With Valentine’s Day a few days away, there’s still some time to figure out what you can do on this (cue Dracula’s accent) day of romance to wow your sweetheart. Some people may opt for the opulent jewels and grandiose plans, but we’re proposing something a little different: a delicious homemade waffle. But this isn’t just any waffle, oh no – it’s vegan, gluten free, and comes with a deliciously decadent coconut whip for a picture perfect finish. If you’re looking to score some serious brownie points, then read on for some major tips 😉
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup oat flour
- ½ cup cornmeal
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 5 fl oz (150 ml) almond milk, luke warm
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 1/3 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 1 can coconut milk (without guar gum), chilled in refrigerator overnight
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
Let’s get crackin’!
First we’re tackling the coconut whip, which needs to be prepared in a cold mixing bowl. So pop that puppy into the refrigerator for a bit before starting this prep.
Once the bowl is chilled, flip the can of coconut milk over and open the bottom end. The coconut water should have settled and can be poured into a separate glass (for a refreshing drink later). Scoop out the solidified coconut cream into the cold mixing bowl and add the maple syrup and vanilla. Then beat this mixture on high speed for 5 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
Quick note: we are using coconut milk without any guar gum in the ingredient list as the gum tends to interfere with the separation of the cream from the liquid.
Now for the waffles…
Start by preheating the waffle iron. Then stir together the oat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, coconut sugar and flaxseed in a large bowl. Next, using a small bowl, combine the almond milk, lemon juice, coconut oil and almond butter. This almond milk mixture should be smooth and uniform. If it’s clumpy, just warm up the mixture and whisk again.
Then stir the almond milk mixture into the large bowl with the oat flour, and continue to add in the chopped strawberries until they are fully incorporated. You should end up with a thick batter.
Scoop a ½ cup of the batter onto your waffle iron, and cook as per your iron’s instructions. This will usually take about 3 minutes. Continue to do so until all the batter is used up and serve immediately!
Then garnish these waffles with strawberries, maple syrup and a generous dollop of that coconut whip you laboured over earlier. If you decide to give this dish a shot, we would love to see it over on Instagram – just tag us @demetres and don’t forget to check back next week for our final Valentine’s Day recipe 🙂
This recipe is part of a Valentine’s series developed as a collaboration with Clear Life Magazine.