I love waffles and make them for any mealtime occasion. If you think waffles are just for breakfast, check out the versatility that these delicious cratered morsels have to offer. A decent waffle maker can make all the difference - if you don't already own one, you can consider purchasing one at a reasonable price. Breakfast: Cinnamon raisin mochi waffles
What the heck is mochi, you ask? It's a nutritious bake and serve snack made from whole grain brown rice. My favorite kind is the raisin-cinnamon flavor made by Grainaissance. Mochi waffles not only offer a chewy texture and easy prep and cleanup, but they're healthy and allergy-friendly too.
How to make mochi waffles:
Makes 1/2 a Belgian waffle, technically 2 servings of mochi. (One whole package of mochi should make enough for 4 people.)
1. Preheat the waffle maker per the manufacturer instructions (these directions use a round Belgian waffle maker). 2. Cut two 1"-wide strips of mochi, then cut those strips into 1" pieces (or cut sideways into sheets). 3. Spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pop the pieces into the back sections of the waffle maker for about 5 minutes. You don't need to press down, just lay the lid on top. 4. Your waffle is done once the dense chunks have puffed up and merged together into a golden, delicious waffle. Top them with your favorites such as bananas, chopped walnuts and maple syrup.
Lunch: Falafel waffles
I haven't tried this yet, but it looks amazing and it's fun to say! Another option is to nix the pita and add sandwich veggies and hummus between the two falafel waffles, or top it with salad.
Dinner: Cornbread waffles
I found this recipe in Isa Chandra Moskowitz's awesome book, "Vegan Brunch" and made them for my roommates and a friend, topped with chili. Needless to say, they left with full bellies, empty plates and smiles on their faces.
Dessert: Chocolate beer waffles Another one from Isa Chandra's book. I made these for my sister and her friend and they loved them.
Biscoffles Cinnamon mochi waffles spread with Biscoff (jarred cookie spread) and cinnamon. A true guilty pleasure, and easy to make!
Snack: Mashed potato waffles (about 4 servings)
Make a flax "egg" by mixing 1 tbsp flax meal with 3 tbsp of water. Let that sit for a few minutes and while it's sitting, preheat the waffle iron and mix 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes (room temp or cold) with 1/2 cup flour and any additional flavor enhancers, like chives or garlic. Spray the iron with non-stick cooking spray, then beat the flax "egg" into the mixture and drop about 1/2 cup of the batter onto the waffle iron and spread it around, then close the lid and wait at least 3 minutes. They're done when they're golden brown and no longer stick to the iron. Serve with ketchup, apple sauce, or whatever your family likes.
What are some of your favorite unique waffle recipes?