Waffles are our new favourite thing! I love the crunchy outside, the fact you can make them 4 at a time and that it can all be done in a blender. When you make them yourself, they can be pretty healthy too- before you pour half a cup of syrup on that is! I make a basic waffle mix, very similar to my Buckwheat and Oat Pancakes. I have used both Buckwheat Flour and Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour, both work well. If you have a gluten free flour mix you particularly like, you can just substitute that. If you are not gluten intolerant, then go for a nice plain flour and use 3/4’s of the raising agent.
To a basic mix I added dates, tahini and usually some Himalayan salt, but these days I am salt-free so I omit that. It’s just as delicious and caramel in flavour but a little better for you without added salt. I have also made waffles with blueberries. Once you are familiar with making them and you are sure of the thickness required for a perfect waffle, you can start experimenting with flavour, adjusting the liquid ingredients to perfect the batter. The consistency required is fairly thick, like a thick cake batter. This will give you fluffy waffles of some substance. As you make them you might need to drop in more plant milk as it tends to thicken on standing.
For those who do not use oil, you can try cooking these without using oil on the waffle maker. You will need to get the timing right to get them off though. Non-stick waffle makers work well for that if you don’t try to take them off before they are cooked.
I use a VonShef waffle maker
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: roughly 10-15 minutes
Makes 16 waffles
Serve with fresh fruit, nuts and date syrup
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 cup oat milk ( or any plant milk )
- 1 cup GF Flour
- 1/2 cup GF oats
- 1 teaspoon GF baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt- optional
- 4 medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon tahini ( can substitute nut butter )
- Blend the banana and milk until well combined.
- Add all other ingredients and blend well.
- Pour the batter into a bowl and let sit for a few minutes.
- Heat the waffle maker then brush lightly with coconut oil before cooking each batch.
- Place cooked waffles on a cake rack as you cook them.
- Waffles can be served immediately or stored well and popped in the toaster to heat up the next day.