Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles or Pancakes, with added Protein
These Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles or Pancakes are egg free, dairy free, gluten free, contain no white flour or white sugar or butter. Each waffle or pancake contains 164 calories with 22 grams carb and 12 gms protein.
Two popular, ancient grains -Amaranth (Rajgira or Ramdana in Hindi) and Buckwheat (Kuttu in Hindi) are the star ingredients of this recipe.
Amaranth and Buckwheat are staple ingredients in Indian homes and we use them widely on fasting days and festivals. Botanically, these two are categorised as seeds and not as cereals.
Buckwheat and Amaranth belong to a group of foods commonly called pseudocereals. Pseudocereals are seeds that are consumed as cereal grains but don’t grow on grasses. Another common pseudocereal is quinoa.
Most of us in India must have grown up eating several varieties of Rajgira or Ramdana. The most popular one being Rajgira Laddu. The fresh leaves of Amaranth are also consumed as leafy vegetable in many parts of India and in the world. In Bihar and UP, the leaves are known as “Chaulai Saag” whereas in Maharashtra, they are locally known as “Maath” or Rajgira Saag. The Tamil name for Amaranth leaves is Ara Keerai.
Buckwheat or Kuttu is another popular grain which is available throughout the year in India. This is an Energizing and nutritious seed grain and hence is popular during fasting days.
Origin of Amaranth
The origin of the word ‘Amaranth’ is from the Greek term ‘Amarantos’ which means “one that does not wither”. This superabundant seed has rightfully got this name due to its virtue to grow in harsh and lackluster nutrient conditions.
This is interesting that the Hindi name for Amaranth is Rajgira which means a Royal Grain. Raj means royal and gira means grain.
Another popular name for Amaranth is ‘Ramdana’. As the name suggests, this is God’s own grain. Ram ka dana which means a grain of Lord.
You can see its growth all throughout India from the high slopes of the Himalayas to the many coastlines of the country. This is a low-fat grain with a remarkable nutritional value. The protein content in Amaranth is more than any other grain in the market. This is probably what makes Amaranth a valuable food source for so many cultures.
Protein Content of these Waffles and Pancakes
By weight, Buckwheat contains a small amount of protein (about 3.4%) but because of its well balanced Amino Acid profile, the protein in buckwheat is of a very high quality.
Amaranth’s protein content is about 13 percent, or 26 grams per cup, which is much higher than for most other grains. To compare, a cup of long-grain white rice has just 13 grams of protein.
These Vegan,Gluten-Free Waffles or Pancakes also use some added Protein. I have used the Whey Protein Isolate for this recipe. You can use any other protein powder as per your choice. You can even skip the protein powder but it will bring down the protein content that has been mentioned under Nutrition info. With added protein, each portion yields a whooping 12 grams of protein.
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Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles or Pancakes, with added Protein
- Vitamix Blender
- Silicon Waffle Maker https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082TLSM81/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Waffle Iron-I used my regular Sandwich maker which has removable Waffle plates.
- Cast Iron Skillet for Pancakes (6 inches)
- 3 tbsp Sweet Basil Seeds or Chia Seeds. Sweet Basil Seeds have other names like Tumeria, Sabja Seeds, Falooda Seeds. Use either Sweet Basil or Chia whichever is locally available to you.
- 2 ½ cup Any Vegan Milk. I used Almond milk here. The quantity of milk will vary depending on whether you use Basil seeds or chia seeds. If using Basil seeds, you need more liquid content in the batter as Basil seeds have a tendency to absorb more liquid. If using chia seeds, you will need only 2 cups of milk in total.
- 3 tbsp Oil. Preferably use any unflavored oil.
- ½ cup Jaggery or unrefined cane sugar. You can also use Maple syrup (for vegan option) or Honey.
- 1 cup Buckwheat Flour You can use store bought flour or grind Buckwheat groats in a high speed blender and use.
- 1 cup Amaranth Flour You can use store bought flour or grind Amaranth seeds in a high speed blender and use.
- 1 cup Protein Powder. Use any Vegan protein powder for Vegan Option. For a non vegan option, you can use Whey Protein Powder.
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Take 1/2 cup milk in a bowl.
- Add Chia seeds or Basil seeds to it.
- Let it soak for 1/2 an hour.
- The seeds will swell once soaked.
- Add soaked seeds to a jar of a blender.
- Add oil.
- Add Jaggery or maple syrup or honey.
- Add Buckwheat Flour.
- Add Amaranth Flour.
- Add Protein Powder.
- Add Salt, Baking Powder and Baking Soda.
- Add Vanilla Extract.
- Add 2 cups of milk. If you use chia seed, then add only 1.5 cups of milk.
- Blend everything together to form a smooth batter.
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of washed off water from the blender jar.
- Mix everything till well incorporated.The batter should be slightly thick but should have a pouring consistency.
- The same batter can be used for making Waffles or Pancakes.
If making Waffle on a silicon Mould
- Arrange Mould on a Baking Tray.Coat with some cooking spray.
- Pour waffle batter to fill each cavity.
- Bake in a preheated oven @ 425°F /220°C for 1o minutes.
- Take the mould out. Flip the waffles onto the tray.
- Bake again for 10-12 minutes till the waffles are fully baked.
If making Waffle on Waffle Iron
- Coat the waffle iron on both sides with cooking spray.
- Spread the waffle mixture.
- Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Open and take out once waffles are fully cooked.
If making Pancake
- Heat a cast iron skillet or any other skillet of your choice.
- Spread a ladle full of batter.
- Cook on one side for a few minutes.
- Flip and cook again.
How to Serve
- You can make waffles ahead and even deep freeze them.
- When ready to serve, defrost and warm them slightly in a microwave.
- Serve with healthy toppings of your choice.
- Even the pancakes can be made ahead and stored. Heat it up when ready to consume.
- Serve with maple syrup and any topping of your choice.
14 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories164
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.55g 3%
- Cholesterol 1.94mg 1%
- Sodium 340.27mg 15%
- Potassium 276.06mg 8%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.41g 10%
- Sugars 6.38g
- Protein 11.8g 24%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.