Balancing Your Body and Mind

Spelt and Corn Flour Blini Recipe

Hey guys!

For those who don’t know what a blin is, they are small, thin pancakes, actually more like crepes. They are commonly eaten in Russia and served with caviar, whereas Matt and I enjoy them with a sweet syrup.


Although we they are commonly referred to as “blinis”, the plural word is “blini” and the sigular word is “blin”. I grew up eating them, but my mother made Matt his first and he fell in love with them ever since! He always complained he couldn’t stop with one, he had to finish the rest.  My mother made them with “heavier” more traditional ingredients (butter, cream, etc) than both of us prefer on our lean diets.

So I set off to make a lighter, leaner recipe without as much gluten or butter, and came up with this one below. It earned Matt’s stamp of approval in 2 seconds.  We hope you enjoy it!


1 cup almond milk (vanilla optional)
1/2 cup water
1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup stone ground cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Use coconut oil for frying


  1. In a small bowl combine the wet parts:  soy milk and water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry parts:  flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Stir in the soy milk mixture just until combined.  (Add the optional blueberries at this point)  Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Over medium heat, use the coconut oil lightly on your skillet or griddle.
  5. Pour about 1 tablespoon of batter into the skillet and cook for about 1 and a half minutes or until the blini is bubbly on top and edges are slightly dry looking.
  6. Turn and cook for another 40 seconds or so and remove.  Apply a dollop of coconut oil to the skillet each time.

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You can cook 4 or 5 of them at once depending on the size of your skillet.   If you have the self control, you can make a larger batch as they will keep for a few days refrigerated and sealed.   We use a non-sugar jam with these, or we make our own mixture of sunflower butter, brown rice syrup and hazelnut milk to dip the blini in.

Tip:  These also make a great pre-work out energy snack instead of spending money on health bars.

Priyatnogo Appetita!  (bon appetite in Russian)

To your vitality,


Ps… Please let me know what you think about them below!