If you recently started a gluten-free diet, you may be spending a lot of time thinking about the foods you’ll have to give up. Or, maybe you’ll find some gluten-free recipes for your favorite foods, but they probably won’t taste very good.
Well, I’m here to tell you, no way!
I promise you: with the right recipes and a few tricks, you can still enjoy what you eat, and never miss “regular, gluten” food at all.
Take Belgian waffles, for example. What follows is not only a recipe for a gluten-free version of this delicious comfort food, but also some tips to ensure perfect gluten free waffles every time.
- Know how to use your waffle iron (here’s an easy one to work with). Before cooking, wipe the inside with cooking oil, or spray with cooking spray. Don’t use too much batter, or it will overflow, making a mess and wasting precious batter! And, keep an eye on the steam coming out of the waffle iron—once it stops, the waffle is probably done. Before you add any extra yummy ingredients like fruit to your waffle batter, check your waffle iron instructions to make sure your iron can handle it. Finally, don’t use metal utensils to get your waffles out—they can scrape the metal plates, which will eventually lead to waffles not cooking right.
- For light and fluffy waffles, separate your eggs. Add the yolks in when the eggs are called for in the recipe. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, and then fold them into the batter as a last step.
- For even fluffier waffles, try letting the finished batter rest for 15 or so minutes at room temperature. Even better—make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before you start making your waffles.
- Eat or freeze your waffles right away. Gluten-free goods can get soggy quickly if you leave them sitting there. Make sure you have your syrup, butter, and family sitting there and ready to eat!
- When trying out gluten-free Belgian waffle recipes, make sure you stick to the recipe to get the best results.
- Measure your gluten-free flour carefully, because even if you are a little off it can make a difference.
As you know, if you are going gluten-free, there are different ingredients you can try to take the place of wheat products that will still result in delicious food. Coconut flour is great in waffles because of its sweet flavor. Not only is it tasty and just right for this sweet breakfast food, it is healthy. It is low in carbohydrates. And, it is high in fiber—it has more fiber than wheat bran. This means you can have your gluten-free waffles while helping your waistline, as foods high in fiber make you feel full longer. Coconut flour is also considered hypoallergenic.
Try some coconut flour in this yummy gluten-free Belgian waffle recipe:
4 large eggs
¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons water
¼ cup organic coconut flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat waffle iron. Combine 2 tablespoons of the water, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, milk, butter, cinnamon, and salt.
Add in baking powder and coconut flour, and mix until the lumps are gone.
Let the batter stand for 5 minutes. It should have the consistency of pancake batter—if it is too thick, add more water.
Cook for 2 minutes in the waffle iron.
*Note: This recipe will yield 2 waffles. If you’d like more, simply double everything.
When you use this recipe and follow these waffle tips, your Belgian waffles will be so good that you won’t even notice that they are gluten free.
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