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Buffalo Falafel Waffle

As fun to say as it is to eat! These Buffalo Falafel Waffles are naturally vegan and gluten free and oh-so good topped with a zippy spread, creamy avocado, and fresh herbs! They’re not too spicy, but they have a nice bite paired with lots of other savory ingredients.

Ingredients

FLAX EGG:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce (I like Frank’s!)

WAFFLES:

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a few grinds of freshly-cracked pepper
  • a small handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • your flax egg

TOPPINGS:

  • 1/2 cup hummus + 24 tablespoons hot sauce*, mixed
  • avocado
  • green onion
  • parsley
  • more hot sauce!

Instructions

  1. FLAX EGG: Mix your flax and hot sauce in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to gel.
  2. WAFFLES: In a medium bowl, combine your chickpeas, garlic, shallot, hot sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, parsley, baking powder, cornstarch, and flax egg. Mix.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a food processor (alternatively, use an immersion blender!) and blend until mostly smooth but still a little chunky. See photo in the post for an example of what it should look like.
  4. Heat a waffle iron. When hot, grease with a little high-temp oil (like refined coconut oil!).
  5. Using a 1/3 cup measure, scoop your mixture into your heated, greased waffle iron. Close and allow to cook for 8-9 minutes, or until the outside is crisp and the inside is tender.**
  6. Keep waffles warm in a 200 degree F oven, or cool on a wire rack until cool enough to eat. 
  7. Serve with desired toppings & enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from the Falafel Waffle recipe from Food52

*This is optional, but this spread is really good. Adjust the hot sauce based on your spice tolerance! Remember that a good 5+ tablespoons of the sauce is in the waffles as well!

**I used a mini waffle maker. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary, depending on your waffle maker. Keep an eye on it and use your judgment! I trust ya. 

Keywords: vegan waffles, savory waffles, falafel waffles

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