With the cold weather approaching, the idea of warm comfort food breakfasts waft in the air. I envision foliage or even snow on the lawn, the trees stirred by the wind, and pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg odors and sights all around.
To me this is the perfect time for waffles and pancakes. Waffles, not frozen and popped into a toaster, but homemade, legitimate ones, made in a waffle iron. So today I came up with the idea of cassava waffles with dark chocolate.
Cassava Waffles With Dark Chocolate
Why cassava? First of all, most conventional waffles, of course, are made from flour. Flour contains gluten. Aside from flour being empty calories with no nutrition, you are dealing with gluten sensitivity.
Gluten sensitivity leads to a host of possible problems like auto-immune responses, “brain fog,” “Leaky gut,” weight gain, bloating, fatigue and more. Some estimates show that up to 70% of Americans have a sensitivity to this omnipresent protein found in most grains. If you have had these symptoms, try an Elimination Diet to see if you have a sensitivity to it.
Whether you do or don’t, it is best to minimize your gluten exposure. Once way to do that is use non-flour alternatives like coconut flour, almond flour, cassava, and others.
Check out this Review of non-Wheat Flour Alternatives to learn more.
I chose cassava because it is a relatively nutrient-dense flour and because I like the taste, texture, and color. Cassava is a type of root vegetable, similar to yucca.
The nutrient benefits of cassava are pretty impressive. One cup of its flour boasts 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Not bad for a flour and infinitely better and less inflammatory than wheat flour. It is also very high in Vitamin C and to a lesser extent, Magnesium and Vitamin B6.
So I love cassava flour for my waffles. Try them out for this recipe and others. These brands of cassava and arrowroot starch, and other ingredients you may purchase on Amazon right now.
Dark Chocolate or Bust!
If you are familiar with any of the recipes on Naturopathic Earth, you will know that we love dark chocolate. High-end dark chocolate…90% dark chocolate. What is there not to like? It is chockfull of antioxidants, phytonutrients, saturated fat, and fiber.
Check out our Review of the Most Popular Dark Chocolate Bars.
These are our most-recommended brands of dark chocolate you can purchase on Amazon.
Putting some chocolate on top of these cassava waffles brings out the taste of the cassava and other ingredients. Most importantly, it brings added mono-unsaturated and saturated fats to fill you up.
As we know, waffles with syrup is carb-heavy and you hunger will return quickly. But by adding something with a lot of fat, like dark chocolate, your hunger pangs should not come back any time soon.
Give this cassava waffles with dark chocolate recipe a try. It is full of tons of fiber, super tasty, and quite filling!
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- 1 1/4 cups cassava flower
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp confectioner sugar
- 4 oz 90 dark chocolate
Combine the cassava flour, arrowroot starch, and baking soda into a bowl and whisk vigorously.
In a separate bowl, mix the coconut milk, melted coconut oil, vinegar, cinnamon, honey, and vanilla.
Pour the dry ingredients into the coconut milk-based ingredients and mix thoroughly. The batter should be thick.
Heat the waffle iron. Add the batter and cook according to instruction of waffle iron.
Top with shredded or slightly melted dark chocolate and sugar. Enjoy!
Cassava Flour might take a little longer to warm so you might need to warm it on the waffle iron an additional 45 seconds. You may top with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread instead of dark chocolate pieces. See recipe in article. You may top with an assortment of berries, jam, or even fried egg or avocado to bring in beneficial fats.