Sunday brunch is such a ritual in our house. It’s the one day a week that Marc and I get to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely meal in the late morning. Waffles are always a big hit here, so I decided to make a lightened up and nutritious version this morning. We are trying to be healthier here but still enjoy all of our favorite foods. These apple cinnamon waffles have no all-purpose flour, butter or dairy milk but you would never know it by tasting them!
Oh my goodness, they were so light, flavorful and amazing! The quinoa flour and almond milk gave them an awesome nuttiness with little jewels of the fresh apple to give brightness and texture. Marc declared that he would never know that they were made much lighter and healthier than my usual waffles. These apple cinnamon waffles quickly became a new brunch favorite in our house!
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa flour
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon plus additional as needed for sprinkling on top
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 4 whole eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 small apple cored and roughly chopped, plus additional slices for garnish
- vegetable cooking spray as needed for greasing the waffle iron
- maple syrup as needed for drizzling on top
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the quinoa flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to form the dry mixture. In another bowl combine the almond milk, apple sauce, eggs, and vanilla extract and whisk that together thoroughly to form the wet mixture.
- Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and gently whisk it all together until you have a smooth batter. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the chopped apple. Set the batter aside and pre-heat your waffle iron.
- Spray the waffle iron with vegetable cooking spray to just lightly grease it so the waffle doesn't stick. Pour about a quarter of the batter into the bottom half of the hot iron. There should be just enough to cover that bottom half of the iron. Close the iron and let the waffle cook for 5 minutes. Be sure to check the instructions of your specific waffle iron for best results. Take it out when it's done and set it aside on a plate with a tent of foil to keep it hot, then repeat with the rest of the batter until you have 4 waffles total.
- Dress the waffles with fresh apple slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup. Serve them up and enjoy a yummy, healthy breakfast!