And in the morning, you are making waffles!
I was recently invited to a friend's brunch, and decided to change things up and try out something new. As I am a strong advocate for plant foods and try to incorporate them as often as possible, including a sweet starchy vegetable was a game changer.
They were an absolute delight and very well received. I believe the host even froze the leftover waffles for emergency sweet cravings. Try out this recipe for your next Sunday morning brunch or when you have a few sweet potatoes lying around. You won't regret it!
Recipe adapted from Forks Over Knives
Serving size: Makes 5 - 6 waffles
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1 + 1/2 cups (135 g) rolled oats (blend into a fine flour)
3/4 cup (100 g) any flour*
1 heaped tsp (7.5 ml) baking powder
1 Tbsp (15 ml) ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup/ honey/ alternative sweetener
400 ml low fat milk or unsweetened milk alternative
1 cup mashed sweet potato**
2 medium eggs***
1 Tbsp (15 ml) apple cider vinegar
1 tsp (5 ml) freshly grated ginger (optional)
*Use a gluten free flour. I used potatoe starch as they needed to be gluten free.
**Chop one large sweet potato, steam until cooked and then blend into a smooth puree. Remember to keep the skin on the sweet potato for an extra fiber boost. Sweet potatoes can be substituted with pumpkin. One medium sweet potato (150 g) makes around 1 cup mashed.
***1/4 cup aquafaba (chickpea brine) can be used as a vegan - friendly egg replacement.
1. Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl i.e. oat flour, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mixed well.
2. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate large bowel i.e. the syrup, milk, sweet potatoes, eggs, vinegar and ginger. Mix well.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine until just mixed.
4. Add the batter to a preheated pre-greased (use spray 'n cook) waffle iron.
5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or according to the instructions of the waffle iron. The waffles become a golden brown colour.
6. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Rooibos stewed apples (find the recipe here)
Sugar-free peanut butter and sliced banana
Chia berry jam (find the recipe here)
Fresh fruit salad and a dash of honey
Waffles shouldn't be labelled as 'unhealthy' or 'cheat meal'. They can be seen as part of a healthy diet, where one can enjoy everything in moderation.
Remember: It comes down to portion control as well as the toppings you add to your waffles. See my topping suggestions for some health-ier options. Fresh fruit options add natural sweetness as well as boost the nutrient profile of your waffle.
This version of a waffle recipe is packed with fiber - coming from both the oats (oat flour) and sweet potatoes (if you keep the skin on). Fiber helps to keep your digestion system regular and healthy by boosting your gut health.