Cinnamon Vanilla Waffles with Fresh Peach Sauce

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Cinnamon Vanilla Waffles with Fresh Peach Sauce

 

Waffles and a healthy breakfast don’t usually go hand-in-hand. When I think waffles, I think lots of melted butter, warm sugary syrup, thick-sliced bacon, and spicy sausage. Not exactly the food you want to start your day with, huh?

But waffles are too good to give up altogether. So, I tweaked them and made waffles that are healthier. Yes, you can start your day with these.

When I first started working on my gluten-free waffle recipe, I found that the perfect waffle was initially a little trickier than I had hoped. I made waffles for weeks trying to come up with what I thought a waffle should be.

I wanted a soft center and a crispy outside. I wanted light and fluffy while still having a good bite. And, of course, I wanted a waffle that I could eat and not feel guilty about. At least not too guilty.

To achieve this, I had to change a few things:

- I reduced the amount of fat in the recipe. It can’t be eliminated altogether because the fat is what helps the waffles pop right out of the waffle maker instead of sticking.

- My flour blend contains higher protein garbanzo-fava bean flour which adds nutrition and structure.

- I included both baking powder and egg whites to get a nice, fluffy center.

- Unrefined coconut palm sugar stands in for white cane sugar.

- I opted for a fruit-based sauce other than good ol’ maple syrup.

When creating these Cinnamon Vanilla Waffles with Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal, I used the exact same guidelines and the results were just as delicious.

What about the syrup? It’s the most important part of the waffle, right? It makes or breaks the entire dish.

Instead of cooking down a bunch of fruit, which takes time and creates more dishes to wash, I pulled the skin off of some fresh, juicy Texas peaches and threw them into my VitaMix. Half of a really ripe banana added just enough natural sweetness. I had a so-much-healthier-than-maple-syrup sauce. And it’s delicious, too.

If you don’t have peaches on hand, try blueberries, mangoes, or strawberries. Adjust the sweetness of the sauce to your liking by adding ripe banana like I did or, if you prefer, add a little maple syrup, honey, or liquid vanilla stevia.

On another note…next month Attune Foods has a special food allergy event planned with lots of great cookbooks to give away, including mine. Make sure to check back because you’ll want to be part of this!

How do you make your recipes healthier?

Cinnamon Vanilla Waffles with Fresh Peach Sauce

 

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