With a couple of months off work, summertime gives me a great opportunity to experiment with recipes and try new things. This summer has been no exception. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the kitchen creating meals with all of the fresh, local produce available right now. Veggies can liven up old dishes, adding freshness and new flavor. They can be added to soups, stir-fries, even WAFFLES.
Last week I posted a recipe for pancakes, but as much as I love pancakes, I love waffles even more. Mostly because they are easier to make! No flipping involved! But, like pancakes made without wheat flour, good grain-free waffles are hard to come by. This recipe for waffles is quick and easy to make and can be frozen, then popped in the toaster for a quick morning meal before you run out the door. I used store-bought almond flour for these recipes, but if you grind up your almonds really finely, you might be able to get similar results from homemade almond flour. I just found almond flour at the commissary for about $4 less than other grocery stores, for those of you who have access!
Gardeners know that with the month of July also comes an over-abundance of squash. My garden hasn’t begun producing too much of the squash family yet, but I have already acquired a few too many from the farmer’s market! Fortunately, zucchini and summer squash don’t have a strong flavor and can be thrown into a lot of different dishes, even WAFFLES. I did not get a picture of the zucchini waffles before we cleaned our plates, but they have beautiful specks of green throughout. The zucchini also adds great moister, we actually preferred the zucchini waffles to the regular waffles.
-Mix all ingredients together, if the batter seems a little thick, add some water to get it to the right consistency. Put it in the waffle iron and go! Make sure to oil the waffle iron first. Yields 3 waffles.
**If you’re afraid your kids won’t like to see little green specks in their waffles you can run this through a blender and after you cook them I don’t think the green will be at all noticeable.
Whatever you do, don’t ruin these perfectly healthy waffles with sugary syrup. If you are going to use syrup, get real 100% maple syrup, otherwise put some frozen fruit in a pan and cook it down and add a little honey to make a fruity syrup. Enjoy!