No Sugar Added Divine Chestnut Crepes


Breakfast of champions includes more than my daily allowance of sugar? What?

I became a vegetarian in January, 2015 as a New Year’s Resolution and have since migrated toward eating entirely plant-based. The crazy fact is, Oreos are vegan. Vegan or plant-based eating doesn’t mean I have been eating entirely healthier. Sugar is plant-based. Although the sugar industry has actively fought to change public opinion about the health effects of sugar, we know today that sugar impacts just about every organ system in the body. And not in a good way. So my 2018 resolution is to attempt to stick to the American Heart Association’s recommendation of no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) or 100 calories per day of added sugar. This is the recommendation for women, you fellas get 3 more teaspoons for no more than 9 or 150 calories a day.

Enter any grocery store and the first section you’re directed into will contain food-based, refrigerated juice smoothies and protein drinks. They are all the rage. But the sugar content of most is astronomical. Some of Naked’s juice drinks contain over 60 grams of sugar, that’s more grams of sugar than a 12 oz. can of their parent company’s soda – Pepsi! And Coca-Cola’s Odwalla beverages have enough sugar to send a kid up the face of El Cap in record time. Next time you’re lured into this front-of-the-shop aisle and find yourself reading the labels, check out St. Louis made, plant-based Karuna beverages. They are sweetened with monk fruit and Chinese dates. And one we selected to create a breakfast recipe with — Divine Chestnut — has just 8 grams of sugar per 12 oz. As my vegan-chef boyfriend and I are seeking ways to make a satisfying breakfast without any added sugar, we tested out this one below for crepes. And there were divine.

As I look for ways to fuel my upcoming days with less sugar, I’ll be documenting my resolution throughout the year with recipes to help me stick to that under 25 grams of added sugar per day number. Here’s one I’ll likely make with Chris often, just switching out the filler with seasonal fruits…

No Sugar Divine Chestnut Crepes:



1 cup flour

1 12 oz bottle of Karuna Divine Chestnut

2 Flax Eggs (see below for recipe)

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon


3 medium size Honey Crisp Apples

1 D’Anjou Pear

2 Tsp Coconut Oil

2 tsp Cinnamon

2 tsp Vanilla

pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º
  2. Cut apples and pears into square chunks
  3. Stir together fruit chunks, with coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and salt
  4. Bake fruit for 30 minutes at 350º
  5. Bake apples and pear mixture for 30 minutes, then keep warm in the oven while prepping the crepes.
  6. Make Flax Eggs –

    Coffee grind 2 Tablespoons of flax seeds.  Put it in a separate bowl.

    Add 6 Tablespoons of warm water. Mix well.

    Refrigerate for 15 minutes or more, while you wait for the apples to finish baking.

  1. Vegan eggs are made from ground flax seed
    Vegan eggs are made from grinding flax seed.
    Vegan eggs are made from ground flax seed.
    Flax seed we ground in a coffee grinder.


  2. When oven timer goes off, turn off oven (important step!), but leave fruit in there to keep it warm.
  3. In large bowl, mix together flour, Karuna Divine Chestnut, flax eggs & cinnamon
  4. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add 1/4 of the batter and swirl to completely cover bottom of skillet. Cook the thin crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a rubber spatula, turn and cook the other side.
  6. Fill & serve hot!

    Vegan crepes with no added sugar for breakfast, brunch or any meal.
    Vegan crepes with no added sugar for breakfast, brunch or any meal.

Makes 4, no sugar added servings!

Carpe your Crepes!

Please let us know how you like this recipe. If you have any suggestions for recipes you’d like to see, let us know!

More on woman-owned, St. Louis-based Karuna:
You have many options when shopping for a healthy juice drink. Perusing the beverage aisle of your grocer can be confusing. All the juices claim healthy ingredients and splash nutrition buzz words on their labels. However, when it comes to nutritious, plant-based beverages, Karuna drinks have no peers. Kind of like comparing apples to oranges. Only Karuna offers original, nutrition-dense ingredients, like Chinese red dates, aronia berries and mung bean sprouts. Their hydroponic, chemical-free and hormone-free growing methods stand out as well. You can be certain when selecting Karuna that the juice found in your beverage is from real fruits high in phytonutrients, not nutrient-poor fruit juice concentrates. Karuna is waste conscious as well. Many other juices are pressed from fruits and vegetables and their remains become trash. Karuna uses that healthy portion in other drinks and composts the minimal left overs.
Karuna is Sanskrit for “compassionate action.” This compassion for your health and the health of our planet is the root of Karuna’s mission. Precisely why I drink them and feel confident sharing them with you.

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