Sunday, October 26, 2008

Whole wheat Blender waffles & coconut syrup

I might have to make these for lunch just to make up for the bad breakfast experience. Oh yeah - another plus to this recipe is it is SO EASY and fast. Throw it in the blender, set the timer, and viola! You have a slightly crunchy waffle that tastes delicious, sits well in your tummy, and blesses your body with whole-wheat-health! In case you don't know what whole wheat berries are, they are grains/'kernels' of wheat that haven't been milled yet. I buy wheat like this and then grind it myself to make fresh whole wheat flour for bread, muffins, etc. But you don't grind it for this recipe - you actually measure out the berries. You could probably get a small amount of berries at your local health food store.

Whole Wheat Blender Waffles
Submitted by Erin

1 c. plus 1 Tb whole wheat berries
1 c. milk
2 eggs
4 Tb oil
2 Tb sugar (or honey)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Blend wheat berries and milk on high for 4-5 minutes, until batter is smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on low for a minute, or until incorporated. Cook on hot waffle iron. (Stir batter before pouring into waffle iron, because the heavier wheat particles will settle at the bottom.) Makes about 10 waffles.
(To make pancakes instead of waffles, use 1 c. wheat berries and 2 Tb oil.)

And now, time for the best part of a waffle breakfast - the homemade SYRUP! This is the best syrup ever. In the whole world. It can't be beat. :) Seriously, when I offer to make waffles or pancakes for breakfast, the first thing my husband says is, "With Coconut Syrup?" If I say, "Well, I ran out of coconut extract..." or "I don't have buttermilk" then he passes on the waffles. No joke. This syrup is a MUST around here. (And if you don't like coconut, there's a good chance you will still like this. It's got the subtle sweet coconut flavor without the coconut texture.) Anyway, it is truly DELICIOUS.

Coconut Syrup
submitted by Erin

7-8 T. butter
¾ c. buttermilk
1 c. sugar
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut extract

Place butter, buttermilk and sugar in a pot. Then turn stove on medium and stir until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil one minute. Remove from heat and add soda and flavoring. It will bubble up; just continue to stir and give it a few minutes for the 'fizz' to reduce before serving.

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