When I got more into raw I discovered buckwheat. Buckwheat is amazing for my desire for grain, while not being a grain. I found a recipe in Rebecca Wood’s The Splendid Grain. I don’t eat much grain these days… but Indy and I still love our buckwheat waffle days. The waffles freeze well. And us un-Ayurvedic as that might sound, it works for us on busy days when I’d rather have her eat something homemade instead of Cheerios.
3 Keys to these Gluten-Free Waffles
- Soak your buckwheat + flaxseed overnight
- Use a hot + regular waffle iron (no Belgian Waffles!)
- Add more water if the mix gets too thick
Gluten Free-Waffle Recipe
- 2 cups of buckwheat hulls or groats
- 1/4 cup flax seed
- 1 cup gluten-free oatmeal
Soak ingredients overnight in enough water to expand 1 inch upward. In the morning, make your green smoothie so that you don’t confuse where good energy comes from. Then, plug in your waffle iron. Put all ingredients above and below into your blender.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- water or rice milk as needed
Blend on low speed. You don’t want to pulverize the grains and seeds like you do a green smoothie. You can see in the top pic I leave some of the flax seeds whole. Blend for no more than a minute or two. You want a consistency of waffle batter or pancake batter. If it’s too thick – like muffin batter, then add more water or rice milk. The more liquid the lighter the waffle. But too light and it’ll fall apart and make a real mess.
Grease your waffle iron with coconut oil or ghee or butter. Make your waffles.
We put maple syrup on ours.
So, am I gluten-free? Not totally. But I’m not too into gluten either. This summer a colleague came over for lunch and brought some amazing artisan bread. I hadn’t had wheat in a while, and it set off this ugly pattern in my body. Even though I could feel it was clogging my lymphatics I craved it.
As a yogini and a mom I want to keep our options open and potential oriented. But I also let things that aren’t working fall away. These waffles are an evolutionary waffle from my mom’s recipe. I know you know that what is in stuff becomes your cells. Why not have your waffles and eat them too? You’ll get some good fiber from the flax and buckwheat. You’ll get the satisfaction that comes from eating grains without having much grain. You won’t get snotty. And the freeze great so you play the Lego my Eggo game without having to succomb to “foods” that make our gut stupid.