Fall has officially arrived and although the weather here in Southern California has been a little on the warm side, that hasn’t stopped me from working on meals that are perfect for the chillier days. I have to admit, not too long ago I actually did not particularly care for pumpkin spice as I typically do not enjoy the flavor of very heavy spices like cinnamon. However, more recently I have started to come around to these flavors and have taken some time to play around with the m in different ways. One of the first recipes I ventured out to make was pumpkin spice pancakes which turned out okay but not great. After making them I created a poll on my Instagram asking if you prefer waffles or pancakes. The answer came back with over 50% voting for waffles so we are starting with that! I really wanted to make these waffles gluten-free since it’s been a while that I made a gluten-free option and also because waffles are typically more on the indulgent side. Although these waffles are superior in their nutrient content than traditional waffles, they still taste very decadent and like a treat.
Why our recipe is healthier
In order to make these waffles healthier there are a few substitutions I made. For starters, instead of using traditional all-purpose flour I decided to use oat flour which makes this recipe gluten free. Also, it has all the heart healthy benefits from oatmeal but in the form of waffles! Oats are a wonderful source of fiber which not only help to fill you up faster but also keep you full for longer. In addition to swapping out the flour, I also utilized peanut butter in place of traditional butter in the batter. By choosing peanut butter instead of traditional butter we add in a healthy source of fat in the form of omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acids) and also some extra protein that butter would not provide. The last addition I made to amp up the nutrition of these waffles was pepitas or better known as pumpkin seeds. Pepitas are a another great source of protein & healthy fats which again help to make these waffles that much more nutritious and filling. Pepitas are also a great source of the essential mineral magnesium. Magnesium is a key player in regulating the function of the heart, enzymes, and impacts the metabolism of other important minerals and vitamin (potassium, calcium, and vitamin D). Now that you why this recipe is great for you, let’s talk about what you will need to make them for yourself.
Makes 2 large waffles (see image for size reference)
- 1 cup oat flour**
- 1/4 cup unsalted pepitas
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup plant-based milk of choice (or regular milk) **
- juice of 1 small lemon **
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp unsalted peanut butter
- 2 eggs
**NOTE: To make the oat flour, throw rolled oats into a food processor until a flour texture.
** NOTE: In a separate container, squeeze the lemon juice into the milk and whisk together to combine. Allow this to sit for at least 10 minutes before moving forward as this will make a buttermilk.
- To a food processor combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, pepitas, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice) and pulse until fully combined.
- In a separate bowl, 10 minutes in advance add the lemon juice to the milk and whisk together. Allow it to sit aside as this will create a buttermilk consistency and taste.
- Combine the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a bowl and mix to combine.
- After 10 minutes, add the “buttermilk” mixture to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
- Slowly and in small amounts, add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir until just combined and set aside.
- Begin heating your waffle maker and grease the inside so the waffles don’t stick.
- Once the waffle iron is fully heated, ladle about 3/4 cup worth of mixture into the waffle maker and using a spatula evenly spread the mixture.
- Close the waffle iron and although the cooking time may vary depending on the size of your waffle maker, a good rule of thumb is to go by the steam released during cooking.
- Once the steam released from the waffle maker begins to disappear, it should be time to remove the waffles. My waffle maker makes large waffles so the cook time was longer than usual about 9 minutes. However, for smaller square waffles about 5 minutes should be all that it takes.
- Carefully remove the waffles with a spatula and top with butter, maple syrup, and other toppings of choice & enjoy!
I hope you are just as excited for all the fall recipes to come as I am! Fall is hands down one of my favorite seasons and it is typically the time of year I feel the most inspired. Get ready for more cozy & delicious recipes to come that are of course equally as nutritious. If you would like to stay up to date on all of my latest posts, be sure to sign up for email notifications. Thank you for taking the time to make it to my page & I will be back soon with another recipe!