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.
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.
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 🙂
Speaking of things not to skip, it’s almost time for Star Wars Day!! If you didn’t know, May 4 is officially Star Wars day because of a pun. And I LOVE puns…it’s May the Fourth. Get it? Like, “May the Force be with you.” 🙂 Yep, I’m a huge nerd, and this means there’s a themed virtual run!! Level Up Virtual Runs is hosting a May the Fourth Be With You run – you pick the distance, run it when & wherever you want, and then log your time on their website. AND you get this super adorable BB8 medal – everyone should have a BB8, ’cause he’s just so darn useful! Register today and use the code SAVE10 for 10% off the price. And when you tweet and share on Facebook, you can get an additional $1 off registration for each social media action!
So basically, make some waffles, register for the Star Wars run, and get out there! Let the spent grain fuel your run for the Rebels 🙂
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.