These savoury waffles are completely gluten free and vegan, and packed with many key nutrients from the seeds that makes it a relatively healthy and very hearty sandwich.
For two years I was separated from my waffle iron. When we moved to Hong Kong, I had to leave it behind because I knew we wouldn’t have a space for many (it turned out, any) kitchen items. For the next move to San Francisco, we shipped my kitchen things from London, including the waffle iron, provoking a yippee and a few excited hops.
I have since been madly making waffles. Weirdly, the first ones I craved where savoury ones. I had seen a waffle sandwich at a food truck here in SF, which was full of sliced meat, and although not for me, it was a great idea for other ingredients.
When I was younger, Sunday night was usually cheese toasted sandwiches and milkshake night. When you’re older, it’s funny how much you cherish the memories of these family traditions. I loved cheese toasties and not being able to eat them now is sad, but the waffle toasted sandwiches have taken over and are also divine.
What’s special about these waffles is that you can personalize them and have different fillings depending on your mood and fridge contents.
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tsp tahini
- 1 ½ tbs melted coconut oil
- 1 tbs chia seed
- 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/3 cup brown rice flour
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbs sesame seeds
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 4-waffle iron
- * I use a dry cup measurer for all my measuring (liquid and dry)
- Choose what you fancy for your fillings – cheese, sliced tomatoes, sliced/mashed avocado, fennel or basil pesto, leftover grilled vegetables, grilled peppers, spinach, nut butter. The options are endless. I like to have at least 3 different fillings and favourite fillings are 1) sliced tomatoes, fennel pesto and grated vegan rice cheese and 2) Spinach, grilled peppers with mashed avocado.
- First, let the chia seeds puff up, then put them and the wet ingredients in a bowl and leave for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Turn on the waffle iron to the high-medium heat setting.
- Once it is hot enough wipe the iron with a bit of oil. Then pour the mixture onto the waffle iron (this mixture is enough to fill a 4 waffle iron) and press the lid down. Leave for 5-7 minutes.
- You can tell when your waffle is done when it comes easily away from the iron; if it still sticks it’s probably not ready yet.
- Keep your waffle iron on, just turn the heat down to low. Now add the filling to one half and then flip the other half over it. You now have your waffle sandwich. Put the lid back down gently to warm/ even melt your filling 1-2minutes.
- Plate up, best served straight from the waffle iron.
- Makes two waffle sandwiches.
* With your desired fillings.
* With a side salad or carrot soup.