I’m always looking for creative ways to sneak more fruits and vegetables into my recipes. This one for gluten free waffles with hidden butternut squash is my new go-to breakfast favorite! I made the waffles over the weekend and saved the batter in a mason jar, which made Monday morning breakfast easy peasy.
Now, I realize butternut squash is not exactly an ingredient you would typically want to add to your waffle batter. But don’t worry, these waffles taste nothing at all like vegetables. Because it is such a mild-tasting vegetable, the butternut squash hides out completely undetected in the batter. I have a Pumpkin Waffle Recipe I made a while back and with that recipe you can definitely taste the pumpkin, which was intentional actually. But this waffle recipe tastes just like regular waffles. And if you have kids, that’s a very good thing (wink).
While they may taste like regular waffles, this recipe is anything but. In addition to working in the butternut squash, I also worked to leave a number of ingredients used in conventional waffle recipes out. So, in addition to the not-so-conventional butternut squash, these gluten free waffles are also wheat free, dairy free and have no refined sugar. They are healthy whole grain waffles that are light and crisp with tender, chewy middles.
Butternut Squash Gluten Free Waffles—For Dinner!
And I wouldn’t think twice about serving the waffles for dinner either. Although it may not be the first dinner combo that comes to mind when you think about clean eating, chicken and waffles are a thing you know? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know, I didn’t know either until a few years ago when our family went out to a fancy restaurant for a special holiday dinner and the waiter kept hyping the chicken and waffle special. It sounded like such a strange combination to me, especially to be served at a fancy restaurant, but it turns out chicken and waffles are a big deal. The chicken is always fried though, so that’s not exactly “Clean Cuisine” (lol) but I would say Oven Fried Chicken could definitely work as a clean substitute. Add some green beans and you’ve got dinner!
- 1 cup frozen butternut squash
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 2 egg yolks (look for pasture-raised organic eggs such as Vital Farms)
- 3 medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons organic, extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup millet flour
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 egg whites
- To a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix), add the frozen butternut squash, coconut milk, egg yolks, dates, coconut oil, ginger, tapioca flour, millet flour, brown rice flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and water. Process on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into a separate bowl and set batter aside.
- Preheat the waffle iron.
- Add the egg whites to the blender and process on high speed for one full minute. Fold the egg whites into the batter and stir to combine.
- Working in batches, add the batter to the waffle iron (amount needed and cooking time will vary depending on machine). Cook until waffles are lightly browned and set. Serve warm.
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