Golden milk – a turmeric based tea commonly flavored with ginger and cinnamon – has been all the rage over the past couple of years. It is creamy (usually thanks to almond and/or coconut milk) and lightly sweetened, both of which balance turmeric’s pungency quite well. It’s popularity isn’t solely based on the flavor, however; turmeric’s health claims have elevated it to a drink you might be willing to pay half a day’s earnings on.
The media (let’s be honest, we are all suckers for it) loves when certain ingredients are cast into the limelight and touted as “superfoods”. You may have been lead to believe that you will die of malnutrition unless you eat boat loads of kale, goji berries, chia seeds and seaweed (you’ll be healthy…but broke!). Turmeric has been added to this list as of late, but as in all things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Check out this article questioning the spices health claims.
Whether or not it lives up to the current health claims in the long run hasn’t stopped me from creating lots of turmeric-based recipes. Not only do I love the unique, pungent flavor, but I also bought an insane amount of fresh turmeric from a local farmer last fall. Thus the reason for so many turmeric recipes on my site: Fresh Carrot, Turmeric and Ginger Dressing, Turmeric & Honey Compound Butter, Turmeric & Almond Butter Dressing, Turmeric Vegetable Broth and Onion Turmeric Jam. I am STILL trying to find a way to use it all so it’s now making its way into our breakfast.
Waffles have become one of my favorite breakfast items. They are relatively easy to make and everyone in my house loves them. An added bonus? They reheat well in the toaster and can even be made ahead, frozen and then thawed for a fast breakfast option on hectic mornings. I don’t love all waffles, however – the airy types that you need to eat 5 of to feel satisfied? Not my favorite. That is why I love these so much – they are dense and filling (a great post-exercise snack too!).
I created this recipe to be vegan but have also made it plenty of times with cow’s milk and chicken eggs. I have also used left out the oat flour and used more all-purpose flour in it’s place. And you don’t have to include the chopped almonds, the waffles are still great when they are omitted. As you can see, this recipe is pretty forgiving and can be altered in a number of ways.
A note on the amount of turmeric called for: I have packed 2 teaspoons of grated turmeric in these waffles, which may seem excessive, but I promise that although you will know turmeric is in there, it is well balanced with other flavors (if you need solid evidence, my 3-year-old loves them).