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Healthy Mango Crepes with Maple-Lime Ricotta Filling

August 29, 2020

Feeling bored with the usual breakfast and brunch options? Step up your morning with the classic tropical combination of mango and lime – in crepes. You’ll get your healthy whole grains and vitamin C, but you sure won’t be thinking about health while eating these tasty mango crepes.

Mango crepes on a plate

Pancakes are an amazing category. On the front of it they are so simple, but there are an amazing number of variations from all over the world. Typically I make the big and fluffy variety with fruity flavor twists: Usually sweet ones like orange ricotta pancakes or pineapple upside-down pancakes. Or more recently I’ve gone with a nutritious cranberry banana oatmeal pancake

But there are plenty of other options in the pancake world. If I’m feeling nostalgic for my childhood, syrniki (Russian cottage cheese pancakes) are always nice. And now I’ve ventured out a little further with crepes. Not just any crepes, but healthy oat and whole-grain ones.

I love crepes. They are the perfect vessel for all kind of fun toppings and additions. And while I love a classic Parisian crepe with a slather of Nutella on it (and maybe some strawberries), I am trying to eat a bit healthier. An oat and whole wheat crepe with fresh mango, lime, and a dollop of ricotta sounds exactly right. Healthy, but with a little bit of indulgence.

Spreading the maple lime ricotta filling on crepes

The benefits of oat flour

I’ve written before about the benefits of whole grains, and I did include some here. But all whole wheat or spelt flour would make a delicate crepe rather heavy. So I chose to lighten up the flavor and texture with a bit of oat flour as well. 

Besides being a good choice for those that are sensitive to gluten, oats contain more protein and fiber than standard wheat. They are also known to be incredibly good for heart health because they help prevent you from absorbing cholesterol. Plus, oats (and oat flour) are great at filling you up faster and slowing digestion so you stay full longer. An oat flour mango crepe is a perfect way to start the day, so you stay satisfied for longer and don’t go looking for snacks.

Healthy mango crepes on plates and dishes

How to store crepes

If you have a small family or are just one person, it can seem like a waste to make a bunch of crepes. And since it’s hard to make a small batch, you might be wondering what to do with all the extras. Fortunately, cooked crepes store well!

If you are making crepes, you might as well cook up all the batter. Cooked crepes can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days or the freezer for up to two months. Once you have cooked all your batter into paper thin pancakes, prevent them from sticking together with parchment or wax paper between each layer. Allow them to cool to room temperature before storing them in a tightly sealed freezer bag or plastic container. 

Close-up of crepes

To reheat crepes, you have a few options. If they are frozen, allow them to defrost first in the fridge. Since you separated them with parchment, you will be able to take just as many as you want out of the freezer and leave the rest for later. Once crepes are defrosted, you can warm them up on medium heat in the microwave (it doesn’t take long!) or quickly cook each side in a warm, lightly buttered pan.

The other choice for too much crepe batter is to simply use it the next day. If you think you might make crepes a couple days in a row, you can store the batter in the fridge. Just keep it in a tightly sealed container. It helps if the container has a pour spout for easy use the next day. Just give the batter a quick mix before you use it again.

Now, if you aren’t a fan of sweet breakfasts, you’re in luck. Crepes are so versatile! I just recommend reducing the sugar by half if you are aiming for more savory toppings.

Mango crepes on a plate

Healthy Mango Crepes with Maple-Lime Ricotta Filling

Bored of the usual brunch options? These mango crepes are a great healthy breakfast thanks to fresh fruit, whole-grains and oat flour!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 crepes
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction

Ingredients

For the crepes:

  • 1 cup (100g) oat flour
  • 1/2 cup (65g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups lukewarm whole milk
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • butter or ghee , for brushing the pan

For the filling:

  • 1 lb. (450g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lime , zested
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large mango , diced
  • chopped pistachios , for topping

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, sift together the oat flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together. Stir in the milk.
  • Make a well in the flour mixture and gradually pour in the egg and milk mixture whisking continuously. Gradually whisk in the olive oil and hot water until smooth.
  • Heat a crepe pan or skillet over medium heat. Brush with some butter or ghee.
  • Add about 1/3 cup of the batter and tilt the skillet to distribute the batter evenly. Cook for about 1 minute, until the edges curl up and start to brown. Flip the crepe and cook for about 30 seconds more until set. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to butter the pan between each crepe.
  • Make the filling by beating the ricotta, vanilla extract, lime zest, and maple syrup together in a bowl using a hand mixer.
  • Spread the filling over the bottom half of a crepe, layer some diced mango on top of it, and fold into quarters. Top with more diced mango and chopped pistachios.

Nutrition

Serving: 1crepe | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13.3g | Cholesterol: 63.6mg | Sodium: 100.8mg | Sugar: 12.5g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: crepes with ricotta filling, healthy whole-wheat crepes
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Mango Crepes with Maple-Lime Ricotta Filling
Amount Per Serving (1 crepe)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.3g20%
Cholesterol 63.6mg21%
Sodium 100.8mg4%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 12.5g14%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Katherine
    September 2, 2020 at 10:26 am

    What fabulously tropical crepes! And healthy too. Such a great recipe.5 stars

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you, Katherine!

  • Reply
    Christian Guzman
    September 2, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Thanks so much for your post! I’ve added oat flour to the grocery list because now I *must* try it. I already love mango and I can’t wait to give these a try.5 stars

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 3, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      I am pretty sure you’ll love these crepes 🙂

  • Reply
    Gina
    September 2, 2020 at 11:51 am

    These are absolutely delicious! The fresh sweet mango with the creamy ricotta is such a great combination.5 stars

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 3, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      This combo is really great 😉

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    September 2, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I love crepes and these sound like the perfect brunch option. I love the flavours and it sounds so healthy!5 stars

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 3, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      The best thing is that you won’t be able to tell the difference whether these are made with simple flour or with oat + whole wheat 🙂

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Meldrum
    September 2, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    That’s taking breakfast to a whole new level. I make and use oat flour a lot, so these are going on my list.5 stars

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 3, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      This is a go-to weekend breakfast at our house right now 🙂

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