Your favorite breakfast waffles packed with extra protein and nutrients from added quinoa – you’d never know it was in there!
This post was originally posted in April 2105. I have updated the photos, added a video and made a few minor changes to the text and recipe.
Weekend breakfasts are always a big deal at our house. It’s time to relax a bit and take the time to make something to really enjoy. One of our favorite breakfasts is homemade waffles.
I decided to try quinoa waffles and they were a big hit. Of course I didn’t tell anyone there was quinoa in the waffles! That would have been reason enough for everyone to exclaim….”Ewwww!”
Nope, not until after they had eaten three waffles each did I ask, “How were the waffles?” They loved them! n fact, they had no idea there was anything I did differently to our regular old waffles.
What ingredients are needed to make quinoa waffles?
- baking powder
- cooked quinoa
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is what I call a “super food.” It’s packed with protein, fiber, and nutrients. It doesn’t contain gluten (although this waffle recipe is made with flour which has gluten.)
To use quinoa, first rinse thoroughly in a bowl of water. Gently rub the seeds together in the water. This helps remove a slightly bitter taste from the quinoa. Then drain quinoa through a fine meshed sieve. Cook quinoa according to package directions before using in dishes.
Quinoa can be cooked ahead of time and kept covered in the refrigerator until needed. Check out this post for step by step directions for how to cook quinoa.
Looking at the batter, you can see the quinoa. Once the waffles are cooked, it just seems to disappear. Quinoa really doesn’t have much taste on it’s own. Added to a dish, it often takes on the flavors of the other ingredients. I also add quinoa to pancakes! They are delicious too!
Since waffles are already a regular staple in our house, I think these will be our new go-to recipe for Saturday mornings.
Other Great Recipes Using Quinoa
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Regular waffles made healthier with added quinoa.
- Place eggs in a bowl. Mix with a whisk.
- Add melted butter, milk and sugar. Mix
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder together.
Whisk egg mixture and slowly add flour mixture. Continue whisking until all flour is added.
- Stir in quinoa.
Cook in a preheated waffle iron until waffles are done.
Number of waffles depends on the size of your waffle iron.