One of my children doesn’t eat much in the way of eggs and I think they’re a great food so quite often we have waffles for breakfast.
Take very little time to make in the waffle maker, doesn’t even matter if the batter is lumpy.
Here’s my healthy recipe.
knob of melted butter (we use ‘Pure’ dairy free)750ml milk
1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
750g wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 – Mix eggs, milk, butter, syrup together in a large bowl until well combined.
2 – Whisk in cinnamon, flour, baking powder and salt- don’t need to be completely smooth, a few lumps are fine.
3 – Pour just under a ladle full of batter on your waffle maker (actual amount will obviously depend on the size of your maker – trial and error, you’ll soon know how much to use).
4 – Cook as per waffle maker instructions, a couple of minutes each usually.
5 – If you can keep them warm till all are made – impossible in our house, little fingers grab them off the plate as soon as they’re made.
Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup!
As you can see, Phlicity, my Flamingo fairy helper enjoyed them!
OK, so there’s not really anything breakfasty about them except that they contain marmalade and we ate them for breakfast as it was the only time today the whole family would be together. Anyway, as I can’t really share them with you I thought I could share the recipe.
As you can see I got lots of lovely Phoenix birthday cards! I must have my family well trained lol!
350ml pecans/walnuts (optional)
125g butter (we use dairy free Pure)
150g dark chocolate
225ml (or thereabouts – a small jar) of marmalade
1tsp vanilla essence
1tsp orange extract (or extra zest…don’t worry if you haven’t got it, you won’t need it with the marmalade!)
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 large eggs
250g golden caster sugar (we use golden cos unrefined is better for you!)
Method (preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 170 fan oven)
Toast the nuts if you’re using them, by laying them on a baking tray in the oven for a few minutes, or toast in a frying pan (no oil!) but watch them! They will go from toasted to burnt very quickly! You don’t have to toast them, you can just add them in as they are.
Melt butter and chocolate together (I do this in a pan on low heat, you could use a double boiler or microwave, make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn but with the butter in as well it shouldn’t)…then take off the heat.
Stir in the marmalade, vanilla and orange extract (if using) in to the melted chocolate mix until marmalade has melted and mixed in.
In a separate bowl beat the eggs (use an electric whisk – it’s just easier!) then add the sugar and beat well until thick.
Add chocolate mix to eggs and sugar and beat on low speed just to combine them.
Sift the flour and salt into the mix and fold in until the mix has just combined (don’t beat!).
Stir in the nuts, or sprinkle on top if using.
Bake for about 30-40 minutes until the top is firm but the mix is still soft.
Allow to cool completely in the tin – no eating straight away – this is the really hard bit!
Cut into squares (when completely cool – honestly – hands off till then!)
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