat it all before I photograph it….

  37. Nina Mills says:

    So pink! Does the beetroot add any taste to the crepes, or is purely for that gorgeous colour?

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Nina – yes, there is a difference in taste between these crepes and regular gluten free ones – but it’s a very subdued taste. I’ve added cinnamon and a little cloves to the batter before and those spices add another layer of flavor that distracts from the beet taste – hope this helps… Thanks for stopping by.

  38. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    These beet crepes are so gorgeous, just like all of your beet recipes. That cinnamony fruity filling sounds just as amazing.

  39. Khushboo says:

    I loved hearing about your mom and she sounds like an amazing woman! I was actually thinking of the strongest person I know just a few days and concluded it was my mom. Looks like we are both lucky to have such amazing women in our lives :)! I love the idea of doctoring recipes- can’t wait to see what you come up with, Shashi! It seems like whatever you touch turns into gold!!

    • Shashi says:

      Lady – it’s true what they say about great minds!!!! 🙂 Glad to hear your mom is such a strong lady too!

      And, dang Khushboo – am almost tearing up after reading that incredibly sweet last sentence – from the bottom of my heart -thank you!
      I have had my eye on these oat lolis you made once before – thinking I might have to make a version using beets – will email you to make sure its cool before I go ahead!

  40. I absolutely love these Sashi. The vibrant bright colour is enticing and makes my mouth water! I pin so many of your recipes I think I’ll be needing to make a separate folder in pinterest just for them lol! 🙂

    I think it’s a great idea to recreate another bloggers recipe with or without beets. It’s good to see different recipes made in different ways, which may indeed make them better!

    My word would be “determined” 😀

  41. Brilliant color there! Those crepes look amazing. I feel like grabbing a few right away.

  42. Natasha says:

    Those crepes sure are pretty… I might try a savory potato, cheese filling for a change…

    I need to stay OPEN. Lots of pain in my life right now and I need to not shut down and out as is my instinct, to curl up into a little ball and hide under the bed… but if I stay open to people and their loving help, it will get better faster.

    • Shashi says:

      I m so sorry to hear about the pain you are going through. I hope you stay strong and OPEN as it passes. Sending a big virtual hug your way and hoping alls well soon.