I am such a whole wheat girl. I love my freshly ground hard white wheat. I order 500 pounds of wheat at a time for goodness sake. But, in an effort to add variety to our diets, I’ve been on a mission to try different grains.
As you know, I’ve done a fair amount of experimenting lately with Coconut Flour (which isn’t a grain, but it does add variety to our healthy baked goods). Recently, my dear friend Angie sent me this Pumpkin Waffle recipe, and then another dear friend Jenny (who is Angie’s sister) affirmed how good these are – so I went for it. This recipe calls for several different grains and none of them are wheat. Look at me, growing in my grain varieties! Hey, it’s not difficult when you have good recipes like this one. In fact, my kids loved them and my pickiest eater even said, “Wow, these taste like your homemade donuts!” I think we have a winner.
Multi-Grain Pumpkin Waffles and Pancakes
1 cup sorghum or barley flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup millet flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons maple syrup or sucanat
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or coconut milk if you’re going for dairy free also)
Whisk together dry ingredients. Beat the wet into the dry ingredients to combine. Cook the batter in a waffle iron – greasing well between each batch. Or, add a few extra tablespoons of milk and cook the batter into pancakes.
I can attest to the fact that it’s best to keep your waffle iron greased well to keep these from sticking. Otherwise, these were easy to make and incredibly delicious. And we just added some multi-grain variety to our diets. It wasn’t even painful. ;) Remember, my nine year old thinks these taste like donuts. That’s a multi-grain transition anyone can make!
What grains do you eat at your house? Have you ventured beyond whole wheat yet?