Thursday, May 27, 2010

Quinoa Zucchini Waffles

In high school, my English teacher had us write a "found" poem for The Great Gatsby. The idea was to look through the book and find words, sentences, and phrases we liked, and rearrange them to form our own poem. It was a fun idea. F. Scott Fitzgerald had already done the work. I just played around with the structure. I like to think of these waffles then as "found" waffles. I took Carol Fenster's muffins and quick bread mix from her book, Gluten-Free Quick & Easy, found ingredients in my fridge that looked fun, and played around.

My first batch had eggs and canola oil, but I found them to be too heavy. The second batch was eggless and I used fruit puree to replace the oil. While I wouldn't call them fluffy, they were certainly lighter. The sunflower seeds and quinoa gives it a delicious crunch, while the zucchini, like with zucchini bread, is not even noticeable. And with the addition of molasses to the recipe, they're so sweet you don't need to add syrup. I ate these like a piece of toast, although I did add sliced banana to them as I used to do with my whole-grain bread.

Quinoa Zucchini Waffles
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2 cups carol's quick bread mix (see below for ingredients)
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup grated zucchini (1 small zucchini)
1 cup unsweetened hemp milk
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup fruit puree [applesauce is fine. I like to buy baby food (in this case pureed apples and plums) to try out different flavors]
1/2 tsp. baking powder

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together completely
  2. Spoon evenly onto waffle iron and cook, in batches, according to the iron's instructions.
Serves 8 (2 squares each)

Carol's Muffin and Quick Bread Mix from Gluten-Free Quick & Easy
This mix makes a large batch. I've had a big canister of this in the fridge for months and finally decided it was time to use it. Note that these waffles are not sugar-free, which most of my recipes lately have been. They are, however, dairy-free and egg-free.

1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
1 1/2 cups potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca flour 
1 1/2 cups cane sugar 
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons xantham gum
2 teaspoons table salt

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Simply Hot Recipes.


Lauren said...

These look delicious Iris! What a creative idea :)

Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

Those look amazing! Now I know what to do with all the zucchini coming this summer. :)


Tasty Eats At Home said...

Ooh, these sound good! I still have frozen shredded zucchini from last summer, I need to use it! Here's a great idea. And I swoon over anything with this is right up my alley.

saxifrage said...

Very interesting blend of ingredients... I can't even remember the last time I ate a waffle made in a waffle iron. Yum!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Aren't those beautiful? And, so healthy! I love cooking with molasses. Totally yummy. I'd use these for bread, too.


The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

I would have never thought to put Quinoa in pancakes...sounds interesting and yummy at the same time!

I Am Gluten Free said...

I bet these freeze well. AND here's a tip for other ways to use waffles - as sandwich holders! And yet another I learned from Karina (The Gluten Free Goddess) - once the waffles are cooled, blend them in the food processor and freeze the crumbs. Use whenever bread crumbs are called for.


Pure2Raw Twins said...

waffles looks great! YUM .

Stephanie said...

Wow, these do look good! I like the idea of no syrup too! GF syrup is so expensive, I feel guilty eating it :)

Farty Girl said...

This may be my favorite recipe you've ever posted ever. I happen to be vacationing at a house with a waffle iron. These may happen to be our breakfast tomorrow! WoooooT!

Iris said...

@Fartygirl - Thanks! Take pics for me if you make them. :)

Ricki said...

Mmm, now I'm craving waffles! I really do have to get myself a waffle iron ;) They look delicous, and I love the concept of the "found recipe"--seems I have many of those in my kitchen!

Aubree Cherie said...

Genius! Wow, these look good. And with irresistible creativity! :)

~Aubree Cherie


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