I got an amazing new waffle maker a few months ago to make waffles and pancakes for my niece and nephew when they come to visit next month, and I have been making lots of waffles to get them juuuuust right! Allergy-Free waffles can be really tricky though. They are either too gooey, or heavy, or too crispy. It took me forever to perfect the gluten-free vegan pancake/waffle recipe in my new cookbook and so when I made Lexie's recipe I appreciated how many trials it would have taken to get them so good.
These waffles were so easy to make. The recipe is fabulous. But, I also love my waffle maker, which helps you make allergy-free waffles so easily. I have the 4-slice Smart Waffle (it also comes in a 2-slice version) it handles all kinds of waffles so easily because the cooking time is automatically calculated for you to suit the waffle style and color. You can select Classic, Belgian, Chocolate or Buttermilk, and your preferred color from light to dark, and then you just pour the waffle batter in and the machine does the rest! I am a bit of a control freak and so I love the custom setting which allows you to set your own waffle style which can be helpful when making allergy-free, gluten-free, and vegan waffles. This machine is so easy to clean too. There is this huge wrap around moat that catches all of the drips and batter overflow. I just allow the machine to cool and use some paper towel or a damp cloth.
I have made Lexie's recipe 3 times already and I even froze some so I can get my fix while I am watching yet another episode of House Of Cards. (so addicted!) Lexie says of these waffles: "Served hot off the iron, these waffles are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I actually prefer them to the egg batter Belgian waffles I used to make. They are much more filling and sustaining. Like a hearty bowl of hot cereal, they stick to your ribs. And not to worry, buckwheat is of no relation to wheat. It is actually a fruit seed hailing from the rhubarb family and is one of the best sources of protein in the plant kingdom." I say, "Yum!"
Lexie has had a lot of practice making allergy-free creations. As an award-winning recipe creator, editor and designer, she restored her toddler’s intestinal and neurological health with the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GFCF) diet, and then created her blog and book to share her experience passion to provide hope for families struggling with food allergies and sensitivities or wanting to make their diet more healthy.
In Everyday Classics, Lexie shares her allergy-free healthy spin on the most beloved family favorites. There are recipes for pantry staples, breakfasts, dinners, desserts, and more. All of the recipes are gluten free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free. There are 67 corn-free recipes, 58 nut-free recipes, 54 coconut-free recipes, 42 vegan recipes, and 46 vegetarian recipes. Some of my favorites include: No-Peanuts Butter, Tortillas, Chia Muesli, Macadamia Cream Pasta Sauce, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Non-Dairy Nacho Cheese, and Flourless Chocolate Cake.
In addition to the fabulous allergy-free recipes, Lexie shares her top allergy-friendly kitchen tools, ingredients, and then shares recipes for staples such as nut and seed milks, coconut yogurt, whipped coconut cream, macadamia ricotta, basic gravy, basic salad dressing, chia egg replacers, her all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, and more.
If you are dealing with multiple food allergies, this book is a lifesaver. There is a fantastic allergy-free table at the beginning to help you choose the recipes that are suited to your dietary preferences making it easy to make quick easy allergy-friendly meals the whole family can enjoy. Grab your copy and enjoy the waffles. I'm off to make another batch!
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