Today, I am headed to the hospital with my 7 year old, as he has surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. To help me keep the blog rolling I’ve asked my friend Allison Waken, from ‘All For The Boys’ to help me out. If you haven’t visited Allison’s blog I would encourage you to check it out…whether you have boys or not, you will endless ideas for creative adventures with your kids.
Hi! This is Allison from All for the Boys and I am so thrilled to be here today! Let me start by saying I am by no means a chef OR food photographer so bear with me. Actually in our family my husband is the chef (and quite a good one)! However I do have certain dishes that I’ve worked on until I’ve perfected them. I myself can’t eat gluten so on top of not being a chef I need to be a gluten free one as well 😉
Ever since a little girl I’ve always loved the small things my parents did for me. On Valentine’s day they’d get a small gift bag filled with little goodies and while they weren’t worth much the small gestures always meant the most to me. One thing I do for my boys on occasion is surprise them with breakfast in bed. Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity for a special breakfast in bed!
We don’t eat breakfast in bed too often, or waffles for that matter. Often times we’re running out the door with a quick smoothie or bar! However waffles are one of my favorite breakfast foods so I took the challenge to find the perfect gluten free waffle recipe. I didn’t find out right out of the gate but did put together a mixture of ingredients that I think make up the best waffles I’ve ever had gluten free or not!
Gluten Free Waffles
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or make your own with 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough almond/soy/coconut milk to reach 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
I’ve tried mixing it different ways but oddly enough the best way is to mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl with a fork, add the wet and mix all together. One bowl, one utensil – less cleanup! Add a bit more rice flour to thicken or milk to thin. This recipe tends to be on the thinner side than I was used to with waffle recipes.
Pour onto your waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron directions.
Topping the waffles is the fun part! You can top with anything from ice cream, nutella, homemade jam, fruit, whipped cream, peanut butter… The options really are endless! My boys “special waffle” favorites are cream cheese and jam for my 9 year old and butter, maple syrup with strawberries for my 7 year old.
Taken to a tray with their favorite pineapple, orange, banana juice and I’m sure to get a morning smile no matter which side of the bed they wake up on!
Thanks so much for having me Alison!
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