Category: Waffles

Reflections On 2017 & Green Matcha Waffles With a Secret Ingredient

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2017 is quickly coming to a close, and I can’t believe how quickly my kids are growing up, and how much has happened this year.

Some reflections/highlights in my personal and family life:

– Starting this blog to share and document my passion for home cooking and baking!
– Our eldest attaining his yellow belt in TKD
– Our littlest’s first time on a plane to Ottawa
– Taking our first *extended* road trip to Edmonton in the summer to visit family
– Our eldest starting Kindergarten
– Taking an online food photography course with Sarah from Broma Bakery
– Continuing to connect with other like-minded creatives via the Instagram community
– Developing my skills as a freelance food photographer

2017 was a year of discovery, learning, and trying to find my voice in this vast blogosphere. You guys made my Matcha Milk Jam the top post, followed by my Vegan Aquafaba Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons, Vegan Matcha Green Tea Spread, Earl Grey Milk Jam Spread and finally, rounding out the top 5, my Matcha Brochi.

I am so grateful to you, my readers for reading, following, engaging along in my food journey, and showing me your creations! I hope to continue delivering more delicious and innovative recipes in the coming year! 2018 will be an amazing year!

And to round off the year, how does another matcha/green tea recipe sound?

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Chickpea Peanut Butter Waffles

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It’s already October, and seriously, the last month has been a blur. With my eldest being in Kindergarten, I’ve been racking my brain for quick and healthy breakfasts that we can eat before he rushes off to school.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with other legumes like chickpeas. I’ve found that many of the recipes for chickpea waffles online are savoury, and use chickpea flour. While that’s great (I love chickpea flour waffles with ham and cheese), I’ve come up with another variation of my Healthier Black Bean Waffles … by swapping the black beans for chickpeas (or garbanzo beans). (more…)

Crispy Falafel Waffles (Gluten-Free)

Crispy Falafel Waffles
My first time making falafels ended in a near explosion of my kitchen. The smoke alarm went off, there was oil splattered all over my kitchen, paper towels on the floor, and I was a darting around like a mad woman. After that experience, I didn’t bother trying to make them again.

Until I came across the idea of making falafels in a waffle iron on Pinterest.

Falafels are a Middle Eastern food made from chickpeas, parsley, garlic, and various spices. They are then shaped into balls or patties and then deep-fried.

Chickpeas are not only low in fat, but they are full of fibre and protein, which makes these falafel waffles are complete meal. Compared to the traditional method of deep-frying the falafels, which is kinda is an oxymoron — deep-fried healthy food?

But crisp falafels without deep-frying? Yes! My secret to getting the falafels crispy is the addition of potato starch.

Real healthy, non-fried, crispy falafels made into the shape of waffles. These falafel waffles are light, fluffy and crisp with all the flavours of a transitional falafel. Perfect for vegans or vegetarians, or for people who just want to lessen their meat intake.

Pair these nutritious and delicious waffles with a salad and you’ve got lunch or dinner covered. Try them with my Pan-Seared Salmon and Chickpea Tomato Cucumber Salad. Or make the waffles in a large batch and you can freeze them and reheat in the oven for a quick dinner. You can bet these falafel waffles will be a regular dinnertime staple in my house.

Crispy Falafel Waffles
Crispy Falafel Waffles
Serves 2 large waffles

1 can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 cloves garlic
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 C cilantro or parsley
1/4 C water (more or less, depending on how moist the mixture is)
2 T ground cumin (we love cumin, but you can reduce the amount to 1 T)
1 T ground coriander
1 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lime/lemon
2 T coconut oil
1/4 C organic chickpea flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 T potato starch

Combine the chickpeas, garlic, onion, cilantro, cumin, coriander, salt, and lemon/lime juice in a food processor. Blitz until a coarse mixture forms. Don’t over process or it will turn into a gooey paste. Better to leave some little chunks.

Transfer mixture into a large glass mixing bowl. Stir in the coconut oil.

Add the chickpea flour, baking powder, baking soda, and potato starch. Mix everything to combine.

Heat waffle iron over medium high heat.

Scoop about 3/4 cup of batter onto the waffle iron and cook for 6-7 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Place onto a wire rack to cool.

Serve with hummus, tzatziki, or a Pan-Seared Salmon and Chickpea Tomato Cucumber Salad.