Waffle… what is a waffle? Mitch Hedberg says, “A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.” I don’t know the man but I couldn’t agree more. :) Did you know there is a National Waffle Day? Am I the only one in the dark about such things?! Created to celebrate the first waffle iron patent issued 1869, August 24 has long been known as National Waffle Day! Wouldn’t you know it, I missed it by a few months. So, I missed that “holiday” BUT I am still safe and now consider myself ahead of the game because March 25 is International Waffle Day which originated in Sweden where it is called Våffeldagen. There are several types of waffles – American, Belgian, Scandinavian, Liège, Hong Kong, Dutch stroopwafels and now Rawaffles!
I didn’t grow up eating waffles. I did have them every so often as a treat when we would eat out but I bet I can count on one hand the times that ate them as a child. In my early 30s I did go through a phase of eating Eggo Waffles that I would throw in the toaster and then slather peanut butter on them, but that was short-lived. I find that there is something comforting about waffles. Those golden honeycombed pockets are perfect for serving with syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, jam, honey, apple butter, peanut butter, chocolate or anything you can think of. Here I served them with Pecan Cranberry Pumpkin Ice Cream
, then if that wasn’t decadent enough, I drizzled Date Syrup
over the top. I have sprinkled pictures throughout this posting as subliminal messages, hoping to entice you… is it working? Or did I just spoil it by admitting my evil plot? hehe
If you don’t have a waffle maker, you can usually pick up an inexpensive one for around $12.00 at a department or household store or better yet, check out the local second-hand stores. Who cares if it works or not, right? If you live in an area where you need to mail order, Amazon has some cheap ones. They have a Vintage Microwave Waffle Grill Maker
for $7.99. Who cares if it is for the microwave, our goal is to obtain it for the mold. They also have one for $14.99, the Continental Electric Metallic Red Waffe Maker.
.. ooooh red! One of my favorite colors. But fear not… if you don’t own a waffle-maker and you don’t want to go looking for one, a person could make this dough and spread it out on the dehydrator tray in large sheet and score it into the size that you want. Regardless of the shape or size, the flavor will not be affected. And to that we can all say…”Amen!”
Add in at the end:
- Combine; buckwheat, oats, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and mix until everything is well coated.
- In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine; buckwheat, oats, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and process until everything is broken down into a powdery form.
- Add; pumpkin puree, water, maple syrup and liquid stevia. Process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
- Hand mix in the pecans, raisins, and coconut.
- Line the waffle maker with plastic wrap and with your fingers, press batter into the mold. The amount will differ from machine to machine, due to size, but you want to make sure there is enough batter so the waffle maker imprints the waffle pattern on both sides. After evenly spreading the batter over the mold, cover the top of the batter with another piece of plastic wrap. Close the waffle maker, squeezing it shut. Open, remove top plastic piece and lift the waffle out. Place it on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator. Trim the excess batter if need be.
- Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, decrease to 115 degrees (F) and continue to dry for 16 hours or until desired dryness is achieved.
- Remove from dehydrator and serve warm.
- Freeze in an airtight, freezer-proof container for up to 3 months. Will last in fridge for up to 3 weeks.
The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™
- To learn more about maple syrup by clicking (here).
- Why do I specify Ceylon cinnamon? Click (here) to learn why.
- What is Himalayan pink salt and does it really matter? Click (here) to read more about it.
- Are oats gluten-free? Yes, read more about that (here).
- Are oats raw? Yes, they can be found. Click (here) to learn more.
- Do I need to soak and dehydrate oats? Not required but recommended. Click (here) to see why.
- Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F). Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
- When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe. Learn why (here).
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Don’t forget to unplug the waffle maker. haha So backwards.
Waffle-ka-bobs anyone?! Cut up a waffle, spear with a toothpick and dip in date syrup!
Waffer-dervs anyone? This is how I served them today to Bob and Reuben, our
electrician. In the midst of the construction zone, they were served a silver platter of Waffle-dervs. hehe