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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 OatsΒ from Fit Foodie Finds *GF & vegan

Thin Mint Cookie PancakesΒ 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?

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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. Yum, these look absolutely amazing! I don’t remember what I had for breakfast on Christmas last year. πŸ˜› This morning, I had breakfast at starbucks. Nothing like a double dose of chocolate (cake + mocha) to start a fantabulous day. πŸ˜€

    Merry Christmas Davida!

  2. You truly crack me up, and make me drool over your recipes, as always. I have a bunch of amazing Healthy Maven posts waiting to be read in my line-up, but I wanted to stop in and say hi!!! Even though you’re not celebrating Christmas, it’s a time when I think of all the positives in my life – and you’re one of them! Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration. And enjoy that snowshoeing you’re doing – have always wanted to try it!

    1. Meg you are too sweet! I could not be happier to have “met” you this year and am so looking forward to what 2014 will bring for you and for us πŸ™‚ Hope you’re enjoying the much deserved time off! Blogs can wait, family is much more important!

  3. I’ve never had a blintz before but I think it’s time to change that! We usually have pancakes or french toast for Christmas breakfast….although maybe pine nuts would be good this year? Hahaha that’s too funny.

  4. To be completely honest, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of Blintzes. They look like crepes, I wonder if they tastes the same. Guess I have to give this beauty a try! Happy holidays Davida! πŸ™‚

  5. You’re a genius. An absolute genius.

    I had my very first blintz earlier this year. I went to ‘The Pancake Parlor’ and ummed and ahhed over everything. Then when the waitress appeared blurted out the very first thing that popped into my head, the aptly named ‘Jewish Blintz’ they have.

    It was a revelation. Cream cheese, cottage cheese and brandied sultanas. I can’t overstate how incredible it was.
    I tried to make my own at home (baking it for a healthier alternative to frying). I chopped up medjool dates, and mixed it with cottage cheese. The dates were the bomb. They melted and became a beautiful soft paste. Incredible!

    These look sensational πŸ˜€ I will absolutely be trying out this recipe!
    Happy Holidays Davida! πŸ™‚

    1. omg I’m moving to Australia so we can eat these everyday and share our vitamix. I’m going to dream about those blintzes tonight!

  6. I’ve never had a blintze or really knew what one was, but I was curious about them when I’d gone to Katz’s deli once! I chickened out though, of course! lol They sound really interesting though! πŸ˜‰

    1. Love Katz’s so much! Would give an arm and a leg to have one of their blitnzes right about now!

  7. These look AMAZE (no surprise there). Should I just buy rice flour? I only have coconut, almond, whole wheat, bread and wheat. Oh, and buckwheat. Maybe I could sub in buckwheat? What do you use to flip it with? Should I buy a crepe pan? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

    1. Alright, I got this.

      1)buckwheat will probably work but they may be a bit heavy cause it’s a heavier flour. Best bet would be whole wheat or bread flour. Coconut and almond won’t work.
      2)I messed up at least 3 of them flipping because I suck at it. A spatula and a whole lot of patience required. Or my Mom who is a master flipped.
      3)No clue about a crepe pan cause I’ve never owned one.

      Hope you’re having the best time in Montreal!!!! Go get breakfast at Beauty’s. The end.