So I’m an invertebrate baker, and my wife is allergic to grain. Not just wheat like your average celiac sufferer, but to all things that are seedy. Not just grains, but even beans. Even non-grainy, non-beany things like quinoa. So what’s a spineless person like me supposed to do?
I use sweet potatoes. And lots of eggs.
Technically speaking, palm trees are just large grass plants. And coconuts are just their seeds. So double-technically, coconuts are grains. So they shouldn’t work either. But coconuts are the exception that proves the rule, so they’re OK. So I am proud to use coconut flour. But you don’t want to use very much coconut flour. A little goes a long way, and absorbs a lot of liquid.
I plug in my 2 waffle irons and set the oven to 200 degrees F. After the waffles come out of the irons, I put them in the oven, wrapped in a floursack dishtowel, sitting on top of a baking sheet. Waffles take a long time, and this keeps them warm and firm till they’re all done and you’re ready to chomp on them.
According to the Good Eats guy, you need to choose a round waffle iron. They warm more evenly. Square ones end up with cold corners. I got a couple made by Oster from the local el Cheapo Depot. Waffle making is slow going, so having 2 waffle irons is no luxury. Be sure to plug them into 2 separate electrical circuits in your house. If you blow a fuse, you didn’t plug them in far enough apart…
Mainly Grainless Sweet Potato Waffles
- 1 cooked sweet potato (we bake 6-8 in the oven for 90 minutes at 400 on a shallow pan covered with foil, as they leak sugary stuff that’ll ruin your pan or your day or both)
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk, coconut if you like it
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup sweet potato flour
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
You may not need all the sweet potato and almond flour. Or you might need more. You don’t want it so runny it escapes the iron. But too stiff is too bad too.
And re-heated in the toaster the next morning, they are still scrumptious.