Working in the restaurant industry has taught me a lot of things. I’ve acquired exceptional patience and communication skills. I’m no longer scared of picking up people’s dirty, used, slobbery napkins that they left crumpled on the table. Also, I know I would never marry a man who can’t order for himself.
I would, however, marry someone who can appreciate a good, hearty waffle–perhaps drizzled with real maple syrup or smothered in a blueberry compote.
My friend Julie first made me these waffles. She is the queen of alternative flours and was the one who told me spelt flour is great because you can generally substitute it 1 for 1. So in this case, she uses a recipe from Sprouted Kitchen, but she switches the white-wheat flour for spelt. Spelt is an ancient grain with a larger scope of nutrients than its cousin wheat. It is high in protein and fiber among other things. These waffles are surprisingly light, while carrying a hearty nuttiness that leaves you full for hours. I made the whole batch and then froze the leftovers. Step aside Eggo.
Makes about 6 waffles (depending on your waffle iron)
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup milk (I used coconut milk)
- 2 Tbsp. orange juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. flaxmeal
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. spelt flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- dash of cinnamon
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- Coconut oil spray (optional)
Heat your waffle iron. Whisk together the egg, milk, orange juice, melted coconut oil and vanilla.
Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix until just combined. Let the mixture sit for a couple minutes to allow the flax to absorb some of the liquid.
The recipe didn’t say to grease the iron, but mine is old and needed a nice spray of coconut oil spray between each waffle. Put a helpful amount of batter in the waffle iron. This really varies between irons. It took me two waffles to get it just right. You don’t want to over stuff the iron or else it will just spill out the sides. After a few minutes it will be golden brown. Move it to a cooling rack (this way it won’t steam and get soggy). Never stack waffles. Then dress it up and enjoy.