Saturday, February 9, 2013

Oat Pecan Waffles. Gluten Free!

Snowed in? Make waffles! What's better than piping hot waffles flooded with maple syrup during a blizzard? Backstory... I had the pleasure of attending a Vegan and Gluten Free Valentine's Day Brunch with Amie Hamlin at Greenstar Co-op this past week where we learned how to make these oat-y blender waffles. I often make gluten free waffles at home using the Babycakes recipe but I was looking for something a bit simpler and lighter. I enjoyed the lightness of these waffles and loved the idea of making them in the blender. Amie suggested adding cinnamon to the recipe if we made it at home, so of course, that was one of the tweaks that I made here. I also added baking powder because I find that it really makes a difference in fluffy waffles.

Finally, a gluten free waffle recipe that doesn't include xanthan gum, tons of oil (though I do love my oils), and sixteen different flours! Success.

Don't have a gluten sensitivity? I urge you to try these anyway. Oat flour and pecan flour make for a nutritious, stick-with-you alternative and the recipe couldn't be easier. Just add the few ingredients to the blender, whirl it around for a minute, and you're all set.

Oat Pecan Waffles

2 cups rolled oats
3 tbsp pecans 
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder (be sure to use a gluten free baking powder)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 cups water
1/2 cup non-dairy milk

Blend all ingredients until smooth, gradually adding water as needed. Let mixture sit for a few minutes to thicken. Oil your waffle iron. I found that these waffles don't stick the way that other recipes do, another plus! 

Makes 4-5 waffles.

Notes: Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have heard that we finally caved and ordered a Vitamix, but I did prepare these in a regular high power blender and they turned out great.

Looking for another waffle recipe using alternative flour? Try my Blueberry Ginger Buckwheat Waffles, another favorite.

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