Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Did we all have the most amazing Christmas? Did we all eat so much we had to be rolled to bed? No? Just me? Are we all mentally preparing for how awesomely healthy we’re going to be in the new year? Dreaming about how we’re finally going to get that super hot body that everyone else seems to have? 

I’ve given up on the idea that I can be healthy. The thought of eating green beans is basically equivalent to being forced to eat a bucket of meal worms in my mind. I have a serious psychological block against fruits and vegetables, and I don’t think I can change it. Apart from a serious slow down on the no holds barred feasting of the holidays, my plan is to experiment with some recipes that make little tweaks to foods that I can eat without gagging to make them a bit more healthy. 

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles are part of that experiment. A very successful part. This recipe features three ingredients I would normally roll my eyes at for being ridiculous and probably not tasty health fads, whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil, and chia seeds. I am not a nutritionist, so I am not the person to tell you what’s healthy and what’s not. What I can say is that these waffles are awesome.

The whole wheat pastry flour gives the waffles a great chewy texture. The chia seeds provide a bit of crunch, and the coconut oil doesn’t make it taste like coconut, which I was worried about since that’s a flavor I cannot abide. This recipe makes four waffles, which is perfectly reasonable for a normal size family, but if you do have leftovers, these are great reheated in the toaster. And yes, in case you’re wondering, I did still slather these in butter and syrup, so I’m sure I negated any health benefits. I’m not worried.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

A new year is almost upon us, but every day is the right day to be your most awesome self. Let’s eat waffles and fall in love with life.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles
Serves 4
Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles are awesomely delicious and possibly slightly healthy. You know, if you're into that.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  8. 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  9. Zest of 1 lemon
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  13. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron so it's ready to go when your batter is finished.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk pastry flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine and work out any lumps.
  3. In a separate container such as a large measuring jug, whisk together buttermilk, melted coconut oil, lemon zest, egg, and lemon and vanilla extracts until well combined.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and gently and quickly fold and stir these together until combined Don't panic about a few lumps. Add your chia seeds and fold those in as well.
  5. Add the batter to your waffle maker and cook until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. Ever waffle maker is different, so do what works best for yours in terms of how much batter to add. I get four waffles from my waffle maker out of this recipe.
  6. Serve your waffles hot with butter and maple syrup or whatever your favorite waffle toppings are.
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
http://awesomeon20.com/
Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I had no idea when I moved to Scotland that it would be so difficult to get my hands on decent waffle. For some reason, waffles here are tiny and dense, more like dense pound cake than what I would expect when I order a waffle. They’re nice, but they’re not exactly what I want. 

In my mind, a waffle should be the size of a dinner plate. It should be light and fluffy and crispy on the outside. It should be served piping hot so that when you spread the butter over it, it melts and makes little pools in all the dents. I prefer maple syrup on my waffle, and plenty of it.

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Belgian Waffle recipe is exactly that. The way waffles are supposed to be. There’s an extra step that makes sure you get the perfect light and fluffy texture. You have to separate your eggs and whip your egg whites to stiff peaks, and then fold them into the batter for an extra lift. It may seem like a fuss, but it’s absolutely worth it. 

You’ll know it’s time to remove your waffle from the waffle iron when the lid lifts relatively easily. The steam coming out of the machine will also decrease. If you try to open it too early, your waffle might split and you’ll end up with two different sides stuck on the inside of your waffle iron.

Also, if you’re wanting to serve your waffles all at the same time, keep them warm by placing them on a rack in a low oven. Don’t put them on a baking sheet or you’ll lose your crispiness on the bottom. Also, don’t stack your waffles or the steam will make them go soft. And just go ahead and put out every conceivable topping. There’s pretty much nothing that’s not delicious on a waffle.

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sometimes you just have to bring the awesomeness into your own house. Make your own Belgian Waffles. It doesn’t get any better.

Belgian Waffles
Yields 8
Belgian Waffles exactly the way they should be, fluffy, crispy, and oh so awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated
  11. 3 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Plug in your waffle iron and start preheating it. You'll need it to be fully heated in order to get that ultimate crispness.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg yolks.
  4. In a third bowl, use an electric mixer to beat your egg whites until foamy. Slowly add in the sugar as you continue beating until you've got stiff peaks.
  5. Add your buttermilk mixture to your dry ingredients and mix gently until combined. A few lumps are fine. With a rubber spatula gently fold in your egg whites into your batter until the streaks are gone.
  6. Add your batter to your waffle iron and cook until the lid lifts relatively easily. If it starts to pull apart in the middle, use a fork to coax the top of the waffle off the waffle iron. Serve immediately or place on a rack in a warm oven to keep hot.
  7. Make sure you have plenty of butter and other toppings for ultimate happiness.
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
http://awesomeon20.com/
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