It’s Valentine’s Day in just a few days! I think many of us will be celebrating at home, as it’s still a challenge to go out to dinner in many places. I hope you have someone special to share the day with, but either way, why not make a special breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert?
Do something that brings you joy
Maybe you will simply treat yourself to something special. For me, cooking is both relaxing and therapeutic. I love creating. Maybe it’s not that for you, but you could do something you find relaxing or therapeutic like coloring or playing some music, give a call or send some Valentines to cheer up those you won’t see. Those are some of my favorites, but there are so many others!
Let’s face it, the past year has been strange in so many ways, as well as difficult, sad, painful, and heartbreaking for so many. We are ready for some changes. Living life to the fullest that we can, sharing with others what we have, and loving those around us more. We’ve not had the ability to have others in our home, nor many people to share dinner and desserts with here at our house.
It’s also the first year that I didn’t have any guests for Thanksgiving or Christmas. That was so strange! And since I still bake and cook lots of dinners and desserts, that means there’s always excess food and desserts in the house. Which, in turn means I need to exercise more! But more on that later.
Gluten Free Sourdough Chocolate Waffles??
For Valentine’s Day why not cook or bake something special? I wanted to try a Gluten Free Sourdough Chocolate Waffle as my Gluten Free Sourdough Waffles are always so light and crisp. These chocolate ones turned out perfectly, too!
Maybe you don’t think chocolate is a good idea for breakfast?! In our house my kids grew up having ice cream on their waffles on the weekends. Other times, we just topped them with whipped cream and berries.
These waffles can also be served for dessert
These Gluten Free Sourdough Chocolate Waffles can also be served for dessert. Try a dessert waffle bar complete with fresh fruit, whipped cream, several flavors of ice cream, chocolate ganache sauce, and raspberry sauce. Did I mention that whipped cream is a must?!
You can freeze some for another day or make some ice cream sandwiches
The recipe makes quite a few and I think I’ll freeze some for another day. Just wrap in cellophane and freeze in ziplock bags to keep them fresh.
I’m also going to make some ice cream sandwiches with the others!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
~Laura (updated 7/22)
Gluten Free Sourdough Chocolate Waffles
- 1 waffle maker
- 1/2 cup gluten free sourdough starter “ discard” (I keep my starter at 100% hydration, adding the same amount of liquid as gluten free flour)
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Ryze Gluten Free Flour Mix (yellow bag) or 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend with xanthan gum
- 3/8 cup cacao powder gluten free
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup sparkling water plain or flavored
- 1 extra large egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda gluten free
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons tapioca flour gluten free
- 1 tablespoon vanilla, gluten free or 1 tablespoon of raspberry liquor or other liquor, gluten free
- Stir together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and let sit in a towel covered bowl overnight: sourdough starter, Ryze Gluten Free flour mix, cacao powder, organic can sugar, and sparkling water.
- The next day, add and stir egg, vegetable oil, baking soda, salt, tapioca flour, and vanilla into the sourdough chocolate mixture.
- After stirring together, let the batter sit on the counter for 10 – 15 minutes, before proceeding. Heat the waffle iron to just below the temperature you normally cook at. I set my Cuisinart circular waffles maker at just barely over 3 and the highest setting is 5. Normally I cook regular waffles at 3 ½ setting. Grease the waffle iron well before adding a tablespoon or two less than you normally would for regular waffles.
- Grease the waffle iron well before adding a tablespoon or two less than you normally use of the batter for regular waffles.
- When the waffle iron “ready” light comes on, let the iron sit for a few seconds before very gently opening the cover. Remove very carefully using a wooden spatula or other compatible tool to start pulling away.
- Let cool slightly to crisp up. Decorate and serve or serve with all the toppings for kids (and adults!) to decorate.