Do you enjoy a hot breakfast before heading out the door? Chocolate chip sourdough waffles are my go to for a quick breakfast before work. This gut healthy option can be frozen and eaten all week! It’s seriously like a hot chocolate chip cookie in the morning.
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Sourdough to the Rescue
In high school, I started breaking out in hives for no apparent reason. We had been to every doctor in town and nobody knew why I was so itchy. I eliminated foods and eventually discovered that gluten set off the hives. I changed my diet to permanently remove gluten. It was a hard breakup. Tears were shed.
I had never enjoyed cooking, therefore I didn’t know much about it. Cooking just about anything required a research paper first. During that research I stumbled upon sourdough. I read about the benefits of fermented foods, how to make a starter, and amazing looking recipes.
Then I found something interesting about gluten in connection to sourdough. The article stated that people who are sensitive to gluten can oftentimes handle sourdough because of the fermentation. I was immediately curious and did what any nerd would do. More research!
That led me to creating a sourdough starter. After a week, I set out to make all things sourdough. I failed a lot. But I also learned a lot. I eventually mastered sourdough waffles. They became my breakfast staple. I kept waiting for the hives to show up or my stomach to hurt, but I never had either. So I kept practicing recipes so that everything could be sourdough.
Then something crazy happened. I was in a situation where I had to eat gluten to avoid being awkward. Going home that night, I was preparing myself for the worst. I knew that hives and a stomach ache lay ahead of me that night. I just hoped that it would wait until I was safe in my own house. The hives never came. My stomach didn’t hurt. So naturally I ate gluten again a week later. No side effects!
That was about a year ago. I eat sourdough at least once a day, if not more. If I’m baking something at home, I always try to ferment it. I can then eat all the gluten I want without getting sick or breaking out in hives. Sourdough totally changed my life and eating habits. Despite the bad breakup, gluten and I have gotten back together and have a wonderful relationship, as long as sourdough is there.
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Sourdough was used buy people to leaven bread before they were able to go to the store and by those little yeast packets. Sourdough is the old fashioned yeast packet.
Grains contain phytic acid, but our bodies don’t really process it well. Phytic acid prevents our bodies from absorbing the nutrients from our food. Fermentation gets rid of most, if not all of the phytic acid, in the grains before we eat them. The fermentation process also helps break down some gluten, so although the bread isn’t gluten free it does have a lower gluten content. This allows people like me, who are sensitive to gluten, to eat sourdough. It also acts like a probiotic, which makes it great for gut health. Sourdough has prebiotic characteristics as well, which simply means that the good bacteria in your gut enjoy eating the fiber.
Chocolate Chip Sourdough Waffles Recipe
1 cup sourdough starter or discard
2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chocolate chips
- First crack the egg into the bowl.
- Then add the sourdough starter and fractionated coconut oil.
- Now add the honey. If you measure the oil first, then the spoon is greased and the honey won’t stick as bad.
- Next put in the salt, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- At this point, it’s time to heat up the waffle iron.
- As soon as the iron is warm, add the baking soda into the sourdough waffle mix.
- Use a measuring cup to put the sourdough waffle batter into the iron, then sprinkle on a few chocolate chips.
- Next cook until the waffle is crispy.
- Use tongs to remove the waffle.
Freezing Chocolate Chip Sourdough Waffles
After the waffles are cooked, place them on a cooling rack. This prevents soggy waffles later. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cooled waffles on the sheet. You can add another sheet of parchment paper on top of the waffles to create a second layer if needed. Without parchment they stick to the cookie sheet and are nearly impossible to get off without thawing. Now you are going to put the sheet of waffles in the freezer to flash freeze. I normally leave them in the freezer overnight. Once they are frozen, they can be removed from the sheet and placed in a plastic bag before going back into the freezer.
Reheating Chocolate Chip Sourdough Waffles
When it is time to heat up a chocolate chip waffle for a quick breakfast, pop that bad boy in the toaster for a little bit. I sometimes have trouble getting it toasty, but not burnt and warm in the middle. The solution is 10 seconds in the microwave. I don’t even put syrup on them. They get eaten like a giant chocolate chip cookie.