Chia seeds are my new favorite ingredient!
Not only are they extremely nutrient dense, with 11g fiber and 4g protein per ounce, but they contain Omega-3 fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals beneficial to bone health. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about the little pop of the seeds as you bite into a fluffy, hearty waffle.
Additionally, Chia seeds act as a wonderful binder. No, I’m not referring to the 12 pound AP Chemistry binder you were forced to lug around all through Sophomore year. Chia seeds expand when soaked in liquid, acting as a nice replacement for gluten in any gluten-free recipes. Without the bloating typically associated with gluten-rich foods.
And let’s take a look at the macros of this waffle, shall we?
One large 8″ Belgian Waffle only contains 272 calories, compared to a Bisquick Belgian waffle of the same size with almost 100 additional calories. This waffle also has 11g less fat and 2g more protein than a Bisquick waffle, and is made with whole grains instead of processed white flour.
Seriously though, the #1 reason why you need to try this waffle is the taste. And the fluff. This Chia Seed Waffle is lightly sweet, and actually tastes extremely similar to a classic Belgian waffle, regardless of the healthy ingredients. Not to mention, it’s by far the fluffiest gluten free waffle I’ve ever had. Again, thanks to the Chia seeds, this waffle can have the same texture of a classic waffle, without the gluten (or processed ingredients!).
And, of course, this recipe is for a single serving. Meaning you don’t have to feel obligated to share any additional waffles! 😉
Because trust me, this recipe is so yummy you won’t want to!
Chia Seed Waffle for One
- 1/2 c old fashioned oats (or rolled oats)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 banana
- 2 tbs egg whites (or 1 small egg white)
- 1/3 c unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 tbs chia seeds
- pinch of cinnamon
Preheat a waffle iron. Blend oats in a food processor or small blender until the consistency of oat flour is reached. Pour into a small bowl. Add baking powder, chia seeds, and cinnamon, and stir until combined. Mash 1/2 a banana in a small bowl then add to dry ingredients. Pour in egg whites and coconut milk and stir until fully combined. Grease waffle iron with cooking spray, then pour on batter. Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden. Remove and plate. Top with desired sliced fruit, syrup, or even whipped cream. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 1 servings)
Recipe yields one large 8″ Belgian waffle