Strawberry Waffles (of Extreme Awesomeness)

Strawberry Waffles (of Extreme Awesomeness) :: Pen Pals and Cookin' Gals

Has anyone seen this recipe floating around the interwebs for the Waffle of Insane Greatness? Apparently it’s become like a waffle meme. So many bloggers have been-theredone-that (and that’s just the first page of Google!) According to everyone and their mom, this recipe rivals yeast waffles. Gotta see for myself. And true to form, I didn’t have eggs. So I also tested chia seeds as an egg replacer for you guys.

Without eggs this recipe is already almost vegan. To sub the whole milk/buttermilk, just use full fat soy milk or almond milk, and this becomes an easy vegan recipe. Sweet!

I also exchanged the veggie oil for coconut oil because I don’t like using vegetable oil. And I added a little flour to bulk them up a bit. Also, I had to double this to make enough for my family of 4.

Don’t forget:

Dirty Dozen / Clean 15 2013Buy your strawberries organic. And now for the recipe…

Strawberry Waffles (of Extreme Awesomeness)

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole milk or buttermilk (I used buttermilk powder + 1 cup water)

4 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg (or 3 Tablespoons warm water + 1 Tablespoon chia seeds)

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (or honey)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped strawberries

Butter and maple syrup, for serving (optional)

Directions:

Mix the chia seeds and water and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Combine dry ingredients; mix well.  Add wet ingredients and strawberries; mix well. Let the batter sit for ~30 minutes.

Preheat waffle iron. The original recipe says, “Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily.” I found I needed a little spritz because the strawberries stick a bit. Because of this, I cut down the amount of oil in my recipe. Follow your waffle iron’s directions to cook the waffles. Serve with butter and maple syrup, whipped cream; or do as my kids did, because they couldn’t wait, and eat them eat plain.

Strawberry Waffles (of Extreme Awesomeness) :: Pen Pals and Cookin' Gals

See how nice my black chia seeds look in these pretty waffles? They add a little texture, kind of like strawberry seeds. Chia seeds add healthy omega-3’s and fiber. They are high in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and are rich in antioxidants. And this study found evidence that chia seeds can help regulate insulin levels in the blood! They are definitely something to add to your diet, and putting them in these waffles is a good start. The chia seeds as egg replacer recipe tells you to grind these in a spice grinder. If you don’t have one of those, just use them whole like I did. Chia seeds can be digested whole, unlike other seeds such as flax. This step isn’t very important, and it won’t affect the outcome of your recipe.

So, how did the chia seeds do? They work just like eggs. I didn’t notice a difference, other than the slight seediness of my waffles. But neither hubs nor the kids cared or even said anything about it. Win.

Will this be your new go-to recipe for waffles? Let us know how it works or what you did to make it better!

Nom.

~Veronica Hilliard

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