These perfectly crisp, yet light pumpkin waffles were an accident gone right. They started out as whole wheat pumpkin pancakes using my Sweet Potato Pancake recipe.
You know how I like to tweak recipes, though. I was out of whole wheat flour, so I subbed almond meal (ground almonds). Almond meal is a great way to add protein, calcium, and minerals into any baked good. You can sub up to 50% of flour with it. My other changes to the original pancake recipe were using pumpkin in lieu of sweet potato (but I put in more than called for) and coconut oil in place of butter. All of these changes made for healthy but gooey-in-the-middle-and-easily-burned pancakes. 🙁
So, halfway through the double batch of nastiness, a light bulb went off. I decided to fire up the waffle iron. Low and behold, I found out that this batter made the perfect healthy pumpkin waffles! They were moist, flavorful and passed the husband taste test with flying colors (a small feat). I hope you enjoy this happy accident as much as we did.
Note: I find almond meal at Trader Joe’s in the baking section or in the health food store’s baking section. You’ll find virgin coconut oil in just about any health food store, as well, or you can order it online at Amazon. I like Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and use it in tons of baked goods.
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar (I prefer coconut sugar or sucanat)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2½ cups almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
- 4 teaspoons melted virgin coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin (1/2 a can)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour through salt).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk through vanilla).
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until combined.
- Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes.
- Grease a hot waffle iron and pour about ⅓ cup batter per 4-inch waffle. Cook each batch according to waffle iron directions (mine took about 4 minutes.)
Cook waffles on waffle maker as directed. Place waffles on a baking sheet (that's covered in parchment or waxed paper) in a single layer. Flash freeze the waffles long enough for them to be solid. Then place in freezer safe bag or container separating each layer of waffles with waxed paper. Freeze up to 3 months.
Thaw waffles in fridge or warm slightly in microwave. You can warm them in toaster or microwave.