I modified this waffle recipe from Cathy Fisher, and it is perfect to me and super easy to make--I make the batter up in the blender. I'm amazed how good it is. We had house guests three times this week, and twice we made waffles. Housemate makes traditional waffles only a few times a year, when we have house guests. So she did that for the first set of guests, and I did Cathy Fisher's recipe for myself. It was good but I found the corn meal a little too crunchy for my tastes (I used polenta which is coarse ground). I thought I could modify it to make it better for my tastes and easier. I tried it out today on the kids we had over. We didn't bother with housemate's waffles because we wanted to play more instead of taking time in the kitchen. So I made mine and everyone loved them. This is great news because my recipe is easier than housemate's and we can all enjoy them. So here's my recipe.
Ingredients for 3 or more people (halve the recipe for 1-2 people):
2 cups non-dairy milk or water (I use water)
3 medjool dates
2 Tbsp almond butter (a little more if using water as liquid).
2 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Add 1/2 of the milk or water to the blender with the dates and almond butter and let soak for 15 minutes.
2. Turn on the waffle iron. I use this one, the same as Cathy Fisher. It seems to work great. I put it on the middle setting, following her recommendation.
2. Blend up the stuff in the blender.
3. Add 1/2 the oats and blend
4. Add the rest of the liquid and the rest of the oats and blend
5. add the cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder, and do a final mix (very quick blend at low power, just to mix)
6. Transfer to a bowl if you wish for easier scooping into the waffle iron.
7. When the waffle iron is ready, pour 1/2 cup into the center, cook until ready (you have to experiment for your iron). The longer you cook, the less the waffles will stick. I find that wooden chopsticks work great for getting the waffles out.
8. Serve immediately. I top with a date-water-fruit puree and/or chopped fruit.
I was so busy with the guests I didn't take pictures, but I'll do that next time. This is one of my favorite treats. It's pretty calorie-rich depending on how many waffles you eat. If I were to make a half-recipe, I'd probably use 1.5 dates in the waffle mix and maybe 1.5 dates in the topping, so that would be 1/2 oz of almond butter, 3 dates, and 1 cup of oats, or about 600 calories, not including fruit. That's a hefty meal if I eat it myself, but maybe I can get housemate to share with me. That would make 1 big waffle for each of us.
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