Growing up, my mom always made snow day waffles. Since she is a teacher, snow days at school meant a break for all of us. Not only was it great to have a day off from school, but we also got to spend time together making and enjoying a slower paced breakfast together! For this reason, waffles have been one of my favorite breakfast foods. While they are delicious, the memories of sleeping in, being home from school in our cozy farmhouse on a snowy day, and spending the time with family are probably some of the best things about waffles for me.
While you don’t need a cold snowy day to have an excuse to make waffles, I highly recommend this tradition! However, since switching to more of an animal based eating model and eating less grains, I have been looking for alternative ways to enjoy waffles. This waffle recipe is healthy, nutrient dense, and extremely easy to make.
What Is Animal Based Eating?
Animal based eating is a diet that consists of eating primarily animal foods. This includes meat, organs, and dairy. It also encourages the eating of seasonal fruits and natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup. While nuts, grains, and vegetables are a part of the diets of some who eat animal based, they are not the major source of nutrients.
This type of eating was the norm prior to World War II and the industrialization of our food system. Many people either raised their own animals, purchased meat from local farmers, or a butcher who also sourced his stock from local farmers.
Additionally, seasonal fruits and vegetables were available grown in gardens or stocked in local grocery stores. There weren’t the limitless options that we have today, so people made the most of what was available and consumed things like organ meats. Organ meats were and still are a cheaper option than more expensive cuts of meat.
Why Choose Animal Based Eating?
Animal based eating, in contrast to our modern industrialized food system offers several health benefits. For starters, it eliminates the chemicals and additives that are included in processed foods to extend shelf life, make them tastier and more addictive, and more profitable for the companies that produce them. Processed food also contains seed oils and refined sugars which are inflammatory and linked to a number of chronic diseases.
Instead of seed oils, chemicals, additives and refined sugars, the animal based diet provides clean, nutrient dense ingredients that fuel the body. Meat, organs, dairy, fruit, and honey provide diverse and extensive nutrients. Eggs, butter and milk provide essential nutrients such as vitamin D and choline and fruit and honey provide energy in the form of carbohydrates in addition to a number of micronutrients.
In recent years, modern culture has shied away from consuming organ meats, considering them inedible. However, they are extremely nutrient dense! Just one ounce of liver contains several essential nutrients including vitamins A, B6, and B12, riboflavin, and folate. Additionally, these nutrients are extremely digestible and bioavailable in contrast to when these nutrients are found in plants and protected by defense chemicals. I’ll admit, adding liver to my diet was required some palate acquisition. It is definitely an acquired taste. If you have just one ounce at a time, it is much more manageable to adjust to. In fact, I now crave a good bite of liver!
Ingredients For Gluten Free Animal Based Waffles
Eggs: Pasture raised and fed no corn or soy.
Cheese: Preferably raw milk cheese.
Banana: An over ripe banana works best here. As a banana ripens, it releases more sugars making it sweeter and softer to mash up in the batter.
Applesauce or Pumpkin: Either works great depending on what you have available!
How To Make Gluten Free Animal Based Waffles
Glute Free Waffles: Animal Based
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Waffle Maker
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1/4 cup Applesauce or Pureed Pumpkin
- 1/4 cup Cheese (shredded) - flavor of your choice Raw milk cheese preferred
- Dash of Cinnamon
- Dash of Salt
- Dash of Vanilla
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Mash banana with a fork. Add eggs, applesauce or pumpkin, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
- Stir in shredded cheese until evenly distributed.
- Coat waffle iron with ghee, tallow, or coconut oil. Pour batter into waffle maker. I usually set my waffle iron to cook for a shorter amount of time than a traditional waffle to ensure that the eggs don't overcook.
- Top with fruit, maple syrup or honey, and whipped cream and enjoy!
Ways To Customize Gluten Free Animal Based Waffles
As with any waffle recipe, there are ways to customize animal based waffles.
- Top with fruit such as berries, applesauce, peaches, or bananas.
- Although maple syrup is a favorite on waffles, I also really enjoy topping them with honey.
- Homemade whipped cream or whipped creme fraiche.