Winter Waffle Recipe
Alright breakfast lovers! I know why you're here. But first: happy 2018 to everyone! I personally still love the concept of new beginnings. Yes, we have the opportunity to start new every single day, but the celebration and sense of occasion that unites us on New Years is pretty special. I feel so lucky to have been surrounded by some of my favorite people last night, totally exhausted after skiing, but feasting and laughing together.
If you're like me, you have a few new intentions for the year ahead. I like the word intention because it gives me a sense of responsibility for the things I want to accomplish, whereas the word resolution has turned into something I think we collectively don't anticipate achieving. One of my intentions is to post recipes and articles as a database for us all to collaborate and build on. What better recipe to start on than breakfast?
I like to play around with waffles, crepes and pancakes, but I keep coming back to a variation of this recipe. This is a bit of a winterized version - where fresh fruits aren't as tasty or available, so I've used frozen ones that I've had from the summer. Freezing is incredible because you don't lose any of the nutrients, however the texture is compromised when thawed.
Bountiful Winter Waffles
Makes 4 circular waffles, or 8 (ish) pancakes
1/2 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tsp moringa powder (optional)
Handful frozen berries
Combine the dry ingredients - the flour, baking soda and salt - in a medium sized bowl and whisk together.
Add the eggs, honey, yoghurt and almond milk and whisk until a smooth consistency. Then, add the chia seeds and moringa powder and stir in. Ideally, let sit for 2 minutes to allow the chia seeds to gelatinize. When adding the batter to a waffle maker, add in frozen berries before closing the lid.
To serve, I added more Greek yoghurt, fresh black berries, frozen blueberries, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, goji berries, cashews, maple syrup and peanut butter.
A note on moringa powder
You can choose any super food or leave this out. Moringa is a leaf Native to Africa and Asia which contains iron, all 9 essential amino acids, vitamin K and vitamin A, calcium, and is very high in antioxidants. It will give the batter a slight green color, but this disappeared when I cooked the waffles. It doesn't lend to the taste at all.
High Heat Oils
Oils and fats, due to the differences in the chain lengths and saturation of fatty acids, have different smoke points. Some oils will turn rancid in higher heat, and can act as a carcinogen in the body. For cooking in a waffle maker or skillet, use higher smoke point oils. These oils include:
Butter or ghee (ideally grass fed)
Non-extra virgin olive oil (extra virgin has a lower smoke point)
Happy cooking & happy first day of 2018!