Mesquite Millet Sorghum Waffles with Spicy Sweet Cashew Sauce (gluten free, vegan, low sugar, wheat free, Candida friendly)
My waffle craving seemed like a good opportunity to give these new ingredients a spin. Mesquite flour has a unique cinnamon-coffee-chocolate flavor and it gives baked goods a beautiful rich brown color. When added to baked goods (about 2 tablespoons per cup of flour) it lends a rich, earthy, spicy twist that is oh-so-yummy. As for the sorghum, it combined beautifully with my trusted friend millet for a waffle that is crisp on the outside and moist and chewy on the inside. Hooray! But the best thing, by far, about these waffles is that they don't give me that terrible brick-in-the-bottom-of-my-stomach feeling that regular wheat waffles always did. Why, darling? Because they are gluten-free and fabulous!!!
I didn't make these very sweet, so if you like a sweeter waffle add more xylitol or use a squirt of agave or your favorite sweetener. I drizzled these with a quick, easy, and super tasty cashew butter sauce and it was heavenly. Whole grain and fabulous, these are waffles you can feel good about that will leave you feeling satisfied. They are high in fiber, protein, and full all those great vitamins and minerals. While I'd say these are Candida-diet friendly, they are not low carb, and mesquite flour does have naturally occurring sugars. While they are whole grain and there is only a small amount of sugar per waffle, if you are in a stage where you are very strictly watching your carbohydrate and sugar intake you may want to wait a while on making this or just give yourself a smaller portion size. I've included approximate nutritional information below.
If you try these waffles, and like the overall technique, be sure to try my Sprouted Quinoa Millet Waffles and Sprouted Buckwheat Coconut Waffles. Wrap leftovers tightly and freeze for later; place a frozen waffle in a toaster oven or toaster and they crisp up like a dream. Leftover batter can be thinned out a little and made into pancakes! Enjoy!
Mesquite Millet Sorghum Waffles
yield: 4 5-inch square waffles, plus a little leftover batter
If you don't have sorghum, feel free to substitute whole buckwheat groats, or use whole grain quinoa (use 3/4 cup millet and 1/4 cup quinoa).
- 1/2 cup whole dry sorghum grains
- 1/2 cup whole dry millet grains
- 2 tablespoons mesquite flour
- 1/4 teaspoons allspice or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon corn-free baking powder
- 2 teaspoon xylitol, a pinch stevia powder, 20 drops stevia liquid, or 1-2 tablespoons agave, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup
- 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil, warmed to liquid (or other oil)
THE NIGHT BEFORE...
- Rinse quinoa and millet, and place to soak in water overnight or for at least 5-6 hours.
- Drain grains, and rinse well.
- Place grains in blender, or if using immersion blender, a large blending cup. Level grains, and add just enough water to cover.
- Add the salt, mesquite flour, flaxmeal, allspice, baking powder, oil, and xylitol. Blend until well mixed and smooth. It will be a thick batter, but if it is too thick to blend properly, add a little water at a time just until it blends. Let sit for 10-15 minutes for flax to fully absorb liquid.
- Heat up waffle iron, greasing if necessary (I like to brush the iron with melted coconut oil).
- Once heated, fill waffle iron. Close iron and bake as directed in waffle iron user's manual, until waffle stops steaming and starts to smell done. I found that about 7 minutes in my waffle iron was just about right.
- Remove from iron and let cool a minute or two on a rack, the waffle will continue to crisp up. Serve warm with your favorite syrup, spread, or the tasty cashew sauce below...
Spicy Sweet Cashew Sauce
- 2 tablespoon cashew butter
- 3-4 tablespoon water
- pinch allspice or cinnamon
- pinch mesquite flour
- dash salt
- squirt agave, to taste
- Warm cashew butter and water until cashew butter softens.
- Add other ingredients, and whisk together until smooth and creamy, adjust agave/seasonings to taste.
variations: substitute your favorite nut or seed butter for the cashew butter, or alter the seasonings to fit your preference!