Paleo/Gluten Free Waffles

Switching to a Paleo diet has been hard in some ways. But generally just when I'm being a whiner and don't want to stretch myself or think outside of what I've always known. 

Growing up, I had a favorite waffle recipe that until a couple of months ago, I even had taped to the inside of one of my cupboard doors. Waffles were my second favorite breakfast food ever, falling just shy of chicken fried chicken with biscuits and gravy. 

When we decided to adopt Paleo for the whole family, I thought I was saying goodbye to many of my favorite foods, waffles included. 

But as we go farther and farther on our Paleo journey, I'm discovering that I haven't left anything behind and have started viewing this as an adventure rather than a forced march! (This week we made pulled pork tamales. . . without corn and they were uh-mazing. I can't wait to share them with you.) I'm just having to retrain my brain to think about the food I eat differently and develop a new normal. 

So waffles. 

I somehow managed to hit the jackpot on the very first try. We even fed these to one of C's 10-year-old friends and she asked for seconds, never knowing that they were grain free. 

I've incorporated a couple of things from my childhood recipe into this one and am excited to share these with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as my girls and I do & maybe even give you hope that eating well doesn't have to mean eating cardboard!! 

Also, this only makes about 4 waffles. . . so you may want to double it. :) 

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INGREDIENTS

(I've added links within the ingredient list to what we use at our house for those just venturing into Paleo/gluten free/grain free cooking. I know it can be a bit daunting setting up your pantry & a little advice can be helpful!) 

1 cup blanched almond flour
1 cup tapioca flour
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted ghee
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Preheat waffle iron

Mix all liquid ingredients in a mixing bowl until fully blended.

In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.

While whisking liquid ingredients on low, slowly add dry mixture. Whisk for 2 minutes or until batter has thickened. Batter will be similar to a thin pancake batter. 

Fill waffle iron with batter and follow manufacturers instructions, baking until crisp and slightly browned. 

Serve immediately with ghee, maple syrup or any other toppings of your choice.
But most of all, ENJOY!