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Serves: 2 to 3 (for 6-inch waffles, makes 5 to 6 classic or 3 to 4 Belgian)
  • 2 cups unsweetened nondairy milk (plus more to thin batter as it sits)
  • 1 ounce pitted dates (2 Medjool or 4 Deglet Noor), chopped
  • 1 ounce raw, unsalted cashews (about ¼ cup) or 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sliced fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, and/or blueberries, to top waffles (optional)
  • 1 recipe Strawberry-Date Syrup (optional)
  • Extra cashews to grate on top (optional, see Note)
  1. Place the nondairy milk, dates, and cashews or almond butter into a small bowl, and set aside for at least 15 minutes (so the dates and nuts can soften).
  2. Grind the rolled oats into flour with a blender. Transfer to a medium bowl, and whisk in the cornmeal, baking powder, and cinnamon. Plug in your waffle iron and set it to medium or medium-high (I use a 6 inch, round waffle iron with this recipe).
  3. Pour the soaking ingredients (milk, dates, and cashews or almond butter) into the blender, and blend until smooth.
  4. Add this mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Allow the batter to rest for one minute. (Add a little milk, as needed, between cooking the waffles, as the batter will thicken.)
  5. Pour ½ to ¾ cup of batter into the center of a heated waffle iron for classic waffles or ¼ to 1 cup for Belgian waffles; no oil is needed on the irons. Close the lid and cook until the indicator light shows that they have finished cooking (refer to your waffle iron's manual). All waffle irons will vary slightly, but generally classic waffles cook in 3 to 4 minutes and Belgian waffles in 4 to 5 minutes (see Waffle Tips below).
  6. Serve immediately, topped with sliced fruit, Strawberry-Date Syrup, and/or grated nuts.
Use a rotary cheese grater to grate some cashews (or any nut) on top of your cooked waffles for a little extra richness without going overboard on fat.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe (1.5 6-inch classic waffles) Calories: 247 Fat: 7.4g Saturated fat: 1.1g Carbohydrates: 40.8g Sugar: 7.1g Sodium: 96mg Fiber: 5.4g Protein: 7.1g Cholesterol: 0
Recipe by Straight Up Food at http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/2010/05/04/waffles-with-date-syrup/