Friday, July 22, 2011

Waffles with coconut cream and fresh cherries


I like having waffles for breakfast on special occasions. This is a recipe for a double batch of waffles. You can put half or more of these in the freezer, so they are ready and waiting for your next special day. The coconut cream will not last that long, but you can use it to top desserts, vegan sundaes, or coffee. My can of coconut milk didn't separate so I could only whisk it to soft peaks. It was still tasty, even if it wasn't quite as pretty. You can replace half of the oil in this recipe with mashed banana, pureed pumpkin, or applesauce. My kids need the extra fat and calories so I just use the oils most of the time.


3/4 cup Warm Water
1/4 cup Flax Meal
2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1&1/3 cups Spelt Flour
2/3 cup Coconut Flour
8 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3&3/4 cups So Delicious Coconut Milk, Unsweetened
1/2 cup Demerara Sugar
1/2 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup Light Olive Oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 cup Pecan Pieces

Stir together the warm water and flax meal and set aside to let gel. In a large mixing bowl combine flours, baking powder, and salt. Add demerara sugar into the flax mixture and stir until combined. Add oils and stir again. Measure coconut milk and add to dry ingredients along with flax mixture and vanilla. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Fold in shredded coconut and pecans. Add dried fruit if desired. Cook on preheated waffle iron according to manufacturers suggestions.

While your waffles are cooking you can grab a can of coconut milk out of the refrigerator and make a whipped coconut cream topping if you like.

If the Cream has separated to the top of the can carefully spoon the cream into a cool glass bowl. Whisk with vegan powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peak or stiff peaks depending on which you prefer and whether your coconut milk was separated. I used 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla. I would not have needed as much if the cream had separated, if you had better luck with that, use half the amount of sugar and taste to see if it needs more.

Top waffle with coconut cream and fresh fruit of choice and savor your special day.

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