How can I make vegan gluten-free waffles? Simple, you just need 3 mature coconuts and a waffle maker. Let me show you how.
- 1-cup coconut flour
- ½-cup oats flour. (Grind oats into a fine powder using a blender. These add more density to the coconut flour, which helps our vegan gluten-free waffles to hold together. Alternatively, you can just add plain quinoa flour or a little gluten-free wheat flour.)
- ½-cup coconut milk
- 2-tablespoons coconut cream
- 1-teaspoon baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- A little sweetener of your choice (optional)
- A pinch of cinnamon (or your favorite waffle spices)
DIY Coconut Milk, Cream, and Flour
To make coconut cream, grate your coconut (the white flesh only). If you have a powerful blender, you can just chop the flesh into small cubes. Transfer to a blender and add just a little warm water. Warm water pre-melts the fats. Blend to a smooth consistency and strain using a sieve or a clean cotton towel to get clear milk.
Don’t throw away the chaff. We will use it to make coconut flour. Spread it in a baking tray and either dry in the oven (with very little heat on fan mode) or in the sun. This chaff is very rich in fiber.
When dry, grind the chaff into powder using a coffee grinder. And sift to remove any large fibers. Store the coconut flour in an airtight container. It lasts for a year in a freezer. You can use coconut flour for pancakes, waffles, cookies, bread, and in basically any recipe that calls for gluten-free flour.
Meanwhile, refrigerate the liquid overnight for the cream to separate from the water. In the morning, scoop out the solid cream into a large bowl. Let the solid cream sit in room temperature for a few hours and blend it to a creamy consistency. Store this cream in an airtight container. Since this is virgin cream (without preservatives), you have to keep refrigerated and consume within 21 days.
Store the coconut water (also called low-fat coconut milk) in the same manner, and you can use the water to prepare other dishes such as coconut rice.
And now we are ready to make the vegan gluten-free waffles.
Procedure to make the vegan Gluten-Free Waffles
Preheat your waffle maker.
Mix all the ingredients using a blender or whisk until well combined.
Scoop a little of the flour mixture into the hot waffle iron and let them cook for 5 minutes. You don’t need to add oil since the coconut cream contains a healthy amount of coconut oil.
Serve warm with fresh strawberries.
Today I decided to share with you how to extract the different coconut DIYs at home because they have diverse uses. You can use coconut cream as a substitute for vegan whipped cream or apply on your skin and hair. I use the flour as a substitute for wheat flour, but with a little tweaking in each recipe because it doesn’t hold well on its own. And finally, I use coconut water in my bath water or for cooking (instead of using plain water or stock). Now you can enjoy your vegan gluten-free waffles the vegan way.