A Bit of History
Upon hearing about my latest culinary adventure, a friend asked, “Isn’t millet bird seed?” I conceded that birds do eat millet, however they consume millet with husks. Humans, on the other hand, eat hulled millet (that has to meet safety and hygiene standards) cooked into tasty concoctions like my latest 10-minute gluten-free whole grain waffle recipe!
Millet belongs to the grass family and humans have consumed millet cereal for over 7,000 years! Millet tolerates higher growing temperatures and dry conditions, which makes it an important crop in many countries. I also discovered that the hulls of millet seeds are used as stuffing to manufacture pillows.
About the Recipe: Gluten-Free Whole Grain Waffles in 10 minutes
Millet stands out for many reasons; it is rich in protein and vitamin B, has a low glycemic index, gluten-free, and works in sweet or savory preparations. Nearly every weekend, we eat freshly prepared pancakes or waffles. This past weekend I experimented with millet and oats for a wonderful whole grain and gluten free combination. I love the simplicity of this recipe. Prepare the batter in less than a minute in a blender. Next, cook batter either in a waffle maker or as pancakes on a griddle. Top with your favorite breakfast condiment for a wonderful, filling, healthy meal. Better yet, make the batter the night before and store in the refrigerator. Leftover waffles freeze well and taste wonderful reheated in a toaster.
Gluten Free Whole Grain Waffles
- 1 cup whole grain millet (uncooked)
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (use gluten free if desired)
- 2 cups oat milk (I prefer low fat Oatly.)
- 2 Meyer lemons zested and juiced
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 pitted Medjool dates
- Combine the milk with lemon zest and juice. Set aside for 5 minutes to create plant-based buttermilk.
- Add milk mixture and remaining ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Add more milk or water if batter is too thick. (Batter consistency will depend on the oats and milk used).
- Cook batter in a waffle maker according to its directions or use as pancake batter on a griddle.
- Top with your favorite fresh fruits, jam, syrup, or honey.
Whole grain waffles are excellent with a variety of toppings including these ultratruffle favorites; persimmons concord grape compote, blackberry jam, pear butter, blueberry jam, roasted peanut and sesame butter, or fig jam.