Gluten free quinoa waffles with honey and cardamom poached oranges

 

Having extensively covered the topic of waffles in this forum, I figured I really needed to change the pace in order to legitimately continue posting waffle recipes. Enter: the quinoa flour waffle. Quinoa, admittedly somewhat of a buzz food, has been on the scene for a good couple of years now. It is, I think, the kale of the grain world. All the 'health bloggers' are eating quinoa bowls with kale and a sprinkle of chia. I know. 

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'But why would you have the audacity to try and kale-ify a concept as sacred as a waffle?' You may ask. The truth of the matter is that I have done no such thing. Using quinoa flour in these sorts of food groups (waffles, cakes, etc) lends naught but a delicious nutty flavour, an added but secondary bonus of extra nutrients, and perhaps a certain virtuosity to their name. Thank me later. 

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INGREDIENTS - serves 2 people with 2 waffles a piece

2 oranges, peeled
2 teaspoons honey
4 cardamom pods, crushed
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 cup of water

WAFFLES
3/4 cup quinoa flour
3/4 cup potato flour
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

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METHOD

1. In a medium pot, add the vanilla bean paste, oranges, honey, cardamom pods and water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to medium and continue cooking for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the oranges from the liquid, and continue cooking the liquid until it becomes syrupy. Tread carefully, one minute too long and you will be frantically fanning the charred remains of said syrup for fear of setting off the fire alarms. Or something, I don't speak from experience..
2. In your food processor, add all of the waffle ingredients and blend for about a minute, until a smooth batter has come together. 
3. Heat up your waffle maker according to instructions, and give it a good spray of olive oil once it's ready. In a standard square waffle maker, this recipe makes four waffles. Yours might be bigger or smaller. 
4. Serve the waffles with the poached oranges, syrup, and some yoghurt or cream. Yes!

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