Why did the boy get no breakfast?
He waffled around too much!
Ha ha. Poor boy.
Good thing we’re not the boy, and we had a delicious breakfast here! These buckwheat waffles are incredibly tasty and healthy. They aren’t the typical waffles you get at your diner, but they are so good that we’re going to treat them as our regular waffles in this household. Let me tell you why these buckwheat waffles are so special:
1. This waffle recipe uses 100% sprouted buckwheat, meaning you get all the benefits of buckwheat. Just to name a few, buckwheat is rich in nutrients and vitamins, high in protein, and a good source of fiber.
2. If you can, use sprouted buckwheat flour. We’re talking about soaking buckwheat in water until it wakes up and starts to sprout. Seeds have growth inhibitors to keep it from germinating until proper conditions are met. Waking up the buckwheat activates enzymes that break down growth inhibitors. And when these growth inhibitors are broken down, the nutrients in the buckwheat transform into a more easily digestible form.
3. While buckwheat is often thought of as a grain, it’s actually the seed of a flowering plant related to rhubarb (interesting!). As such, this is a gluten-free waffle recipe.
4. There are no refined sugars in this buckwheat waffle recipe. This recipe uses coconut palm sugar, which is made from the sap of the coconut palm flower. Coconut palm sugar is handled in a more natural way than regular sugar. You can find ones that have not been bleached, filtered or processed.
5. This recipe uses unrefined coconut oil, instead of butter. I’m a huge fan of butter (see the blood orange whipped butter that’s slathered on the waffle?), but using unrefined coconut oil (and coconut palm sugar) in this recipe mutes the distinctive taste of buckwheat flour. I liked the earthy flavor of the Rude Health Sprouted Whole Buckwheat Flour that I used, but sometimes buckwheat flour can have a grassy or bean-like flavor.
6. Perhaps I should have led with reason number 6, but these buckwheat waffles are delicious! Like all must-have waffle recipes, they are crispy on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside. The color of the buckwheat flour also gives these waffles a beautiful brown glow.
To make this waffle even more amazing, we served them with blood orange whipped butter. Blood orange whipped butter is a drool-worthy and tangy delight. It’s super simple to make and really brightens up a winter day with its citrus zing!
Hopefully I’ve convinced you to make these waffles – don’t waffle around too much ;)
Buckwheat Waffles (GF)
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon optional
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk - shaken
- 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil - melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your waffle iron.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the sprouted buckwheat flour, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon (if using).
In a separate medium bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the buttermilk, coconut oil and vanilla. The coconut oil might harden once mixed with the buttermilk, if the buttermilk is cold. That's okay, but make sure there are no large chunks of coconut oil.
Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry mixture and stir together until incorporated. Do not over mix, and a few small lumps are fine.
Pour or scoop the mixture into a hot waffle iron (I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup for each waffle, but waffle makers vary). Cook waffles until golden brown and cooked through. See notes below on how to determine when a waffle is done.
To determine if a waffle is done, watch the steam escape from the waffle maker. When the steam becomes very thin and almost stops, the waffle will be ready. Once the steam completely stops, the waffle will be well-done.
Recipe adapted from Cookie + Kate.
Rude Health provided me with the Sprouted Whole Buckwheat Flour and compensated me for the ingredients used in this post.