I Found a Teflon-free Waffle Maker!
Given my deep and abiding love for breakfast foods, some might find it surprising that homemade waffles were not in my regular breakfast rotation. After all, they freeze and toast up so well! Problem is, I ditched Teflon many years ago and I couldn't find a Teflon-free waffle maker anywhere. I had seen cast iron waffle makers, but they were unseasoned, and came with parrafin wax on them (to prevent rusting). In order to use it, you had to melt off the parrafin wax and season it yourself. Sorry, but that's a little too much effort for me. [Now a pre-seasoned cast iron waffle maker, that I would buy in a heartbeat. Are you listening, Lodge Logic???]
At any rate, I had resigned myself to living without waffles. That is, until recently, when my son's umpteenth request for waffles compelled me to half-heartedly google (again) "Teflon-free waffle maker." And, lo and behold, there it was: the Oster DuraCeramic Stainless Steel Flip Waffle Maker. Now, really, I should have done my due diligence and tried to find out more about what the nonstick coating of my waffle maker is made of before purchasing it, but I was just so excited to see a PTFE-free and PFOA-free ceramic-based coating on a waffle maker that I just went ahead and purchased it. (Read Debra Lynn Dodd's take on the coating here.)
Enjoy Superfood Pumpkin Year-round
Since then I have been keeping my freezer well-stocked with my sister Jeanette's Pumpkin Whole Grain Waffles. My 6yo son loves to have these for breakfast, and I love sending him to school with a tummy full of whole grains and pumpkin goodness. We most often eat these with maple syrup, but for even more pumpkin deliciousness, try with pumpkin syrup (recipe follows).
When you add pumpkin to your waffle recipe, you not only add tons of awesome nutrients, you are also able to significantly reduce the amount of oil used compared to other waffle recipes. Note that you don't really have to love pumpkin to enjoy these waffles (I can't really detect a pumpkin taste in the cooked waffle), although the spices used are reminiscent of pumpkin pie and fall. I usually make a quadruple batch of these waffles because then I can use up one full carton of pumpkin puree, and can freeze tons of waffles for an easy and filling weekday breakfast.
As you might imagine, it does take a while to cook up the entire quadruple batch, so I'm including the measurements for smaller batches as well at the end.
|By a wonderful quirk of fate, the waffles fit perfectly in my 7-cup Pyrex container.|
I usually store a few in the fridge to be eaten in the next few days, and store the rest in a
reusable food bag in the freezer.
Jeanette's Pumpkin Whole Grain Waffles (x4)makes a whole lot of scrumptious nutritious waffles
6 cups white whole wheat flour
[or 5 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup ground flax seed]*
1/4 cup baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cloves
4 eggs (or egg substitute)
1 cup oil
1 1/2 cup pumpkin
4 cups milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk alternative or water)
2 cups water
Whisk dry ingredients together. Beat pumpkin with a little bit of the water. Add pumpkin and wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until mostly smooth. Allow batter to rest at least 15 minutes so whole grains can absorb moisture. Cook according to waffle maker instructions. Allow to cool on rack (if stacked on top of each other while warm they will get soggy) or keep warm in a low oven. Serve warm with real maple syrup or pumpkin syrup.
Pumpkin Syrup1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup Pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Heat in small saucepan (or microwave) until warm.
Jeanette's Pumpkin Whole Grain Waffles
White whole wheat flour*
1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 1/8 cup
1 1/2 cup
1 1/2 cups
Notes about Ingredients
Using the Oster DuraCeramic Waffle Maker
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