There were so many ways to do imitation versions of gluten filled foods, but they all involved so many different types of flours and ingredients, I would often lose steam before even tasting the darn thing.
I knew sprouted foods were deeply nourishing, but it felt like such an effort to actually sprout seeds. I had no idea that all that was needed was some water and a bowl, along with a tad bit of foresight. After finding this recipe on the pretty-to-look-at blog “Affairs of Living” (a fantastic resource for those looking for nourishing and delicious recipes that are totally allergy friendly) I decided to take the leap. I mustered up the energy, went to the store for the ingredients (I thought millet was only for birds! Not so) and managed soaked the quinoa and millet the night before venturing into sprouted waffle making.
Much to my surprise, they were incredibly easy to make, involved little clean up, and were seriously delicious to consume!
These waffles are nourishing, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, yeast-free and can be vegan, depending on the milk and fat you use. Kids love them, husbands happily eat them for dinner, and they freeze beautifully, crisping right up when you toast them!
When you sprout seeds, their nutritional density is magnified.
Also, did you know Quinoa is a superfood? It’s actually not a grain, its a seed, and it is amazingly nutritious. It has loads of protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids. Impressive stuff!
The other ingredients in here are nourishing, filling, and just plain delicious. It’s a great first dish for someone just starting to sprout and/or eat gluten free! Plus, making waffles just makes everyone happy.
Sprouted Quinoa and Millet Waffles
1/2 c whole dry quinoa grains
1/2 c whole dry millet grains
1 t corn-free baking powder
1 t coriander (or other spices/seasonings – like nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, orange zest, etc)
1/2 t gluten-free vanilla extract or flavoring
a pinch of powdered stevia extract or 20 drops stevia liquid or 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 T chia seed or ground flax
1/4 t salt
2 T melted coconut oil, olive oil, or melted butter/ghee
water or milk to cover
optional: sunflower seeds or chopped nuts
Rinse quinoa and millet, and place in large bowl to soak in water overnight or for at least 5-6 hours. The millet will soften, and the quinoa will start to sprout! After soaking, drain and rinse quinoa well, rubbing grains together. Transfer to a blender, or if using an immersion blender, a large cup or bowl.
Level grains, and add just enough milk or water to cover. Add the salt, seasonings, baking powder, salt, oil, vanilla, and sweetener. Blend until well mixed and grains have been chopped up. It will be a thick batter. Let sit for 5-10 minutes for chia to absorb liquid.
Heat up waffle iron, greasing well with a high heat oil like coconut, palm, or ghee, if tolerated. When ready, fill waffle iron, and if desired, sprinkle with seeds or nuts. Close iron and bake as directed in waffle iron user’s manual, until waffle stops steaming and starts to smell done. Remove from iron and let cool a minute or two on a rack, the waffle will continue to crisp up, or keep warm in an oven heated to 200º F
Consume with joy!
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