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Do you enjoy crepes but, like me, have never made them? Don’t let that stop you. When it comes to crepes, I’m not gonna lie… I’d never made them before this recipe came to fruition in the ongoing list of ideas going through my head at any given time. But I have to say, I believe I’m sold on making crepes. They’re so easy to make and scrumptious too. I love that they can be made savory or sweet, meaning every person in my family is happy. What originally inspired these crepes was Gerber Oatmeal Cereal. Yet another inspiration point for these particular crepes was the fact that strawberries are ripening across Northwest Arkansas, and my boys wanted to go pick berries. Berries, oatmeal, my desire for a new recipe… You get the picture.
I normally love berry picking every year, but this year my 9 month pregnant belly is kinda hindering me in some ways, including bending over to pick a whole flat of berries. But that didn’t stop us from going and letting the boys pick ’til they had a crate full of red, juicy berries that looked oh so good. It didn’t take them long because the berries were in abundance and absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t resist picking a few myself.
Now, as for Gerber Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain (because that’s what I used in this recipe)… My boys were all excited when they came in the kitchen and they asked me what I was making. Then my oldest saw the baby cereal sitting on the table. He was a bit skeptical… “Baby food in crepes?” Once he tried a bite, though, I’ll tell you, his skepticism didn’t keep him from eating and enjoying every bite of scrumptious strawberry crepe. Our first ever batch of homemade crepes was a hit!
I love the fact that not only can I keep this cereal stocked in my cabinet for this third baby boy that’s about to make his way into our family, but I can cook other things with said cereal, as well. We used baby cereal with both Jacob and Jaden, and I plan to use it again with this one; it was a great way of introducing them to solid foods, not to mention satisfying their hungry little bellies. If you have leftover baby cereal, it’s a great way to add nutrients (like iron, B vitamins, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, zinc, and calcium) to different recipes, including desserts or sweet treats. I’m looking forward to making my next batch of muffins and subbing in a bit of nutrient rich cereal for part of the flour. You’ll find 4 different kinds of Gerber cereal that make great recipe substitutions at Walmart… MultiGrain Cereal, Oatmeal & Banana Cereal, Lil’ Bits Oatmeal Banana Strawberry, and Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain.
Back to the crepes…
This crepe recipe is similar to a pancake recipe, only it uses a slightly thinner batter, that and there’s no baking powder or baking soda. That way the crepes can really spread out in the pan without puffing up into pancake form. I added crushed strawberries to the crepe batter itself, and I also added chopped strawberries to the cream filling.
Mix your batter. Then cook each crepe on a griddle, spreading each crepe out with a spoon, so it’s nice and thin. They don’t take long to cook; once they’re fully cooked, you can lay them out on a cutting board to cool. Once cooled, you can either stack them or fill with the cream filling and fold the sides over on top of each other.
Below you’ll find the printable recipe with full instructions. Enjoy!
Sweet and Savory Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Crepes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Gerber Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp. butter melted
- 1/3 cup strawberries washed and crushed
- Extra strawberries for garnish
- 1 pkg. cream cheese
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tbsp. milk
- 3/4 cup strawberries washed and chopped
- Stir together flour, oatmeal, and salt in medium-sized bowl.
- Make well in center of dry ingredients, and add in eggs, milk, and butter, mixing well.
- Mix in crushed strawberries.
- Heat griddle on medium to medium-low heat.
- Spoon batter onto griddle, spreading in a circular motion 'til spread fairly thin.
- Cook 'til crepe starts to set well, then flip and cook other side (probably 1-2 minutes per side).
- Cool on cutting board.
- While crepes are cooling, mix together cream filling ingredients.
- Spoon cream filling onto middle of each crepe, and fold sides over on top of each other.
- Place crepes on plates to serve, and add extra strawberries on top for garnish.
- Serve and enjoy!
Can’t make the crepes just yet? Go ahead and Pin them for later! They’ll be waiting when you’re ready. Also, note that you can follow the hashtag #CookingwithGerber on social media for even more ideas, recipes, and inspiration surrounding Gerber Cereal.