Today’s Food Challenge: Pumpkin Waffles. This Recipe: http://pumpkinwaffles.wordpress.com/ultimate-pumpkin–waffle–recipe/
Lately I’ve noticed my kids have been asking for waffles for breakfast. I’ve always kept the obligatory box of Eggos in the freezer, but this seemed like a window of opportunity: How can I satisfy their waffle craving with a healthier option that’s homemade and not processed? The answer came to me in the form of this recipe: http://pumpkinwaffles.wordpress.com/ultimate-pumpkin-waffle-recipe/ . It’s seasonal, a yummy way to sneak in some nutritious veg, and relatively low in sugar. they don’t even need syrup, but, for a treat, you could give them a little flurry of powdered sugar (it only takes a half teaspoon or so, and makes it look so enticing!), or a drizzle of local honey, or maybe a kiss of real maple syrup. I decided to make a big double batch and keep them in the freezer. They came out delicious and they were a big hit with the whole family. Even my diabetic husband was able to enjoy them. Sorry, Eggo!
Just a few tips:
If your kids are very picky and sensitive to bold flavors, you may want to cut back on the spice a little bit. Especially the ginger, as a sensitive palate could feel a bit of burn. These are redolent with warm holiday spice but a more subtle flavor may be called for in some families.
I froze my waffles in rectangular food storage containers, stacked up just like Eggos. When I went to pop them in the toaster oven next morning, they were really stuck together. I probably should have placed a layer of parchment or wax paper between them.
As my little ones adopt this dish into the narrow list of foods they approve of, I plan on gradually upping the whole grain content by using whole wheat flour.
I try to make my creations during those precious moments where I am not bothered by kids, when all of my other responsibilities are accomplished, and I have some quiet time to putter. Namely- when the kids are at school. If you don’t have that luxury, try mixing up the dry ingredients and putting them in a food storage container. It would take about 5 or 10 minutes. Another 5 or 10 minutes could be spent mixing the wet, and then cooking it all up would be another 5 or 10. Just do what you can, when you can, and your family can be enjoying a delicous, wholesome and homemade treat for weeks to come!