Happy Waffle Day! Today you are given the perfect opportunity to eat waffles all day long without any explanation or justification needed. But first, let’s talk a bit about the history of this celebration…
It originated in Scandinavia as “Vafrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day”. Over time, the pronunciation was slurred and turned into “Vaffeldagen” which translates into “Waffle Day”. Waffles has been around since at least 16th century so despite the common beliefs, it’s nothing new or modern.
The Waffle Day is now celebrated in Sweden, Denmark and Norway along with many other European countries. If you’ve never heard of, or celebrated this day before, today is a fantastic day to start.
GLUTEN AND LACTOSE FREE
All ingredients used in this recipe are gluten and lactose free which makes them perfect for variety of diets. The sugar in the batter is replaced with coconut sugar that’s rich in nutrients and fibre. Regardless of lacking wheat flour, cow milk and refined sugars, our waffles have the ideal consistency – crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside.
The recipe is for around 6 waffles (depending on the size of your waffle maker) and our suggested serving size is 1 waffle, which provides around 200kcal and 5g of proteins. Waffle making is a super fun activity to do together with your family, friends or kids, which is why our recipe is enough to feed 6 people (or 1 very hungry and persistent person).
TOP IT UP
Crispy waffles are usually served topped with powdered white sugar that makes them extra sweet and delicious. To recreate the iconic flavour while keeping it healthy, we replaced refined sugar with powdered xylitol which contains 40% less calories compared to sugar. Unlike sugar, xylitol has a very low glycemic index so it doesn’t majorly affect your blood sugar or insulin levels. You can make powdered xylitol by grinding xylitol cristals in a coffee grinder.
Additionally, you can serve your waffles with variety of fruits that are packed with nutrients and fibre and are crucial for maintaining a healthy diet. You can top them up with some delicious maple syrup that contains numerous antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, zinc and manganese.
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 1 cup millet flour
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 3/4 cup coconut milk (alternatively almond or oat milk)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- Grind oats in a grinder and melt the coconut oil.
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.
- Warm up your waffle iron and brush the waffle forms with coconut oil to prevent the waffle from sticking to the waffle maker.
- When your waffle iron is ready, pour the batter into waffle forms.
- Leave for few minutes until the edges start to get brown. If you like your waffles extra crispy leave them in the waffle iron for couple more minutes.
Oats are a whole-grain food that contains high amount of various nutrients. They are rich in antioxidants including avenanthramides which increase production of nitric oxide and consequently help lower blood pressure. Oats also contain large amount of soluble fibre that improves gut health and reduces blood sugar levels.
Millet provides a healthy and gluten free substitute to wheat flour. It’s rich in antioxidants and nutrients and helps control blood sugar levels. Additionally, it contains a high amount of proteins and essential amino acids.
Coconut sugar is a pure and natural sweetener as it doesn’t undergo any processing. It’s rich in nutrients and contains much less fructose than refined sugar. Additionally, coconut sugar contains a powerful fibre – insulin – which promotes gut health and growth of good gut bacteria.
Coconut Oil contains fatty acids which can encourage faster and more efficient fat burning. It contains lauric acid that fights bacterias and viruses. Coconut oils also helps with maintaining hormonal balance and can treat inflammation. It’s also great for heart and brain health.
Coconut milk is much lower in calories compared to cow’s milk which makes it a perfect option if you’re looking to cut calories or lose weight. It also makes the recipe perfect for anyone who’s lactose intolerant or vegan. In addition, it contains Zinc, which helps maintain healthy gut.