Orange Coconut Quinoa Waffles

My first choice for breakfast on a relaxing weekend morning is fresh, homemade waffles.

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I love how the smell wafts throughout your house, making you so excited for the moment you get to savor the first bite.

Soft, whole grain quinoa waffles flavored with tangy orange and sweet coconut…these are truly the perfect way to awaken your taste buds in the morning.

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Although the idea for this recipe had been on my mind for a few months, I didn’t have a waffle maker! I mean I used to but it had seen it’s day and I was determined to replace it with one that wasn’t made with typical non-stick chemicals such as PFOA and PTFE. Cast iron seemed to be the best alternative but most of the electrical ones were outrageously expensive so I was left with a few old school options to choose from and ended-up getting Rome’s #1100 Old Fashioned Waffle Iron for $20.



The downside is that you have to season it yourself and operating it does require a little practice.

To start with, you have to burn off the paraffin wax coating which is ideal to do on an outdoor grill if you have it. I put mine in my fireplace for about an hour and then scrubbed it thoroughly with soap and water afterwards. Then to season it, I coated the entire thing with refined Sunflower oil (made for high heat) and put in the preheated oven at 350°F for an hour.

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I then let it cool and repeated the process one more time. If I had an outdoor grill, I would have definitely used that to season it because it does smoke a little while it is in the oven and I had to open my windows and turn the exhaust fan on high during the process.

The morning I used it, I brushed the inner parts with oil and placed each side on a burner on the stove and allowed it to sit over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Again, I made sure to keep my exhaust fan on high while I did this.

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After that, it was ready to go! I did have to throw a few waffles out before I found a method that worked for me but after that, it worked great!

Orange Coconut Quinoa Waffles

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  • 1/2 cup Buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa flour
  • 3/4 cup Coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup Earth Balance, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 and 3/4 cup (14 ounces) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon orange zest (I used one medium size navel orange)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut


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Start by combining all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then sift together.

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In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, ground flax, coconut and orange zest with all of the wet ingredients and mix well.

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Continue to add the dry ingredients to the wet until a batter has formed and it is well combined.

I used between 1/3 and 1/2 cup batter for each waffle and ended up with about 9 waffles total. To cook them, I heated both sides of the waffle maker over medium heat on separate burners then poured the batter into the bottom side, attached the top and allowed to cook for one minute on the bottom. I then flipped it over and cooked on the top side for 3 and 1/2 minutes, carefully lifting the opposite side to see if it appeared to be cooked through. Then I opened it up and dumped it out on a plate straight from the waffle maker to serve.

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Because this waffle mix is gluten free, the texture is more tender than most waffles but they are soft and fluffy with a perfect balance of flavor that will keep you coming back for more!

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I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

I am hoping to see some sunshine and just take it easy this weekend. Dealing with car issues all week has left me worn out so I am in need of some R&R and some of these waffles! Smile


What is your favorite breakfast for a relaxing morning?

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  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 22, 2013, 4:38 am

    Yum! I love how unique and delicious these look!
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    • Sarah March 24, 2013, 8:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Ashley! :)

  • Ashlee@HisnHers March 22, 2013, 10:26 pm

    Ohhhh yum! I don’t have a waffle maker either! Can you come cook these for me? ;-) they look SO delicious!

    • Sarah March 24, 2013, 8:45 pm

      I wish I could bring you some!

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 23, 2013, 3:13 am

    Yum these look so good! You went to a lot of effort to season your pan! Not sure if u could ever be bothered to go through that whole process but to have waffles like that it would definitely be worth it!
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    • Sarah March 24, 2013, 8:44 pm

      It was a little bit of work but so worth it! Plus, cast iron lasts forever.

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 24, 2013, 1:05 pm

    Yum, yum, and more yum!! I need to get a waffle iron ASAP!
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    • Sarah March 24, 2013, 8:43 pm

      Yes, you should! I know the one I bought sounds difficult, but after it’s seasoned it’s fairly easy to use.

  • Jenny March 25, 2013, 7:18 pm

    I have a similar waffle iron, but it is an old Norwegian one with hearth-shaped waffles. I ♥ it!
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    • Sarah March 25, 2013, 7:37 pm

      That is too cool! Where did you get yours?

      • Jenny March 26, 2013, 6:51 am

        My Dad gave it to me for Christmas one year, but he hunted & scoured ebay forever to find it…he wanted a certain kind that they don’t make anymore. He bought two before he got the one he really wanted for me…sweet! It’s probably 50 years old, but totally awesome!

        By the way, I’m hosting a waffle link party this week if you’re interested in linking up this recipe (see the link in the comment luv).
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      • Sarah March 26, 2013, 12:40 pm

        That is such a cool gift your Dad got for you! Now you can pass it down to future generations who will enjoy yummy waffles. :)
        I will definitely check out the waffle link party, thanks for the invite!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian March 26, 2013, 9:28 am

    I love waffles. But the cheap waffle maker I got from Target (probably loaded with the chemicals) kinda scares me. I prefer when someone else makes them :) hehe.

    Yours looks very delicious. I love the rustic like quality of the look of the waffles and especially all the work you put in preparing it. I’d still be afraid of that old fashion type iron.
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  • Jean July 28, 2014, 2:47 am

    I too avoid teflon and toxins, which is why I almost purchased this same item until I discovered this amazingly high quality low-cost, toxin-free alternative:

    Oster CKSTWFBF22-ECO DuraCeramic Flip Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel

    I purchased this along with their lesser expensive Panini Grill – both products are AMAZING.

    • Sarah July 28, 2014, 7:49 am

      I cannot thank you enough for this comment! I haven’t used the cast iron waffle maker in forever because it was such a pain and I wasn’t able to find a better alternative. But apparently there is one so thank you so much for letting me know! I will definitely be giving it a try. :)


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