I’ve been working on transferring over recipes to this site from my original blog, a food blog called Food and Sunshine. This was one of my most popular recipes, with endless comments that just warmed my heart. Kids loved them and gluten lovers couldn’t tell the difference. Knowing this recipe would be a little more difficult for people who love it to find is one of the only reasons I kept Food and Sunshine up for so many years after I stopped writing on it. Hopefully this new home has the same impact.
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The post was originally published on Food on Sunshine on 01/08/2016.
Let’s face it, every once in a while we really want waffles. I’ve been experimenting with a few different ways of making cassava flour waffles and this IS THE ONE.
Paleo ‘treats’ like waffles have always been an area of controversy within the community and I’ve seen it discussed a lot in groups that I’m in lately. If they are something you choose not to include, awesome. If they are something you choose to include, awesome. Everyone is different. There is no perfect approach. Just make sure you are doing things for the right reasons. So often I see unhealthy pre-paleo SAD food habits, turn into unhealthy-healthy paleo food habits. The food gets better, but the mental process doesn’t. Are you avoiding that paleo treat because you just feel better without it, or are you avoiding that paleo treat because you feel incredibly guilty or are so obsessed with healthy food choices that anything that isn’t meat or veggies gives you anxiety? I don’t say this lightly. I’ve been there.For me it’s about sustainability. In the beginning of this journey recipes like this one really made the difference in helping me transition to a healthier lifestyle. Now recipes like this help me maintain it for the long term. Waffles, cookies, and blooming onions are not part of my regular diet, but when the mood strikes or we are celebrating a special occasion I pull out my favorite paleo ‘treat’ recipes with no guilt. Do you see I said there? No guilt. That is the difference between pre-paleo and current day for me. When I really got to know my food, what it does for my body, and where it comes from suddenly my relationship with food changed. I no longer carry the weight of negative emotions with my food choices like I did in the past. That’s so freeing. Ok, so what’s the point of this ramble? Don’t let your diet become a dogma. The stress of maintaining a ‘perfect’ diet is often more damaging than any potential consequences of allowing ourselves a healthy treat here and there. Because a lot of my readers follow AIP or paleo because of autoimmune conditions and food intolerances I want to make it clear that I’m not saying to eat foods that you shouldn’t be due to very real health reasons. I’m saying to take care of both your body and mind in the process. Enjoy the possibilities.
Super Fluffy Cassava Waffles
prep 10 mins
cook 20 mins
total 30 mins
yield 4 large waffles or 16 mini waffles
160 grams of Otto's Cassava Flour (approximately 1 cup + 2TBS)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1.5TBS maple or coconut sugar
2 eggs, room temp & separated
1/2 TBS vanilla extract
1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I use cashew, for nutfree use coconut)
Preheat your waffle iron to medium. If you normally have to grease your iron make sure it's well greased.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together cassava flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Separate your eggs and add the yolks to the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl beat eggs until stiff peaks form. I use an immersion blender with a whisk attachment, but a hand mixer will work also.
Add vanilla extract, ghee, and milk to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in egg whites. The batter should be thick.
Spoon the batter into your waffle iron and cook per your iron's specifications or until there is no longer any steam. In my waffle iron it takes ~ 5 minutes. Waffles will be crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
Serve warm or freeze for another day.
Your dough will be very thick. This is normal. You can use up to 1/2 cup more of milk, but it will change the texture slightly.