I decided to do something fun this year…I’m declaring 2018 the year of the waffle! I’ll be sharing waffles from savory to sweet. Also, I’ll sometimes use a Belgium waffle maker as opposed to a regular waffle maker. But, it really won’t matter which maker you use for most recipes.
To start the New Year, I thought I would start off healthy! This is a gluten-free, vegetarian waffle. The flavors are Middle Eastern, and are usually deep fried. To health it up, I used a waffle maker instead of the deep fryer.
- 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (also know as garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
- 1 small bunch scallions, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. coriander
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (use 1/8 tsp. if you don’t like spicy)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 Tbsp. garbanzo flour (all-purpose flour works too, if you are not gluten free)
- Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1-2 Tbsp. tahini
- 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce
- ½ lemon, zest & juice
- ½ diced tomato
- ¼ cup diced cucumber
- Lemon wedge
- Preheat waffle iron. (High setting if you waffle maker has this option.)
- In a food processor bowl, add the chickpeas, scallions, parsley, cilantro, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and baking powder. Pulse to combine until finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the eggs and pulse to combine. Add the flour until combined.
- Grease the waffle iron with cooking spray. Add batter to waffle iron and cook 4-5 minutes until golden-brown and crispy. (Cook until there is no steam, don’t peak too early or the waffle will separate.)
- In a small bowl add all sauce ingredients, mix well. If you like your mixture thinner, just add a little water.
- Sprinkle with diced tomato & cucumber, and lemon wedge on the side. (Alternative, mix the tomato & cucumber into the yogurt sauce.)
FYI – a Belgium waffle maker makes waffles with deeper pockets and are usually egg, or yeast batter based, which is good if you have a sauce you want trapped in the pockets. Whereas a regular waffle maker makes thinner waffles.