A Wholesome Take on an Old Favourite

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One of the many memories I have of my childhood was when my mother patiently churned out waffle after waffle for us kids to eagerly devour. The fun was piling each crispy waffle high with our favourite toppings, from Granny’s homemade stewed apricots to the good old Nutella. We definitely thought that Christmas had come early every time!

It wasn’t until a recent fossick in the cupboards that I rediscovered our well-loved Breville waffle-maker. This then left me itching to search online for a more wholesome version of one of my favourite childhood recipes.

Note: if you don’t have a waffle-maker, feel free to use either recipe to make pancakes so that you don’t miss out!

Banana Buckwheat Waffles

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • Optional: the seeds from 1 vanilla bean

Crispy Rice Flour Waffles

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
  • A pinch of salt

Method for both waffle recipes:

  1. Plug in your waffle-maker to preheat while you prepare the batter. Simply whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Once the waffle-maker has got up to temperature, liberally brush the waffle iron all over with oil/ butter using a pastry brush or a scrunched up paper towel.
  3. Use a large spoon to pour the batter into the waffle-maker, leaving a bit of room around the edges for the batter to spread.
  4. Keep the lid closed until a green light is showing or after about 5 minutes. The waffles are done when they are golden-brown and don’t sticking to the waffle-maker. The rice flour waffles tend to stick a little more so may need more cooking. I have found that generally the thicker the batter is the less likely it is to stick, especially if you have an old machine like I do.
  5. Remove the waffles carefully with tongs and repeat the process until you have desired number of waffles, constantly greasing the waffle iron to prevent the batter from sticking.

These waffles are best served immediately but are also amazing crisped up in the toaster the next day!

Topping ideas

Sweet:

  • Lemon juice and a drizzle of maple syrup or rice malt syrup
  • Berries and cinnamon
  • Peanut butter and smashed berries (PB and J – need I say anymore?!)

Believe it or not, these waffles can also act as a substitute for bread so can be paired with savoury things such as:

  • Smoked salmon, tomato, avocado and lemon juice
  • Gruyère or Parmesan cheese with chopped chives and smoked paprika
  • Bacon, spinach and tahini
  • Eggs Benedict waffle-style

 

 

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