These Whole Grain Blender Waffles are a great tasting easy recipe you're going to love for oh so many reasons. They're nutritious, use a special blender technique for easy making and cleanup, plus they freeze well.
Whip up a batch (or four) of these Healthy Waffles for a nutritious breakfast (or snack) on the go anytime.
This grind and mix in the blender technique will totally rock your healthy living world and it's adaptable to other grains as well.
What Is Buckwheat
Buckwheat is actually a grain-like seed. Technically (botanically) it's a seed, but nutritionally it behaves and your body treats it like a grain in that it's more starchy than fat.
Surprisingly, even though buckwheat has the word "wheat" in its name, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free.
Buckwheat has a nutty flavor that is somewhat earthy. It can have a slightly bitter taste to it, but that really depends on how you prepare it and the sourcing
What are Blender Waffles
Early on in my whole food journey, I found a super-fun whole food hack that was kind of life changing. Your blender can double as a grain mill! Yes, you can get whole grains into your diet without spending a fortune on specialty flours or a special mill...plus grinding in your blender saves time too!
Most Blender Waffle Recipes call for white flour or flour made from other grains, but this one calls for whole buckwheat groats.
And that's just ONE of the great things about this recipe.
Why You'll Love These Waffles
These gluten-free blender waffles are....
• Vegan friendly (you can easily use an egg substitute for the egg)
• Gluten-Free (yes it's BOTH vegan AND gluten-free. Yes, the photos show eggs, but we almost ALWAYS make these without eggs since my oldest is deathly allergic)
• Easy to Make
• Takes only 9 Ingredients
• Refined Sugar-Free
- Whole Grain like Buckwheat Groats, hulled, Rice, Wheat, Oat Groats, etc.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Plant-based Milk
- Egg or Egg Substitute
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
How to Make These Waffles
Add the grains to a bowl and cover with water. Then add in the vinegar. Cover the bowl with a towel, and let the grains soak overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.
Once the grains have soaked, rinse and strain until the rinsing water is clear.
Place the softened buckwheat in the blender, along with all the other ingredients.
Blend well. If needed, add more milk to thin out the batter.
Heat your waffle iron as directed, and then cook till it is crispy on the inside.
Recipe Notes, Special Diet Info, & FAQs
Vegan Waffles: If you want to make these vegan buckwheat waffles (which we do due to my oldest's life threatening egg allergy), replace the egg with an substitute. My son is allergic to eggs, so we always make these egg-free and they turn out great.
You can try a flax egg or chia egg but I haven't tried those. This powdered egg substitute works great for this recipe.
Dairy-free Milk Options: I love using coconut milk all the time in my kitchen, but you can use whatever dairy-free milk you like. The recipe will also work fine with regular milk.
Whole-grain Substitution: If you have flour on hand and no whole grain, typically 2 cups of grain will equal about 1.75 cups of flour. For example, 2 cups buckwheat groats = 1.75 cups flour so you can use this measurement to use flour instead. You can then blend all ingredients in the blender if you like, or mix in a bowl with a fork or electric mixer.
Buy The Right Buckwheat: If using buckwheat for these blender waffles, there are different varieties of buckwheat at the store. It's important to buy the proper one (hulled buckwheat groats), or your waffles won't turn out really well--trust me on that!
How to Store and Freeze Waffles
Leftover waffles will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, though they will soften up a bit.
To reheat, you can toast them or heat them up on the stovetop. You can heat them in the microwave (though I don't like using one due to radiation concerns).
For freezing waffles, allow your waffles to cool fully. Then flash freeze them for 1 hour. Then transfer to a freezer container or freezer bags. Freeze for up to three months in the freezer.
These waffles are an incredible breakfast meal prep option.
How to Reheat Frozen Waffles in an Oven
Even though these waffles are super easy to whip up in your blender, they're easier yet if you make and freeze a bunch for later use.
Simply preheat your oven or a toaster oven to 350 degrees F.
Arrange the frozen waffles on a baking stone or parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake the waffles for 7 to 10 minutes, until the waffles are crisp and warmed through.
How to Reheat Frozen Waffles in a Regular Toaster
You can use a regular toaster to reheat frozen waffles, but unless you have a fancy toaster with really wide slots and lots of settings, the outsides will tend to burn while the insides will still be cool--which is not cool LOL.
I read on one site that you can remedy this by microwaving your waffle for a minute or two to warm the inside and then crisp up the outside in your regular toaster.
But I'm not a fan of the microwave.
So here's a better idea....
How to Reheat Frozen Waffles on the Stovetop
Simply put your waffles in a pan. Spread some butter or coconut oil on each side, and heat on each side for about 2 minutes, and you'll have incredible toasted waffles when you're done.
How to Make Gluten-free Waffles or Vegan Waffles NOT Stick!
So this is a challenge and a HUGE one because egg yolks and gluten help waffles not stick to waffle irons--mostly the egg part I think.
Here's how to do it--PATIENCE is they key.
Of course follow the waffle iron manufacturer's directions, but then set the waffle iron on MEDIUM and let them cook longer. That helps the inside of the waffles to set instead of the outside being done first.
Trust me--it works great!
What's the Best Waffle Maker?
Good question! I would love to recommend the one that we have, but alas it's out of production and is now on Amazon for over $300! Yikes! No, we did NOT pay that for it LOL.
This waffle maker has great legitimate reviews and is super reasonable, and no PFOA!
Whole Grain Blender Waffles-gluten-free with vegan option
- 2 cups whole grain (any grain will work--gluten-free or not)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup non dairy milk or water or other dairy-free milk as desired
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 2 eggs (or egg substitute like this egg replacer powder)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- Place grain in a medium-sized bowl and cover with water (about 2” above the top of the buckwheat) and add the apple cider vinegar. Cover with a kitchen towel and soak overnight or for at least 6 hours.
- Rinse grain in a strainer until water runs clear.
- Place the grain and all remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk or water if it is too thick.
- Pour onto a heated waffle iron by ½- ¾ cup-fulls and cook until desired doneness.
- Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
- Store leftovers in fridge or freezer.
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