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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Trail Mix Waffles

I love waffles. Ever since I got a certain overly-used vegan cookbook a few years ago, I've made just about every kind of waffle possible (converting both pancake recipes and muffin recipes into waffles... mmmm....)- but these, I made up myself. Trader Joe's has a very yummy trail mix cookie, so one day, I decided they should be waffles; and I haven't looked back. Enjoy!

Trail Mix Waffles:

1 very ripe banana OR 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I like the pre-portioned kind)
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated/ground nutmeg (the secret to making all baked things great!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup raisins or craisins
1/3 cup coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Mash up banana, or add applesauce to a large mixing bowl. Pour in the soymilk, and mix well. Add the flour, baking soda and powder, spices and salt, and mix until well combined. Add the oatmeal, mix in, and let rest for about 5 minutes for the oats to soften a bit. Put in the sugar and the oil, and then the other "trail mix-y" add ins. (If there's something you don't like, or would like to add, feel free!) Depending on the extras, your batter may be very thick. If it looks like thick cake batter and doesn't stir well, add a bit more soy milk, 1/4 cup at a time. If it looks like it would spread out a little bit when poured into a waffle maker (but not escape out the sides, like pancake batter) it is probably perfect! Heat up your waffle maker, according to your manufacturer's directions (usually, this just means "plug in") and when it's ready, make some waffles!


-USE COOKING SPRAY to keep waffles from sticking in your waffle maker. Even if it says nonstick, I always use it!

-Pour some batter into each section of the waffle maker.

-If you over do it, wipe off the batter escaping from the sides with a wet paper towel.

-If your waffle maker only has one setting (i.e. red light, green light), you can leave the waffles in a little bit longer to make them more toasty.

-Experiment! Waffles are tasty, but sometimes they take a little practice to get right. I used my old waffle maker for about 3 years before it stopped working well- meaning it would always pull apart my waffles, despite using tons of cooking spray to keep them from sticking. Finally we broke down and got a new one, and it's been great!

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