I love waffles. So much. I've yet to meet someone who doesn't love a delicious waffle. I'm not talking about the ones from a box. Yes, I've tasted them. My parents used to buy them when I was a teenager and I'd toast them and put a scoop of peach ice cream on top. Those aren't waffles. Those are waffle-like-products. I mean WAFFLES!
My brother used to live in a different province from the rest of the family, and during one of his visits home I walked into my parents house while he was making up a fresh batch of waffles. They were green. He had made them with spelt and spirulina and I thought, eww why bother? Well, I'm not sure he eats green waffles anymore but I think I've come up to his level of dedication when it comes to eating healthy. I drink my spirulina like any good hippie - I don't hide it in waffles.
All this to say - after a bad night's sleep, a long morning, and a challenging yoga session - I felt waffles would put some sunshine into my day. The dilemma - a deep, lust like desire for waffles on a non-treat day. It just couldn't wait.
I've health-ified a recipe adapted from the Food Network but you are welcome to junk it back up or make any adjustments you need/like/want. I will warn you (ye be warned) that applesauce waffles need a bit of extra time in the waffle iron so make sure it stops steaming before you open it. It's not 100% healthy, but it's as close as a waffle is going to get while still tasting delicious.
These waffles are nice and crispy on the outside, soft and muffin like on the inside and delicious the whole way through!
Vegan, (mostly) Sprouted Grain DELICIOUS Waffles
Yields 10 waffles approx.
Before you start, plug in your waffle iron so it's insanely hot when you're done making your batter. I plug mine in, have a coffee and then get the ingredients together. There's nothing worse than a luke warm waffle iron.
2 1/2 cups flour (I used 1c sprouted spelt, 1c sprouted kamut and 1/2 cup all purpose whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (you can use any milk)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup coconut sugar (you can use brown sugar or sugar alternatives)
3 tbsp oil (I used walnut but you could use melted coconut oil, or vegetable oil)
1 tsp vanilla
Whisk your wet ingredients together, and continue whisking in your dry ingredients. Make sure most of your lumps are gone but don't go mental - it doesn't need to be perfect.
I know non stick sprays aren't great. I actually never really use the two that I have in my cupboard unless I'm making something in the waffle iron - and when you're using a waffle iron you really need a spray. I have an extra virgin olive oil spray and a coconut oil spray (both found at the marvellous Costco) and I used the coconut oil spray so the waffles wouldn't taste olive oil-y.
Spray your iron, use a measuring cup to scoop and pour your batter (perfectly sized waffles that way!) My waffle iron takes 1/2 cup batter per side, but yours could very well be a different size so use some discretion here. As I mentioned earlier in my extended waffle rant, because these are made with applesauce you will need to wait until the steam is done rising before opening your iron. If you've used brown sugar - your waffles may stick a little to your iron. Carefully use a spatula or some tongs to peel them off - don't rush, you don't want to rip your beautiful waffles!
Top with fresh fruit and real maple syrup for the BEST breakfast or brunch. If these waffles don't add a bit of sunshine to your day, you are a sad sad soul.