I have to thank one of my fellow-healthy-foodie-friends on Instagram for this one. If you’re a fan of all things Paleo, check out @Roger.Trier’s many recipes and paleo lifestyle ideas.
As many of you know, I’m not 100% any particular philosophy, other than the practice of listening carefully and compassionately to my body to discern its needs and concerns. Much of the time, I veer onto the plant-based and paleo paths. The simple truth I can no longer ignore is this: carbs are not my friend. They just don’t sit well with me. To the contrary, they insist on sitting ON me. For long increments of time. Prior to turning 50, I could easily remedy a prolonged affair with white carbs by exercising it away. This is no longer as easy as it once was. Just a fact. And in distancing myself from carbs I also was able to realize how they actually sap my energy, rather than enhance it. A plate of pasta does great things for you I’m sure, IF you’re in the midst of a triathlon. Other than that, I’ve got to really, really be seriously desiring carbs to deem it worthy to go for it.
So imagine my delight when I came across a carb-free recipe for (drumroll) WAFFLES. One of my favorite things which I rarely eat anymore, even the gluten-free variety. I’m always amazed at how creative the paleo world is when dreaming up carb-free, high-protein substitutes for the white fluff. Being cow-dairy-free, I subbed the cream cheese for Trader Joe’s Creamy Goat Cheese, the closest thing I’ve found on the planet so far to cream cheese. If you’re not a fan of the ‘goat tang,’ you’ll like this – really!
I like to encourage readers of my recipes to play with them, amend them, and make ’em your own version. After all, YOU have to like it – not me. If you want to change the stevia drops for honey or coconut palm sugar, it’s fine, I won’t be offended. Ditto for the syrup. Today, I chose Mrs. Butterworth’s sugar-free syrup. But when I’m craving the real stuff, I go for it. I’ve come to love coconut oil on pancakes and waffles instead of butter. I’m not anti-butter, but like my nutritionist, Nancy Guberti, has taught me, in general, I want my food to do as much for me in return nutritionally, so most of the time, coconut oil it is. Another touch I love, which also happens to be plant-based: a dollup of coconut whipped cream over the drizzled syrup – DIVINE!
The texture of these paleo waffles is a bit different than the traditional version. How could it possibly be identical? It’s not meant to be! When a recipe is made over to be healthier and more body-friendly, there will be, by nature, some intrinsic texture and flavor differences. Don’t let that discourage or derail you. The trade is more than fair in the long run.
The recipe below makes two big, fluffy waffles in a traditional waffle maker. Hope you try. But more importantly, hope you enjoy and feel nourished!