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The other day I was thinking about what people eat on Christmas morning. I even asked my Dad for his thoughts to which he responded “I don’t know…pine nuts?” WHAT? Seeing as we don’t celebrate Christmas neither one of us is an expert in this area. But I do consider myself a connoisseur of breakfast giving me moderate credibility to weigh in on the topic.

orange cheese blintzesBesides the last few years where I’ve spent Christmas with C’s family, my typical Christmas breakfast consists of cold chinese food. Okay not actually, I usually eat oatmeal. But have you ever wondered what the Jews do on Christmas? We eat Chinese food and go to the movies. This is not a generalization, it’s actually a holy day.

orange cheese blintzes 1Since I don’t know what to eat for Christmas breakfast I thought I would share a recipe from my people. Blintzes will forever remind me of my Bubby. In addition to enough bagels and lox to feed a small village my Bubby always had blintzes in the house. The blintzes were usually potato-based but then my life was changed forever when I tried the cheese blintzes at Katz’s Deli in New York. It was like a Bar Mitzvah in my mouth! Long overdo that I post my own twist on a classic cheese blintz recipe.

Orange Cheese Blintzes {Gluten-Free}

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Keywords: cook bake breakfast gluten-free orange cheese Christmas Jewish


Ingredients (Yields: 10 blintzes)

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 eggs
  • For the filling:
  • 2 cups 0% fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Juice, 1/2 orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T coconut palm sugar


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl combine brown rice flour, water, almond milk and eggs. Whisk until well combined and all clumps are gone.

3. In a large regular or crepe pan spray or melt coconut oil over medium-high heat.

4. Add 1/2 cup of batter and stir contents to form a circle.

5. Cook for about a minute before flipping to the other side for 20 seconds. Watch heat, if batter starts to brown the pan is too hot, decrease heat.

6. Place on plate with a sheet of paper towel on top.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all batter has been used. About 10 blintzes.

8. Meanwhile mix cottage cheese, orange zest, juice, vanilla and coconut palm sugar.

9. Divide filling evenly between the blintzes (about 2 T each).

10. Fold blintzes like envelopes by folding in left and right and then top and bottom.

11. Spray a 9 x 11 inch dish with non-stick spray or coconut oil.

12. Place blintzes seal-side down in dish and bake for 10 mins.

13. Top with sliced oranges, powdered sugar and maple syrup.

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Not feeling adventurous for Christmas morning? Check out my breakfast page for more inspiration or some of my favourites that I’ve gathered from around the web:

Slow-Cooker Creamy Coconut Steel Cut Oats from Fit Foodie Finds *GF & vegan

Thin Mint Cookie Pancakes from Kiss My Broccoli *GF & vegan

Crustless Quiche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen *GF & paleo

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from Edible Perspective *GF & vegan

Pumpkin Spice Latte Waffles from Minimalist Baker *vegan

Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting from Making Thyme for Health *vegan

Do you have a traditional breakfast you eat on Christmas morning? Have you ever tried blintzes?

Meet the Maven

Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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  1. I honestly skipped right over this recipe when you posted it, but then I accidentally bought what I think is quark (the Spanish words for food trip me up sometimes) so I wanted to put it to good use and remembered these blintzes. These turned out amazing! I cut the recipe in half and it made exactly 5 crepes. I used whole wheat flour and it worked great. I accidentally forgot to cut the sugar and vanilla in half for the filling so they were a bit too sweet but that was my own fault. I skipped the baking part and just heated the orange slices in the microwave and put the filling into each crepe while it was still hot. Definitely making these again, like maybe tomorrow!

  2. Katz’s Deli? As in THE Katz’s Deli?! Oh myyyyyyyyyyyy uhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhh….I mean, wow, that’s cool! 😉

    These look amazing! I’ve never actually heard of a blintzes before but I’m down with anything that is stuffed with cheese! Yum!

    Thanks for the link love, darlin! xoxo

  3. Funny story: my dad is from the south but when he moved to Colorado, worked as a chef’s assistant in a country club that was owned by a Jewish family, and thus he obviously learned how to make AMAZING food, including fabulous blintzes. My favorite are ones topped with blackberry sauce…so good! These look just as lovely!

  4. We never have breakfast on Christmas day as we usually sleep in *gasp*. Though I’d definitely love to try these blintzes anytime! They look delicious :–)