Spent Grain Waffles with Chocolate Clementine Sauce

2 May

I just love waffles on the weekend. A lazy Sunday morning is the perfect time to bust out the waffle iron, whip up a delicious batter while coffee brews, and enjoy a filling breakfast in plush robes and slippers on the couch. Ok, that’s not the reality for us every weekend, but when those rare days come around with nothing significant planned, I take full advantage and go all out.

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This waffle recipe goes to the extreme, using spent grain flour. For the non-brewers reading this, spent grain is the leftover grain from brewing beer. It can be made up of any variety of wheat, barley, oats, and more. Homebrewing leaves you with several pounds of spent grain, which is perfectly edible. And in an effort to reduce food waste, I took some spent grain, dried it in a low-heat oven, and then ground it as finely as I could in my food processor. The result is a course flour with a TON of flavor, and just a hint of beer taste. Note, you can totally use ground oat flour in place of the spent grain flour if you’re not a homebrewer.

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These flavorful waffles are topped with a creamy chocolate clementine sauce, made completely vegan with avocado, cocoa powder, clementine juice, maple syrup and nondairy milk! It’s a delicious sauce for just about any dessert or even just fresh fruit! But let me tell you: it’s WAY better than plain old maple syrup on these waffles. Don’t skip this one πŸ™‚

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Spent Grain Waffles with Chocolate Clementine Sauce, adapted from The Pretty Bee

Makes 6 waffles

  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C spent grain flour
  • 1/3 C coconut sugar (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1-3/4 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1-1/2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1-3/4 C water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Chocolate Clementine Sauce

  • 1/2 medium avocado (could sub 1/2 cup of ripe mashed banana)
  • Juice of 1 clementine
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tbsp nondairy milk

Preheat your waffle iron.

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk in the water, melted coconut oil, yogurt, and lemon juice. Let sit 5 minutes to hydrate the flours.

Spray the hot waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop 1/2 cup of batter into the center. Press down the lid and cook about 3 minutes. The waffle is done when the exterior is crispy, which you’ll hear when you tap with a fork. Transfer the cooked waffle to a cooling rack – this will ensure the waffles stay crispy on the outside, rather than becoming soggy on a plate from residual steam.

Repeat the process with the remaining batter. You should yield 6 waffles.

While cooking the waffles, make the sauce:

In a blender or mini food processor, combine all the sauce ingredients. Puree until smooth. Add more milk to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a small bowl or ramekin.

Serve the waffles warm and drizzle with the chocolate clementine sauce. Let any leftover waffles cool completely before storing in a freezer-lock bag in the fridge or freezer. Extra sauce should also be kept in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Linking up withΒ Running on HappyΒ & The Fit Foodie Mama, and Confessions of a Mother Runner & A Whisk and Two Forks for #MeatlessMonday!

25 Responses to “Spent Grain Waffles with Chocolate Clementine Sauce”

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirt May 2, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    You have the most creative ideas! Love the sauce with this.

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 8:28 am #

      Aw, thanks! I just dolloped some leftover sauce onto Greek yogurt for breakfast today πŸ™‚

  2. Becki May 2, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    What a really great idea to reduce food waste and try something new! I have to admit, I’m especially excited to try the chocolate clementine sauce.

  3. Stephanie @ Wholesome Paradise May 2, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    I need this chocolate clementine sauce in my life. Yum! I’m going to have to come up with some gluten free waffles to put it on.

  4. wow what a creative combination!Never would have thought of the clementines. Thanks for linking up today for meatless Monday

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 11:21 am #

      Thank you!! I had just bought a bag of the little guys and thought “What’s better than chocolate and orange?” πŸ™‚

  5. awhiskandtwowands May 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    I love chocolate and oranges together and you can’t go wrong with waffles. Great for waffle Wednesday if my girls request it again this week. Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      Thanks! And enjoy πŸ™‚ Waffle Wednesday is a great idea!

  6. Rachel May 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    This looks really good. I wouldn’t have thought to put chocolate and clementines together but those are two of my favorites! Thanks for linking up. Yum!

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Thank you!! Let me know what you think if you try this, even if it’s just the sauce!

  7. Glenneth R May 2, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    those look and sound delicious! waffle wednesday? wonder if i can talk hubby into that!

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

      I bet it wouldn’t take much arm twisting, haha!

  8. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    im loving the idea of this waffle with chocolate clementine sauce!!!! i have never tried spelt flour but looks wholesome

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      This is actually spent grain flour, made from leftover grains you get when brewing beer. It’s super flavorful.

  9. nicoleculver1 May 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

    I’ve never heard of spent flour! These look tasty!

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

      I hadn’t either, until I started home brewing, and felt bad tossing out pounds of useful grain.

  10. Debbie Woodruff May 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    Okay, so I need to get a waffle iron. The sauce sounds amazing!

    • xtinaluvspink May 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

      You totally need a waffle iron!! It’s one of the single use appliances that gets a LOT of use in our house πŸ™‚

  11. Joanne May 2, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    These waffles look delicious! I am going to make these for my family for sure!

  12. ilkasblog May 3, 2016 at 5:30 am #

    Love this waffle recipe! I need to give it a try!

  13. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) May 3, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    I love pancakes or waffles for breakfast. The chocolate sauce sounds wonderful.


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