Gluten-Free Vegan Belgian Waffles

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

Homemade waffles are one of the foods on my list that I make for my family but am unable to enjoy myself, because they aren’t gluten-free.

But I found this recipe for not only a gluten-free waffle, but grain-free, dairy-free and vegan as well.

The ingredient list is very simple, not using a complicated list of gluten-free flours and ingredients but primarily chickpea flour.

While the original recipe describes them as a “savory” waffle as opposed to a sweeter-type waffle, they were perfect for me and I added a touch of extra sweetness to mine with some homemade coconut cream and wild blueberries.

Homemade is always best, but you’d never want to forgo homemade for boxed waffles.  Here is the ingredient list for Kellogg’s Buttermilk Waffles:

Ingredients: ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], FOLIC ACID), WATER, VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN, PALM, AND/OR CANOLA OIL), EGGS, BUTTERMILK, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF SALT, SOY LECHITHIN. (source)

Vitamins and Minerals: CALCIUM CARBONATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, REDUCED IRON, NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN B12, VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN).  (source)

  • Soybean Oil/Soy Lecithin – soy is a well known and documented GMO ingredient.  Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “Non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO soy.
  • Canola Oil – canolia oil is a well known and documented GMO ingredient.  Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “Non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO canola.
  • Salt – processed, toxic iodized salt
  • Sugar – refined, processed, bleached sugar
  • Eggs – if they aren’t organic or pasture eggs, it’s highly likely they are coming from farms that use antibiotics, hormones, fed GMO grains, etc.
  • Buttermilk – if it’s not organic or the milk you are consuming is not coming from a local, family farm, it’s highly likely the milk is coming from factory-farmed cows that have been given antibiotics, hormones, fed GMO grains, etc.
  • Baking Soda/Sodium Aluminum Phosphate – highly likely that it’s not aluminum-free
  • Vitamins/Minerals – synthetic and made in a laboratory

 

 

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5 Fast Facts About Chickpeas (Chickpea Flour):

  • excellent source of fiber
  • good source of protein
  • can help lower cholesterol
  • provides better regulation of blood sugar
  • can help decrease cardiovascular risks

5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Milk):

  • helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
  • energy booster
  • loaded with calcium and fiber
  • 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
  • high in anti-oxidants

5 Fast Facts About Apple Cider Vinegar:

  • anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
  • maintains proper pH balance in the body
  • regulates blood pressure
  • helps to reduce bad cholesterol
  • loaded with potassium

5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption

5 Fast Facts About Tahini (Sesame Seeds):

  • high in calcium at 35% RDA
  • excellent anti-oxidant
  • lowers cholesterol
  • reduces inflammation
  • high in phytosterol

5 Fast Facts About Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 

  • lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • rich in anti-oxidants
  • improves bone mineralization and calcification
  • excellent protection from heart attack and stroke
  • contains anti-inflammatory benefits

 

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Waffles

 

Here’s another option for toppings:  bananas, crushed goji berries, crushed pistachios and drizzled with maple syrup:

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Belgian-Waflle

 

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Tip #1:  These are not sweet waffles.  If you prefer a sweeter waffle, increase the amount of sweetener in the recipe and/or add maple syrup as a topping.

Tip #2:  Since the primary ingredient in this recipe is “chickpea flour”, they have a very strong, distinctive chickpea flour flavor which may not appeal to you.  If you don’t like the taste of chickpea flour, this would not be a good recipe to try.

Tip #3:  These can be a little tricky coming off the waffle iron and need to be handled with care.  You may want to spray the iron with a non-GMO cooking spray to help with this.  Make sure you leave them on the iron long enough to get crispy on the outside, as well as cook all the way through on the inside.  If you are using the same brand of waffle iron I have, I have found the best results with the setting in the middle of  “2” and “3”.

Tip #4:  You can use the sweetener of choice.  I used raw coconut crystals and increased the amount of sweetener from the original recipe (and they still weren’t overly sweet).

 

Gluten-Free Vegan Belgian Waffles (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar)

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 cups homemade almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon organic tahini
  • 3 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Step 1 Heat your waffle iron.

Add the almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and let it sit for few minutes.

Add all the rest ingredients and mix until well combined.

Pour batter into your waffle iron and cook according to waffle maker directions.

Repeat with the rest of the batter.

Serve with homemade coconut cream, your favorite fruit or maple syrup.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe inspired by and slightly adapted from:  http://veglite.com/breakfast/savory-chickpea-waffles

 

How To Make Whipped Coconut Cream Topping (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugar)

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Ingredients

  • 1 can organic full-fat coconut milk (13.5 ounce, unsweetened)
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons organic unrefined granular sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla bean powder (or organic vanilla extract)

Directions

Step 1 Put a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.

When you open the can, there will be a layer of thick cream on the top and coconut water on the bottom.

Scoop out the thick cream and put it in an electric mixer bowl (save the coconut water to make a smoothie).

Add the granular sweetener and vanilla of your choice (Note: vanilla bean powder will give it a slightly darker color and/or black specks. If you prefer a pure white color, omit the vanilla bean powder or use vanilla extract).

Mix on high setting with the "whisk" attachment until it becomes thick.

Use as a topping on fruit, granola, pancakes, desserts, parfaits, etc.

Enjoy!

 

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