Healthy Chocolate Waffles

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE WAFFLES! Valentine’s day may be over but our love for all things chocolate with strawberries is never ending (am I right?!)  This recipe only uses gluten-free oat flour, which is a good source of protein and fiber!  We each love our waffles with different toppings-Ethan usually loves his with mini chocolate chips; Austin’s fav topping is cream cheese (although I saw him eating these plain and loving it!)  and my husband keeps it simple with maple syrup while I love them topped with fresh fruit.  So I decided to switch things up from my regular oat waffle recipe and added some cacao powder and maple syrup and they came out great!!  Just a hint of chocolate flavor which you can make more intense by adding a bit more maple syrup/cacao powder *see my note below!  I paired it here with some cottage cheese mixed with a bit of strawberry preserves (my personal favorite! and also makes a great waffle topping!).  If you want to try them minus the chocolate, simply leave out the cacao powder and maple syrup and they still come out delicious!  HOW DO YOU TOP YOUR WAFFLES?

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups oat flour

2 tablespoons cacao powder*

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup*

¾ cup milk of choice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs, separated

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (or use coconut oil)

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

*for a more intense chocolate flavor, add an additional tablespoon of each maple syrup + cacao powder

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  2. Separate the eggs, placing whites in a separate bowl and egg yolks in another bowl and whisk the yolks well.
  3. Add applesauce, milk, vanilla and melted butter to the yolks.
  4. Now add the applesauce/milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
  5. Beat whites on high speed until stiff peaks are formed and fold into the mixture.
  6. Ladle mixture into hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

 

 

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