Ever since I posted my Grain Free/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Waffle recipe, my lovely readers have been requesting more waffle recipes. Apparently those waffles were a pretty big hit which is no shock to me. They are hands down, the best waffles I have ever consumed. Even those grain addicts I know and love have become addicted to my waffles.
The great thing about my waffles is that the base recipe is extremely flexible and you can do a ton with it. So I mulled things over and after consulting with my little 5 year old sous chef, she demanded that I share my super-secret, mouth-watering, you-will-never-look-at-another-waffle-the-same-way-again recipe.
This sucker is life changing. Really. I normally can only eat ½ a waffle but I made room for 1 ½ of these. It was worth it. Drool worthy I tell you. Food-baby-in-the-belly-and-it-never-felt-so-good. I would have kept on eating except there were other people wanting waffles. You know, gotta feed the family too.
So now that I have your salivary glands wondering what all the fuss is about, let me introduce you to your new best friend for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack.
Maple Bacon Waffles (With Optional Cinnamon Apple Topping)
Seriously folks. These grain free/gluten free bites of heaven just beg to be made. Yes, there are a few steps involved but trust me. It is worth it. Truly worth it.
For those of you who do not or cannot use maple syrup, just go ahead and leave it out of the recipe. Not a big deal. The maple syrup isn’t for added sweetness. It just makes bacon even more amazing than it already is.
Thanks to the generosity of the good folks at Blendtec, I was able to make this batch of waffles in my replacement blender! However, I recognize that not everyone has a blender that can tackle this recipe like a Blendtec can. So I included directions which use a stand mixer (or handheld mixer).
Enough talk! Let’s get cooking!
The Maple Bacon
- 1 pound nitrate-free bacon slices (pork and beef bacon work better than turkey bacon)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Place the bacon slices on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven.
- Brush the bacon slices with maple syrup and pour off the excess fat from the pan. (Save it for cooking other things in).
- Return the pan to the oven and continue baking until the bacon is crispy, about 5 -10 minutes more depending on how thick your bacon slices are.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes then crumble into smallish pieces.
The Waffles (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, with Dairy Free Option)
- Add the eggs (crack them first please) to the bowl of your stand mixer (or a glass bowl if using a handheld mixer) along with the vanilla bean paste/vanilla extract.
- Mix on low until the eggs of just slightly frothy.
- Add the melted butter/oil and mix on low for about 20 seconds.
- Add the coconut flour and baking soda and mix on medium until everything is incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides as coconut flour likes to cling on for dear life.
- Add 1/3 cup of milk and salt if using and mix for 30 seconds.
- Allow batter to sit for two minutes. After two minutes, check the consistency. It should be thick but still able to drip off a spoon. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk and mix again. Continue until you have the right consistency that you know works in your waffle maker.
- Add the bacon pieces and fold in slowly. You do not want to pulverize them.
- Follow your waffle iron’s instructions from that point forward.
I personally LOVE to add my cinnamon apple topping to these waffles. I have also topped them with pecan pieces, walnut pieces, and dried apples. You can get rather creative with what you throw on top. Or leave them as-is. They are delicious on their own!
You can cook these apples at the same time you are cooking the maple bacon. If you prefer to do them separate, cook the bacon first, leave the oven on, and then cook the apples.
Cinnamon Apple Topping
- 2 sweeter apples, peeled and sliced (about 1 pound)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup butter, ghee, or coconut oil, melted
- Place the apple slices in a bowl with the water, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Using two wooden spoons, toss the apples so that they get covered in the spices.
- Mix together first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat apples.
- Place the apple mixture in an oven safe bowl and drizzle with the butter/oil. Cover loosely with foil or parchment paper.
- Cook in your 400°F (200°C) oven for about 10 minutes. Check to see if the apples are still moist. You may need to add more water or butter. You do not want them drying out.
- Continue baking until the apples are tender. This usually takes a total of 20 minutes for me since I slice the apples really thin.
- Scoop this cinnamon apple goodness onto the waffles and enjoy!
This recipe makes about 5 “regular” size waffles. They are VERY filling and I can only eat two quarters of a waffle, especially when loaded with the apple topping.