Lemon-Poppy Chia Belgian Waffles

Protein-packed poppy and chia seeds add crunch and wonderful nutty flavor in this thoroughly modern take on a breakfast classic.

Total Time:
25 min
15 min
10 min

4 to 6 waffles

  • Waffles:
  • 1 cup (284 grams) Gluten-Free Flour Blend, recipe follows, or store-bought blend, such as Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup (55 grams) quinoa flour or amaranth flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened hemp milk
  • 1/3 cup flax seed oil or unflavored coconut oil, liquified
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pure maple syrup, warmed, for serving
  • Gluten-Free Flour Blend:
  • 3 cups (435 grams) white rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (187 grams) tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup (123 grams) potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) xanthan gum (see Cook's Note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Special equipment: a Belgian waffle iron

  • Preheat a Belgian waffle iron to the medium-high setting.

  • For the waffles: In a large bowl, whisk together the Gluten-Free Flour Blend, quinoa flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, chia seeds, poppy seeds and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.

  • Grease the waffle iron and pour about 1/3 cup of batter into each waffle iron square; close and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with warm maple syrup.

Gluten-Free Flour Blend:

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

Xanthan gum is a plant-based thickener and binding agent popular in gluten-free baking. You'll find it in the baking aisle along with gluten-free flours at the supermarket.

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