When the waffle cravings hit, whip up these healthy chocolate waffles. They’re gluten-free, incredibly satisfying and well-rounded in nutrients.
Buckwheat is one of the most underused — and underrated — of the gluten-free grains. It’s high in fiber, protein, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, and copper. Despite buckwheat’s name, it contains no wheat and is technically a seed that’s related to the rhubarb family. It’s my go-to flour whenever I’m making pancakes or waffles at home and the star ingredient in my Buckwheat Pancakes from the NS Cookbook.
The great thing about pancake recipes is that most of them can be used in a waffle maker! While a lot of pancake and waffle recipes can make you feel weighed down and are loaded with ingredients, these healthy chocolate waffles are delicious, but not overly indulgent. Their balance of macronutrients — think carbohydrates, fiber, protein and healthy fats — make them light, fluffy and satisfying.
While these are a great weekend treat, these pancakes also keep well for up to 4-5 days in an airtight container in the fridge — just in case you find yourself with one too many waffles and want to save some for later. You can also freeze them individually in foil for a quick breakfast to reheat.
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Thanks to the cocoa powder, these pancakes deliver a nice serving of theobromine. Cocoa powder and other cocoa variations have many health-related benefits, most of them coming from an active compound in cacao, called theobromine. Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid which acts as a natural vasodilator (a.k.a. dilates your blood vessels to allow more blood flow and oxygen), a diuretic (a.k.a. increasing urination to rid the body of excess fluids), and a heart stimulant. You can see how these benefits just mentioned can have a positive effect on reducing high blood pressure, heart health, cholesterol-lowering benefits, PMS, and possible mental focus/acuity.
In just 1 cup of buckwheat flour, you’ll find 12g of dietary fiber. This high fiber content helps support healthy digestion. This fiber not only makes you feel fuller, longer, it also supports regular bowel movements.
Buckwheat for the win again; the gluten-free grain provides potent polyphenols, or antioxidants, that work to fight damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants also help combat inflammation on a cellular level.
Buckwheat flour already packs a nice amount of protein — 15g in 1 cup on average — so I wouldn’t recommend a protein powder to bulk these up. An adaptogenic herb, however, could be a nice addition; add 1/2 or 1 tablespoon of Maca powder, another mineral-rich vegetable (root from the broccoli family) that can help ease stress due to its rich magnesium content and may also boost stamina, reduce anxiety and depression symptoms, adding physical strength, endurance, and boosting mental focus/clarity. Although more research is needed to dive deep on maca, it’s still delicious and mineral-rich!
Another optimizer option could be a coconut whipped cream as a garnish, which is a non-dairy whipped cream made out of coconut milk and natural sweeteners. It’s full of healthy fats to boost cognitive ability and satiate you longer, which can be found in this recipe.
Lastly, to boost the protein, serve these waffles with a dollop of coconut yogurt, nut butter, or have them with a side of eggs or protein shake for some macronutrient balance!