Peanut Butter Waffle – Gluten-Free

by Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
Yum

Who’s ready for Peanut Butter waffles? The waffle, is a cousin to the pancake, and perhaps the long lost brother of the croissant? Maybe not, but who knew how much fun waffles can be? I received a waffle iron for my wedding, about 9 years ago! And I am sorry to say it was still in the box until recently. Somehow the waffle iron’s box remained in the back of a cabinet and forgotten until last month when I watched an old episode of “Good Eats.” If you aren’t familiar with it, it was a show hosted by chef Alton Brown on the Food Network, and my absolute favorite program .

In the episode I watched, Chef Alton Brown gave a detailed explanation of what makes a waffle different from a pancake (It’s all about the amount of baking soda and baking powder, by the way). And Brown also proceeded to guide viewers on how to purchase a good waffle iron . To my surprise, he recommended the simpler models, with no frills or extra settings. A plain steel or iron waffle iron is really all you need to make these peanut butter waffles.

After watching the show, I could not go to sleep until I found my waffle iron! I knew it was somewhere, so after turning half of my kitchen upside down, I finally found it tucked into a corner of the under the sink cabinet, still in the box!

The good news was that the model I had was pretty much what Chef Alton Brown recommended on his show. Despite the late hour, I just had to try it out! It’s a good thing that I had a recipe handy and someone willing to eat waffles with me at ten o’clock at night (See, that’s why I married him).

The plain waffle recipes are great, but nothing is quite complete in my book without nut butter.

The only question was which Once Again Nut Butter was I going to begin with. Peanut butter seemed to be the obvious choice, let’s make some peanut butter waffles!

Adding nut butters to breakfast recipes such as waffles makes them much more suited for a healthy breakfast. They provide a better ratio of carbohydrate to protein once you add the nut butter, as well as a wider array of vitamins and minerals. Top your waffle with fruit and you have a complete breakfast! I also used oat flour to add extra protein and keep the recipe gluten-free, but you can swap that out for regular flour or whole wheat flour. Additionally, you can substitute any milk of your choice for the coconut milk. . Lastly, although I haven’t tried this recipe with a flax-egg instead of eggs, I am fairly certain it will work.

The fun doesn’t end there! Notice how the batter for the waffle doesn’t have any added sugar. This is intentional so that you can top it with maple syrup and extra Once Again Nut Butter of your choice. Whatever your choice of toppings, a peanut butter waffles is an easy and nutritious (when made with the right ingredients) any time of the day for a meal or snack.

Also try our Pumpkin Waffle recipe!

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