BRYANNA'S CRISP VEGAN OKARA WAFFLES

        Servings: 6

Yield: 6/7-inch round waffles or 12/4-inch square waffles

If you want to make this entirely with whole grain flours, the following mixture worked well in my original Vegan “Buttermilk” Waffle recipe, so you could try substituting it for all of the flours in this recipe: 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 1/3 cup oat flour (grind oatmeal in a dry blender or clean, dry electric spice/coffee grinder), 1/4 cup corn flour, and 4 teaspoons brown rice flour. I haven’t tried this yet with the okara version.

I also have a favorite variation, Orange/Cranberry/Pecan, of the original recipe in which I use some orange juice instead of the lemon juice in the “Buttermilk”, and I add grated orange zest (at least one whole orange!) and add 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped,  and 1/4 cup chopped pecans to the batter.

Vegan "Buttermilk":  

1 tablespoon        lemon juice  

1 cup + 7 tablespoons        nondairy milk  

Vegan "Eggs":  

1/2 cup        water  

2 tablespoons    egg replacer powder  

2 tablespoons    golden flax seed, ground to a powder in a dry coffee/spice grinder  

2 tablespoons    organic sugar 

Dry Mix:

3/4 cups    white pastry flour (do not use all-purpose flour)  

3/4 cup    whole wheat flour 

   ( OR use 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour and 3/4 cup unbleached white all-purpose flour)  

1/3 cup    corn flour (NOT cornstarch! See Cooking Tip below)  

3 tablespoons    brown rice flour 

1 teaspoon        baking powder  

1 teaspoon        salt  

1/2 teaspoon        baking soda (press through a fine tea strainer with the baking powder to eliminate lumps)  

Wet Mix:  

Vegan "Buttermilk" (above)  

1 cup        fresh okara (not super-squeezed)  (Okara is the pulp left over from making soy milk or tofu.)

1/4 cup          oil  

1 teaspoon        pure vanilla extract  

 

1.) Plug in your waffle iron to heat. Nonstick waffle grids are best, and just a regular waffle iron with medium-sized grid is best, rather than a deep Belgian waffle type, or one with a very small grid.  ( I use a round Cuisinart Traditional. Other waffles irons recommended by Cooks Illustrated are:  Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express; Cloer Double Waffle Maker; Cuisinart 6-Slice Traditional Waffle Iron.

2.) Mix the Vegan "Buttermilk" ingredients and set aside.

3.) For the Vegan "Eggs", beat the water and egg replacer with a hand/immersion blender until thick and frothy. Add the ground flax and beat for a minute or 2. Set aside.

4.) Mix together the Dry Mix ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside.

5.) For the Wet Mix, combine the "buttermilk", okara, oil and vanilla with a whisk.

7.) Whisk the Wet Mix into the Dry Mix just until mixed. Scoop the "egg" mixture over this and fold in with a spatula, using an over and under motion until you can no longer see the "egg" mixture.

8.) Spray the waffle iron (top and bottom) with oil from a pump sprayer each time you make a waffle. For 4" waffles, I use a 1/3 cup of batter for each one and spread it out evenly. For the 7" round one I use a scant 2/3 of a cup of batter and spread it out evenly, but not right to the edges. In my waffle iron that makes 2/ 4" square waffles, 7 minutes seems to be the optimum cooking time; in the other—the Cuisinart Traditional round one--  6 minutes on setting #3 seems the best.

9.) Loosen gently and lift the waffles out with a fork. Serve hot immediately, or place in a 200°F. oven on a rack to keep warm and crisp until needed (not for too long, or they’ll dry out!). Freeze leftover (cooled) waffles and toast them for a quick breakfast or snack!

10.) Serve on warm plates with Earth Balance (or my Low-Fat “Corn Butter” Spread or my Reduced-Fat Earth Balance Spread) and warm maple syrup or amber agave nectar, or fruit sauce, or whatever your favorite topping happens to be. Yum!

 Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per serving): 311.2 calories; 33% calories from fat; 11.8g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 452.8mg sodium; 337.4mg potassium; 46.0g carbohydrates; 4.3g fiber; 6.0g sugar; 41.7g net carbs; 6.9g protein; 6.4 points.

 

 Cooking Tip

Corn Flour is very finely-ground yellow cornmeal-- ground almost to a powder. You can do this in small amounts in a dry, clean electric coffee/spice grinder. Or you can purchase it (sometimes organic) at a health food store or South Asian market.