You might have time to whip these up during the week, but for us they’re more of a weekend treat. Another reason that these are Weekend Waffles is that even though they are 100% plant based, flour isn’t necessarily a whole food. Even whole grain flour is processed. This makes it more calorie dense than whole grains cooked in water (brown rice, barley, oats). For this reason, we recommend limiting these waffles to weekends or special occasions.
To enjoy these without going overboard, you can also have a smaller waffle portion and pair it with breakfast hash or a smoothie. We’ve even used a section of a waffle to garnish an Acai Bowl. Just dip and bite!
We use a variety of flours for a variety of nutrients. Also, each flour offers different properties that come together to create the perfect waffle. Oat flour can be made in seconds by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor or blender. It adds a little flavor and is light enough to allow the waffles rise into the shape of your waffle iron. Garbanzo bean flour is dense and great for binding. It holds these waffles together. Barley flour adds flavor and fluff. If you don’t have this flour trio on-hand, feel free to substitute any or all of the flour for whole wheat flour.
When ranking the healthfulness of your waffle it ultimately comes down to the toppings. Berry syrup can be made by heating and smashing berries. All fresh and thawed berries seem to be a perfect pairing with these waffles – especially when used generously. Chopped bananas and chopped nuts are also a great addition.
For the kiddos, turn these into a finger-food. Break your waffles into sections and let them dip them into berry syrup.
- 1 cup frozen berries optional
- fresh berries optional
- Combine flaxseed, chia seeds and 1/3 cup almond milk in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup almond milk, apple, dates and vanilla to food processor and blend until no chunks remain, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
- Combine baking powder and flours in a medium mixing bowl. Add flax/chia mixture and apple mixture and stir until combined.
- Cook waffles in a lightly oiled waffle maker. They will likely take longer to cook than your typical waffles.
- Microwave 1 cup frozen berries for 60 seconds. Stir/mash into a berry syrup.
- Serve waffles topped with berry syrup and fresh fruit.
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