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Winter is the time for warmer, more comforting foods. We’re not actually meant to be consuming heaps of salads and raw vegetables this time of year – especially if you live in a cooler climate, like me. I don’t know about you, but my body tells me to warm up and the only way to do this (other than through jacking the heat and layering my clothing) is by eating warming foods. Think roasted vegetables, comforting soups and savory dishes. I love this time of year.
I created these waffles with comfort and savory in mind. Have you ever enjoyed a savory waffle? I recently saw this article with savory oatmeal recipes – the pictures are pretty tempting. Some of the oatmeal toppings would be perfect atop these savory gluten-free waffles.
My husband enjoys these waffles for breakfast with a drizzle of coconut oil and a fried egg on top. I prefer mine at lunchtime with a swipe of cashew cream cheese and a side of mixed greens or sprouts. You could even make these for dinner. They’re that versatile. Oh, and they’ll impress your guests.
This particular recipe calls for goat cheese, but you can make them dairy-free or vegan by using Daiya cheese. If you can’t tolerate oats, I would try brown rice flour instead.
Savory Gluten-Free Waffles
Yield 4 waffles
• 1 cup certified gluten-free oat flour (we like Avena's Only Oats)
• ½ cup almond flour
• ½ cup tapioca flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder baking powder
• ½ teaspoon sea salt
• ¼ teaspoon black pepper
• 4 tablespoons ripe avocado, mashed with 1 tablespoon water (1/2 a large avocado)
• 1 ¼ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk
• 2 tablespoons liquefied coconut oil
• ½ cup grated hard goat cheese
• 1 whole scallion, chopped finely (white and green parts)
1. Preheat waffle maker to desired setting (ours is set at 3).
2. In a large bowl combine oat flour, almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, sea salt, and pepper.
3. Add mashed avocado, milk and coconut oil.
4. Mix until well combined.
5. Fold in cheese and scallions.
6. Spoon batter into waffle maker and wait until they’re ready – ours beeps when the waffles are done cooking.
7. Let cool to touch in the waffle maker for a moment, then remove to wire rack to cool, or until ready to serve.
I am currently reading Julie Daniluk’s new book The Hot Detox Plan: Cleanse Your Body and Heal Your Gut with Warming, Anti-inflammatory Foods. It’s fascinating, and I definitely recommend it to those of you with digestive discomfort.