I totally get it. These sound absolutely disgusting and you’re probably thinking that beans and waffles do NOT go together and that this is something you would never, EVER make. I felt the same way but the ingredients sounded so curiously odd (and so darned healthy) and I was looking for an easier way to get beans into my little guy who just happened to love waffles. I read about these in Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Mama and mentioned them in a flippant, apathetic, ‘in passing’ sort of way to my husband who responded with an overly enthusiastic, ‘Let’s make them!’ Not exactly what I wanted to hear (or was it?!) but now a year and half later I can tell you that we make these ALL THE TIME! I make double or triple batches and freeze them and we just pop them in the toaster as needed. Gluten free (make sure your oats are if this is a concern), packed full of fruit, nuts, beans, seeds, protein, fibre, omega 3’s, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients…Need I say more. These are not only good for you and delicious, but they are super easy to make. You don’t even precook the beans.
I definitely recommend a Vitamix or other high speed blender for these as the beans really need to be pulverized to ensure proper cooking. The beans do need to be pre-soaked preferably overnight although more often than not I soak them in the morning and make them at supper. If you are going to double the recipe, you will need to blend one batch at a time.
Preheat your waffle maker. We just bought this Breville Waffle Maker which may seem a bit extravagant if you are unfamiliar with how often we eat waffles. This thing is great. It makes four deep, square perfect waffles at a time, has a digital display, timer with beeper and a ‘little bit more’ option that we love.
Add your drained and rinsed beans to the blender with the water and blend on medium for 3-5 minutes until completely smooth. Add your flax seeds, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and blend again until fully incorporated. Add your oats and blend for another minute. Remove the blender from the stand and add your crushed walnut pieces and grated apple and gently stir with a spatula to combine.
Spray your waffle iron with oil (I love this Misto oil sprayer) and pour in just enough batter to fill the wells. Cook until golden brown for about 6-8 minutes depending on your waffle maker.
Add fresh berries and maple syrup. Enjoy!
*You can also add blueberries instead of apples and cinnamon.
*To reheat from frozen, I prefer to leave them on the counter to thaw for a few minutes before they hit the toaster to prevent them from overcooking.
Adapted from Silverstone, Alicia. “Protein Packed Waffles”. The Kind Mama.
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- 1 cup dried small white beans ( great northern, navy etc) soaked overnight and drained
- 4.5 cups water
- 2 tbsp whole flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2.5 tsp cinnamon
- 3.5 cups rolled oats
- 2 apples grated
- ¼ cup ground walnuts
- oil for spraying waffle maker
- Fresh berries for serving
- Maple syrup/peanut butter for serving
- Preheat your Waffle Maker.
- Add your drained and rinsed beans to the blender with 4.5 cups of water and blend on medium for 3-5 minutes until completely smooth.
- Add your flax seeds, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and blend again until fully incorporated.
- Add your oats and blend for another minute.
- Remove the blender from the stand and add your crushed walnut pieces and grated apple and gently stir with a spatula to combine.
- Spray your waffle iron with oil and pour in just enough batter to fill the wells.
- Cook until golden brown for about 6-8 minutes depending on your waffle maker.
- Add fresh berries and maple syrup.