Gluten-Free & Egg-Free Waffles With Blueberry Compote
Last week I was craving waffles but I couldn’t make my usual recipe because I didn’t have any eggs. I felt gutted, disappointed, and frustrated. I didn’t have any kind of sugar-free bread product in the house: I was out of everything. I just wanted a piece of toast; that’s all I wanted. So, I thought I would whip up some waffles because they’re a perfect bread substitute, and I love how crunchy my waffles are — just like toast.
I almost gave up on the idea of making waffles that day, then I spotted my bag of chia seeds. I heard that you could use chia seeds as an egg substitute but I had never tried it before. Well, I’m alway up for an experiment in the kitchen, so I grabbed my bag of chia seeds and put my proverbial lab coat on.
Chia seeds are very small and black. And, if you didn’t know what you were looking at, you’d think that they were poppy seeds. Chia seeds are a great source of plant-based protein. We like to put them in our smoothies; I also make almond butter bread from them as well.
Chia seeds have this great way of gelling when you place them in water — it’s this gel that makes them a great egg substitute.
Needless to say, the chia seed, egg-less waffles turned out just perfect. It’s as if I had eggs and made my original recipe. I don’t think I’m going to go back to using eggs in my waffles anymore. Chia-egg waffles are just as good, and hey, it’s always great to avoid animal products — especially if you’re trying to control internal inflammation. And, since Lyme Disease, the condition that I have, creates a great deal of inflammation, I like to minimize the amount of animal products I eat (like diary, eggs, and meat).
Now, these waffles do still contain dairy. I find that if I don’t use cow’s milk, these waffles will not brown. And, since most of the flavor comes from the browned colour of the waffles, I’m not willing to compromise on that. I’ve tried almond milk, soy milk, and rice milk — the result is always terrible. But, I haven’t tried coconut milk. So, that’s my next experiment. I really would like to create a vegan waffle recipe.
- 1 cup of chickpea flour
- 1 cup of cow’s milk
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 6 tbsp of water
- Start by making your chia egg. Place 2 tbsp of chia seeds in a small bowl. Add 6 tbsp of water. Wait 10 minutes for the chia seeds to turn to a thick gel.
- Pre-heat your waffle maker to a high temperature. I have an Allclad waffle maker that goes up to a temperature of 7. I always set my waffle maker to 6 — I high temperature.
- In a large mixing bowl place the chickpea flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir these dry ingredients together, then add the cow’s milk and gelled chia ‘egg’.
- Whisk all of the ingredients together.
- Once the waffle maker is hot enough. Grease it with grape seed oil. I like to use a pastry brush to do this.
- Pour in the batter, and cook the waffles until they are a deep, golden brown. My waffle maker typically takes 4-minutes.