Grain-free Spring Rolls? Can that be done? Although I haven’t gone completely grain-free, I’m always looking for ways to substitute the grain in my favorite dishes. Thinly shaved cucumber makes a nice substitute for traditional spring roll wrappers. You can fill them with any vegetables (or even some fruits) you have in the fridge.
I enjoy miso but find that it can be overpowering to all the other ingredients. Many recipes add a whopping amount of honey or sweetener to tone it down. Cashew butter does a better job of balancing the miso and of course it’s totally yummy.
Kid-Friendly Spring Rolls
For a sweeter more kid-friendly version of these grain-free spring rolls, you can fill them with apple, pear or even strawberries. I love the combination sweet and savory so I like these best with apple, bell pepper and carrots. Sweeten up the sauce with more coconut palm sugar, agave or honey if it’s too tangy for your little ones.
How to Assemble the Spring Rolls
Prepare the cucumber wrappers:
Use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip of skin (lengthwise) off both sides. Then cut it in half.
Place one of the halves on the cutting board with one of the peeled sides facing up. Starting at the cut end, press the peeler down firmly and shave a strip from end to end continuing to press down for the whole strip.
When you get to the seeded center of the cucumber, flip it over and cut strips from that side. I find that the center, more seeded part is too delicate and watery, so I save that part to put in a salad.
Place the strips on an absorbent kitchen towel and set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. This will absorb excess moisture to keep the rolls from getting too soggy.
Prepare the filling vegetables
Cut the filling vegetables into thin 2″ sticks.
Assemble the Spring Rolls
Lay 2 strips of cucumber side by side with a 1/4″ overlap. Lay a mixture of vegetable strips on one end of the cucumber. Top the veggies with some herbs and about 1 teaspoon of sauce. Roll it up starting at the end with the vegetable strips.
These spring rolls should be used immediately. They become soggy when they sit. If need be, you can get all the ingredients ready ahead of time and assemble at the last minute.