Savory Waffles and Sundried Tomato Cashew “Cheese”

I bought a waffle maker.

I started making waffles.

I kept making waffles; different types of waffles…pumpkin waffles, maple waffles, Belgian waffles. I found myself eating breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I could eat no more waffles.

And then I had a brilliant idea. What about savory waffles?

After thorough savory waffle recipe research, I came up with something I wanted to try. I reluctantly broke out the waffle maker (reluctantly because I had packed away this specific kitchen tool, believing that it would be taking an extended hiatus. Obviously I was mistaken).

I got the ingredients together and came up with what I consider to be one of the best alternative gluten free vegan ideas to date:

Savory chickpea waffles with sundried tomato cashew “cream cheese.”IMG_0855

Savory Chickpea and Zucchini Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 5 sundried tomatoes (boiled for 10 minutes and diced)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Shred the zucchini and add a bit of salt. Set aside for five minutes and then strain the water out with a nut milk bag or dishtowel
  • In a large bowl sift the chickpea flour and then add the nutritional yeast, baking powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper
  • Add the strained zucchini to the chickpea flour mixture
  • Add the sundried tomatoes, oil and water. Mix until completely combined and set aside
  • Preheat the waffle maker
  • Scoop about ¼ cup of the batter into each square of the waffle maker and cook for about 5 minutes or until it stops steaming (it will depend based on your individual waffle maker)
  • Once they are cooked (browned), serve (I used sundried tomato cashew cheese and fresh basil) and enjoy immediately!

*The original recipe for the waffles on vegandoesit.com and can be found here: Savory Vegan Gluten Free Waffles

Sundried Tomato Cashew “Cream Cheese”

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups (200g) raw cashews
  • 10 sundried tomatoes (boiled for ten minutes and dried and chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp. filtered water
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor (I used my vitamix) and blend (scraping down the sides) until a spreadable cream has formed
  • Add more water if you wish to have a creamier consistency
  • Serve and enjoy! (Store in an airtight container in the fridge)

 

*Just a note: since I discovered cashews, “vegan living” has become so much more versatile and enjoyable. Although not the healthiest of nuts, cashews are an incredible tool in vegan cooking- in both savory and sweet dishes. This cheese is just one of the many cashew cheese, creams and sauces that can be made to substitute dairy. I will be posting more as time passes but you can easily alter the ingredients and spices to suit your tastes.

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