I started trying to cook with oats when my husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol. Oat pancakes are good. I think oat waffles are even better. The advantage of waffles is that you can pop them into a toaster to reheat and crisp up again.
I took a double batch over to my daughter’s house for lunch. The two of us ate them with maple syrup. We felt very civilised as we were sitting at a table with plates and forks. Mainly nowadays she eats whatever she can manage with one hand, while propping a child on the other hip. The 3-year-old ate hers with a banana. The toddler ate his cut up in pieces as finger food, with the cleverly disguised carrot he didn’t even know was there.
Then my son-in-law looped through on his way to putting the baby down for a nap. He’s coeliac but can eat these too. He stuck 2 waffles in the toaster for about a minute and half, then sandwiched them with grated cheddar cheese from the fridge. ‘These are great!’ he said as he disappeared down the hallway. A waffle cheese sandwich. Who’d thunk it?
100g gluten free oat flour
½ tsp cinnamon
200g plain yoghurt
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 small carrot, optional – about 50g
Stir the oat flour, cinnamon, yoghurt and water in a medium bowl. Cover and leave in fridge to rest for a couple of hours if you have time, or overnight.
Note: I make oat flour by grinding porridge oats in a coffee grinder. You can just use straight porridge oats in this recipe with equal success, just make sure you leave enough time for them to swell up and absorb the liquid.
When you are ready to cook, heat the waffle iron. Brush with a little oil if needed.
Grate the carrot into the oat mixture. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and add in, with the baking powder and salt. Stir until well blended.
Dollop heaped tablespoons of the batter on to your waffle iron and close the lid. Cook for about 6-8 minutes.
This batter can easily be made into pancakes instead. Cook on a low to medium heat until the edges are dry and you see bubbles appear in the middle. This can take several minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for a couple of minutes more.