I have something to admit. Last night, I put my kids to bed at 5:45!!! Seriously. My daughter was ridiculously grumpy and throwing tantrums about every. little. thing. We had a BUSY weekend: garage sale on Friday and Saturday, party on Saturday afternoon, and another party on Sunday afternoon!! Anyway, she wasn’t listening to me at all and giving us big-time attitude, so I told her she had to go put her jammies on (with no intention of actually putting her to bed at that point). My husband reminded me it was bath night, so I gave her a very fast bath (because she wasn’t making it easy). As soon as she got out, the attitude continued, so I told her it was time for bed. The boys were watching a Curious George movie and I had planned to let them finish it, but then one of the boys came running into the bathroom and said he wanted to take a bath now, too. So, I ended up giving them both baths and (because it’s their normal routine) they wanted to read books and go to bed afterward…so I didn’t stop them. (I figure this is one of the few advantages of them not knowing how to tell time yet and the sun always being up when they go to bed at their regular 7:30 bedtime.) So, at 5:45 I was reading my kids their bedtime books. They got in bed, we tucked them in…and that was that! I thought to myself, “There is no way they’ll fall asleep though…” Well, my daughter protested one time that she was “bored,” but then she asked if I would make her chocolate chip waffles for breakfast in the morning. So I told her, “If you go right to sleep and I don’t hear from you until your sun comes up, I will make you waffles.” And then same with the boys… I thought they had gone to sleep right away, because they were so quiet…but when I walked past their room, I heard one boy quietly spelling out his name and then his brother’s name (he’s extremely into letters right now). I went in to check on them and he was just lying there quietly while his brother was fast asleep. I tucked him in again (it was 6:30 at this point) and that was the last I heard from them until this morning at 7:00! So, clearly, they needed their sleep and I was right about putting them to bed so early!!
Well, when my daughter woke up this morning, the first thing she asked about was her chocolate chip waffles. A deal’s a deal, right? She held up her end so now I needed to hold up mine. I thought about making my Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Waffles, but knew that I would have a hard time resisting them since I’ve been trying to avoid gluten lately. So, I decided to do a quick search for gluten-free waffles online. I found a recipe for Organic Belgian Waffles (gluten-free & grain-free) from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. I figured I could easily add chocolate chips to the batter…and I was right! These turned out great. I was able to give my kids chocolate chip waffles for breakfast, plus, I could eat them, too!
Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Waffles
(Recipe adapted from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition)
- 4 eggs (local, pasture-raised is ideal – I buy mine from Honored Prairie)
- 1 T pure maple syrup (Also from Honored Prairie)
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 T organic butter (or coconut oil), melted
- 1/4 cup organic whole milk (or coconut milk)
- 1 tsp organic pure vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/4 cup organic coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (optional)
Whisk together eggs, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, butter (or oil), milk, and vanilla. Add in baking powder and coconut flour; whisk together. Let sit for 5 minutes. Preheat waffle maker at this point. Whisk again and then add chocolate chips. Pour into preheated iron and cook until done. Serve right away. (I drizzled additional maple syrup over mine…yum!!)
So, how did these taste compared to regular, grain-filled waffles? I thought they were really good! For the first few bites, I noticed the egg taste…however, as I kept eating, I know my brain was tricked into thinking these were ‘regular waffles.’ And, as always, my kids are always the real test of any recipe’s success or failure…and they ALL loved these waffles! Each kid ate 2-4 “triangles” with some fruit and I know they didn’t think there was anything different about these waffles. They ate theirs plain, while I ate one plain and then poured a little maple syrup on the others…just because. 🙂
Note: This recipe only makes two Belgian waffles, so I highly recommend that you double the batch. I ended up making one batch and then a second when they went over so well with my kids. We had ZERO waffles leftover after breakfast was all done…so that’s always a good sign. 🙂
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