Oat-Chestnut Waffles with Cherry Compote

What makes a good recipe? For me it needs to hit these criteria:

  • Few ingredients

  • Ingredients you have on hand

  • 30 minutes and under to eating time

  • Budget friendly

  • Gluten free or paleo

  • Refined sugar free

  • Nutrient dense

  • Utilizes leftovers

  • Can batch-cook for meal prep

  • Damn delicious

This recipe checks every single box. If you have a waffle iron you could be eating waffles in under 20 minutes. In fact, I created this recipe in the time it took my partner to shower before going to work! I like it because it is gluten free, VERY high in fibre (gets ya poopin!) and it utilizes leftovers. I hate throwing out leftover oats, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do with it…until now!

Did I mention you can batch these and freeze them like the good old days of Eggo Waffles? Major weekday win IMO.

Here is the recipe to your quick and indulgent weekday breakfast:

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INGREDINENTS

  • 3/4 cup Oat flour (or blend 1 cup rolled oats)

  • 1 cup Chestnut flour

  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher or coarse salt

  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter - room temp

  • 1 1/4 cups (295 ml) cashew milk (or any alternative milk, make sure its thick and creamy)

  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal

  • 1 tablespoon local honey

  • 2 large eggs

CHERRY COMPOTE

  • 1 cup frozen black cherries

  • 1/4 cup filtered water

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

METHOD

  1. Turn on and pre-heat waffle iron.

  2. Place cherries, water and vanilla extract in a small sauce pan on medium heat and cook until tender. Mash with potato masher to incorporate. If it looks too runny, let it continue bubbling until it has reduced. Set aside.

  3. For the batter, whisk the dry ingredients (oat flour, chestnut flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk the butter, nut milk, cooked oatmeal, honey and eggs together until thoroughly combined.

  4. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a light hand is important for tender pancakes.

  5. Pour 1/4 cup batter into each waffle plate (standard size) and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Keep the cooked waffles warm in a 200F oven until ready to serve.

  7. Top with cherry compote and pure maple syrup.

Super Creamy Chicken Liver Mousse

LIVER: Mega Superfood

Liver is THE most nutrient dense food on the planet. The highest food source of iron. In general, organ meats are between 10 and 100 times higher in nutrients than corresponding muscle meats.

In natural medicine, ‘LIKE HEALS LIKE’. This means that by eating liver, you’re providing your body with all the building blocks and supports your liver needs to regenerate and function optimally.

When carnivorous animals such as lions find a prey, the first thing they eat are the organs. They prioritize on the most nutritious parts of the animal. Folks in the 50s knew how important liver was, and usually ate liver and onions about 1 time per week. In the Caribbean, cod liver oil is taken daily not only for its protective vitamin d and Omega 3 values, but for it’s overall nutrition!

Leave it to the French to whip up chicken liver with cream and butter into submission until it’s luscious and creamy. This recipe is so much easier than you think, PROMISE!

Selecting Liver

You can sauté liver, eat it in freeze-dry capsules. Or you can make it into a creamy delicious pate and eat it with your favourite crackers, sourdough toast or apple slices.

Be sure to select livers from a free-range, organic feed source. They don’t have to be officially certified organic if you go to a local farmers market, talk to the farmer and ask about their practices. Sometimes having certified organic meat can be too expensive for local farmers and although they raise their animals in an organic way, they may not be certified. Ask questions. Talk to your butcher.

Learn More about the super powers of Liver. Functional Medicine practitioner Chris Kresser lays down the facts here.

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