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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blackberry Orange Waffles

 Because for some reason, this tasted like spring to me.  :) (aside from the fact that the blackberries were frozen from last summer)

Blackberry Orange Waffles
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. oatmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. soy milk (I used TJ's coconut milk)
1/2 c. applesauce
3 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/4 c. blackberries
1 orange's worth of juice and zest

In a large bowl, mix together all of the batter ingredients, except for the butter.  When it is stirred together pretty well, add the butter.  Bust out your hand blender (or a regular blender) and blend it all together.  (*This is a new secret trick that I have discovered, to make your waffles more fluffy and less apt to stick to the waffle iron.  It also makes it all the same consistency with the oaty bits.  Do not skip this step!*) Then add in the orange juice, zest, and carefully fold in the blackberries.  Don't mix too much, or you will have completely purple waffles.  

My blackberries were frozen, so I thawed them a bit by rinsing them with cold water, and letting them sit in the measuring cup for a little while (with water).  Blackberries usually have lots of little hairy leafy bits, so rinsing them a lot is good- when I freeze them, I don't wash them.  You want to keep them as dry as possible when freezing, to avoid freezer burn and other nastiness.  Therefore, RINSE!! (Store bought blackberries may not have this issue.)

Spray your waffle iron with oil of your choosing, and make some waffles!  (or you could make pancakes if you want to.. who am I to stop you?)

Serve with maple syrup and butter, if you so desire.

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