For Mother’s Day Gordy bought me (well I think it is for me) a waffle maker.  I am not sure if I even like waffles but I know Gordy does! So for our first try I am going right to the best for basics, The Joy of Cooking, Buttermilk Waffles on page 241. (see recipe below).  These were a big success.

Forward to one week  later – It is Sunday morning and guess what, I have a craving for waffles! Yale is home for the weekend and I know she will want to help.  

 Though the waffles from the Joy were delicious Yale and I wanted to see if we could make a healthier version without eggs, wheat and dairy.  Gordy did not agree with our ingredient choices but when the kitchen started to smell sweet and we started to eat we all agreed that these waffles rock!

Both recipes made waffles that were slightly crunchy around the edges, but incredibly moist and chewy in the center.

The recipe from the Joy uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge like butter, milk, eggs, flour, and baking powder, and only takes a few minutes to mix together. 

The vegan recipe uses ingredients that you may not have in your pantry like almond or quinoa flour, potato starch and coconut oil, but worth a trip to the health food store to stock up.

Here are both recipes for you to try. 

Recipe #1 from the Joy

Makes 6 waffles

Sift before measuring:
2 cups all-purpose flour
Resift with:
¼ tsp baking soda
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat in a Separate bowl until light:
2 egg yolks
Add and beat:
1 ¾ cups buttermilk
6 Tbsp melted butter
Combine the liquid and dry ingredients with a few swift strokes.
Beat until stiff, but not dry:
2 egg whites
Fold them into the batter.  

Follow the cooking directions for your waffle iron. Ours took about 1/2 cup of the mixture and about 5 minutes to cook.  We keep the waffles warm in the oven and this made them crispy on the outside and soft inside.  Serve with maple syrup and fruit.

Recipe #2 Vegan Waffles

This recipe was adapted from the site The Daily Dietribe, all recipes that are gluten free.

Vegan Waffles

1 1/4 cups of almond or quinoa flour
1/2 cup potato starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (depending of how sweet you like your waffles)
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola oil)
1/2 to 1 3/4 cups liquid

1. Whisk together your dry ingredients.
2. Whisk together the applesauce, oil, and 1/2 cup of liquid. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and stir.

If  batter is too thick, you can add more liquid.

 I love this pure dark maple syrup that I found at Culinarium .  It is from J C Nyman Farms  in Prince Edward County.