I bought Horacio a waffle maker for his birthday so I can make him waffles whenever the mood strikes.
And there’s also the selfish motive knowing that he’s made hundreds (or perhaps over a thousand) waffles from scratch at work since the summer. So he’s a pro. And I have been waiting for the opportunity for him to show me his ways.
And now I am learning the tricks of the trade.
I have gotten pretty good at operating the gadget, but what I am better at is making a wickedly delicious batter that’s healthy, and fluffy, and all the things we crave in a waffle.
As for the yogurt, I recommend Siggi’s of Trader Joe’s (plain, grass-fed, Greek-style) if you’re going the dairy route, or Good Karma (plain & unsweetened) for a flax-based alternative.
You can skip the banana if you don’t have any, and you can even substitute 3-4 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder for the rice flour for a chocolate version. But other than that I wouldn’t tinker with the recipe too much 😉
As a sidenote, I also highly recommend a ceramic machine because they’re 1) Free of major carcinogenic coatings and 2) A dream to clean (as in you really don’t even need to clean it – wizardry I tell ya!)
Now, waffle on!
Fluffy Gluten Free Probiotic Waffles (or Pancakes!)
3/4 c brown rice flour or sorghum flour
1/4 c tapioca flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground chia or flax
1 tbsp avocado oil or melted coconut oil
1 tbsp nut butter
1/2 c plain unsweetened organic/grass-fed yogurt (Siggi’s or Good Karma are great choices)
1 large banana, mashed
4-5 drops vanilla stevia or regular stevia and add 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 c almond or coconut milk
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In another bowl, add the chia or flax and 2.5 tsp water. Mix well.
Add the oil, nut butter, yogurt, banana, and stevia to the wet mixture and stir.
Stir the wet into the dry, adding milk as needed to achieve a thick batter. You may refrigerate for up to 24 hours before using.
Use batter according to waffle maker’s instructions.
Serve with favorite toppings such as toasted almonds, berries, nut butter, coconut cream and maple syrup.