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Friday, December 23, 2011

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Waffles or Pancakes Recipe

I love waffles! They're a yummy, filling, nutritious food, great to eat at breakfast or any other time. No, I'm not talking about boxed frozen waffles, like Eggo waffles. Homemade waffles can be made to suit your needs, making them gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb, or whatever other specification you want, and then you can freeze them to eat at a later date as a frugal convenience food.

You will need a waffle iron to make these; if you don't have a waffle maker, you can just fry them in a frying pan as pancakes.

Just a note- waffles and pancakes remind me of something we learned in geometry in school way back when- all squares are quadrilaterals, but not all quadrilaterals are squares. All waffle recipes will work terrifically as pancakes, but you can't just use any pancake recipe to make waffles. Because of how waffle irons work (they close and then pull apart), the batter needs extra "stuff" so it doesn't come apart when you open the waffle press. This recipe holds together even through the "rigors" of waffle making, unlike many other pancake recipes.

I made these with steamed and pureed fresh butternut squash. You can make them with pumpkin instead, or you can use canned pure pumpkin or butternut squash.

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Waffles Recipe

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup pureed butternut squash
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup potato starch
1 cup brown rice flour
5 eggs
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup water or milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg

Instructions:
1. Mix all the ingredients together.

2. Pour a bit of batter into a greased waffle press, making sure not to overfill.

3. Cook until the light on the waffle press turns off, signifying that it's ready. If you open it too soon, before it is ready, the waffle will come apart.

4. When cooked, remove, and make more waffles in the press.

5. Serve plain, or with butter or syrup if desired.

Do you ever make waffles? What is your convenience breakfast food?

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