Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vegan, Gluten free waffles

I am actually super worried about sharing the fact that my kids are eating a Vegan Gluten Free diet right now. I have heard a lot of horror stories about people getting in trouble for feeding their children a well balanced, cruelty free diet. It seems insanely absurd to me that someone would think my kids were missing out on vital nutrients when I make most of their meals from scratch, and I read EVERY label...but a parent who goes through a drive through gets a gold star??!!  There is something wrong with this world (lots..there is a lot wrong, but let us remain positive!)

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Now, I am not a professional food blogger. I am not a professional anything for that matter. If you found yourself here, be kind and go with the flow, or simply leave please. I am not up for debating any of my food, parenting, or lifestyle choices on my blog page. I will not have professional looking photos, and there will probably be some steps I miss. I am sorry!! I am a mama with four crazy kiddos, one of which is sitting in my lap, trying to suck his thump and nurse at the same time while I type. 


Today, the oldest spawn requested that I make waffles! I didn't want to use my (overpriced) Namaste flour blend, so I whipped up something myself. Living so far away (an hour+) from Costco makes buying the gluten free necessities a bit of a challenge. Locally, the flour we buy is over $4/lb and I just cannot swing that! Like every good (or decent in my case) mama, I hopped on my Pinterest App looking for a waffle recipe that I could make with things I had in the house. I clearly typed in VEGAN rice flour waffles. I gave up after several clicks led me to recipes that INCLUDED EGGS. 
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I decided to look at the recipes, exit the tabs, and experiment.  I am happy to say-they tasted good!! (Go me!) I think they had almost like a wheat bread taste, but not? I suck at describing flavors, I just know when it is good and when it gets pitched into the trash can.

I have a Vitamix with the dry container, so grinding up brown rice and chia wasn't too much work, be safe if you don't have one!
my totally unprofessional picture of my waffles, had to show what 3/4 cup of batter equals

My recipe made about 5 waffles in THIS waffle iron.  I love this waffle iron, I wish I could get it in a double maker. It was a great price, and it is the ceramic coated versus the nasty teflon. Go ahead, click on the link, I don't get anything from them if you do. I am only linking you to it because I truly like it. I will ALWAYS tell you if it is an affiliate link. 

Vegan, Gluten Free Waffles
Makes: 5 waffles

  • 2 cups ground brown rice flour (measure after you grind it)
  • ~about~ 1/3 cup of chia seeds- (grind after measuring)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 4 tsp baking powder (I make my own using this recipe)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax, 6 tbsp water-mix and set in fridge while preparing the rest)
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cup non-dairy milk (I used organic soy) 
  • mix ins if you choose*

  1. Start by mixing up your flax egg and putting it in the fridge to set up while you work.
  2. Grind your brown rice into flour, measure it after it is ground up (be safe, I used the dry container of my Vitamix) Place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Measure 1/3 cup chia seeds and then grind. 
  4. Whisk together, rice flour, ground chia, sugar, baking powder, salt,  and cinnamon.
  5. Add oil, flax egg, and milk of choice and then mix together.
  6. Plug in waffle iron and let it warm up, letting your batter set for about 5 minutes (or more)
  7. Using a measuring cup, place about 3/4 cup batter in waffle iron each time. Careful not to overfill
  8. Enjoy with your favorite toppings. I used Vegan butter and real maple syrup
Yes, that is way too much vegan butter... No, I do not care

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