Friday, April 10, 2015

Grain Free Plain and Pizza Waffle



I've gone hog wild using my old, 33-year old waffle maker!  I discovered how to make grain-free waffles using nut butter as a base, so no flour is needed.  I've created plain and pizza flavored!  (Pizza variation on the basic plain recipe is listed below.)  I'll be creating other flavors, so be on the lookout in future posts.  For someone that hasn't eaten a piece of bread, or a waffle, in over 1-1/2 years, this recipe is like performing a magic trick!  The plain version makes a wonderful bread substitute.  Just top with your favorite sandwich filling, such as chicken salad, and eat as an open-face sandwich.  The pizza waffle is a favorite, especially for a quick lunch or dinner.  As pictured here, I topped mine with uncured, nitrate-free pepperoni cut into slivers that were heated in a skillet, shredded Parmesan and chopped tomatoes seasoned with Italian herbs.  It is to die for!  The waffles can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container.  To crisp them back up, just toast or place them briefly on your heated waffle iron so that it fits on the squares like a puzzle.  Also, if you don't have a waffle maker, either of these recipes can be made into pancakes and cooked in a skillet.  Have fun with these!  I know I have!

Grain Free Basic Plain Waffle
Makes about 3 or 4 waffles (6-8 servings)

1/2 cup almond or cashew butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk, such as almond, coconut or flax
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon (two drops) molasses
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
non-stick vegetable spray or melted ghee (clarified butter), if needed

1.  Mix all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat vigorously with a fork until a smooth batter forms.  The batter should have the consistency of pancake batter, thickened but pourable.  If additional liquid is needed, add 1 TB of non-dairy milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.  (If the batter is too thick, it will work fine but might not make a total of 4 waffles.)

2.  Heat waffle iron to a medium setting.  If needed to prevent sticking, spray both sides of the waffle iron with non-stick vegetable spray or brush lightly with melted ghee.  Ladle the batter onto the waffle iron and close the lid.  Cook until waffle is golden brown.  Carefully remove from waffle iron and serve immediately or place on a wire rack to cool completely, then store in a airtight container.  Repeat with remaining batter.

3.  To reheat a cooled waffle, either toast lightly or carefully fit the waffle back onto a heated waffle iron (make it fit like a puzzle) and close the lid.  Only reheat the waffle for about 20 seconds or until crispy.

Nutritional Information per serving (1/2 waffle, no topping):  129 calories, 5.2 g carbohydrate (0.3 g dietary fiber, 0.6 sugars), 10.4 g total fat (2.2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 155 mg cholesterol, 121 mg sodium, 33.5 mg calcium, 145 mg potassium, 5.1 g protein.  Net carbs per serving: 4.9 grams

Pizza Waffle Variation:  Omit the molasses and add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons tomato paste, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon onion powder and freshly ground black pepper.  The batter should have the consistency of pancake batter.  If additional liquid is needed, add 1 TB of non-dairy milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.  Proceed with step 2 to make waffles.

Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2015.