Thursday, November 10, 2016

Oh So Healthy - Apple, Banana - Oat Waffles ...always gluten free

Are you like me and still trying to figure out how to use all those apples off the tree before the fruit flies take over the kitchen?!

Here is an idea I came up with last week.  I cut an apple into 4 sections, removing the seeds. Put it right into the blender with the rest of the ingredients.

You can see the red apple peel flecks in the batter before closing the waffle iron.  I like this... and the apples not only add more fiber, but the peels are rich in antioxidants as well.

No need to peel organic apples!

 And like many of my waffles, I suggest you sprinkle some healthy hemp seeds over the batter before closing the waffle iron. This will create a delicious toasted seed over the top of the waffle. Hemp seeds are high in protein, containing all 9 of the essential amino acids.

Oh So Healthy - Apple, Banana - Oat Waffles                      Makes   4  waffles
2 1/2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
1 banana
1 apple, cut into 4 pieces and seeds removed
2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
*add optional ingredients for variety:
-optional hemp seeds (do not add if wanting a fat free waffle)
-optional chia seeds - stir in 1 Tbl or so after pureeing - beware this will cause a little thicker batter. Not to worry, just add a little more water if batter becomes too thick.

*NOTE: depending on the size of apple you use, this could change the consistency of the batter. If the juice of the apple makes the waffle batter too runny, add 1/2-1 cup more oats, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.

This is a user friendly recipe - it is impossible to ruin it - the general rule is…the longer it sits, the thicker it gets. You can even put the batter in the refrigerator and use it later.

Puree all ingredients (except hemp seeds) in a heavy duty blender until apple is pureed within batter. Stir in optional chia seed. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes while waffle iron heats up.

Prepare waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray. Set to medium or medium high.
When ready pour 1 cup of batter onto the waffle iron.  Sprinkle on some hemp seeds if you like, and  cook for 10-12 minutes.

Serve up or let cool on a wire rack.

This is a perfect waffle to freeze and pop in the toaster for breakfast or a snack. I like to take one in my lunch like a sandwich with sunflower butter and an all-fruit jam.

If counting weight watcher points each waffle has 6.25 points, or about 1.5 for each 4th.

      Great for healthy snacks too!


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