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Gluten-free Waffles

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

My son has gotten tired of the same-’ol food every day, so I have had to get creative. The other day I thought, “Waffles are a very forgiving food; I’m going to try making GF waffles.”

The result?

The word is still out on how well they will freeze (since I just made them this morning), but here’s the basic recipe.

Gluten-free Waffles

2 cups water
1 cup teff flour
1 cup amaranth flour
1-2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp honey or sweetener of your choice
1/2 tsp salt

Mix well or blend in a blender. If you didn’t use a blender, put into a pitcher of some kind so you can pour it into a hot waffle iron. I use a medium-high setting. Check after 10 minutes–not before! Serve however you would serve regular waffles: fruit sauce, maple syrup, jam, etc. Could also be used instead of bread in sandwiches.

We served his with palm oil for butter and homemade blueberry sauce (just blueberries, water, honey, and arrowroot to thicken). He loved them! Ate two small squares. This batch made 9 small squares; the rest are in the freezer.

The amaranth flour I used was ground in my dedicated gluten-free grain grinder (a.k.a. coffee grinder that hasn’t seen coffee beans since it got dropped off at the Goodwill). This yields a flour a bit more coarse than a purchased flour would. However, waffle batter is very forgiving–it can be as thick or as thin as you want (though you’ll need to adjust the time to compensate, and possibly the heat, if you can). You could also experiment with different flours. I just used these two because he doesn’t get them as often, and I bought 25 lb of teff flour a while back, so I want to find a good way to use it.

Another nice thing about this recipe is that it is very flexible as far as proportions are concerned. Since you use a 1:1 ratio of flour to water, you can get away with doubling or tripling the recipe, or increasing or decreasing it by random percentages (say 3/4 cup of flour to 3/4 cup of water to make enough for one very hungry person or two not-so-hungry people), and estimate the other ingredients.

Have you got a favorite GF recipe that your family loves? Please share it or a link to it in the comments!