when i was growing up, my mom had a specialty breakfast that we all looked forward to on those relatively rare occasions when she prepared it: cheesy waffles! oh yes, my friends, fluffy white waffles with shredded cheese in them that browned and crisped. then we smothered them in butter and white sugar. oh man. they were so good.
it’s been years since i’ve had a cheesy waffle, but for reasons unexplainable, i woke up thinking about them this morning. i wondered if i could recreate them gluten-free, and perhaps sans white sugar. but i also realized that i don’t have a waffle maker, so they’d have to be pancakes.
while tim still slept, i got out of bed and googled a few cheesy pancake recipes, then using the general idea from two of them, i got to work on creating my own rendition with healthy ingredients. i also made some cooked apples in butter and maple syrup to use as a topping instead of the white sugar.
on this spring morning, we are enjoying cheesy pancakes, watching our baby girl wiggle happily in my belly, and dreaming about the plans of God unfolding in our neighborhood. amen.
we’re nearly 31 weeks pregnant now! can’t believe our amazing little baby is going to be here, outside my womb and in our home, in about 2 months. goodness!
and then, because i’m sure you want to have cheesy pancakes, too, here’s the recipe that i came up with this morning. it should be noted, however, that all measurements approximate because i didn’t actually use measuring spoons/cups. i will not be held responsible for any bad pancakes that result from following this recipe to a “t”….
Cheesy Pancakes (GF)
- 1/4 cup oat flour (or just grind some oats in the coffee grinder to make a flour)
- 1/3 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup sorghum flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup plain kefir
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 2 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
- 2-3 Tbsp sliced almonds
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. In another larger bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, mixing well. Then fold in the cheese and almonds.
Drop 1/4 cup at a time onto a preheated skillet. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, until golden.
- 2 golden delicious apples, diced
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer until apples are softened.
Serve over pancakes.