How to eat gluten free when traveling in France, and a Crepe Recipe

by Chelle in ,

We have a very special blog post for you today! One day I posted a gluten free picture on instagram. Several minutes later someone from france commented on the post. I did what we all do, and did a little instagram stalking! I discovered Céline. She has been blogging about how to live a gluten free lifestyle in France since 2012. She focuses on using fresh, seasonal ingredients. She also believes you shouldn't have to break the bank to eat healthily. 

Having lived in France in 2008, and not discovering our allergies until a year or two later (or until last year for me), I was so excited to hear about gluten free options in France. I thought I  wouldn't be able to eat anything when I next visited, but after talking to Céline discovered that there are more and more gluten free options become more readily available in France. She's put together some tips on how to eat gluten free when traveling in France! These are so helpful! She also shared some delicious gluten free crepe recipes! 

Visiter her blog here! Follow her on Instagram here! 

1. When traveling in France what tips do you have for someone who is gluten Free

France is a little behind on America in terms of gluten-free products, but luckily French cuisine tends to use quite a lot of simple and fresh produce such as meat or fish and fresh vegetables, so it is not too difficult to find gluten-free dishes. 

To ask if something is gluten-free : "Est-ce que ce plat est sans gluten ? " (is this dish gluten-free ?) Before you head off traveling, you can download the French coeliac card . This card informs your waiters that you have a sever allergy to gluten and must avoid it. 

All over France, in cities, you can find gluten-free products quite easily: in the health food stores such as Naturalia and Biocoop, or in the health food section in supermarkets such as Monoprix

In Paris, a lot of gluten-free cafés have opened recently. You can find them all on my google map of gluten-free places in the world :) Some of them also sell GF products, such as Chambelland or Helmut Newcake. The Maison du sans gluten is also a small boutique with great gluten-free products such a bread, cereal, biscuits, flour mixes. 

2. Where is your favorite place to eat gluten free food (restaurant). 

In Alsace, where I live, I love the restaurant Piano 2, just up my street. The waiters are knowledgeable about gluten and allergies in general, and I've never been disappointed by any of their meals. Delicious! They serve a great pesto risotto, and amazing meat dishes with two sides of your choice. It can be fresh seasonal vegetables with olive oil, sauteed potatoes with a little garlic, roquette & cherry tomato salad...For desert, the best place to go to is Bistrot & Chocolat, a trendy café that serves vegetarian/vegan/gluten or dairy free food. Chocolate fondant, buckwheat crêpes, gratins...they are really working on many new gluten-free dishes these days. 

My family lives in Paris so I go there quite often. I haven't yet got around to trying all of the new cafés, but I really enjoyed my meal at My Free Kitchen, where all the food is gluten and dairy free. I had a lovely leek quiche, chicken hachis parmentier (shepherd's pie) and a giant apple cinnamon muffin with an amazing crumble on top! Just a few minutes' walk from there are the famous Café PinsonNOUS & Noglu. A great neighbourhood to stay in when traveling! :)

But the best address you just cannot miss is definitely Chambelland, the recently opened bakery that all of Paris - if not France! - is talking about. Their specialty, the "pain de sucre" ("sugar bread") is to die for. Try the chocolate and orange blossom pain de sucre", it is heavenly!

My recipe

These crêpes are delicious with either a good chocolate spread, coconut sugar or your favorite jam. I used my dad's recipe from my childhood, which is initially full of gluten! I've tried several versions of this recipe, here they are : 

☆ 165 g brown rice flour
☆ 85 g corn or potatoe starch
☆ 50 cl almond milk
☆ 3 eggs

☆ 2 tablespoon oil 

☆ 2 tablespoons brown sugar (not necessary, it is nice if you like to eat the crêpes plain)

Mix all of the ingredients, heat your skillet (medium heat) and start making the crêpes! 

My other version: beer crêpes

You can replace the almond milk by half dairy-free milk + half gluten-free beer (crêpes with beer is a French tradition from the North of France, where my family is from: 

My other version: chestnut crêpes

You can replace the flours by  165 g brown rice flour + 85 g chestnut flour