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waffles

25 January, 2016

I bought a waffle maker.

I know exactly what you are thinking; what a completely sensible, incredibly useful thing to buy when you are a full time student and working less than 10 hours a week. And you thought psychology graduates couldn’t really read minds. 

In an attempt to justify this purchase, I have been going a little waffle crazy, googling and insta-stalking various healthy recipes to try. 

My waffle recipes are definitely a work in progress. Although I have not quite managed to get the consistency perfect, at least they taste pretty good. Besides, I have plenty of time and one completely necessary purchase to justify as an excuse to practice. 

I am not even stopping at sweet waffles either. Or just having waffles for breakfast.

 I did start with sweet waffles for breakfast,  that I simply made from overnight oats. I used flaxseeds as an egg substitute to bind the mixture. What I really loved about this one was how quick it was to throw everything together in the morning. Heat up the waffle maker, add in the pre-prepared mixture, cook for 7 minutes, top with whatever you would like and you’re done. 

Overnight oatmeal waffles
Serves 1
Super easy, super health waffles.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 banana
  2. 1/2tbls flaxseeds
  3. 1/4 cup oats
  4. 1/2tsp cinnamon
  5. 1tsp maple syrup
  6. 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together and leave to soak in the fridge for 8 hours, or overnight. In the morning, pour the mixture into the waffle maker and cook until the banana smells like it's caramelising (about 7 minutes).
Notes
  1. Top with greek yoghurt, banana, berries, maple syrup, or whatever else you would like.
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Overnight oatmeal waffles

My savoury waffles for dinner were made from curried, mashed pumpkin and topped with cottage cheese and my aunty’s incredible home-made mango and fig chutney.

aunty's mango and fig chutney

This recipe is definitely a work in progress, but was practically 1/2 an onion, 1 clove of garlic sautéed with 1/2 tsp of curry powder, added to 1 cup of mashed steamed pumpkin and 1 egg, cooked in the waffle maker for 10 minutes.  It was very difficult to get this one out of the waffle maker whilst retaining it’s shape. I am going to try adding wholemeal flour or polenta next time and adjusting the quantities. 

Curried pumpkin waffles

I feel as though there are going to be a lot of waffles happening this year. There might even be waffles so traditional that they would make the Belgians proud. Good think I really like waffles. Their flavour, their shape, the practically limitless variations, the name… 

Now I’m waffling. 

xx Liz 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Cassie 21 March, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Oh my goodness–I absolutely have to try this!

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