Recently I had a discussion with a friend about pancakes versus waffles. She couldn’t see the point of investing in a waffle iron and wanted to know my thoughts on the subject.
Personally I cannot make a good pancake to save my life. They either burn or are raw in the middle. My kids would run screaming from the room if I made them pancakes.
Waffles are an entirely different story. I make awesome gluten-free waffles! I used to try and make pancakes; I felt being a good mom meant making pancakes Sunday mornings for your family. Yeah perhaps something I read at some point in my life.
I once had received a waffle iron as a gift but it was promptly put in the back of a cupboard never to be seen again until we moved. My oldest son was 3 when we moved houses and was helping me unpack boxes in the kitchen. He found the waffle iron and asked “Mommy wat dis?” That would be a waffle iron sweetheart. “wat a wabble?” A waffle is kind of like a pancake. “I want wabble mommy”, Yeah ok I will make you a waffle tomorrow. “Mommy I want wabble now”, we will have waffles tomorrow. “No now” Tomorrow, Now, tomorrow, now….sigh ok I will make you a waffle for lunch. I want wunch now. Of course you do sweetie.
So mommy finds the food boxes, pulls out the pancake mix and makes a waffle on a wing and a prayer. He must have been impressed because he asked for another one. “I wub wabbles mommy!” Cool because they were really easy to make.
That was the beginning of our waffle love. My son is now almost 20 and we have been through 4 waffle irons and he still “wubs wabbles”.
The thing I love about waffles is they are so easy to make. I mix up the batter, pour it on the waffle iron, close the lid and wait for the beep. While the waffles are cooking I can go off and do something else. I can also make up a whole whack of waffles on the weekend, throw them in ziplock bags and put them in the freezer. During the week for breakfast I could pop a couple of waffles in the toaster and hand them to the boys as they ran out the door and I knew they were getting SOME nutrition in the morning.
I have always made my own mix, I would make up a Tupperware container of the dry ingredients so I would just have to add the wet ingredients and I was also able to add to the mix. Whether it is blueberries, chia seeds, flax seeds, dried fruits etc you can change up the taste to whatever strikes you at the time.
Waffles can be very versatile as well, and not just for breakfast. My boys grew up for the most part gluten free but we all hated gluten free bread but gluten-free waffles make great sandwiches. Have you ever made a grilled cheese sandwich with waffles? No….try it! It is very yummy. What about putting a burger patty in between two waffles? Delicious! For hot dog or sausages fold your waffle in half and you have an awesome GF bun. The thing with our Allergic Solution waffles is they are a lot more filling because of the fibre content. More fibre than a couple of slices of regular bread so you tend to eat less of them and they keep you full longer.
A few months back I posted a recipe that is a favorite in this house. Add bacon to your waffles while they are cooking. Pour enough batter on the waffle iron just to cover it, don’t close the lid, when the batter starts to bubble put cooked strips (or crumbled) of bacon on top of the batter, some cheddar cheese (if you can tolerate it) and then pour some more batter on top and close the lid. Wait for the beep and you have bacon, cheddar waffles, serve with a side salad for a quick and easy dinner.
Have you ever had eggs benny subbing a waffle instead of the English muffin? If you are feeling brave try making your own hollandaise sauce (of course if you can’t tolerate eggs just skip to the next paragraph). Just toast a waffle that you have in the freezer or use fresh made waffles, top with ham and a poached egg, drizzle with hollandaise sauce and you perfect GF eggs benny!
I will often use waffles for a base as dessert. Add a couple of tbsp of maple syrup, sugar or honey to the batter. (Because of the fibre content of the Allergic Solution Pankcake and Waffle mix the longer it sits the thicker it will become so don’t worry about the maple syrup or honey making the batter too runny). Top off the waffle with whipped dairy or coconut cream, ice cream or frozen yogurt and berries and you have a nice simple dessert. Even my non-gluten free friends love my waffle desserts.
If you don’t have a waffle iron, you can buy one for around $30 at Walmart or one of the discount department stores. I have one I paid around $120 for but use it regularly so it was worth the investment.