All members of my household love waffles. Who doesn’t? But with my dairy issues, and four out of five of us needing gluten free food, we have to make adjustments. My oldest son found a waffle recipe in the Gourmet cookbook that he adapted to be gluten free (my 13-year-old loves to cook, it’s awesome!). One weekend, we replaced the buttermilk with coconut milk and the butter with coconut oil so I could eat them, too. They came out crispy and amazing.
Waffles: Crispy and Delish
2 1/2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch (sometimes called tapioca flour)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups coconut milk (Use more or less depending on the viscosity of your particular coconut milk. I used the unsweetened kind from Trader Joe’s in the refrigerator section. Or, replace with 3 1/4 cups buttermilk)
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat your waffle iron. God, don’t you just love a good, hot waffle iron on a Saturday morning?
Whisk the rice flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the coconut milk, coconut oil, and eggs, and stir until smooth.
Brush your waffle iron with oil (coconut oil works great for this) and pour in enough batter over the iron for one waffle (my waffle iron uses 1/2 a cup of batter). Cook until crispy and golden. Serve hot.
At my house, we usually keep it simple and top our waffles with butter, real maple syrup, and maybe nuts, berries, or other fruit. My absolute favorite toppings are honey and toasted, sliced almonds (am I boring?). For kicks, I asked my family what they would top their dream waffle with. Here are their answers:
Sydney: butter, maple syrup, M&M’s, and tiny marshmallows.
Owen: butter, maple syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.
Mason: deep-fried waffles with salted butter, maple syrup, blueberries, and vanilla bean ice cream.
Mick: after much agony and debate over all the possible waffle topping combos in the whole world, he decided his dream waffle this very moment would have to be topped with bacon and syrup.
Sigh. I’m feeling a Saturday morning waffle party coming on.