Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dashel's Favorite Waffles

As you may or may not know, I am the proud mama of a very handsome, very curious, and VERY mobile one-year-old boy. Since we have recently moved beyond the realm of baby food and bottles (and since this is my first time at mother hood and many of the finer details are still a mystery to me) I have been more or less drawing a blank as to what to feed the little man. He likes it when he can feed himself, so obviously anything requiring utensils is out of the picture (yogurt very swiftly turns to wall art when D is left to his own devices). On a whim I bought him some Eggo-esque toaster waffles at Trader Joe's which ended up being a total hit. They are a great size and they don't crumble easily so they are significantly less messy than some of the other options I have explored. Because I like to be the boss of what kinds of food go into my baby's body (aside from the rubber bands, bits of barkdust, and miscellaneous floor debris, of course) I immediately went about inventing my own, nutrient-rich version of his new favorite food. It's a really versatile recipe so you can substitute whatever fruit and vegetables you have on hand and rearrange the types and quantities of flour, flax, etc. Basically it's hard to go wrong with these. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that I just so happened to have a circus themed waffle iron!

Super Yummy Toddler Waffles (for babies and for grownups!)
Serves: This makes 30 circus waffles but I'm not sure what that translates to in normal waffle terms, maybe 10?

2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup pear sauce (or apple sauce or whatever fruit mush you have on hand)
1/4 cup squash (or pumpkin or zucchini or even avocado) 
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup milled flax seed
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup almond flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 TBL brown sugar or honey
1/4 tsp. salt

1. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and almond milk. Add pearsauce, squash and vanilla.
2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl then add to egg mixture. Stir until the batter is smooth.
3. Preheat and grease your waffle iron. Pour the batter into the waffle iron in batches and remove when golden brown and crisp.

If you are making this for a toddler, you can leave out the vanilla, sugar, and salt. If you are making this for a grownup, I suggest avoiding the use of avocado. Dash liked it but I found it...weird. Happy waffle making!

Initial reticence dissolves into a satisfied smirk after only one bite. Score one for mom!

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