One Saturday morning we were craving waffles, so after a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip we became the proud owners of this awesome waffle iron (*affiliate). Over the next few months we made TONS of delicious waffles.
What if I throw in a beet? Can I add leafy greens? Black beans!?!
As long as we had the right base, we could throw in just about anything and the finished product was always a surprisingly delish waffle! AND – if the recipe includes a banana, you can’t even tell the other ingredients are hiding in this breakfast feast! How cool is that!?!
Dr. Greger created the Daily Dozen as a quick checklist to get the healthiest foods into your daily routine. What’s great about the Daily Dozen is that it’s all about what you should eat, not what you shouldn’t. Honestly, if you eat everything on the Daily Dozen list, I’ll be impressed if you have room for much else!
The concept of the Daily Dozen is simple: eat everything on the list every day. There’s even an app! It you’re a list-maker or box-checker, this is right up your alley.
Crazy enough, this waffle recipe will knock out 9 of the daily dozen: beans, berries, fruit, greens, vegetable, flaxseed, nuts, whole grains, & spices. ??? What a great way to start the day!
If you’re looking for plant-based meal plans based on the Daily Dozen, check out The Scientific Meal Planner (*affiliate). This awesome tool will create meal plans based on your calories needs and the amount of time you want to spend in the kitchen. The premium option even provides nutrient data and grocery lists!
Let’s talk about some of the health-promoting ingredients packed in these waffles.
- A large handful of leafy greens disappear into these waffles. What a great addition to your breakfast, given that eating greens nearly every day is important for avoiding preventable death.
- I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a fan of beets. These were not part of my routine.. until I discovered I can hide them from myself in waffles. Bonus – your waffles will have a fun red-ish color!
- Black beans = lots of fiber and protein. You’ll walk away from the breakfast table full and satisfied. Feel free to swap in any other cooked beans or lentils.
- These waffles come with a dose of healthy fat from the walnuts and flaxseed. Flaxseeds are a great egg-replacer that help bind your ingredients together.
- To make oat flour simply toss rolled oats into a blender or coffee grinder and blend for 30-60 seconds. Whole grain.. check!
- This recipe has tapioca flour to keep it from crumbling. I’ve replaced this with oat flour and it worked, BUT crumbled a bit while eating it. Tapioca is great for gluten-free baking because it binds ingredients together. OR – you can simply replace this with whole wheat flour.
These waffles are oh-so-tasty AND packed with nutritious ingredients. Therefore – they are going to be different than a standard white flour, egg and sugar waffles. If you’re used to a highly-process waffle, you may find these to be dense at first.
I say at first because after discovering how yummy and filling these are, you’ll be making a double-batch on Sunday so you can enjoy waffles all week. If you make extra waffles, simply store refrigerated in an airtight container. Throw one back into your waffle iron and heat for 1-2 minutes and you’ve got a fresh waffle! ??
These can also be frozen in a freezer bag, with the air removed. Simply thaw and reheat in the waffle iron when you’re ready to enjoy.
Daily Dozen Plant-Based Chocolate Waffles
- waffle iron
- Food Processor
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 large handful leafy greens spinach, kale
- 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup canned beets drained
- 1/4 cup walnuts raw, unsalted
- 1 cup unflavored non-dairy milk i.e. almond, soy, cashew, etc. - we use JOI
- 1 cup oat flour or 1 1/4 cup rolled oats ground into oat flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour or whole wheat flour
- 3 Tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric optional - for extra nutrition!
- 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) optional - for topping
- pure maple syrup optional - for topping
- Add banana, leafy greens, black beans, beet, walnuts and almond milk to a food processor. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
- Combine dry ingredients, including oat flower, tapioca flour, cacao powder, ground flaxseed, baking powder and turmeric (if using). Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Heat waffle high (to high-heat) and let waffle batter sit for 5 minutes.
- Place berries in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Mash berries with a fork to make a "berry syrup."
- Add batter to waffle iron (1/3 to 1/2 of batter, depending on size of waffle iron), let cook until firm (~5 minutes). Remove from waffle iron. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Enjoy topped with "berry syrup" and/or pure maple syrup.
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