Hmmmm… pancakes, waffles… I miss all those foods, especially when my family wants them for breakfast on the weekends. This is a very dangerous time for low-carbers, well, at least it is for me.
As I was browsing the web, I found this German low-carb forum. I skimmed some of the topics and found a thread about low-carb pancakes and waffles. Hoping that it was not just another recipe with protein powders and baking mixes, stuff I can’t get easily where I live, I clicked on it and found that the dough only has simple everyday ingredients in it. That’s just what I needed! In Germany, Mandelmehl (ground blanched almonds) is very common and can be found in little bags in the baking section. But, should you have trouble finding it in your store, you can make it yourself, per George Stella, by grinding your own almonds in a blender or food processor). Anyway, here’s the recipe:
LOW-CARB WAFFLES (or PANCAKES)
Yields about 5 Waffles
- 2 medium eggs (I used large)
- 100 g blanched almond flour
- 1 tsp. Splenda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- a little water, heavy cream or soy milk (I used cream)
- a little vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and slowly add liquid until it has the consistency of pancake dough. Then cook as usual with butter in a pan for pancakes or in a waffle iron for waffles.
Carb counts vary based on liquid used. Plus, I’m not getting too hung up on carb counts – I get too obsessive about those when I do – reminds me of the old Weight Watchers days when I had to count points.
Prep Experience: I made the waffle version this morning. It was actually really simple to mix all the ingredients together. The almond meal already comes in 100 g packets, Splenda is a staple in my kitchen, and so are eggs and heavy cream. I added the dry ingredients first, which took half a minute, then added enough cream until I had the consistency right, not to thick, but not too thin so that it’ll run out of the waffle maker. I was done in 2 minutes. I put a bit of butter in each of the squares of the waffle maker and added a ladle full of dough in each square, closed the lid and waited for the steam to slow – I don’t trust the light in my old machine. Oh, they smelled so delicious and looked just like real waffles. I couldn’t wait to try them!
Culinary Bliss: Once the waffles were cooked I put them on a cooling rack, so they don’t get soggy, and helped myself to 2 squares. Out of curiosity I broke off a small corner and nibbled on it cautiously. Wow! It tasted surprisingly like the real thing, sweet and bready, except for a tiny bit more of a crunch, as the almonds are a little grainier than normal flower. The mouth-feel and the flavors were all there! I melted a small bit of butter on top of my waffle and drizzled some sugar-free maple syrup on top. Oh, I was in heaven! And because of the almonds, these two squares were extremely filling. I was fully expecting my blood sugar level to crash, as it would with real waffles, but 3 hours later, I had no issues at all. Way to go! This is definitely a keeper!!! (and I still have 3 waffles in the freezer for days I’m running late in the morning).
I think next time I make waffles, I go with the whipped cream and berries variation, just to step outside the box of eating it the same way.