Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles

Gluten Free Applesauce WafflesToday felt like a real fall day here in Los Angeles. It was about 75 degrees and cloudy and I woke up craving applesauce. Specifically my Grandma Colleen’s Applesauce Cake. But while it’s my favorite cake, it’s also WAY to sugary for me to have as my first meal of the day. So I scoured my fridge and cupboards, and came up with this rather delectable recipe for gluten free applesauce waffles.

Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles

I use flax meal and chia seeds in just about everything, they are super foods and nutrient dense, so why not? I also added in a scoop of plain whey protein powder, I use unflavored whey protein isolate from www.truenutrition.com. My waffle maker takes roughly five minutes per waffle, so while these gluten free applesauce waffles cooked, I made a simple apple compote on the stove with fresh apples, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and lemon zest. It brings out the flavor in the waffles and adds the perfect amount of sweetness. This recipe makes four, filling, fall-flavored waffles. Alliteration for the win!

Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles                                                 Makes 4 waffles

2 Eggs
½ c. Applesauce- unsweetened
1 c. Coconut Milk- or whatever milk you prefer
¼ c. Flax Meal
¼ c. Chia Seeds
1 scoop Unflavored Protein Powder
½ c. Rolled Oats
¾ c. Gluten Free Flour- I used all purpose
2 T. Coconut Oil- melted
½ t. Salt
½ t. Cinnamon
½ t. Ginger
½ t. Nutmeg
½ t. Baking Powder
½ t. Baking Soda

Apple Compote

2 Apples
½ c. Water
½ t. Cinnamon
½ t. Ginger
½ t. Nutmeg
¼ Lemon- zested

Begin by cracking the eggs into a large mixing bowl, along with the applesauce, flax meal, chia seeds, and last six ingredients. Stir. Let sit while you measure out the milk, flour, protein powder and oats. Mix in the milk, followed by the dry ingredients, then pour in the melted coconut oil. Preheat your waffle iron according to the instructions, then make those waffles!

Gluten Free Applesauce Waffles

If you are making the apple compote, rinse and chop two apples. Add to a saucepan with half a cup of water and spices. Bring to a boil then let simmer while the rest of the waffles cook, roughly 15 minutes. Zest in ¼ of the lemon. Serve warm over the waffles with a drizzle of honey or enjoy as is!

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