Yesterday, I posted a picture on Facebook of my pedicured toes (not the important part), and a plate of waffles. These looked like normal waffles, and they tasted like normal waffles (but really really yummy). I said that there were four ingredients (plus spices) and that they were gluten free, sugar free, soy free and health-FULL. I invited my friends to guess the secret ingredient, giving them the clue that the ingredient was a binder (something used in the vegan world as an egg replacer). I got so many responses including flax, banana, applesauce, coconut flour, chia seeds and air. 😉
One person guessed chickpea meringue, and they are correct, although it’s more commonly known as aquafaba (not sure if that’s really common though! 😉 )
Aquafaba is the bean juice from a can of beans! It’s all the rage in the vegan cooking world. Aquafaba works as an emulsifier, leavening agent and foaming agent, much like egg whites do and because of this, “bean water” is now being used in recipes that call for eggs including meringue, nougat, mousse and macarons.
As a vegan, I have always used flax eggs, applesauce and bananas as binders, but this opens so many more possibilities and without the distinct taste of fruit (if you don’t want that!) The versatility of aquafaba is incredible. Use chickpea or white bean aquafaba for meringue/nougat and cookies, but black bean aquafaba is great for brownies or darker cake.
Ok Ok, now to the recipe!
Aquafaba Applesauce Waffles
3 cups oat flour (blend oats into flour, you can add some flax for extra fiber if you want!)
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 cups natural applesauce
aquafaba from one can of chickpeas
1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
cinnamon to taste
vanilla extract to taste
Pour the aquafaba and apple cider vinegar into a mixing bowl and beat with an egg beater (electric or hand) until peaks appear, just like you would with egg whites, adding vanilla to taste as you go. It won’t become sweet, but the ACV and vanilla make the taste more plain, rather than “beany”.
Mix the flour, baking powder and applesauce in a separate mixing bowl. Add the aquafaba on top and fold into the flour mixture. Add cinnamon to taste (I use a LOT, probably a few good Tbs…?)
Heat up waffle iron, use coconut oil on iron if it sticks, and cook your waffles! I eat them plain because they’re so flavorful but you can top them with whatever you wish!
Here’s the picture I shared on Facebook yesterday. Now you know! Let me know what you think of these waffles once you try them, and let me know what else you’re creating with aquafaba! 😉
Peace, love and bean juice forever, ~kiki