Unlike pancakes, waffles don’t have to be drawn into memes or cartoon characters on a griddle to catch anyone’s attention. Waffles are art all on their own.Waffles are beautiful: crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, with pockets perfect for holding syrup, strawberries, or practically anything. (They’re like the pockets of men’s jeans. I’ve seen guys hold iPads in their pockets. I’m lucky if the pocket on my jeans can hold a chap stick.)
My mom used her couponing skills and Kohl’s Cash to get a waffle iron for $15 and I have had waffles at least once a week since then. So I figured that it was time to make a recipe for one.
Or any recipe that works really.
You see, experimenting with recipes doesn’t always produce edible results. And I don’t pay for the ingredients I use to make these. My mom will see me place ingredients in the shopping cart at the grocery store, ask me what I plan to make, and I’ll tell her. And after I make it, it may end up tasting like a sponge that was just used to wash a brownie pan instead of an actual brownie. Then when she asks how it went and how she hopes that nothing went to waste, I’ll tell her that it was yummy but needed work as I stand in front of the trash can that I just threw a bunch of chocolate chili brownie/ failures into.
But this recipe worked out! So no worries.
And yes, they are whole wheat. What else do you expect from me? Don’t worry, you can barely tell. (You can also substitute white flour, just use 2 tsp of baking powder instead of 3 tsp.)
You start off by toasting the coconut. A very delicate process. You will put 5 minutes on your timer, look at the coconut, and decide that it needs another minute. Then you will turn around, blink, smell something funny, and then rush back to the oven to discover that your tray of coconut has turned into ash. Then you will rush to throw it in the trash, take out the garbage, and open all the windows. And then when you are asked how the recipe is going, you’ll say “beautifully” as you kick the trash bag under the table to hide it.
So just keep your eye on the coconut.
And then you just have to mix all the ingredients together, let it thicken, and stick it in your waffle iron. Then serve by sprinkling shredded coconut everywhere (EVERYWHERE) and successfully convert all pancake lovers to waffle lovers.
**Note: Now, the recipe calls for oil, and if you have coconut oil handy, you’re gonna think “coconut oil, coconut waffles? Sounds perfect together!”. But just as a warning, coconut oil cannot be substituted for oil in every recipe. If you use coconut oil in a cookie recipe that is supposed to make soft chewy cookies, you’re gonna end up with crispy cookies and a deep feeling of betrayal. Coconut oil will make the outside of your waffle crispy, but if your waffle iron acts like mine did, it will make the outside crispy and then halfway steam the middle of the waffle, leaving it kind of wet. So, unless you have room to experiment, I would use your normal canola or vegetable oil.
Toasted Coconut Waffles (100% whole wheat)
makes 3 eight inch waffles
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup sugar
- dash of salt
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk (I always use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Toast your coconut: spread it out across a baking sheet and place it in a preheated 350º oven. Set a timer for 5 minutes, take out the coconut and shake it around, and if it needs more time, put it back in the oven, and then stare at it. Or just keep a close eye on it. A REALLY close eye. Once it’s a light golden brown, take it out to briefly cool.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, adding in the toasted coconut.
- Mix all of the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring to combine. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes to let it thicken. In the meantime, let your waffle iron heat up.
- Cook the waffle batter with the instructions of your waffle iron.
- Serve with syrup and fruit!
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