Today we’re making spelt pumpkin waffles inspired by these pumpkin spelt muffins found on Lisa Leake’s 100 Days of Real Food. Lisa’s site is all about discovering unprocessed real food in an increasingly less than healthy processed food world. As health conscious parents of 3 kids, that’s and idea we can get behind!
So…what is spelt?
Spelt is an ancient grain that is now finding popularity in the health food world. Over at Nature’s Legacy they describe spelt as a ” hardier and more nutritious cousin to modern wheat”.
Spelt has become a popular subsitution for flour in the baking world for a number of reasons:
- It tastes great.
- Spelt pasta retains it’s texture and is less apt to crumble during cooking than regular whole wheat pasta.
- Although it does contain gluten, the gluten in spelt is water-soluble and easier to digest than common wheat. Some people with gluten intolerances find they can tolerate spelt.
- Spelt is aid to be higher in fiber and more nutritious than common wheat.
- It can be used as an easy 1:1 substitution for common wheat flour.
That should give you a reason for trying spelt pumpkin waffles, right?
We love waffles and pancakes in our house. It began early. All our kids loved to munch on pancakes as toddlers. As they’ve continued to grow, waffles and pancakes remains one of their favorite meals…so much so that we often have breakfast for dinner! Since it’s a meal we have often, we find that it’s nice to mix things up now and then so you don’t get bored. So when we were looking for more fall recipes to try out we saw an opportunity to include both pumpkin and spelt — spelt pumpkin waffles here we come!
Our recipe for spelt pumpkin waffles is pretty straight forward and easy to execute. To incorporate the spelt we simply sub in spelt flour for whole wheat flour. We already mostly use whole wheat flour for health reasons when making waffles, pancakes, and baked goods, but you could make this same substitution if you were using white flour. For the pumpkin flavor we use both pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. And our other healthy recipes additions include almond milk, coconut oil, and boiled cider. You may remember that we posted recently about using boiled cider as a sugar substitute in this homemade banana nut bread.
The end result is a great tasting pumpkin spelt waffle that you can feel good about serving your family. And because spelt is easier to digest than common wheat that then makes these pumpkin waffles easier to digest literally and figuratively! 🙂 . We hope you enjoy! Let us know what your favorite kinds of waffles are and whether there are any healthy substitutions you regularly employ in the comments below!
Our spelt pumpkin waffle recipe:
- 1 3/4 c . spelt flour
- 1 c . pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp . baking powder
- 1/2 tsp . salt
- 1 tsp . pumpkin spice
- 1/4 c . melted coconut oil
- 2 T . boiled cider
- 1 c . almond milk
- Mix together the wet ingredients: almond milk, cider, melted oil, pumpkin, and eggs.
- Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, powder, salt, and spice.
- Mix the two together until just combined and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Plug in waffle maker.
- Spray waffle maker and add batter.
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