I LOVE cooking breakfast foods! I attribute it to the fact that they are so easy to whip up, and you can technically eat them at any time of the day. Breakfast. Brunch. Brinner. 4th Meal. 5th Meal.
One of my concerns with attempting a more paleo-friendly diet was losing foods that I adored. Like bread. And pastas. And rice. And cookies. And cupcakes. But to my pleasant surprise, there are a plethora of recipes out there for paleo-friendly breads, cookies, and the like! Of course, there are SOME things that are just irreplaceable (like beignets…), but many of these recipes offer a close second to the real deal.
Which brings me to our next featured recipe: waffles. Yes, there is such a thing as a paleo waffle! I was just as surprised when I came across this recipe as well. Thank you to the blog, Cherry On My Sundae, for the share! These waffles are fantastic.
Gather the ingredients:
1 medium banana
1 medium apple, peeled and cored
1 cup smooth almond butter
1 tbsp arrowroot powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
coconut spray or melted coconut oil
The steps are pretty easy.
Puree the fruit in a blender and then mix all the ingredients together.
That’s it! Cook paleo waffles as you would regular waffles in a waffle maker.
I literally just throw all of the ingredients in a blender and puree that baby away. When you are ready to make the waffles, you will want to make sure that you are greasing the waffle maker quite well with the coconut oil spray or coconut oil! Otherwise, the batter will stick to the pan. Cook the waffle according to your respective waffle maker.
These waffles don’t taste like your typical waffle, so don’t have that expectation when you go into your first bite. I think that’s the flaw that people have when they’re trying paleo “substitutes.” They expect it to taste EXACTLY like the original, but when that taste doesn’t meet their expectation, they’re let down and decide that there’s no way the “substitute” could ever beat the real deal. But I think if you open your mind to the fact that they simply that, SUBSTITUTES, and not the actual dish, you will come to find that whatever it is you’re trying is quite delicious in its own way. And these waffles… they really are fantastic! Not too sweet with delicious aromas of banana and almond butter. I usually eat them as is with a few sliced strawberries, but you can serve them with Grade A maple syrup if you’d like. The first time I made these is when I realized that I could actually implement and enjoy this “paleo thing” that Joseph got me into.
How did you like this “substitute”? Are there any other “substitute” recipes you’d like to see for non-paleo dishes you love?