I think waffles have magical powers! On a gloomy, rainy night, waffles for dinner might just have the ability to lick your wounds clean, like a dog ya know. They soak up all the goodness you drizzle on them, like a champ! Cause, let’s be honest, it can’t always be rainbows and butterflies. Whether you had a tough workout that didn’t go as planned, a run that just sucked, a swim where you thought drowning would be a better option than finishing the workout or a ride where you got DROPPED on you ass by your teammates because they were “feeling it” that night and you clearly weren’t, or maybe life has you a little dumb-founded….it’s time for waffles. All things point to this fact. I mean, think about it, you are slightly breaking social norms by choosing to have breakfast for dinner and that does something to ya. I guess you could choose to have these waffles for Sunday brunch, but really, do you want to sip tea and sit around a lacy tablecloth talking about poodles or do you want WAFFLES for DINNER!!
Sorry, I got distracted with how much I love waffles and how happy they make me and forgot this entry is really about coconut. “SQUIRREL!” Right, so coconut might also have magical powers….powers to heal, rebuild and restore your body. With its increasing popularity, now you can easily find unsweetened coconut (flakes or shredded), coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut milk. Coconut oil is fabulous for increasing your energy expenditure allowing you to burn more calories. It is loaded with medium chain triglycerides (don’t get all crazy about the word triglycerides…, wait for it) which can have significant impact on brain function and has shown to be beneficial in brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s. The lauric acid (type of fatty acid) in coconut oil has been shown to prevent illness and boost immunity. Plus, you can rub coconut oil on your skin for a fabulous moisturizer that will help prevent wrinkles. “I’m sorry, you had me at HELLO!” Seriously, eat the stuff, its ridiculously good for you!
Coconut water can be a fantastic way to get electrolytes and natural salts (especially potassium and magnesium) you need for you training or racing. So, instead of drinking some “BLUE” drink that is laced with who knows what chemicals, think about trying coconut water for you electrolyte replacement (I like to add some Trace Minerals to mine to make sure I am replacing enough of the sodium I am losing when I sweat all over the place!).
And, we come back to waffles! I mean, really, you are gonna wanna make these! I realize there are some ingredients you may not have lying around your kitchen. You probably need to go to the store then! 🙂
Banana Coconut Waffles
1 ¾ cups “Top Secret” Gluten Free Flour Blend (sharing down below, I must really like y’all 🙂
1 TBS. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup coconut flakes, pulse in food processor until finely shredded
1 ripe banana, mashed (if you hate banana, just leave it out)
1 ¾ cups almond / coconut blend
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup coconut oil, melted
Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add the eggs, banana, almond/coconut milk and vanilla. Stir until just combined.
Mix in the coconut oil and stir to incorporate.
Cook the waffle according to your waffle maker directions (I like to spray the inside with an olive oil based cooking spray….i know, it’s risky, but it helps a ton!)
EAT UP!! I like to top mine with sliced strawberries, diced pecans and a healthy drizzle of Funks Grove Maple Sirup (it always comes back to the sirup!)
**TOP SECRET Gluten Free Flour Blend – this is my own recipe, so if you try to market it and sell it, I will have to kill you! 🙂
22 oz. of Sweet White Sorghum Flour (I use one full pkg of the Bob’s Red Mill brand, hence the fancy measurement. 🙂
3 ¼ cups of almond meal (not the almond flour although it would work just fine, the meal, just gives a nice nutty texture)
2 ½ cups tapioca starch
1 ½ cups coconut flour
1 TBS plus 1 tsp of xantham gum
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir with a whisk to combine everything together WELL.
Store in an airtight container for future use as this will make quite a bit for you to use over time.
Thanks for joining me on another Foodie Friday! Food is a constant journey that takes you to new places… & I love being part of your journey.