With my love of cooking, I have developed a love of niche birthday presents. When your average joe asks for money or booze or money (or was that just the old me?) I ask for cooking utensils. One friend bought me saucepans, another, shakshuka dishes, and this year, my parents bought me a waffle maker. Yes.
Waffles amaze me. Somehow you can create something so magically delicious out of everyday ingredients and a waffle maker. Despite the fact that it was a present, this machine is one of my wisest investments to date. If you follow my Instagram feed, you will probably be familiar with this waffle, as I have been WAFFLING (only the best foods inspire puns) on about them ever since I got my maker. A gruelling task as it is, I will be bringing many more waffle recipes to the table, so here is the first of many!
1 1/4 cup oats, ground to flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup milk of choice (I used regular)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
50g butter, melted
1. Grind your oats to a fine flour in a food processor. You can buy oat flour but I predict there would be an unnecessary price premium for doing so.
2. In a large bowl, combine all your ingredients together and mix well. It will be quite runny yet also grainy. No sweat.
3. Turn on your waffle maker and allow it to heat up. Mine takes about 5 or so minutes. In this time the oats should soak up a little bit of the moisture in the mix.
4. When the waffle maker is ready, spray a little oil on the irons and pour 1/4 of the mixture into each iron. Obvs this depends on your waffle maker: if you have a circular one or a small sized one, this recipe may yield more than 4 waffles. I have a big ol' American style one (I think thats what it was called?) and it makes four big ones.
5. Let the waffle maker do its thang. I like to check mine intermittently because sometimes they come out reasonably dark, and when you take photos of your food this is not ideal. Serve with whatever you fancy, although fresh fruit, yoghurt and a drizzle of maple is always a winning combo.