Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quinoa & Oat Banana Waffles with Hemp Seed - Gluten Free

How many healthy ingredients can a person actually get in one waffle recipe and still keep it allergy friendly? I got four in these waffles! Quinoa, oats, bananas, and hemp seeds.

I thought of a fun new way to eat one of the super foods. Simply toss them on top of your waffle batter, close the waffle iron, and in 11 minutes you have a healthy delicious breakfast full of fiber, protein, fruits, and flavor!

 Did you know that hemp seeds are a complete protein? And they really aren't a seed…they are a tiny   fruit.  They are becoming very popular, as people are learning all the health benefits and uses of these little seeds.  Visit one of these links to learn more, www.healthingsource.com or www.livestrong.com.

And in the meantime, why not try these tasty waffles!

*Weight watcher points are 1.25 per 1/4 section of waffle or 5 points for a whole waffle. Hemp seeds have 1 point per tablespoon.

I often double this recipe and make a large batch of waffles and freeze them in good quality freezer bags. These are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. I even use them in place of bread for peanut butter and jam sandwiches at work or when I need to pack a healthy snack.

Quinoa & Oat Banana Waffles with Hemp Seed - Gluten Free             3 1/2  Waffles
1 1/2 cups gluten free oats (regular if gluten free is not needed)
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1 banana
2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 Tbsp hemp seeds to sprinkle over waffles before cooking.

Spray a waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray. Heat to medium-high.
In a blender or food processor add all ingredients except for hemp seeds. Puree ingredients well. You can't over mix these.  Let mixture sit while waffle iron heats up. I let batter sit about 3-5 minutes, but it's not necessary.

Pour 1 cup of batter onto hot waffle iron and sprinkle hemp seeds over top before closing. Cook for about 11-12 minutes, times may vary depending on waffle iron. I have a very old standard one that works as great as the day I got it. (25 years ago)

Remove waffle with a fork and add your favorite toppings or let cool on a wire rack. If freezing waffles, let them cool completely and place wax paper between them to prevent sticking together after they are frozen.

Waffles will have a somewhat creamy texture to them on the inside and crunchy on the outside.  After they reach room temperature they get a soft, chewy texture.  I can not begin to tell you how handy these are for gluten free folks as well as kids.  In fact, I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't like them.

Here is a picture of the batter poured over my hot waffle iron and then sprinkled with some hemp seeds.  Add as much as you like.

Cook for about 11-12 minutes.

And  after 11-12 minutes...you have this great looking waffle.

Stack them up and serve them for breakfast, brunch,  and snacks.  Or…make a p&j sandwich like I do.


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