Guest Author - Angela Thornton-Millard
Living with an allergy to dairy or gluten can make eating very difficult and even downright depressing. This is especially true at the holidays when everyone seems to be indulging in rich treats filled with butter, sour cream and flour. If there is someone in your family with sensitivities to dairy or gluten, you can impress them with this delicious recipe for chocolate waffles. These waffles have a great chocolate taste with no gluten or dairy. Top warm waffles with some natural almond butter or peanut butter for a little protein boost and a great treat. These waffles will fill you up and keep you going all morning long.
This recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free baking powder and oatmeal. It is also easily made vegan by using agave instead of honey for the sweetener. Regular milk can be substituted for the coconut milk if you are not concerned about eating dairy and don’t have any vegans in your group.
Another great advantage of this recipe is that the waffles freeze well. Make a double batch, cool the extras and freeze between layers of waxed paper. When you need a quick breakfast, pull one out of the freezer and reheat in the toaster or toaster oven. Spread with peanut butter, fold in half and take your breakfast with you. More nutritious and delicious than a drive-through breakfast.
1 ˝ cups oatmeal
˝ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons honey or agave
Process the oatmeal, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon in a food processor until it is the consistency of flour. Pour the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Process the bananas and flaxseed in the food processor until smooth. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the coconut milk, oil, vanilla, and honey or agave to the mixture. Stir until well mixed, but do not over mix. The batter will be very thick. Cook in a greased waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. Make sure you season your waffle iron with cooking spray or whatever method the manufacturer recommends as these can be a bit sticky. The number of waffles will vary depending on the size of the waffle iron.
*Nutrition information per batch: 1416 calories, 57 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 1515 milligrams sodium, 2298 milligrams potassium, 40 grams fiber (to figure amounts for a single waffle, take the total calories and divide by the number of total waffles)
*Nutrition information estimated using SparkRecipes.com