The holidays are always an intense cocktail of delight and stress, but there is one thing I can always count on: My husband’s incredible gift-giving abilities.
His presents are always thoughtful, and usually something I wanted without realizing just how much I wanted it, but it’s safe to say they aren’t always the most selfless.
Take last year, for instance. Behold a top-of-the-line Breville waffle maker that churns out four perfectly fluffy waffles at one time. With 12 settings from light-to-dark, another dial for the type of waffle, and even a “bit more” button for extra cooking, it’s practically NASA for carbs.
So here’s where the not-selfless part comes in: I’m not the only one who loves waffles. Between the two of us, it’s gotten a bit out of hand. We’ve made Belgians for breakfast, waffle cookies for a Saturday snack, chocolate waffle ice cream sandwiches (hey, it was New Years, after all), and used a classic cakey version in lieu of bread for BLTs the following week.
It’s no wonder I’ve put tunics into heavy rotation—and, simultaneously, dug into my “dial it back” cookbook collection to seek out vegetables, clean proteins, and grain-free dinners. But then I saw it. Waffles. Chocolate Waffles. Tucked into a healthy living cookbook. It’s just one of the hidden gems in Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison’s 2015 Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.
The secret here is using ground oats instead of traditional flour (a quick minute in my Ninja blender does the trick), which is a miracle fix for omitting gluten without sacrificing sponginess. While the authors use their proprietary Gentle Sweet blend (a mix of stevia, erythritol and xylitol), I find raw Manuka honey—with its bracing, deep flavor—a terrific substitution. (Note that if following their plan, the authors don’t promote honey until you are at your goal weight.)
There’s a second genius move, and it’s in the ingredients list: Single serving portions. There’s no, “I’ll just save these extra ones for later,” lies. But, blessedly, there are two waffles for that single serving.
Now, my 2018 waffle game is really looking up—rather than just the scale.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Waffles with Strawberries
Chocolate Waffles with Strawberries
Single Serve – Makes 2 Large Waffles
It’s perfectly fine to eat a sweet chocolaty breakfast. These guiltless waffles are packed with nutrition, and the nice slow-burning carbs give you energy for your morning. If you have a child or teenager with weight problems who is addicted to sugar-laden breakfasts, serve these waffles. Watch your child’s health and weight start to turn around. The preparation is the same for the single-serve and family serve portions.
¹⁄³ cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ground into flour
1 generous tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large egg whites
¼ cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
5 teaspoons Gentle Sweet
Pinch of Mineral Salt
Dash of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
Coconut oil cooking spray
FAMILY SERVE — MAKES 12 LARGE WAFFLES
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, ground into flour
6 generous tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1¾ cups egg whites (from carton is easier, but can use fresh)
1½ cups unsweetened almond or cashew milk
½ cup Gentle Sweet
2 to 3 doonks Pure Stevia Extract
6 pinches Mineral Salt
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
Coconut oil cooking spray
1. Place the ground oats in a bowl and add the cocoa, egg whites, almond milk, Gentle Sweet, salt, vanilla, and baking powder. Blend well.
2. Prepare your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour the batter onto the hot coconut-oil sprayed waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
SERVING IDEA: Top the waffles with 0% Greek yogurt or sliced strawberries, or simply sprinkle with Gentle Sweet and sliced strawberries.
Recipe and images from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook ©Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.