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Friday, April 24, 2009

Mystery Waffles!

Who would suspect that these crispy, light, healthy waffles are made from 100% wholesome brown rice? Doesn't that seem impossible? I thought so!

I discovered that brown rice could be ground in a grain mill and used in place of flour very successfully. Since whole wheat flour makes a rather heavy waffle, it was a fun discovery. Brown rice is one of the most nutritious grains, being high in healthy fiber, magnesium, and B vitamins. It makes a waffle that is white inside and light and airy. What a wonderful way to eat rice!

Wonderful Brown Rice Waffles

Mix in a large mixing bowl:
4 cups brown rice flour (just grind brown rice in your grain mill)
1 1/4 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups milk (or water) --may use dry milk

Put the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (If using dry milk, add the dry milk powder to the dry ingredients.) Mix well and make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. Carefully separate the egg whites from the yolks, reserving the whites in a mixing bowl. Make sure that none of the yolk gets in with the egg whites or they won’t beat well. Beat the whites just until soft peaks form that bend over at the tip. Put the yolks in the center of the flour mixture along with the liquid milk (or water). Stir just until mixed. Gently, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter so that all the air stays in them—this makes your waffles light and delicious! Cook in a waffle baker until crisp. Serves 4.

Serve with diced mangoes on top for utter delight!

Note: You can buy brown rice in most grocery stores, but in teeny bags! That doesn't work for me. If you would like to purchase a 25 lb. bag of brown rice at good savings, take a look here.

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  • At April 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM , Blogger K. Smith said...

    Wow! What a great way to get more brown rice into my family's diet and to rotate my food storage! Thanks!

  • At May 3, 2009 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Darla said...

    We love to eat waffles with sliced bananas and home made whip cream on top. No sugar so add a bit of vanilla for flavoring. It is wonderful.

  • At May 4, 2009 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Linda said...

    I hope you don't mind my becoming a follower. I love the recipes and I so enjoy your writing especially the spiritual.

  • At May 19, 2009 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Chocolate on my Cranium said...

    We've made this recipe several times since you've posted it. The WHOLE family loves it!

  • At February 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

    Dear Diane,
    Yes, it is February 2010, and I just tried your recipe for the brown rice waffles last night. :(
    I didn't have any brown rice, so I used my Uncle Ben's rice that my husband picked up at our local Sam's Club here in NC. The batter was like cement!!! I could not even use it! Was it because I used the wrong rice? I belong to a food co-op and was thinking about buying a big bag of brown rice during our next order, but I want to make sure this is going to work. Please help!

  • At February 3, 2010 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Diane Hopkins said...

    Cement? Hee hee. Oh dear!

    No, you cannot make whole grain brown rice waffles with white rice, or converted rice or anything else but whole grain brown rice.

    The batter is a bit different in texture than normal pancake mix. But it makes the most wonderful, light, crispy, delicious waffles. Those photos (on my blog) were taken at my house and are authentic. The recipe really is fabulous!

    Get some whole grain brown rice and try it. I think you will really love these light waffles!


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