Make Something Monday: Gluten-free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Waffles

What is it about waffles that makes everyone excited? Their crispy outside? Their chewy inside? Their square compartments that perfectly hold pools of syrup? Most likely it's all of the above and the fact that they require special equipment to make on your own. Well, thanks to a trip to on of my favorite neighborhood thrift stores, I now own said special equipment: a tiny single-serving vintage waffle maker. Total cost = $2. waffle maker

And thanks to my favorite Babycakes cookbook, I already had a vegan, gluten-free waffle recipe on hand [made even more flavorful with a few of my own substitutions, of course].

choco peanut butter waffles

Ingredients

1 1/2 c Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour 1 c brown rice flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 tsp xanthan gum 1/4 c melted coconut oil 2 1/2 c So Delicious coconut milk 3 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup 1 tbsp vanilla 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter, natural & unsalted 1/2 c gluten-free vegan chocolate chips [I used Enjoy Life brand chocolate chunks]

Preheat waffle maker according to manufacture instructions, or if you bought yours at a thrift store and there are no instructions, until hot. :) In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients [fours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & xanthan gum]. Add coconut milk, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, and peanut butter. Blend ingredients together, preferably with an electric hand mixer or other electronic device to help mix in peanut butter without chunks [a blender might also work nicely]. Fold in chocolate chips until distributed throughout batter. Grease waffle maker with vegan butter, coconut oil, or a vegan non-stick spray. Pour approximately 1/2 c of batter onto waffle griddle and bake until desired level of crispiness has been reached.

Beginners note from a fellow waffle-making novice: Do not check your waffles every few minutes. If your waffle maker is anything like mine, lifting the lid before at least the ten minute mark could result in two waffles halves rather than one complete waffle. Still tasty, but not as pretty. There may be a learning curve on your first few batches, but ensuring that your waffle iron is properly greased helps to avoid this.